Attorney - James B. Durham

Attorney:

James B. Durham
Partner
HBS Brunswick Office

P: 912.554.0093
F: 912.554.1973
E: jdurham@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

Jim Durham is a Partner in the HBS Brunswick office. Mr. Durham is a Past President of the State Bar of Georgia and a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Throughout his career, Mr. Durham has been involved in complex civil litigation including commercial litigation, construction litigation, industrial accidents, products liability defense, professional negligence, medical malpractice defense, shareholder derivative actions, and mining law and mineral resource litigation. He was in trial for several months in the San Juan Dupont Plaza Hotel fire case representing International Elevators, a division of Otis Elevators. He is involved extensively in commercial litigation, including trade secret litigation, contractual dispute litigation, partnership/shareholder disputes, covenants not to compete, shareholder derivative actions, tax litigation, and large industrial accidents for corporate clients.  He assists his clients with OSHA investigations and hearings.  Mr. Durham has been involved in medical malpractice defense work representing physicians and hospitals throughout South Georgia.  During his 30 plus-year career, he has represented numerous insurance companies in matters involving personal injury defense, coverage issues, and first party defense.
Mr. Durham graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. cum laude in 1980.  Mr. Durham received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1983. While at the University of Georgia, Mr. Durham was President of the Student Union, President of Gridiron, President of Sphinx Honorary Society, and President of Blue Key Honorary Society.  He has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since his graduation in 1983.  He is admitted to practice in all courts in Georgia, including the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.  Mr. Durham is further admitted in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the The Supreme Court of the United States
Mr. Durham has been peer rated AV with Martindale Hubbell for over twenty years. He has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer every year beginning in 2005. He has been consistently selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Durham has been involved in a variety of complex civil litigation cases, including products liability defense, and trucking industry and mineral resource litigation. He represented International Elevators, a division of Otis Elevators, in a major case related to a hotel fire.  
He has extensive experience in commercial litigation, including trade secret litigation, contractual dispute litigation, partnership/shareholder disputes, covenants not to compete and tax litigation for corporate clients. 

Construction

Insurance Coverage

During his more than 30 years of practicing law, Mr. Durham has represented numerous insurance companies in matters involving personal injury defense, coverage issues and first-party defense.

Products Liability

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

Mr. Durham frequently handles medical malpractice defense work, representing physicians and hospitals throughout South Georgia.

Education

B.A., University of Georgia, cum laude,1980
J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 1983

Admitted

Georgia
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
The Supreme Court of the United States

Membership

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Member, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association;
Judicial Qualifications Commission (2004-2013)
Member, Advisory Committee to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia (2008-2012)
State Bar of Georgia (President, 2002-2003; President-Elect, 2001-2002; Treasurer, 1999-2001; Member, Executive Committee, 1996-2004; Board of Governors, 1990-2004; Chairman, Committee on Legislation, 1999-2000; Special Advisory Committee to the Pro-Bono Project; Disciplinary Rules & Procedures Committee; Judicial Procedure & Administration Committee; Organization of State Bar Advertising Committee; Court Futures Committee; State Disciplinary Board Review Panel, Chairman, 1995, Vice Chairman, 1994)
Chairman, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2003-2004)
Trustee, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education (2004-2005)
Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency (Trustee, 2004-2008, Chairman, 2008)
Brunswick-Glynn County Bar Association (President, 1989; Vice President, 1988; Secretary, 1987; Member, Executive Committee, 1986-1990)
American Bar Association (Member, House of Delegates, 2003)
Leadership Georgia (1997)

Awards

Super Lawyers, 2008-2018

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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