John C. Bruffey, Jr - Partner

John Bruffey has been practicing Workers’ Compensation law for 29 years. He serves clients in a variety of industries with particular experience in construction, manufacturing, food & beverage, retail, trucking, hospitals, and school boards. He works with In House Counsel, Risk Managers, Adjusters, HR Executives, Third Party Administrators, and Insurers throughout the state.

He has tried cases in the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims for self-insured and insured employers throughout Georgia and has argued cases before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. With almost three decades of experience, Mr. Bruffey has tried hundreds of Workers’ Compensation hearings and has taken and defended hundreds of depositions including expert testimony from physicians, chiropractors and other medical professionals.

Mr. Bruffey is a frequent speaker on Workers' Compensation for clients and numerous national organizations, is a Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Lawyer, and received Georgia Super Lawyers for Workers’ Compensation, 2004-2006.

Reported Cases:

Reliance Elec. Co. V. Brightwell, 284 Ga. App. 235, 643 S.E.2d 742 (2007) This case established the procedural standard for suspending income benefits under O.C.G.A. § 34-9-221. 

Gray Bldg. Svs. Trine, 260 Ga. 252, 391 S.E.2d 764 (1990) This case set the standard for statutory employment law by defining the subcontractor relationship and setting a distinction between material suppliers and contractors.  


Campbell University, JD, 1984
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, 1979

Court Admissions

Georgia, 1984
All Georgia Courts
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Court, Northern District of Georgia Federal Court
US Supreme Court


Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Georgia Defense Lawyer Association
American Bar Association
Georgia Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section
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