Title: Partner
Address: 801 Broad Street, Suite 501
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Business Ph: 706-250-7373
Website: www.brennanwasden.com
Email: jpainter@brennanwasden.com
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Jim practices in the area of general civil litigation, with an emphasis on medical malpractice defense. Managing partner of our Augusta office, Jim’s practice focuses on representing hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and other health care providers throughout Georgia and South Carolina. From pre-suit investigation through final judgment, Jim has obtained numerous medical malpractice defense verdicts in State and Federal Courts. He also handles comprehensive general insurance defense, including suits involving allegations of premises liability, product liability, defamation, breach of contract, worker’s compensation, and automobile and trucking liability.

Born:  October 15, 1968

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Admitted to practice before the trial and appellate courts in Georgia and South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for South Carolina


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • South Carolina Bar
  • State Bar of New York
  • American Bar Association, Past Co-Chair for the Medical Malpractice Subcommittee
  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Health Law Sections Member
  • Augusta Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Professional Negligence Section
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Carolina Bar, Health Law Section Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Health Law and Tort and Insurance Section Member


  • State University of New York, 1991, B.S., Business Administration with Concentrations in accounting and finance
  • University of Georgia School of Law, 1994, J.D.

Practice Areas:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Construction Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability, Personal Injury and Torts

Certification & Specialties

  • Diplomate, Medical Professional Liability, The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys 

Professional Experience

  • Hull Barrett, PC (2003-2014)
  • Brennan & Wasden (1994-2003) 
  • Dennis Peter Helmreich (1993-1994)

Honors & Awards

  • Georgia Super Lawyers - Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice (2011-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® - Medical Malpractice Law: Defendants (2009-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® - Lawyer of the Year – Augusta, GA; Medical Malpractice Law: Defendants (2015)
  • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star (2006)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated


  • Author of "Deposition and Trial Testimony in 'Med Mal' Litigation: A Survival Guide For Young Lawyers and Their Clients." American Bar Association's Health Law Litigation, Volume 9, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2011.
  • Author of "Expertly Impeaching the Medical Expert." American Bar Association's Health Law Litigation, Volume 9, Number 1, Fall/Winter 2010.
  • Co-author of “The Impact of  O.C.G.A. § 24-9-67.1 in Medical Malpractice Cases. “ Georgia Defense Lawyer’s Association Journal. 2008.
  • Co-author of “Recent Developments In Georgia Premises Liability Law, Criminal Liability Cases.” Georgia Defense Lawyers Association’s Journal. 1996. 


  • "Patient Safety: The New Standard for Quality Care." CME Webinar, February 25, 2014; sponsored by MAG Mutual Insurance Company. (Over 60 primary care physicians participated)
  • "Handling Experts-Yours and Your Opponent's"; Georgia State Bar Mid Year Meeting; Atlanta, GA; January 10, 2013.
  • "Building Your Civil Trial Skills"; National Business Institute CLE; Augusta, GA; December 20, 2012.
  • "What Plaintiffs' and Defense Lawyers Like and Don't Like About Mediation and Mediators"; Continuing Legal Education Dispute Resolution for Trial and Non-Trial Lawyers; Augusta, GA; May 2012.
  • "Malpractice Suits"; Richmond County Medical Society Continuing Medical Education Sponsored by MAG Mutual Insurance Company; Augusta, GA; April 24, 2012.
  • "Deposition Preparation"; AALNC Continuing Educational Presentation Avoiding Medical Malpractice: Be Proactive Not Reactive; Augusta, GA; March 2012.
  • "How to Avoid Malpractice Suits: Legal & Ethical Issues in Nephrology"; 2011 James B. Hudson Nephrology Update and Georgia - South Carolina Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting; February 2011.
  • "Your Medical Record Documentation: You’re in the Crosshairs – Kill or Cure?”; Continuing Medical Education Seminar sponsored by The Physicians Practice Group Risk Management Committee for faculty and residents of The Medical College of Georgia; November 2008.
  • "Sources of Impeachment Materials for use in the Examination of an Opposing Expert”; Continuing Legal Education; MAG Mutual Insurance Company Defense Attorney Seminar; 2008.
  • “Deposition Testimony: A Survival Guide”; Continuing Medical Education Seminar; Sponsored by the Medical College of Georgia Physicians Practice Group; May 2008.
  • “Impeachment”; Continuing Legal Education, Georgia Foundation and Objections; Atlanta, Georgia, March 2008.
  • “Resources for Impeachment of Experts”; Continuing Legal Education 23rd Annual Medical Malpractice Institute; December 2007.
  • “Called to the Stand- You’re on Trial, a Mock Trial Presentation”; Continuing Medical Education Seminar Sponsored by the Medical College of Georgia Physicians Practice Group for faculty, staff and students of the Medical College of Georgia; November 2007.
  • “Avoiding Malpractice Suits”; Continuing Medical Education Seminar Sponsored by MAG Mutual Insurance Company; Augusta, Georgia; May 2006.

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