Joseph Marshall Colwell

Joseph Marshall Colwell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Columbus, GA

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP
 | 105 13th Street, Columbus, GA 31901
Phone: 706-322-1990
Fax: 706-323-2962
Selected To Rising Stars: 2020
Licensed Since: 2013
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

JOSEPH M. COLWELL is an associate at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP. Joseph handles a variety of cases, including qui tam cases under the Federal False Claims Act; product liability cases; and others resulting in personal injury, wrongful death, or financial harm.

Joseph attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, graduating cum laude with degrees in German and Communication & Theater Arts, and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, graduating magna cum laude and third in his class. While in law school, Joseph served as the Editor in Chief of the Mercer Law Review and was actively involved in Mercer’s moot court program. During his first year, he was a finalist in the Hugh Lawson III Memorial First Year Moot Court Competition, and he represented Mercer as a member of both the Georgia Intrastate Team and the National Moot Court Team. As a third year student, Joseph was inducted into the Brainerd Currie Honor Society, received numerous other academic awards and scholarships, and participated in the Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting Program.

Joseph is active in the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, and Columbus American Inn of Court. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, and Columbus Bar Association.

About Joseph Colwell

Admitted: 2013, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.butlerwooten.com/Attorneys/Joseph-M-Colwell.shtml

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association - 2019 GTLA Auto Torts Workshop - Speaker, 2019
  • Georgia Bar Association, 2019
  • American Inns of Court, Columbus, GA Chapter, 2019
  • American Association of Justice, 2019
  • Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Columbus Bar Association, 2019
  • Georgia Bar Association, 2018
  • American Association for Justice, 2018
  • American Inns of Court, Columbus, GA Chapter, 2018
  • Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Member, American Association of Justice, 2014
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2014
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association, 2013
  • Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Member, Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, 2013

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $7,500,000 settlement against General Motors, arising out of the wrongful death of our client, who was burned and killed as result of a defectively designed "side-saddle" gas tank in a 1973-87 model GM "CK" pickup truck. , 2015
  • $90,000 settlement against a hotel in New York City, where our client was seriously injured when a sliding glass shower door shattered without warning, causing serious lacerations and bleeding to our client., 2018
  • $35,000 settlement against a driver who negligently pulled out in front of our clients' vehicle as they were driving lawfully down the road.  Both of our clients were seriously injured in the impact and required extensive medical treatment., 2014
  • $50,000 settlement against a negligent driver who collided head-on with our client as she was making a lawful turn onto the highway, after which the striking driver fled the scene of the wreck.  Both insurance companies with exposure paid their policy limits pre-suit., 2014
  • $2,000,000 settlement against a company operating heavy tree-trimming equipment along I-95 near Savannah, Georgia.  The tree-trimming company's employee negligent drove a piece of heavy equipment down I-95, during the night and without any exterior lights activated.  Our clients, traveling lawfully down I-95, collided with the piece of heavy equipment, unable to see it in the dark.  Both of our clients, a husband and wife, suffered serious, life-altering injuries and required extensive medical treatment.  The company's insurer paid its policy limits pre-suit., 2019
  • $1,010,000 settlement against a logging company, its insurer, and our client's underinsured motorist carrier, arising out of an incident in which a log truck pulled out in front of our client as he was driving down a rural Georgia highway.  Our client was seriously injured in the collision, spending a substantial amount of time in an intensive care unit.  Each insurer with exposure paid its policy limits before suit was filed. , 2019
  • $300,000 settlement against a transportation company and its insurer, arising out of an incident where a tractor trailer crossed the center line on I-185 while attempting to pass our client, colliding with our client's vehicle.  The impact caused serious injuries to our client's hip, resulting in a total hip replacement. , 2019
  • $600,000 settlement arising out of a car wreck in which our client was seriously injured.  The defendant driver was driving his vehicle down the wrong side of the road, under the influence of drugs, when he collided with our client's log truck.  The impact caused serious injuries to our client.  The case was settled shortly after we filed suit on our client's behalf. , 2018
  • $510,000 settlement against a bar and its owners, arising out of an incident where a deck at the bar collapsed onto our client.  The deck collapsed caused serious orthopedic and other injuries to our client as well as several other patrons. , 2018
  • $108,000,000 settlement against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., arising out of claims under the Federal False Claims Act involving government guaranteed veterans' mortgage loans. , 2017
  • $1,250,000 settlement arising out of a single vehicle wreck in which our client was a passenger.  Our client was severely injured when he was thrown from the vehicle as it left the roadway and collided with the steep shoulder of a highway.  The driver's insurer paid out the limits of its insured's policy after we sent a policy limits demand on the passenger's behalf. , 2018
  • $1,000,000 settlement arising out of collision between a dump truck and a motorcyle in which our client, riding his motorcyle, was severely injured when he collided with a drive shaft that had fallen off of the dump truck., 2018
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Office Location for Joseph Marshall Colwell

105 13th Street
Columbus, GA 31901

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Last Updated: 9/30/2019

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