Jerry A. Buchanan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 1973, where he was elected to the honor societies of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1976, and was elected a member of the Order of the Coif.
During his 42 years of law practice, he has been involved in a broad range of civil litigation matters, including insurance defense litigation; the representation of banks in cases of alleged fraud, cases involving the Uniform Commercial Code and other banking laws and regulations, and cases involving fiduciary duties, including will contests and guardianship matters; the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation over insurance policy coverage issues; the prosecution and defense of wrongful death actions; Construction litigation cases, including cases involving water intrusion, high plasticity soils, mold, settling and swelling foundations, and other matters; The prosecution and defense of product liability cases, including cases involving prescription drugs, meat cutting equipment, automobiles, ladders, nail guns, hot water heaters, propane gas, and various other industrial and consumer products; the prosecution and defense of libel and slander actions; the prosecution and defense of construction litigation cases; wrongful termination actions; the defense and prosecution of medical malpractice actions; the defense of public utilities in a variety of litigated matters, including electrical contact cases, natural and propane gas explosion cases, premises liability actions, and cases involving federal law and regulations.
He has also been involved in a number of cases involving environmental issues, including both State and Federal laws and regulations. He has prosecuted and defended class action cases. He has been lead or co-lead counsel in cases of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other matters of malfeasance and misfeasance, including RICO claims. He is licensed to practice in both Georgia and Alabama.
Mr. Buchanan has been actively involved in the community and the Profession, serving at various times as a Director of the Younger Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia; president of the Columbus Bar Association; on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, where he is a past president; the Board of Directors of CADEF, where he was a past president; and on the administrative board of his church.
He was appointed by the United States District Court to serve as a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Committee for the Middle District of Georgia in 1995, and subsequently for two years he served by appointment of the Court as Chairman of the then newly created Advisory Group on Civil Justice in the United States Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Mr. Buchanan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.
Mr. Buchanan has spoken at seminars on subjects of civil litigation, discovery, and trial practice, and has served both as Chairperson and on the faculty of the Georgia Defense Lawyer’s Association Trial Academy for the last 20 years. Mr. Buchanan served as co-chair of the pro bono seminar sponsored by the Georgia Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a two day seminar in Atlanta offering trial practice continuing legal education for lawyers serving in the public interest.
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