Attorney - James G.  Smith


James G. Smith
HBS Brunswick Office

P: 912-554-0093
F: 912-554-1973
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James was born and raised in Fitzgerald, Georgia, and attended college at the University of Georgia where he obtained a degree in History. From Athens, he went to the Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta and received his J.D. in 2007.  James began working with the firm’s Atlanta office out of law school before eventually moving to Athens in 2010. After a brief stint in a solo practice, James rejoined the firm in 2012 and worked out of Athens until 2015 before having the opportunity to move to the Brunswick office to help expand the firm’s workers’ compensation presence in south Georgia.  He and his wife Ryan, an elementary special education teacher, are both avid runners and love to travel. 

Practice Areas

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

The majority of Mr. Smith’s practice is devoted to defending employers and insurers at all stages of workers' compensation litigation, from the trial and appellate level to the settlement and mediation level.


Georgia State University College of Law, J.D. (2007)
University of Georgia, B.A.(2004)


Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals


 Glynn County Bar Association


New OSHA Reporting Rule and Intoxication Defenses, WorkPlace Health magazine, Fall 2016, pg.34
Horseplay or Not Horseplay: That is the Question, October 2015, HBS Workers' Compensation Blog
Medical Marijuana: What It May Mean To Georgia, Workers' Compensation Law Section Newsletter, Summer 2015, pg.18-19
Medical Marijuana Questions and Preparation, Workplace Health Magazine, Spring 2015, pg.13
Spider Bite Myths, October 2014, HBS Workers' Compensation Blog
The Claimant had a Stroke While at Work and Has Suffered Ongoing Medical Problems. Is This a Compensable Injury?May 2014HBS 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