Jess Davis

Atlanta Medical Malpractice Lawyer

 

Jess Davis is an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer; he’s represented people catastrophically injured by medical negligence in Georgia and almost every other state. Jess has received nearly every award and honor available to Georgia trial attorneys, has led numerous legal and community organizations, and is regularly called upon by the media for comment on complex or high-profile legal matters. His law firm has recovered more than $100,000,000 for its clients, including multiple eight-figure verdicts and settlements.

Before founding Davis Adams, LLC, Jess was a member of the Litigation & Trial Practice Group at Alston & Bird, a leading international law firm, where he focused primarily on antitrust litigation. He has published articles on the subject of predatory bidding and was a contributor to the preeminent antitrust law treatise, Antitrust Advisor, as well as the American Bar Association’s seven-volume In-House Counsel’s Essential Toolkit. Although his antitrust days are behind him, the complexity involved in those cases was ideal training for medical malpractice litigation.

Jess maintains a highly active and wide-ranging pro bono practice. He helped spearhead a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. government related to the illegal detention of Vietnamese refugees; he’s successfully represented detainees at ICE’s Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga., through the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative; and he’s provided free legal services to animal welfare organizations through the Animal Rescue Legal Society, which he founded in 2005 after participating in the emergency evacuation of animals from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Outside of his legal work, Jess has served on the Board of Directors for The Community School and Druid Hills Youth Sports, where he’s coached more than 30 seasons of youth baseball.

Before attending law school, Jess spent nearly a decade as a political aide and operative in Washington, DC, and in Georgia, including stints with the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and numerous political campaigns at every level, including presidential, congressional, state and mayoral races. He remains active in national, state, and local politics.

Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Executive Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Parliamentarian, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Education Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Membership Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Vice Chair, Education Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Amicus Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Membership Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Education Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Legislative Affairs Committee, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Champion Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Civil Justice PAC
  • Champion Member, Civil Justice PAC
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, Bench & Bar Committee, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, Board of Directors, DeKalb Bar Association
  • Member, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Membership Committee, DeKalb Bar Association
  • Member, DeKalb Bar Association
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Section, DeKalb Bar Association
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation Section, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member, American Academy of Jurisprudence
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Professional Negligence Section, American Association for Justice
  • Member, National Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Constitution Society
  • Member, NAACP
  • Member, Human Rights Campaign
  • Chair, Committee to Keep Judge Stacey K. Hydrick
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Community School
  • Member, Board of Directors, Druid Hills Youth Sports
  • Member, Capital Campaign Committee, Druid Hills Youth Sports
  • Founder, Animal Rescue Legal Society

Awards and Professional Recognition

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  • Champion of Justice Award, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Lifetime Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Lifetime Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • Seal of Excellence, American Jurist Institute
  • Georgia Super Lawyer
  • Georgia Super Lawyer, Rising Star
  • Georgia’s Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine
  • Top Young Attorneys in Georgia, Atlanta Magazine
  • Georgia’s Top-Rated Lawyer, Legal Leaders: Georgia’s Top-Rated Lawyers
  • Litigator Awards Nominee, Trial Lawyers Board of Regents
  • 10 Best (Client Satisfaction), American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Medical Malpractice, The American Lawyer
  • Premier 100 Georgia Trial Attorneys, National Academy of Jurisprudence
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers

Publications and Media

Trial Themes in Technical Cases—Lessons Learned

Toxic & Mass Torts CLE, ICLE Presenter—Atlanta, Ga., March 28, 2019

Initial Investigation—Is the Case Viable?

Medical Malpractice from Start to Finish, National Business Institute Presenter—Atlanta, Ga., March 7, 2019

Trial Themes and Tactics—Making the Complex Simple

Toxic & Mass Torts CLE, ICLE Presenter—Atlanta, Ga., March 29, 2018

Watch Me CLE, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Co-Chair, Savannah, Ga., January 27-28, 2017

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention

Co-Chair, Atlanta, Ga., April 28-29, 2016

What’s Next in the Ross Harris Murder Trial?

Fox 5 News Television Interview, Atlanta, Ga., April 29, 2016

Man Shoots and Kills Alleged Car Thief

Fox 5 News Television Interview, Atlanta, Ga., March 20, 2016

Practical Tactics for Preparing and Neutralizing Experts

Jury Trial Tactics CLE, ICLE Presenter—January 2016

You’ve Got Until Midnight to Cash In These Lotto Tickets

11 Alive News Television Interview, Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 2015

Millions Worth of Georgia Lottery Tickets Go Unclaimed Before Deadline

CBS 46 News Television Interview, Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 2015

Weekly Check-Up with Dr. Bruce Feinberg

WSB-TV News Radio Interview, Atlanta, Ga., June 21, 2015

Jobs Spotlight: Jess Davis III, Personal Injury Attorney

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus, Ga., June 21, 2015

Strain on Jurors in Atlanta School Cheating Trial

WSB-TV News Television Interview, Atlanta, Ga., November 14, 2014

Atlanta Public School Cheating Trial Jury Selection

CBS 46 News Television Interview, Atlanta, Ga., July 1, 2014

Legal Expert: Class Action Lawsuit Against VA Unlikely

CBS 46 News Television Interview, Atlanta, Ga., June 11, 2014

Local Attorney Sounds Off on VA Healthcare Scandal

Fox 5 News Television Interview, Atlanta, Ga., June 11, 2014

Cases Concerning VA Medical Care Continue to Pile Up

WSB-TV News Television Interview, Atlanta, Ga., June 6, 2014

Resolving Medical Negligence Cases: Turning Good Cases Into Good Recoveries

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention Presenter—Atlanta, Ga., April 2014

Expertise in Plaintiff Personal Injury Law: Medical Malpractice

Atlanta Bar Association CLE Presenter, Atlanta, Ga., January 2014

Using Medical Experts to Add Value to Your Case

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Essential Torts CLE Presenter—Macon, Ga., February 2013

Effectively Using Expert Witnesses

Southern Poverty Law Center Annual Retreat Presenter—Orange Beach, Ala., October 2012

The In-House Counsel Essential Toolbox

American Bar Association Contributor—2006

Ross-Simmons v. Weyerhaeuser:

The Supreme Court Rules on Antitrust Liability for Predatory Bidding Antitrust Section Newsletter, American Bar Association Author—Fall 2006

Antitrust Advisor

West Publishing Contributor—2005