John A. Houghton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Houghton Law Firm, LLC
 | 2860 Piedmont Road, NE, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-549-3006
Fax: 404-592-6471
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    The principal attorney of The Houghton Law Firm, LLC, John A. Houghton has served as lead trial counsel in multiple severe injury cases throughout the state of Georgia. Having tried numerous cases to jury verdict, Mr. Houghton approaches each case from the perspective of what will provide the most impact at trial. The Houghton Law Firm commits significant resources to trial preparation for each case, and does not employ a cookie-cutter strategy like many of the volume, settlement firms. The Houghton Law Firm is a boutique trial practice committed to maximizing the value of each case on an individual basis.

    Mr. Houghton focuses his practice primarily on severe and catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases arising from tractor-trailer collisions and commercial vehicle accidents, as well as cases involving Dram Shop liability.  Mr. Houghton recently was brought in as co-counsel in a disputed liability tractor-trailer death case that occurred in a rural middle Georgia county which resulted in a $15,000,000.00 settlement for the widow of the deceased.

    Activity in the legal and local community is important to Mr. Houghton. He has been an invited speaker at numerous CLE seminars across the state, and is the co-chair of an annual icle seminar on Dram Shop Liability held at the State Bar.  Mr. Houghton 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
    • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Insurance Coverage
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

    Selections

    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 10 years

    Rising Stars: 2011 - 2020

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    About John Houghton

    Admitted: 2006, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.houghtonlawfirm.com

    Honors/Awards:

    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2019
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
    • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016
    • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2015
    • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
    • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
    • 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
    • WLM Steering Committee Chair Award, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2013
    • 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:

    • Member of the State Advisory Board for Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 2020
    • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2016
    • The National Trial LAwyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2015
    • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014
    • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2013
    • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association - Chairman-Elect, New Lawyers Division, 2013
    • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2012
    • Georgia
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Civil Justice PAC
    • Member, North Metro Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, 2011 - 2015
    • Georgia Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
    • Active Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
    • Member, GTLA, Communication Committee
    • Georgia Supreme Court
    • Member, Atlanta Bar Association
    • Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • U.S. Distrct court for the Northern District of Georgia
    • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers Section

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • State Advisory Counsel - Board Member - MADD Georgia, 2021
    • Volunteer - Shepherd Center Grill Team, 2018
    • MADD Georgia - Member of State Advisory Counsel, 2017
    • Walk Like MADD - Volunteer and Sponsor, 2015
    • Chairman - Walk Like MADD Steering Committee, 2013
    • Chairman - Walk Like MADD Steering Committee, 2014
    • Co-chairman, Walk Like M.A.D.D. Georgia, Steering Committee, 2012
    • Shepherd Center, Volunteer Cook / Grill Team, 2012
    • Walk Like M.A.D.D. - Steering Committee Member, 2011
    • Shepherd Center, Volunteer Cook / Grill Team, 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/Writings:

    • 45 minute presentation at the State Bar ICLE program on practice pointers in how to carry the burden of proof in Dram Shop liability cases.  Presented on October 25, 2019 at State Bar of Georgia, Presiding Co-Chair of CLE & Speaker: "Dram Shop Cases in Georgia", Eyes on the Road: Proving Noticeable Intoxication, Navigating Pitfalls & Using Servsafe Procedures to Establish Rules of the Road, ICLE State Bar of Georgia, State Bar Of Georgia, 2019
    • Speaker, Truck Wreck Cases - Compiling Proof of Negligent Conduct By Motor Carriers, State Bar of Georgia - Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2018
    • Speaker- Co-Chair - Overview on punitive damages law in Georgia in the context of personal injury cases involving alcohol or drug-related impairment., Speaker- Co-Chair, Punitive Damages: Admissible Evidence, Practical Considerations, Constitutional / Proportional Challenges, State Bar of Georgia - Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2017
    • Speaker - 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 ConductInstitute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE 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 Conduct Civil Prosecution of DUI and Dram Shop Cases in Georgia, 2011

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • $5,000,000.00 - Confidential Dram Shop / Wrongful Death  Mr. Houghton was associated as co-counsel in this tremendously sad case involving the continued service of alcohol to a noticeably intoxicated customer who had driven to the restaurant in plain view of multiple servers on the back patio of a large national chain. Shortly after the customer’s departure from the restaurant, she struck our clients’ son head-on in a collision which resulted in no survivors. In the context of Dram Shop cases, this matter was unique in that the Defendant establishment had multiple layers of liquor liability coverage responsive to this loss. Additionally, local law enforcement did a tremendous job in obtaining video footage by warrant from the restaurant which was instrumental in proving the noticeably impaired state of the now deceased defendant driver. The case resolved just prior to trial after a failed mediation. Mr. Houghton took multiple depositions of servers, managers, bar patrons, law enforcement, and toxicology experts prior to achieving a just resolution for the family., 2019
    • $1 Million Policy Limits Settlement - Truck Collision High impact tractor-trailer wreck that occurred just prior to the pandemic.  Plaintiff was a law enforcement officer who was struck while running radar on the side of the highway when a tractor-trailer jackknifed and ran off the roadway.  Plaintiff sustained non-life threatening injuries, but had approximately $200k in medical expenses.  Case resolved for the policy limits of coverage after pre-suit mediation was declined., 2020
    • $450,000.00 Confidential Truck Wreck Settlement Difficult truck collision case involving a multitude of prior degenerative injuries and a prior fusion surgery for the Plaintiff.  Defense contested liability and proximate cause, and hired numerous experts to defend.  Case resolved at mediation 2 weeks prior to trial date., 2021
    • https://www.houghtonlawfirm.com/verdicts-settlements
    • $190,000.00 - Confidential Tractor-Trailer Collision
    • $300,000.00 - Confidential - Tractor-Trailer Collision
    • $375,000.00 - Confidential - Tractor-Trailer Collision
    • $425,000.00 - Confidential - DUI Injury Collision
    • $500,000.00 - Confidential Truck Wreck
    • Confidential - Tractor-Trailer Crash / Wrongful Death
    • $1,375,000.00 - Confidential Tractor-trailer Collision
    • $2,395,000.00 - Confidential Tractor-Trailer Crash / Severe Injuries
    • $15,000,000.00 - Confidential Tractor-Trailer Crash / Wrongful Death, 2019

    Educational Background:

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

    Industry Groups

    • Civil Justice PAC
    • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Georgia)

    Comments

    • “Premier personal injury trial lawyer.”
    • “Great litigator and mentor”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for John A. Houghton

    2860 Piedmont Road, NE
    Suite 250
    Atlanta, GA 30305

    Phone: 404-549-3006

    Fax: 404-592-6471

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    Last Updated: 6/18/2021

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