John A. Draughon, Sr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Macon, GA

Draughon Law Group, LLC
 | 5082 Forsyth Road, Suite A
Macon, GA 31210
Phone: 478-238-4737
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain (50%),
  • Health Care (30%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Having a tenure spanning four decades, John A. Draughon, Sr. (pronounced phonetically “Drawn”) worked as a law clerk, associate and partner in the Macon law firm, Sell, Comer and Popper, and its successor, Sell & Melton.


Subsequently, Mr. Draughon served as of counsel to the firm of Cooper, Draughon & Cooper LLP, from which he departed in 2018. That led to his founding of the Draughon Law Group, LLC, in the latter part of 2018.


The Draughon group is a small boutique firm which specializes in business litigation, with the primary emphasis on eminent domain and hospital law.


Mr. Draughon has also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the state of Georgia, providing representation to the Georgia Department of Transportation in condemnation proceedings.


After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University in 1968, he served on active duty as a Personnel Officer in the United States Air Force from 1968 until 1972. Mr. Draughon then went on to attend Mercer University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1975. Mr. Draughon also has a Master of Business Administration from Georgia College.


Mr. Draughon has taken more than 40 civil cases to jury verdict. In one of his more high-profile trials, he secured a wrongful death jury verdict for the family of a young man whose serious heart condition, which ultimately caused his death, had gone undiagnosed by his physician. At the time, it was the largest civil verdict in that county.

 

Admitted to practice in all of the Georgia State Courts, Mr. Draughon is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.


Active in a variety of professional organizations, Mr. Draughon is a member of the Macon and American Bar Associations, and he is the former president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has also served as Chairman and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Navicent Health Foundation. Mr. Draughon is a 1982 graduate of Leadership Macon and has been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer. He is a member of the Gridiron Secret Society, the Macon Civic Club, and the Judicial Invitational Golf Classic. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Draughon holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Eminent Domain (50%)

Health Care (30%): Health & Health Care Law

Business Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Health & Health Care Law

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005

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About John Draughon, Sr.

Admitted: 1975, Georgia

Honors/Awards:

  • Phi Delta Phi, Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
  • "AV" by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • First in Class - Highest in Bankruptcy Law, Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, 1975
  • Selected by Super Lawyers as a Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Georgia
  • Listed in Georgia Super Lawyers, 2005

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 1975
  • Macon Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Georgia Chapter, Past President
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Georgia Bar Association, 1975
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia, 1975

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Medcen Foundation, Board of Trustees, Member
  • Idle Hour Country Club
  • Macon Civic Club, Board of Directors, Member
  • Leadership Macon, Class of 1981
  • Medcen Community Health Foundation, Board of Trustees, Past Chairman
  • Macon Youth Foundation, President
  • Navicent Health Foundation, Chair and Vice Chair
  • Robert Burns Society, Idle Hour Chapter, Chairman
  • Vineville United Methodist Church, Member
  • Webb Fellowship Class, President
  • American Cancer Society Macon Chapter, Committee Member
  • Navicent Health Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Gridiron Secret Society, Member
  • Macon SAE Alumni Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • How to Obtain Discovery from the Condemnee: CPA Section 37 Can be a Weapon, Litigation/Disputes, Department Of Transportation SAAG Seminar, 2008
  • Eminent Domain Seminars, Litigation/Disputes, DOT SAAG Seminar, 2008
  • Litigation Summaries: What's the Big Deal, Litigation/Disputes, DOT SAAG Seminar, 2007
  • How to Make and Respond to Daubert Attacks Against Your Expert Witness, Litigation/Disputes, DOT SAAG Seminar, 2006
  • Litigating the Mineral Rights Case, Litigation/Disputes, DOT SAAG Seminar, 2005

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Wertz v. Allen, 313 Ga. App. 202, 721 S.E.2d 122 (2011)
  • Medical Center of Central Georgia, Inc. v. City of Macon, 326 Ga. App. 603, 757 S.E.2d 207 (2014)
  • Toler v. Georgia Department of Transportation, 328 Ga. App. 144, 761 S.E.2d 550 (2014)

Representative Clients:

  • Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Pyrotechnic Specialties, Inc.
  • Medical Center of Central Georgia, Inc.

Educational Background:

  • Georgia College, M.B.A., 1979
  • Emory University, B.B.A., 1968

Industry Groups

  • 11th Circuit Court Of Appeals (and Its Predecessor)
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES
  • Bibb County Superior Court And US District Court
  • State Bar Of Georgia
  • Supreme Court Of The United States Of America
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Office Location for John A. Draughon, Sr.

5082 Forsyth Road
Suite A
Macon, GA 31210

Phone: 478-238-4737

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Last Updated: 2/12/2019

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