Joel is consistently recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in Georgia.Other lawyers routinely seek his help in trying personal injury cases in Atlanta as well as rural areas of Georgia. Joel has developed a reputation as a zealous advocate that will accept nothing less than full justice for his clients. Defense lawyers and insurance companies recognize that Joel is ready, willing, and able to go to trial and obtain justice if they do not offer fair compensation.
Joel was born and raised in Early County, Georgia and has a unique ability to relate to juries in and outside metropolitan areas. He is frequently contacted by attorneys seeking his expertise in trying cases in rural Georgia.
During law school, Joel developed his trial skills prosecuting criminals with his third year practice card in Jefferson County, Alabama. After law school, Joel worked for other firms that specialize in representing injured victims. During this time, he served as lead counsel in personal injury and wrongful death cases in metropolitan and rural areas of Georgia. The verdicts and settlements Joel obtained during that time exceed 30 million dollars. In just the first year after opening his own firm, Joel obtained over 5 million dollars in verdicts and settlement for his clients.
Over the past few years, Joel has written several articles and spoken at numerous seminars helping other lawyers develop their trial skills. He has also been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Joel limits his practice to cases involving trucking and car accident injuries , bicycle and pedestrian injuries, premises liability, product liability, professional malpractice, wrongful death, fraud, breach of contract, and bad faith insurance claims. Joel is admitted to practice in Georgia and Alabama.
Georgia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
Honors and Awards
Super Lawyers Georgia Rising Stars; 2013 – Present
Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow; 2006
Countdown to Trial: Sweat the Small Stuff, GTLA, 2010
Trying Cases Below the Gnat Line, ICLE, 2011
Premises Liability and Apportionment, ICLE, 2011
Trying Cases in Rural Georgia, ICLE, 2012
Apportionment and Its Effect on Premises Liability, GTLA, 2013
Danger, Keep Out!: Effective Pre-Trial Strategies to Identify, Minimize or Exclude Harmful Evidence, ICLE, 2014.
Effective Strategies for Keeping Out Harmful Evidence at Trial, GTLA, 2014
Future Damages, Jury Trial Seminar 2015
Trial: The Paralegal’s Role in Trial Preparation and in Court, GTLA 2015
Premises Liability and Spoliation, Balch & Bingham 2016
Hot Button Issues in Jury Selection, GTLA Annual Convention 2018
“Recent Updates to Georgia Suggested Pattern Jury Instructions (Civil), July 2013-Present.” VERDICT Summer 2015: 29-34