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Admitted to practice in Georgia, Joel has served as lead counsel in numerous cases including medical malpractice, product liability and motor vehicle cases. He has experience handling all types of litigation including class action, commercial, pharmaceutical, toxic tort and environmental cases.


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  1. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
  2. Car Accident: 20%
  3. Defective Products: 20%
  4. Environmental: 20%
  5. Trucking Accident: 20%

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Butler Wooten Cheeley & Peak LLP

2719 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA, 30324



GAActive Member in Good Standing 197507/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Georgia Super LawyersGeorgia Super Lawyers2015
2012 UGA Law School Distinguished Service ScrollUniversity of Georgia Law School2012
100 Most Influential GeorgiansGeorgia Trend Magazine2005
Most Influential GeorgiansJames Magazine2005
Tradition of Excellence AwardState Bar of Georgia2000
National Constabar Leader of the Year AwardN/A1993
Lawyers Foundation of GeorgiaFellowN/A
Who's Who in AmericaN/AN/A
Who's Who in American LawN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerButler Wooten Cheeley & Peak LLP1988 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
University of Georgia Athletic AssociationBoard of Directors2012 - Present
University of Georgia Law School Board of VisitorsMember2011 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Advisory Committee on LegislationMember1999 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, State Bar Federal Courts Liaison CommitteeVice Chairman1999 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Bar Center CommitteeMember1995 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Columbus Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
State Bar of GeorgiaMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Judicature SocietyMemberN/A
Roscoe Pound FoundationFounding MemberN/A
University System Georgia Board of RegentsChairman2004 - 2005
University System Georgia Board of RegentsVice Chair2003 - 2004
University System of Georgia Board of RegentsMember1999 - 2006
State Bar of Georgia, Statewide Judicial Evaluation CommitteeChair1999 - 2007
University of Georgia Law SchoolAssociation Council1997 - 1999
State Bar of Georgia, Statewide Judicial Evaluation CommitteeCo-chair1997 - 1999
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President1994 - 1997
State Bar of Georgia, Statewide Judicial Evaluation CommitteeMember1993 - 2007
Georgia Center for Law in the Public InterestBoard of Directors, Founding Member1992 - 1993
American Bar Association, Conference of State & Local Bar LeadersCo-chair1991 - 1992
Georgia State Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionChairman1990 - 1991
State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers DivisionChair, Executive Council1990 - 1991
University of Georgia Alumni SocietyBoard of Managers1989 - 1991
Columbus Lawyers ClubPresident1988 - 1999
Columbus Lawyers ClubPresident1988 - 1989
Columbus Lawyers ClubExecutive Committee Member1984 - 1993
Columbus Younger Lawyers ClubPresident1984 - 1985
State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers DivisionExecutive Council1983 - 1997
State Bar of Georgia, General Practice & Trial SectionExecutive Council1983 - 1998
Georgia State Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionExecutive Council1983 - 1987
University of Georgia Young Alumni CouncilVice President1981 - 1983
University of Georgia Alumni SocietyBoard of Managers1981 - 1983
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jay Auto Group, Inc. v. American Suzuki Motor CorporationCash Settlement--Amount Confidential
Toole v. JMICCash Settlement--$45,000,000
Buckner v. Resource Life Insurance Co.Cash Settlement--$47,750,000
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of Georgia, AthensBankingB.B.A.1972
University of Georgia, AthensFinanceB.B.A.1972