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
You just keep knocking them out of the park. Am I ever going to read the FCDR and not see your picture under the title "Big Defense Win".....?
Court
I want to thank you for a job well done, as well as all the hard work put into this by Jeff and the rest of the team. On behalf of my company we very much appreciate your collective efforts.
Risk Manager of Fortune 1000 Company
Thank you and David Sawyer and our insurers for the outstanding work to get the not-guilty verdict in this case for us. It seems to us that David Sawyer's outstanding legal work left the protagonist absolutely no toehold for pursuing the appeals process. If you had an evaluation form, we would give David a hearty "exceeds expectations." And we had very high expectations.
President of Defendant Company
I have been very impressed with your work on this novel case. The quality of your preparation was evident at the hearing and will be shared with the claims department. I’m optimistic for a favorable result in this case!
Vice President and Counsel for a national insurance company
We so appreciate your presentation and obvious preparedness for yesterday's motion hearing. It is our belief that your last summary brief probably helped the judge understand the sequence of events much better and landed you that whopping sum you were awarded. [...] Anyway, thank you and we appreciate your efforts. The first and only glimmer of a bright spot since [we were sued].
Insured Client
Matt, I wanted to pass along my congratulations to you for the result on this case and the appreciation of our insured. I have shared a letter sent to me from the insured with our management here. It expresses appreciation for the professionalism and skill demonstrated by all involved in this case, including the legal representation your firm provided. Thank you for your efforts as our panel counsel.
Client
Rishi – I love working with you! You totally have all the balls in the court.
Claims Examiner with a Major Client
That is great news Matt, thanks for all your efforts.
Regional Claims Manager, National Insurer
I have personally witnessed Matt in action and he is an exceptional lawyer with an excellent moral compass.
Lawyer Peer Praise for Matt Moffett
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