James Westbury is a partner in the firm and represents clients in civil litigation and business transactions. His practice is concentrated on the areas of civil rights, insurance coverage, and business law.
Mr. Westbury has established himself as a leader in the realm of governmental liability and related insurance issues. He has represented a multitude of Georgia municipalities and their officers and employees under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 as well as state law. Mr. Westbury is a frequent lecturer to government officials, insurance executives, and law enforcement officers. Mr. Westbury serves as coverage counsel to the Georgia Municipal Association risk pool (GIRMA) and the Georgia Housing Authorities Risk Retention Plan (GHARRP).
Mr. Westbury advises health care clients in sophisticated transactional regulatory matters and is respected among health care lawyers for his experience in representing long term care providers. He has developed significant expertise in representing nursing facility owners and operators in lease, sale, and complex joint venture transactions. For fifteen years, he has spoken annually at the Health Care Fundamentals seminar conducted by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
Mr. Westbury is also active within the bar. He served two terms on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and was selected by the Judicial Nominating Commission for the short list for appointment to the Superior Court of the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Mr. Westbury is a Fellow in the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.
A native of Griffin, Mr. Westbury prides himself on his service to the community. For eight years, he served on the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education and was Board Chair for four years. He has served on the boards of the Spalding County Chapter of the Red Cross and Young Life Griffin, is a former member and director of the Kiwanis Club of Griffin, and serves on the Board of Visitors of the UGA Griffin Campus.
Georgia State University, Juris Doctor,1994
University of Georgia, Master of Business Administration, 2015
Georgia State University, Bachelor of Business Administration, 1991
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
Georgia Court of Appeals
Cantrell v. White, 2016 WL 6440374 (11th Cir. 2016).
Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency v. City of Sandy Springs, 337 Ga. App. 340 (Ga. Ct. App. 2016).
Cantrell v. White, 178 F.Supp.3d 1308 (N.D. Ga. 2016).
Bailey v. Davis, 2015 WL 5131778 (M.D. Ga. 2015), 2014 WL 2480614 (M.D. Ga. 2014).
Stevenson v. City of Doraville, 751 S.E.2d 845 (Ga. 2013)(counsel for Amicus Curiae Georgia Municipal Association).
City of College Park v. Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency, 313 Ga. App. 239 (2011), cert. denied (Sept. 10, 2012).
Lavassani v. Canton, 760 F. Supp.2d 1346 (N.D. Ga. 2010).
Heard v. City of Villa Rica, 306 Ga. App. 291, 701 S.E.2d 915 (2010).
Humbert v. City of College Park, et al., 2008 WL 5586504 (N.D. Ga. 2008).
Smith v. City of Unadilla, 510 F.Supp.2d 1335 (M.D. Ga. 2007).
Chime v. Jordan, 2007 WL 1810228 (N.D. Ga. 2007).
Smith v. City of Unadilla, 2006 WL 1935088 (M.D. Ga. 2006).
Banks v. City of Hampton, 280 Ga.App. 432, 634 S.E.2d 192 (2006).
Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency v. Godfrey, 273 Ga. App. 77, 614 S.E.2d 201 (2005).
Govea v. City of Norcross, 608 S.E.2d 36, 608 S.E.2d 677 (2004).
Carringer v. Rodgers, 331 F.3d 844 (11th Cir. 2003).
Carringer v. Rodgers, 276 Ga. 359, 578 S.E.2d 841 (2003).
Carringer v. Rodgers, 293 F.3d 1299 (11th Cir. 2002).
Carringer v. Tessmer, 353 F.3d 1322 (11th Cir. 2001).
Hackbart v. Hackbart, 272 Ga. 26, 526 S.E.2d 840 (2000).
Pruitt Corp. v. Strahley, 270 Ga. 430, 510 S.E.2d 821 (1999)(counsel for Amicus Curiae Georgia Health Care Association).
Vencor, Inc. v. Shalala, 988 F.Supp. 1467 (N.D. Ga. 1997).
Hospital Therapy Serv. of Ga., Inc. v. Shalala 1997 WL 1068207 (N.D. Ga. 1997).