John R. Bevis

Top rated personal injury attorney in Marietta, Georgia

Barnes Law Group, LLC
John R. Bevis
Barnes Law Group, LLC

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Medical malpractice, Health care; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1996

Education: Florida State University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023

Barnes Law Group, LLC

31 Atlanta Street
Marietta, GA 30060 Visit website

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A managing partner at Barnes Law Group, John R. Bevis is tenacious consumer litigation and personal injury attorney in Marietta, Georgia. He has 25-plus years of trial experience and efficiently handles a range of matters including personal injury, medical malpractice, brain and spinal injuries, product liability, nursing home abuse wrongful death, consumer class actions and mass torts. In his consumer litigation practice, Mr. Bevis handles a variety of complex litigation and class action lawsuits to address industry conduct resulting in wide-scale harm to individuals and consumers.   A person of integrity and compassion, Mr. Bevis takes his oath as an attorney very seriously. He finds it rewarding to obtain justice for individuals and consumers who were harmed by the negligent actions of others. He has set himself apart from the rest by procuring over $350 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.   Mr. Bevis completed his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in 1990. He received his Juris Doctor in 1995 from the Florida State University College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Moot Court Appellate Team and a research editor of the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law. He was awarded the Law School Book Award in pretrial litigation, legal research and writing. He also interned at the Florida Supreme Court during law school.   Admitted in Georgia in 1996, Mr. Bevis is also authorized to practice in Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He has appeared in 27 appellate decisions of state and federal courts and made special appearances in the courts of California, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.   A member of the prestigious Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Mr. Bevis functioned as the Chairman of the Board for Georgia Watch, a nonprofit that is the state’s leading consumer advocacy organization.   For Mr. Bevis’ real-world approach, client services and accomplishments, he has earned several recognitions as well as the respect of his peers and clients. He was rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell; listed among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers; named in the Top Lawyers list of Atlanta magazine. Furthermore, he was recognized by Who's Who in America and America's Top 100 Attorneys.   *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Health care, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

Focus areas

Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Brain injury, Premises liability - plaintiff, Medical malpractice, Nursing home, Motor vehicle defects

  • 50% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 30% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 10% Health care
  • 10% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1996, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://barneslawgroup.com/attorneys/john-r-bevis/

Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Home Data Breach Litigation: In a multidistrict litigation case involving the exposure of personal financial information of more than 40 million customers, Mr. Bevis serves as Liaison Counsel with lead responsibilities for pursuing the consumer case claims in the litigation. Mr. Bevis and his team secured preliminary approval of a $20 million nationwide class action settlement that will compensate class members for out of pocket losses due to fraud, provide free credit monitoring for customers and reform Home Depot’s data security measures. The case is on-going pending final approval of the settlement.
  • Equifax Data Breach: ($425M Settlement)
  • Class Counsel: Arby' Restaurant Group, Inc. Data Security Litigation ($2 Million Settlement)
  • Specially Appointed Attorney General for State of Georgia Opioid Litigation. Participated in legal team to help secure $636 million settlement to be distributed to Georgia and its local governments regarding opioid industry's role in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic. Georgia's litigation against other opioid distributors and manufacturers remains on-going.
  • Appointment as Class Counsel to represent military service members and their dependents in a nationwide suit lawsuit against Atlanta-based vehicle title lender, Community Loans of America for violations of the Military Lending Act, which caps permissible interest rates at 36% for short-term vehicle title loans. Bevis and his firm represent servicemembers and their dependents in 18 states. In 2016, the federal district court for the Middle District of Georgia granted Final Approval of a proposed settlement valued at over $8.5 Million
  • $8.5M Medical Malpractice Verdict: Case involved failure to properly diagnose and treat an adnexal mass discovered during pregnancy. Left untreated, the mass ruptured six weeks after c-section delivery and allowed squamous cell carcinoma to spill into peritoneal cavity, resulting in unnecessary and horrific cancer treatment and ultimately death. 
  • Nursing Home Negligence-Bed Sores: A resident of South Georgia died as a result of an infected bed sore she acquired while in a nursing home. Mr. Bevis and his team successfully established that the medical standard of care required more aggressive wound care treatment and management that would have prevented the resident’s death.
  • Medical Malpractice – Bowel Perforation: In a bowel perforation case, a resident of North Carolina underwent a routine colonoscopy in Georgia. Mr. Bevis and his team successfully represented the widow in a suit alleging that the surgeon ignored the signs and symptoms of a bowel perforation that caused the patient’s death.
  • Roof Crush/Vehicle Rollover Litigation: In a roof crush and stability case, a Wisconsin woman was driving a Nissan SUV when it slipped on black ice and rolled down an embankment, pinning her inside the vehicle and rendering her a quadriplegic. Mr. Bevis and his team successfully sued the manufacturer contending the roof was not strong enough to withstand a foreseeable rollover crash, securing a recovery that will provide lifelong financial security, and the payment of medical expenses associated with the spinal injury and paralysis.
  • Product Liability — Trailer Sway/Vehicle Rollover: In a highway rollover and trailer sway case, a Texas physician and his family were towing a 30-foot travel trailer with a Ford SUV near Birmingham, Alabama. A passing semi caused the travel trailer to begin swaying, causing a violent rollover crash that killed the physician and a passenger. Mr. Bevis and his team successfully represented the surviving spouse and children in a products liability claim against the manufacturers of the SUV, the travel trailer and the ineffective anti-sway device.
  • Medical Malpractice – Birth Injury: In an Atlanta birth injury case, medical providers failed to determine that a baby was in breach presentation while the mother was in labor, resulting in the child’s severe oxygen deprivation, brain damage and development of cerebral palsy. Mr. Bevis and his team took over the litigation from existing lawyers and secured a recovery that will provide lifelong financial security for the family to meet the special needs and medical expenses associated with the brain injury. 
  • Medical Device/Bad Drug Litigation: Mr. Bevis and his team have successfully pursued and recovered multidistrict litigation claims for a number of faulty medical devices and recalled drugs, including the Medtronic pacemaker, DuPuy hip implant and Vioxx drug MDLS. 
  • Credit Life Insurance Litigation: Homeowner obtained a home refinance loan where the lender included more credit life insurance than was necessary to pay off his mortgage. Mr. Bevis and his team litigated a class action lawsuit that challenged these predatory lending tactics to rob homeowners of the equity in their home. The settlement of the case required the lender to refund homeowners up to $13.5 million for illegal insurance premiums and other charges.
  • Health Insurance Renewal Premium Increase Litigation: A policyholder purchased small group health insurance before he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The company unlawfully increased the premiums because of the diagnosis. Mr. Bevis and his team successfully litigated the case as a class action lawsuit that provided 5,000 Georgia policyholders with refunds of up to $14 million.
  • Payday Lending Litigation: Mr. Bevis and his team successfully pursued several class action lawsuits against payday lenders who charged more interest than the law allows. His efforts in this litigation resulted in payday lenders being required to refund up to $44 million in unlawful interest and finance charges on small loans of $500 or less.
  • $8.5M Medical Malpractice Verdict:  Case involved failure to properly diagnose and treat an adnexal mass discovered during pregnancy.  Left untreated, the mass ruptured six weeks after c-section delivery and allowed squamous cell carcinoma to spill into peritoneal cavity, resulting in unnecessary and horrific cancer treatment and ultimately death.    , 2022
  • Talcum Powder Jury Trial:  Served as Lead Counsel in a 4 week jury trial in Augusta, Georgia, in a product liability case involving the development of ovarian cancer as result of exposure to asbestos contained in the Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.  Approximately 5 days after the verdict was returned, Johnson & Johnson filed for bankruptcy protection for its asbestos related claims in the Western District of North Carolina resulting in a stay of all proceedings and preventing further action on all post-trial motions and appeals., 2021
  • Opioid Litigation:  As SAAG, participated in legal team to help secure $636 million settlement to be distributed to Georgia and its local governments regarding opioid industry's role in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic.  Georgia's litigation against other opioid distributers and manufacturers remains on-going.   , 2022
  • Payday Lending Litigation: Mr. Bevis and his team successfully pursued several class action lawsuits against payday lenders who charged more interest than the law allows. His efforts in this litigation resulted in payday lenders being required to refund up to $44 million in unlawful interest and finance charges on small loans of $500 or less, with one case ranking as the 3rd Highest Settlement in Georgia for 2013. , 2009
  • Achieved Preliminary Approval for Nationwide Class Action Settlement for In Re Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. Litigation (Case No. 1:17-cv-0135-WMR) seeking to resolve data breach claims involving approximately 7 million payment cards  , 2019
  • Appointment as Class Counsel to represent military service members and their dependents in a nationwide suit lawsuit against Atlanta-based vehicle title lender, Community Loans of America for violations of the Military Lending Act, which caps permissible interest rates at 36% for short-term vehicle title loans.  Bevis and his firm represent servicemembers and their dependents in 18 states.  In 2016, the federal district court for the Middle District of Georgia granted Final Approval of a proposed settlement valued at over $8.5 Million, 2016
  • Roof Crush/Vehicle Rollover Litigation: In a roof crush and stability case, a Wisconsin woman was driving an SUV when it slipped on black ice and rolled down an embankment, pinning her inside the vehicle and  rendering her a quadriplegic. Mr. Bevis successfully sued the manufacturer contending the roof was not strong enough to withstand a foreseeable rollover crash, securing a recovery that will provide lifelong financial security, and the payment of medical expenses associated with the spinal injury and paralysis., 2004
  • Credit Life Insurance Litigation: Winfred Wood obtained a home refinance loan where the lender included more credit life insurance than was necessary to pay off his mortgage. Mr. Bevis litigated a class action lawsuit that challenged these predatory lending tactics to rob homeowners of their equity. The settlement of the case required the lender to refund homeowners up to $13.5 million for illegal insurance charges., 1999
  • Medical Malpractice - Birth Injury:  In an Atlanta birth injury case, medical providers failed to determine that a baby was in breach presentation while the mother was in labor, resulting in the child’s severe oxygen deprivation, brain damage and development of cerebral palsy.  Mr. Bevis took over the litigation from existing lawyers and secured a recovery that will provide lifelong financial security for the family to meet the special needs and medical expenses associated with the brain injury. , 2013
  • Medical Device/Bad Drug Litigation:  Mr. Bevis and his team have successfully pursued and recovered multidistrict litigation claims for a number of faulty medical devices and recalled drugs, including the Medtronic pacemaker, DuPuy hip implant and Vioxx drug MDLS.    
  • Trailer Sway/Vehicle Rollover Litigation: In a rollover and trailer sway case, a Texas physician and his family were towing a 30-foot travel trailer with an SUV near Birmingham, Alabama, when the travel trailer began to sway, causing a violent rollover crash that killed the physician and a passenger.  Mr. Bevis successfully represented the surviving spouse and children in a products liability claim against the manufacturers of the SUV tow vehicle, travel trailer recreational vehicle and the anti-sway device manufacturer., 2004
  • Nursing Home Negligence-Bed Sores: A resident of South Georgia died as a result of an infected bed sore she acquired while in a nursing home.  Mr. Bevis successfully established that the medical standard of care required more aggressive wound care treatment that would have prevented the resident’s death., 2010
  • Data Breach Litigation:  In a multidistrict litigation case involving the exposure of personal financial information of more than 40 million customers, Mr. Bevis was appointed by the court as Liaison Counsel with lead responsibilities for pursuing the consumer case claims in the litigation.  Mr. Bevis and his team secured Final Approval of a $20 million nationwide class action settlement that compensated class members for out of pocket losses due to fraud, provide free credit monitoring for customers and reform Home Depot’s data security measures.    , 2016
  • Kahn v. Fortis Ins. Co. et al. -- Recognition in FCDR’s “Top Georgia Verdicts of 2010” for securing a $14 Million recovery in Kahn v. Fortis Insurance Company et. al., an insurance class action lawsuit brought on behalf of individuals and small businesses.  Kahn is ranked as the #1 highest recovery in Georgia for an insurance case, and the 7th highest recovery among all Georgia cases in 2010., 2010
  • Medical Malpractice-Bowel Perforation: In a bowel perforation case, a resident of North Carolina underwent a routine colonoscopy.  Mr. Bevis successfully represented the widow in a suit alleging that the surgeon ignored the signs and symptoms of a bowel perforation that caused the patient’s death.  Mr. Bevis successfully represented the widow and his children against the surgeon for failing to meet the medical standard of care that required immediate surgical intervention to repair the bowel leak, 2009
Educational Background:
  • J.D. Florida State University
  • BS Biology (Pre Med Microbiology Major), 1990
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Part of BLG pro bono services is to serve the communities in which we live and work.  As part of this effort to give back, I prepare Wills, Trusts and Advance Medical Directives free of charge to any public servants, including teachers, first responders, law enforcement and church congregants.    
Honors/Awards:
  • , Selected to Georgia’s Super Lawyers, 2017-2023
  • National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys—Lifetime Achievement
  • Georgia Top 10 Settlements (2013) – Green v. Georgia Cash, Inc.
  • Georgia Top 10 Verdicts 2010 –Kahn v. Fortis Ins. Group
  • Boss of the Year – Legal Association of Paralegals (2018-2019)
  • Recognized as a top attorney in Atlanta, Top Lawyers, Atlanta Magazine, 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Inducted into Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Continued since 2016, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2019
  • Continued selection AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubble Peer Review, 2017- 2020, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubble
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Appointed by Governor Roy Barnes as the first Deputy Consumers’ Insurance Advocate for the State of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • State Bar of Florida
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Georgia Northern District
  • Member of the American Association of Justice, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and Florida Justice Association
  • Barrister for Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court
  • Chairman of the Board for Georgia Watch, 2015-2017
  • Admitted to practice law in all state, federal and appellate courts in Georgia and Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and in the Supreme Court of the United States, having appeared in more than 27 appellate decisions of state and federal courts and numerous trial court decisions.
  • Chairman of the Board -- Georgia Watch; a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization.  Georgia Watch is a powerful advocate and ally for Georgians, working to educate, empower and protect consumers on matters that impact their wallets and quality of life. Georgia Watch wants to ensure fairness for all with regard to utility bills and energy issues, personal finances, civil justice, and access to quality, affordable healthcare.   http://www.georgiawatch.org/protect-yourself/, 2016
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Deputy Consumers' Insurance Advocate for the State of Georgia (1999 - 2001) 
  • Law School Book Awards:  Pre-Trial Litigation and Legal Research & Writing
  • Research Editor - Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law
  • FSU College of Law Moot Court Appellate Team
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presented emerging issues and litigation involving talcum powder litigation and the causal connection between exposure to talcum powder and development of ovarian cancer., Speaker, Toxic and Mass Torts Seminar, Georgia Bar, Legal Community, 2019
  • Emerging trends in class action jurisprudence, Co-Author, Class Action Law in Georgia: Emerging Trends in Litigation, Certification, and Settlement, Mercer Law Review, 1997
  • Author, In Re Jensen: Demonstrating The Need For Supreme Court Resolution Of The Conflict Between Cercla And The Bankruptcy Code, J. Land Use & Environmental Law, 1993
Representative Clients:
  • Selected and appointed by the United States Trustee to serve as a member of the Official Committee of Tort Claimants in Cyprus Mines Corporation's Chapter 11 Bankruptcy regarding asbestos litigation., 2021
  • Selected and appointed by the United States Trustee to serve as a member of the Official Committee of Tort Claimants in Imerys Talc American, Inc. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, 2019
  • Selected and appointed by the Georgia Attorney General as a Specially Appointed Attorney General (SAAG) to serve as Lead Counsel in the State of Georgia's Opioid Litigation, 2018

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

“John has quickly become an expert on mass tort litigation, class actions, medical malpractice, and multi-district litigation.”

Office location for John R. Bevis

31 Atlanta Street
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: 770-762-9168

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7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023

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