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John Coleman Morrison III

Personal injury Attorney at Columbus, GA

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JOHN C. ("BUDDY") MORRISON III is a partner at Butler Wooten Cheeley & Peak LLP and litigates wrongful death, product liability, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, personal injury, trucking, and class action cases in state and federal courts throughout the nation. Buddy worked with a team that recently resolved a group of consumer class action cases versus credit insurance companies, with settlements against three companies each exceeding $45 million. Buddy has also represented injured plaintiffs against a number of trucking companies and drunk drivers, with a number of the recoveries in such cases exceeding $5 million.

Buddy has lived in the Middle Georgia area since he was five years old. After graduating from Pike County High School in Zebulon, Georgia, Buddy went to Mercer University for his undergraduate education. There, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Political Science. At Mercer, Buddy was a captain of the "Binary Bears" computer programming team that has won multiple championships and excelled in a number of programming competitions around the world. Upon finishing his undergraduate studies, Buddy decided to stay in Macon to attend the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University on a full scholarship. He graduated magna cum laude with a certificate in Advanced Legal Writing. Buddy received multiple scholastic honors, including membership on the Mercer Law Review and five "CALI" awards for excellence in particular classes.

Buddy has worked with Butler Wooten Cheeley & Peak LLP since graduating law school in 2006. He is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Columbus Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division, the Columbus, Georgia Inn of Court, the Chattahoochee Bar Association, the Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He has contributed to a scholarly article for the Mercer Law Review each year since 2007, and he contributes regular articles to the firm's blog. An avid sports fan, Buddy serves his community by serving on the Columbus State University Athletic Fund Board.

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Licensed for 16 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/03/2022

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Butler Wooten Cheeley & Peak LLP
105 13th Street
P.O. Box 2766
Columbus, GA, 31902-2766
Butler Wooten & Peak LLP
2719 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA, 30324
Butler Wooten & Peak LLP
24 Drayton Street Suite 1000
Savannah, GA, 31401
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Posted by Daniel | March 4, 2015
Mr. Morrison is excellent!
I was recently in the process of buying my first home. A few years ago I had done a credit consolidation and realized that could significantly hamper my credit score and thus my ability to purchase a home. I reached out to Mr. Morrison and he returned my call that same day. We met in person and he immediately advised me what credit agencies to contact, what to ask, and what information and forms I needed to have completed for my mortgage company. After speaking with the credit agencies, I again met with Mr. Morrison. He provided accurate and knowledgable advice on completing the forms and ensured I had done everything correctly to better my chances with the mortgage company. Without the help of Mr. Morrison, I feel I may still be renting an apartment and not enjoying the wonderful home my fiance and I now live in. Mr. Morrison (or Buddy as I now call him) was delightful, responsive, professional, timely, and unbelievably helpful! I have no doubt I would not own my home now without the help of Buddy and am also glad he accepted and attended the house warming party!
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  • Contingency 33%-45%


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Butler Wooten Cheeley & Peak LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate
  • Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP
  • 2006 - 2014


  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Mercer University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Cohan v. KPMG
  • Confidential Cash Settlement
  • Humphrey v Brilansie et al
  • 2.5 million verdict
  • Buckner v. Resource Life
  • $47.75 million cash settlement
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  • American Association for Justice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Columbus American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2010 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Columbus Trial Lawyers Association
  • Vice President
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • LEAD Program
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Walter F. George School of Law
  • 2006
  • Outstanding Junior in Computer Science
  • Mercer University
  • 2005
  • Jesse Mercer Scholarship
  • Walter F. George School of Law
  • 2003
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Mercer University
  • 2003
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  • Verdict
  • Strategies for Jury Charges
  • 2014
  • State Bar of Georgia, Calendar Call
  • Requests for Admission: Not Discovery, and Not Subject to Discovery Deadlines
  • 2013
  • Mercer Law Review
  • Trial Practice and Procedure
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Fall Seminar
  • Panel Discussion
  • 2013
  • Computer Science Spring Banquet
  • Keynote Address
  • 2013

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Unknown Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Buddy when I first began practicing in Columbus. Since then, I have come to know him as a diligent and highly capable attorney, as well as an attorney other attorneys enjoy working with. I have also had the chance to be around Buddy socially, and know that he is as respected for his character and friendliness as he is for his skills as a litigator. I highly recommend him to anyone in Columbus who is looking for strong representation in their personal injury or wrongful death suit."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Morrison is an extremely intelligent and detail-oriented attorney. I would without hesitation refer injured friends and family members, or any other folks I meet needing an experienced plaintiff's attorney."
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Columbus Personal injury Lawyer John Coleman Morrison III
John Coleman Morrison III
Personal injury Attorney
Columbus, GA
Licensed for 16 years