J.C. focuses his practice in workers’ compensation defense litigation representing corporations, employers, insurers, and self-insured corporations. J.C. has substantial trial and appellate experience before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation throughout the state of Georgia and in all Georgia state courts, representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000 and small-medium sized businesses defending workers compensation claims, including defense of auto manufacturers, county and municipal governmental entities, international airline catering services, aircraft part manufacturers, trucking companies,full service restaurant and retail industries, quick service restaurants, PEOs, staffing companies, hotel, hospitality and guest services industries, industrial cleaning services, nursing homes, highway/ bridge and road construction, general construction, sewer/drain and pipe construction companies, industrial contractors, and other commercial construction companies, workers’ compensation insurance carriers (across all employers/insured industries), third party workers’ compensation claim administrators,
and self-insured corporations.
J.C. has tried numerous cases before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, argued appeals in Superior Courts, and defended claims through the state Supreme Court level. He is a former Nominee of the Fulton County Daily Report On The Rise Award and former Nominee for the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 Atlanta Business Chronicle. He has received and holds an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale
Hubbell for the highest ethical standards and professionalism.
J.C. is frequently called upon to provide loss mitigation and risk management advice, and he is a frequent speaker and author on workers’ compensation topics. He is a Council on Litigation Management member (CLM) where he currently serves on the Education and Training Committee and theMedical Issues in Workers’ Compensation subcommittee for CLM. J.C. is a past speaker for the Fulton County Daily Report/ALM In-House Counsel CLE series on workers’ compensation issues for the in-house corporate counsel and risk manager. Presentations are available through FCDR/ALM online. He serves on numerous committees in the America Bar Association, Defense Research Institute-Voice of the Defense Bar, and the National Bar Association holding numerous leadership positions.
J.C. serves in leadership positions on the Firm’s Strategic Planning Committee, the Compensation Committee, Marketing Committee and the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
* Attorneys on staff fluent in Spanish.
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D.
Samford University, B.S.
All Georgia State and Federal Courts
USDC Northern District
Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
State Bar of Georgia
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Atlanta Bar Association
Gate City Bar Association
American Bar Association
National Bar Association
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"All in the Family- A Look at a Spouse’s Right to Payment for Home Healthcare Services Rendered to an Injured Spouse under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act." published by the National Bar Association, 2009.
"Illegal Aliens’ Entitlement to Workers’ Compensation Benefits: Employer/Insurers Scramble for a Defense." published by the American Bar Association, 2008.
“Illegal Aliens’ Entitlement To Workers’ Compensation Benefits: Employer/Insurers Scramble For A Defense.” J. C. Roper, Jr. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, vol. 20, no. 116. March 2008.
Co-author, "The Continuing Continuance: A Claimant’s “Right” to Continue in Perpetuity--A Look at Georgia and Illinois Legislation Addressing Dismissal of Workers’ Compensation Claims and Hearings" published by For the Defense in 2007.
“Trampling The “Change In Condition” Statute---The Supreme Court And Footstar.” J. C. Roper, Jr. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, vol. 18. No. 108. November 2006.
“Common-Law Marriage And Dependancy Benefits.” J. C. Roper, Jr. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, vol. 12, no. 71. September 2000.