John A. Houghton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Houghton Law Firm, LLC
 | One Alliance Center, 3500 Lenox Road, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-549-3006
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

The principal attorney of The Houghton Law Firm, LLC, John A. Houghton represents the rights of people in the Atlanta metro area and the state of Georgia. He focuses his practice on personal injury, handling cases involving car accidents, dog bites and animal liability, insurance coverage, tractor-trailer collisions and commercial vehicle accidents, premises liability, criminal acts by third parties, collisions involving DUI and punitive conduct, and injury and wrongful death litigation involving motor carrier and commercial vehicle wrecks.

After graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science, Mr. Houghton then went to Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. While in law school, he was chosen to enter a program on advanced skills in trial advocacy and was on the dean's list. He graduated with a Juris Doctor.

Mr. Houghton's dedication to providing the best possible service to his clients and to his profession has made him the recipient of several honors. These honors include being named one of the top 40 trial attorneys in Georgia under the age of 40 and one of the top 100 trial lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. In addition, he holds an Avvo rating of 10.0, which is considered superb. Mr. Houghton is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia.

Activity in the legal and local community is important to Mr. Houghton. He has spoken to other attorneys about personal injury, served as an associate editor on a book about motor carrier claims and holds memberships in several legal organizations such as American Association for Justice and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Houghton is also heavily involved in Mothers Against Drunk Driving, participating on committees and volunteering at annual events.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (90%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (10%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Rising Stars: 2011 - 2017

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About John Houghton

Admitted: 2006, Georgia

Professional Webpage: www.houghtonlawfirm.com

Honors and Awards:

  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • WLM Steering Committee Chair Award, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers in Georgia, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers in Georgia, The National Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2010
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2009
  • Advanced Skills in Trial Advocacy Program

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association - Chairman-Elect, New Lawyers Division, 2013
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2013
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2012
  • Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, 2011 - 2015
  • Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, North Metro Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, GTLA, Communication Committee
  • Member, Civil Justice PAC
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Section
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Georgia Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Distrct court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia
  • Active Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chairman - Walk Like MADD Steering Committee, 2014
  • Chairman - Walk Like MADD Steering Committee, 2013
  • Co-chairman, Walk Like M.A.D.D. Georgia, Steering Committee, 2012
  • Shepherd Center, Volunteer Cook / Grill Team, 2012
  • Shepherd Center, Volunteer Cook / Grill Team, 2011
  • Walk Like M.A.D.D. - Steering Committee Member, 2011
  • Shepherd Center, Volunteer Cook / Grill Team, 2010
  • Walk Like MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Volunteer, 2009
  • Walk Like MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Volunteer, 2008
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving Georgia (M.A.D.D.), Steering Committee, 2011 - 2013
  • Chairman, Walk Like M.A.D.D. Georgia, Steering Committee, 2012 - 2013

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Presented overview and rules of thumb for handling negligent hiring, retention, and entrustment cases in Georgia and the evidence gathering process required to support such claims in the context of tractor-trailer and commercial motor vehicle collisions.  Discussed the various applicable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations governing such cases, and a variety of methods to maximize the value of such claims in Georgia., Speaker, Developing Negligent Hiring, Retention, Entrustment Cases: Where to Find the Proof, Georgia ICLE, State Bar Of Georgia, 2016
  • Speaker - A presentation on the civil aspects of litigating auto cases involving DUI prosecution.  The program will include practice pointers on maximizing the value of punitive conduct in civil actions involving drunk or impaired drivers. The presentation will go over information and tactics vital to building a punitive case, including open record requests, law enforcement rapport development, pre-trial negotiation, and evidentiary issues., Speaker, Civil Prosecution of DUI and Dram Shop Cases in Georgia, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, State Bar Of Georgia, 2011
  • Speaker - A 35-minute oral presentation at the State Bar of Georgia on the best rules of thumb that new solo practitioners should embrace when beginning a new Plaintiff's firm.  The presentation was accompanied with a 17 page written article published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) for their Plaintiff's Personal Injury program. The presentation was simulcasted at State Bar office in Tifton, Georgia and over 200 practicing attorneys statewide attended and viewed the program., Speaker, Getting Started as a Plaintiff's Lawyer, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) - Georgia, 2010
  • Associate Editor, Understanding Motor Carrier Claims, 2d edition 2007, Associate Editor, Understanding Motor Carrier Claims, 2d edition, 2007
  • Introductory Speaker for Program on Common Carrier Liability at State Bar of Georgia, Welcome and Program Overview, Common Carrier Liability, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (ICLE), 2007
  • Practical Pointers for Litigating Injury Cases Involving DUI or Alcohol Related Conduct Civil Prosecution of DUI and Dram Shop Cases in Georgia, 2011
  • Getting Started as a Plaintiff's Lawyer ICLE Georgia - Plaintiff's Personal Injury, 2010
  • Practical Pointers for Litigating Injury Cases Involving DUI or Alcohol Related ConductInstitute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia), 2011

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Educational Background:

  • Southern Methodist University, (SMU) Dallas, TX, B.A. in History, Political Science, 2002

Industry Groups

  • Civil Justice PAC
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Office Location for John A. Houghton

    One Alliance Center
    3500 Lenox Road, Suite 500
    Atlanta, GA 30326

    Phone: 404-549-3006

     

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    Last Updated: 12/9/2016

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