Georgia Trial Lawyer

Practice includes: Attorney Fee Issues, Appellate Practice, Family Law and Divorce, Civil Litigation, and Arbitration concerning Contracts, Business Torts, Internet disputes, Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Copyright, Real Estate, Corporations, Probate Estates, and Partnerships.

Mr. Penland is an active trial attorney who has handled hundreds of civil litigation matters, including jury trials, bench trials, appeals, mediations, arbitrations, and complex negotiations since 1975. Mr. Penland has handled cases involving contracts, divorce, child custody, abusive litigation, bankruptcy, software technology, internet law, trademarks, copyright, intellectual property, and a large variety of other matters.

Mr. Penland's special talent is in representing clients in matters involving complex issues and high emotions between the parties, such as claims of abusive litigation, divorces, and business disputes. He also represents peripheral parties caught up in major business litigations. Mr. Penland has developed effective procedures for managing cases having high volumes of documentary evidence using case and document management software he has developed over the years and that is customized to meet the needs of the individual case.

Mr. Penland has litigated and consulted on attorney fee issues at the trial and appellate levels.  Mr. Penland's practice includes representation of attorneys and parties in attorney fee and abusive litigation matters, including O.C.G.A Sections 13-6-11, 9-15-14, and 51-7-80.

Mr. Penland is a recognized speaker on the law and procedure of attorney fees in Georgia. He has spoken for many years at the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education's annual Abusive Litigation seminar and at other seminars on attorney fees.

Mr. Penland is a member of the Appellate Practice, Family Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law sections of the State Bar of Georgia.

Background Information

Admitted to the Georgia Bar on June 12, 1975

J.D.Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1975
B.A. (Economics), Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1972

Federal Courts:
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Georgia Courts:
Supreme Court of Georgia
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Georgia Superior Courts and other Georgia state and local trial courts.

Contact Information

PHONE: 404 636-1000
FAX: 404 321-2338

James W. Penland
Attorney at Law
P. O. Box 450268
Atlanta, GA 31145-0268

3756 Lavista Road, Suite 106
Tucker, GA 30084

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GPS Coordinates 33.841750, -84.261690

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2012 Penland on OCGA 13-6-11.pdf
A primer on Georgia's application of the "American Rule" for charging attorney fees against a party. O.C.G.A. ยง 13-6-11 is the default attorney fee rule in Georgia civil cases and applies in all cases in which other, specialized rules for attorney fees do not apply.