Attorney Spotlight

James Merritt, Jr.

  • 1700 Atlanta Plaza
    950 East Paces Ferry Road
    Atlanta, Georgia 30326

  • Phone: (404) 870-7446
  • Fax: (404) 870-1043

James Merritt, Jr. is an associate at Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske. His practice primarily focuses on personal injury, premises liability, and commercial litigation.

Practice Areas

At Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, LLP, our practice focuses on civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. Our attorneys have been defending insurance companies, local governmental entities, and private corporations for over thirty years...

Representative Cases

Coggins v. Moore’s Auto Care

Mike St. Amand successfully defended Moore’s Auto Care and its employee, Wade Wilhoit, in the case of Gary Coggins v. Moore’s Auto Care in a Polk County trial October 20-23, 2014. Mr. Coggins was represented by an experienced and accomplished local trial a…

Hulsey v. Nicely

Mike St. Amand obtained a defense verdict in the Superior Court of White County on behalf of Kenneth Nicely in the case of Donna Hulsey and Timothy Hulsey v. Kenneth Nicely. This case was tried November 17-20, 2014 with the jury returning a verdict for the De…

A Great Result for the Defense Where Plaintiff was Seeking Eight Figures

Recently, we obtained a very defense-favorable resolution to a shooting-injury case in which Plaintiff’s counsel sought an “eight figure” verdict. In this case, the Plaintiff was a young woman who was shot and injured when she and her family were visi…

Court of Appeals Agrees That a Manufacturer Does Not Have a Duty to Warn of Obvious and Avoidable Dangers

On March 17, 2011, the Georgia Court of Appeals in Kelly v. Hedwin Co.¸ affirmed the principle that a manufacturer has no duty to warn of a product-connected danger which is obvious and generally known. The Court upheld the granting of summary judgme…

Divided Court of Appeals Applies Assumption of Risk to Nine-Year-Old

On March 30, 2011, a divided Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to a playground equipment design company in a suit filed on behalf of a 9-year-old boy who sustained serious injuries when he fell off the “Infant Maze…

Testimonials

Client response to Matt's latest blog, Paying your fair share (but only your fair share)!   Matt, I enjoyed watching you "do your thing" and I appreciate you sharing. I look forward to seeing what decision the court renders. Thank you for all you do for us and our industry. - Senior Vice President of national insurer  
Client Appreciation for Matt Moffett
I am still wondering how you pulled it off for the at fault driver!!
Defense Lawyer Peer
Nicole and Michael: Great work! Amazing result.
Client In-House Counsel
Matt, Thanks for all your great efforts on this. Great job and great team.
Sr. Claims Specialist, National Insurer
Nice work Matt, you are batting a thousand this year.
Client
I want to thank you for all of your hard work and the great job you did preparing and trying the case.  I heard along the way what a good job you both did during trial, and several colleagues asked me to pass along their respects for a job well done.   I just got off the phone with the insured and he couldn't say enough about what great lawyers you both are and how much he appreciated how well you treated him.  His wife used words like "superb" and "fantastic," and said that she couldn't have hand picked better attorneys.   They both felt a great sense of relief getting what they called vindication.  I think this will help them move on after almost five years. Thanks again for your hard work.
Client Testimonial
Nicole, We found no inaccuracies in either document. We are very impressed with the depth of research evidenced by the thoroughness of both documents and thankful that you are on our side. Thanks
Effective Research
That is great news Matt, thanks for all your efforts.
Regional Claims Manager, National Insurer
A friend of mine was a juror in one of your cases a few years ago and she respected you and your work. This is why I am contacting you. I would love to speak with you at your convenience.
Juror Recommendation
Matt, Thank you. It was a great verdict and I am sure the insured individual is in a better state of mind now. You did an excellent job in the defense of this case. It was my pleasure to work with you.
Client
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