For more than 19 years, Jeff Ward has practiced as a trial lawyer in Georgia. He has successfully tried cases to jury verdict in both state and federal court and regularly provides guidance and counsel to a variety of clients. His civil litigation experience encompasses pre-lawsuit consultation, trial practice and the appeals process. With this experience, he is able to advise his clients on the best course of action to cost-effectively resolve their legal issues.
Jeff practices General Casualty Law, Professional Malpractice Law and Transportation Law. Jeff is currently, and has been for several years, regional trial counsel for a Fortune Five international retailer in professional negligence matters. He represents clients ranging from Fortune 100 retail companies to hospitals, health care providers, construction professionals and other professional and individual interests. He has taken and defended hundreds of depositions including expert witnesses in the medical, engineering and construction arenas.
Jeff is also a dispute resolution professional. He uses his extensive experience as a litigator and trial lawyer handling cases in the areas of general and professional liability to mediate cases to a resolution that is beneficial to both parties.
Before law school, he worked as a private environmental consultant handling wetland delineation, mitigation consultations, and negotiations with the US Army Corp of Engineers.
Jeff has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell for his high ethical standards and professionalism. He formerly served as a Brunswick Judicial Circuit representative on the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors and is currently the President of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA). Additionally, Jeff is a member of the Georgia Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
University of Georgia, J.D., 2002, Cum Laude
Arizona State University, M.S., 1995
Minnesota State University, B.A. 1992, Cum Laude
United States Supreme Court
All Georgia State Courts
USDC Northern, Southern and Middle District
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Court
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia Advisory Committee
State Bar of Georgia: Discovery of ESI Task force (2015 - 2016); Board of Governors (2012 - 2018); Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency (2018 - current)
American Bar Association: Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) and the Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association: President (2020 - 2021); Newsletter Editor in Chief (2015 - 2018); President-Elect (2019 - current); Trial and Mediation Academy Faculty
Georgia Registered Civil Mediator
Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
Defense Research Institute
Old Warhorse Lawyers Club
Related News, Publications & Presentations
Partner Jeff Ward Announced as President-Elect for the GDLA. Firm News. October 2019.
Partner Jeff Ward Hosts Panel at GDLA Conference. Publications & Presentations. June 2018.
Attorney Jeffrey S. Ward Named to State Bar Committee. Firm News. August 2017.
Attorney Jeff Ward will be Speaking at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. Publications & Presentations. June 2017.
Attorney Jeff Ward will be Speaking at the 2017 GDLA Trial and Mediation Academy. Publications & Presentations. January 2017.
Attorneys Michael Miller and Jeff Ward Presented on "Premises Liability: Slip & Falls". Publications & Presentations. November 2016.
Attorney Jeff Ward is Speaking at the 35th Annual Insurance Law Institute. Publications & Presentations. October 2016.
Jeff Ward and Mike Miller to Present on "Premises Liability: Slips & Falls". Publications & Presentations. May 2016.
Attorney Jeff Ward sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court. Firm News. May 2016.
DEF was a Diversity Sponsor and Speaker at the 2016 TIPS Section Conference. Publications & Presentations. April 2016.
Attorneys Hall F. McKinley, III and Jeffrey S. Ward Spoke at the TIPS Section Conference. Publications & Presentations. April 2016.
Partners Selected to GDLA Leadership Positions. Firm News. November 2015.