James A. Gober

171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363
404.873.8676 phone

James “Jim” Gober is a partner who leads the firm’s Real Estate Litigation Practice within the broader Business Litigation Practice. Due to his expertise in landlord and tenant law litigation displayed in court and as a frequent seminar presenter, and his leadership position with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation as its former president and long-time board member, Mr. Gober was chosen by the former Chief Judge of the Fulton County State Court to serve as a Fulton County Magistrate by designation to handle eviction cases on a pro bono basis during 2011.

Mr. Gober focuses his practice on the representation of property owners, developers, landlords, tenants, property managers, contractors, brokers and others concerned with legal issues related to real estate, such as landlord-tenant disputes, statutory eviction and distress proceedings, the enforcement of loan documents and contracts for the purchase and sale of real property, foreclosures, actions for the partition of land, quiet title actions, specific performance relief, claims for nuisance and trespass, construction claims and liens, and equitable proceedings for injunctive relief. He has extensive experience in handling general business litigation in a broad range of areas besides real estate, including in particular breach of contract actions and disputes involving business tort claims such as fraud, conversion, defamation, and interference with contractual and business relationships that may include claims for punitive damages. Mr. Gober has focused his practice primarily on litigation in the Superior Courts, State Courts, Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Mr. Gober has been this firm’s Real Estate Litigation Practice leader for a number of years, but he also has been a leader in organizations involved with the delivery of pro bono legal services to the poor in the Atlanta community and, on occasion, statewide. He served as the 2012 President of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF), which honored Mr. Gober with the Domestic Violence “Break the Cycle” Award in 2004 for his pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence in Fulton County Superior Court cases. In 2007, AVLF presented the firm with the S. Phillip Heiner Award, given annually to the organization or person who best exemplifies high ideals and selfless dedication in the provision of legal services to indigents, stating at the presentation that a deciding factor was Mr. Gober’s service to victims of domestic violence when AVLF’s program was in transition. In 2011, Mr. Gober personally received the S. Phillip Heiner Award for his pro bono service. Also, Mr. Gober was a leader of the firm’s participation and provision of hundreds of hours of work on the successful Georgia Appleseed pro bono project to rewrite the Georgia Child Protection and Public Safety Act that is expected to replace the existing Georgia Juvenile Code soon. Whether representing clients of the firm in real estate or business law cases or serving indigent clients and domestic violence victims pro bono, Mr. Gober is a strong and experienced advocate who cares about his clients and their case outcomes.