James W. Penland
Attorney at Law
Mr. Penland is an experienced legal counsellor, litigator, and advocate for his clients. Admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1975, he has worked closely counselling and protecting clients for over 42 years. Mr. Penland is an active trial attorney who has handled hundreds of complex civil litigation matters, including jury trials, bench trials, appeals, and complex negotiations since 1975. Mr. Penland has been counsel in cases in courts from the county and city court level, through the Georgia and federal courts, and all of the way up to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Penland's special talent is in representing individuals and businesses in matters involving complex legal and financial issues with difficult emotional issues between the parties, such as high stakes partnership disputes, probate battles, and business disputes.
Among the many types of cases Mr. Penland has handled are cases involving real estate, domestic relations, divorce, probate, contracts, torts, software technology, internet law, trademarks, copyright, and intellectual property disputes. Mr. Penland has developed effective procedures for managing cases having high volumes of documentary evidence using powerful case and document management software he developed over the years and customizes for the needs of the individual case.
Mr. Penland is a recognized litigator, speaker, and authority on the law and procedure of Attorney Fees and Abusive Litigation in Georgia, including matters arising under O.C.G.A. §13-6-11, §9-15-14, and attorney fees arising in domestic relations and probate cases. As a lawyer's lawyer, he has litigated and consulted on attorney fee issues at the trial level and handled appeals in the appellate courts. He is often hired by other lawyers to help them with attorney fee and Abusive Litigation issues for their clients, serving in the capacity as consulting co-counsel or as an expert witness. Mr. Penland has represented both individuals and attorneys in Abusive Litigation cases. Mr. Penland is the author of “Attorney Fees under O.C.G.A. §13-6-11”, an authoritative treatise on Attorney Fee rules and practice in Georgia.
Mr. Penland became a lawyer when he was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia on June 12, 1975.
Juris Doctor, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1975 Bachelor of Arts (Economics Major), Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1972.
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
Court of Appeals of Georgia
All Georgia Superior Courts and other state and local trial courts.
Mr. Penland serves actively in his community. Mr. Penland is active in his church and has coached neighborhood sports teams. Mr. Penland has been active serving in the Boy Scouts as a Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Troop Committee Chairman. He is an Eagle Scout.
Mr. Penland is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as an Extra Class Amateur Radio (Ham radio) Operator with the call sign N4RAR. He is active in serving the community as an amateur radio operator and a leader of Amateur Radio groups. He is the DeKalb County Emergency Coordinator for the DeKalb Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). ARES serves by providing emergency communications support to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the DeKalb County Emergency Agency, and the Georgia Hospital Association as a part of a nationwide network of emergency radio operators. He also teaches radio classes to help people gain their FCC Amateur Radio Licenses.
Mr. Penland is a life-long resident of DeKalb County and has been married to Ruth Primm for nearly thirty years. He has two grown daughters and two grown sons.
Their knowledge of the law resolved an issue I was having with a crooked company. Not only did they give it readily; it was free of charge and without ask of gain for themselves. You all gained a client with that level of help and assurance, I would recommend you give them a call if you need real help.
Mrs. Ruth is AWESOME!!!!!
I spoke with Mrs. Ruth about filing a case against my previous landlord for not returning my deposit. From the moment I answered the phone, she was in case mode. Her knowledge, expertise, and spirit exuded. She asked for details of my potential case and immediately offered assistance. It wasn't about her fee and how much I would be charged, it was about justice for a wrongdoing. Her integrity reaffirmed my confidence in the judicial system. I highly recommend Mrs. Ruth and would have no problem paying her fee to represent me in my civil matter because I'm confident in the results she would get for me. Absolutely worth every penny of her fee!!!!!!! Thank you Mrs. Ruth for your assistance!!!
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