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James B. Wall

James B. Wall

Augusta, Georgia

James B. Wall retired in 2016 and was one of the founders of Burnside Wall, along with Thomas R. Burnside, Jr., now deceased. The emphasis of the firm, and his primary focus, was representing injured plaintiffs. While experience in personal injury, business litigation, and insurance litigation includes the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants, his primary emphasis was on behalf of plaintiffs. Among his more significant appellant decisions affecting injured parties' rights are the 1982 decision in McCafferty vs. Medical College of Georgia, which overruled long standing sovereign immunity for the State and led to the 1983 Amendment to the Georgia Constitution, and Hancock vs. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, allowing the plaintiff to stack uninsured motorist coverage where a tortfeasor is minimally insured.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1974
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1974


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Law Review: University of Georgia School of Law Review
  • University of Georgia
    • B.B.A. cum laude - 1971

Honors and Awards

  • Georgia Super Lawyer, Atlanta Magazine, 2004 - Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2003 - Present
  • Fellow, Georgia Bar Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Augusta Bar Association, 1974 - Present
  • Augusta Bar Association, President, 1998
  • American Bar Association, 1974 - Present
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1978 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, 1978 - Present
  • Young Lawyers Club of Augusta, President, 1980 - 1981
  • Richmond County, Georgia, County Attorney, 1994 - 1995
  • Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, County Attorneys Section, 1994 - 2003
  • City of Harlem, Georgia, City Attorney, 1974 - 1994
  • Augusta, Georgia (Consolidated Government), City Attorney, 1996 - 2003
  • Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, County Attorneys Section, President, 2001 - 2002

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