Ben Brewton, partner in the firm’s Augusta office and member of the Litigation Practice, was named Chair of the Georgia State Committee for the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) for 2019-2020. Ben has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers for ten years. The American College of Trial Lawyers represents the best of the trial bars in the United States and Canada. Membership in the organization is by invitation only, and is extended to attorneys that have proven success in trial practice. Additional consideration includes peer recognition, community involvement and demonstrated leadership within the legal industry. The ACTL is an association celebrating 70 years and represents the best of the trial bars in the U.S. and Canada in every aspect of the trial bar through approximately 30 general committees and 60 state and province committees.
Ben’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of significant personal injury and wrongful death litigation as well as substantial commercial lawsuits. He has tried more than 100 jury trials to verdict and, in those trials, has represented clients in matters involving electrical utility injury and death, aviation negligence, medical liability, premises liability, insurance coverage disputes, and felony criminal cases.
Ben’s experience in courtroom advocacy also enables him to advise clients, including those in heavily regulated industries like energy, healthcare, and finance, on best practices and daily business conduct designed to avoid litigation and claims. In addition to aggressive trial advocacy when required, Ben focuses on problem solving for clients designed to help them anticipate problems and pitfalls that elevate both risk and financial exposure. If and when adverse events do occur for his clients, Ben is routinely called almost immediately into matters, including those with catastrophic outcomes, to guide the client through what will almost inevitably become complex claims and litigation scenarios. Ben is also an experienced appellate lawyer having argued cases before the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.