James W. "Jim" Purcell

James W. "Jim" Purcell


Fulcher Hagler LLP

Recognized since 2007

Augusta, Georgia

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Environmental

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Railroad Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Railroad Law
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As a young lawyer, Jim Purcell cut his teeth prosecuting felonies in the Augusta Judicial Circuit. His cases ran the gamut from murder and other violent crimes to complex violent crimes to complex fraud prosecutions which resulted in the convictions of public figures. He rose to a position supervising other Assistant District Attorneys as a Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Judicial Circuit. Several dozen reported appellate cases chronicle a lasting legacy of his service to the State of Georgia. After five years of public service, Jim entered the civil arena where he began representing physicians, transportation companies and insurers in a wide range of litigated matters. Over the years his practice has included more complex cases, including defense of financial institutions and other corporations in class action lawsuits filed in the state and federal courts of Georgia. He has participated as a member of trial teams trying cases in adjacent southeastern states involving complex catastrophic litigation.

Jim continues to embrace the world view and small town virtues he formed growing up in Calhoun, Georgia. There he learned the value of hard work, fair play and public service. Over the years he has been recognized with leadership positions in local civic organizations, a seven year term on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the state of Georgia and served as President of the Augusta Bar Association. By invitation, he has participated in Bar and judicial committees including a committee to select a federal Magistrate Judge. He is active in his church currently serving as Chair of the Pastoral Council and liaison to its Finance Commission.

Location

  • One 10th Street, Suite 700
    Augusta, GA 30901

Education

  • University of Georgia, AB, graduated 1973

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, State Bar of Georgia

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Railroad Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Railroad Law, Augusta, GA (2023)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Augusta, GA (2022)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Augusta, GA (2020)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Augusta, GA (2017)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Augusta, GA (2015)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Augusta, GA (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Railroad Law

"James Purcell is the lead attorney with the litigation group in his firm and has trained some outstanding folks to follow in his tracks. He has great knowledge of the law and great court room presence. Mr. Purcell is one of the most outstanding individuals I have ever known and one of the best attorneys I have working for me."

"James Purcell is one of the best. He is great to work with, extremely smart, and has great "people skills"."

"James Purcell is a well-respected, outstanding lawyer in Augusta with an extreme knowledge of the law. He is a great leader and always leads by example. He is very loyal to his clients and always, without exception, goes the extra mile in protecting their interest."

- H. Dean Thomerson, Jr. (CSX Transportation, Inc.), Florence, SC

"Mr. Purcell has represented many companies that I've worked for, as well as represented me personally in several coverage matters. His expertise and demeanor in the legal arena are exceptional and he is highly respected by clients, other attorneys, judges, etc. He is the attorney that I would want to represent me at trial in the Augusta area if I were a defendant."

- Brent J. Hoffman (The Medical Protective Company), Lilburn, GA

"Jim has stood fast in service to my firm throughout his years with Fulcher Hagler. He has counseled me in both personal and corporate legal matters, and has never failed to exhibit respect for me as both a client and a trusted business friend. I have known Jim personally for almost 40 years and can attest to the strength of his character, both as an individual and as an attorney. His impeccable wit never colors his professionalism, yet serves to lighten the climate somewhat when tensions are high. In short, he delivers a superior product and, in doing so, brings forth my best effort as a client. In these uncertain economic times, retirement seems a fiction of the past; however, Jim is one of those business associates with whom I look forward to many more years of productivity."

- William K. Bass, Jr. (Insurance Specialists, Inc.)

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