Jim is a partner and leads the firm’s Real Estate Litigation practice, within the broader Litigation practice. He is a member of the Retail and Office & Industrial industry teams. His reputation as a leading real estate litigator is widely recognized after more than 44 years of practice. Property owners, developers, landlords, tenants, property managers, contractors and brokers choose to work with Jim as a result of his established success. He has a particular strength in landlord-tenant disputes, statutory eviction and distress proceedings. He also handles 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. With extensive experience in general business litigation outside of real estate, Jim resolves 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.
Jim 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. Additionally, he generously gave numerous hours of work to the successful Georgia Appleseed pro bono project to rewrite the Georgia Child Protection and Public Safety Act that replaced an existing Georgia Juvenile Code. Whether representing clients in real estate or business law cases or serving indigent clients and domestic violence victims pro bono, Jim is a strong and experienced advocate who cares deeply for his clients and their case outcomes.