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John R. Bevis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Marietta, GA

Barnes Law Group, LLC
31 Atlanta Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 770-227-6375
Fax: 770-227-6373
Email: John R. Bevis
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in Georgia Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (50%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%), Insurance Coverage (10%)
Attorney Profile

Based in metro-Atlanta’s Marietta, Georgia, John R. Bevis is a 20 year trial lawyer committed to the protection of consumer rights in cases involving exploitation by powerful corporate interests and careless conduct. He is Managing Partner for the Barnes Law Group and is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Florida.  He has successfully provided the mechanism for his clients to recover more than $350 million for the injuries and wrongs done.  He is rated by Martindale Hubble as an AV Preeminent™ lawyer in Litigation, Class Actions and Personal Injury cases, has been recognized in several editions of Georgia Top Verdict and Settlement and has been named as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers, Who's Who and America's Top 100 Attorneys, which contributes to the Barnes Law Group’s selection as a U.S. News “Best Law Firm” ranking for Mass Torts and Class Action Litigation.   

About John R. Bevis

First Admitted: 1996, Georgia

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Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Licensed to Practice Law in Georgia and Florida

Bar/Professional Activity

  • 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 appeallate decisions of state and federal courts and numberous trial court decisions.  Member of American Association of Justice, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and Florida Justice Association.
  • 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., 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

Educational Background

  • BS Biology (Pre Med Microbiology Major), 1990

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Emerging trends in class action jurisprudence, Co-Author, Class Action Law in Georgia: Emerging Trends in Litigation, Certification, and Settlement, Mercer Law Review, 1997


  • 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 servicemembers 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 Geogia 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


  • 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
  • contnued since 2016, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2019
  • continued selection AV Preeminant Rating by Martindale Hubble Peer Review since 2017, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubble, 2019

Representative Clients

  • Selected and appointed by the United States Trustee to serve as a membe 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 Genergal (SAAG) to serve as Lead Counsel in the State of Georgia's Opioid Litigation , 2018
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Office Location for John R. Bevis

31 Atlanta Street
Marietta, GA 30060

Last Updated: 9/15/2021

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