John Bruffey has been defending Workers’ Compensation claims for over 37 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. John has tried hundreds of Workers’ Compensation cases and has taken hundreds of depositions of claimants as well as expert testimony from physicians, chiropractors and other medical professionals.

John is a frequent speaker on Workers' Compensation for clients and numerous national organizations, is a Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Lawyer, and has been elected as a Georgia Super Lawyer in Workers' Compensation by Atlanta Magazine/Law and Politics Magazine. In 2018, he was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America© 25th edition in the field of Workers' Compensation in Atlanta.


Campbell University, School of Law, J.D., 1984

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1979

Court Admissions

All Georgia State 

U.S. District Court,  Northern District

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court


Defense Research Institute

Georgia Defense Lawyer Association

American Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

Atlanta Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section


Practice Areas


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.