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.
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.
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.