James G. Smith

Attorney in Athens, GA
James G. Smith is an associate in the Athens office, although he regularly travels to the Atlanta office as well. He graduated cum laude with a degree in history from the University of Georgia. From Athens, Mr. Smith went to the Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta where he received his J.D. in 2007. In law school, Mr. Smith was a member of the College of Law's Moot Court Board and competed in the 2006 National Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Originally from Fitzgerald, Georgia, Mr. Smith lived in Atlanta for six years after graduating from the University of Georgia before moving back to Athens in 2010. He is an avid runner who has completed nine half marathons and two full marathons. He is active in the Athens community and values all that the city has to offer such as the great food, live music, University of Georgia sporting events, and everything else in between.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Mr. Smith has experience representing small and mid-size corporate clients including partnerships and limited liability corporations in many aspects of business litigation. Mr. Smith is committed to providing quality representation in assisting clients in making critical business decisions and has assisted in matters such as contract disputes, partnership disagreements, and litigation management.

Insurance Coverage

Mr. Smith represents insurance companies in both first and third party suits and has experience in all aspects of insurance defense from the filing of the case through representing the client in trial. Whether providing a coverage opinion or representation through the trial level, Mr. Smith is committed to providing quality representation to the client.

Workers' Compensation

Mr. Smith is experienced in defending employers and insurers at all stages of workers' compensation litigation including the trial and appellate level as well as the settlement and medciation level. He has successfully argued before the Appellate Division on behalf of the State of Georgia and has presented numerous winning motions to the State Board of Workers' Compensation.


The Claimant had a Stroke While at Work and Has Suffered Ongoing Medical Problems. Is This a Compensable Injury?,May 2014,HBS Workers' Compensation Blog

Case Study: A Ten Year-Old Injury Rears Its Head (or Knee), February 2014, HBS Workers' Compensation Blog

Price is Right Appearance Leads to Workers' Compensation Fraud Conviction, June 2013, HBS Workers' Compensation Blog

Unscheduled Breaks and Deviations from the Scope of Employment,August 2012, HBS Workers' Compensation Blog

Social Networkers Have Nowhere to Hide, April 2012, HBS Workers' Compensation Blog

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Areas of Law

  • Business Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Coverage


Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 2007, Georgia
Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals

Law School Attended

Georgia State University College of Law
Class of 2007

University Attended

University of Georgia
Class of 2004

Associations & Memberships

Membership Western Circuit Bar Association (2011) Athens-Clarke County Chamber of Commerce The 1919 (Athens Regional Foundation's Young Professionals Society)... More

Contact Information






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Office Information
James G. Smith
 440 College Avenue North, Suite 120,
Athens, GA 30601-2773


Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (Athens, Georgia)

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