Joel O. Wooten Jr.

Office Location

Columbus, Georgia

Education

University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
  • J.D. - 1975
  • Honors: Chairman, Russell Moot Court Competition
  • Honors: Executive Committee, Moot Court Board

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • B.B.A. magna cum laude - 1972
  • Major: Banking & Finance

Areas of Practice

  • Environmental
  • Class Actions
  • Trucking Cases

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1975
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1975
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1990

Joel O. Wooten Jr.

Phone:
800-233-4086, 706-322-1990
Fax:
706-323-2962
Email

Joel O. Wooten is a partner at the law firm of Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP, with offices in Columbus and Atlanta. He has served as lead counsel in numerous cases including class action, trucking, product liability and motor vehicle cases. He has experience handling commercial litigation as well as asbestos, medical, pharmaceutical, toxic tort and environmental cases.

Joel's extensive litigation practice required him to acquire proficiency in a number of specialized and technical areas of science, medicine and engineering as well as law. He started his legal practice in 1975 in Columbus, doing insurance defense, corporate litigation and handling cases for such companies as Coca Cola, Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Power, St. Paul Insurance Company, Travelers and Aetna. Since 1988, when the Butler Wooten firm was founded, he has successfully represented individuals and injured parties in numerous cases against major corporations, insurance companies, drug and chemical companies, automobile manufacturers and many others.

Joel graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a B.B.A. degree, magna cum laude, where he was President of the Student Senate. In 1975, he received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Joel currently serves as a board member of the Georgia Ports Authority. He was Chair of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in 2004-05 and was a board member from 1999-2006. He also serves as Chair of the Business Court Committee of the State Bar of Georgia and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the School of Law at the University of Georgia. He has served as Chair of the State Bar's Judicial Evaluation Committee (1999-2007), Vice-chair of the State Bar Federal Courts Liaison Committee, and was a member of the State Bar Committee on Legislation and the State Bar Center Taskforce. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Federal Bar Association and has served on the Board of Directors of Georgia Legal Services.

Joel served as Chair of the Georgia State Bar's General Practice and Trial Section and, in 2000, received the Tradition of Excellence Award. He is past Chair of the ABA Conference of State and Local Bar Leaders, recipient of the ABA CONSTABAR National Leader of the Year award; past President of the Columbus Bar Association and the Columbus Younger Lawyers Club, a member of Who's Who and Who's Who in American Law, founding board member of the Ga Center for Law in the Public Interest, now GreenLaw, and he received the Ogden Doremus Award for Excellence in Environmental Law in 2007. In 2012, he received the UGA Law School's Distinguished Service Scroll. He has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend's 100 Most Influential Georgians and repeatedly selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer.

  • B.B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1972, University of Georgia; J.D. 1975, University of Georgia.
  • Member, Georgia Ports Authority Board of Directors, 2013-present; Member, University of Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors, 2012-present; Member, University of Georgia Law School Board of Visitors, 2011-present. Member, University System of Georgia Board of Regents, 1999-2006, Chair 2004-05, Vice Chair 2003-04.
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia Business Court Committee 2008, Co-Vice Chair 2008-12, Chair 2013-present; President, Columbus Lawyers Club, 1988-89, Executive Committee, 1984-93; President, Columbus Younger Lawyers Club, 1984-85, Executive Council, 1980-83; Younger Lawyers Section, State Bar of Georgia, Executive Council, 1983-97, and Chair, 1990-91; General Practice & Trial Section, State Bar of Georgia, Member, State Bar Statewide Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1993- 2007, Co-Chair 1997-1999, Chair 1999-2007;Member, State Bar Federal Courts Liaison Committee 1997-2007, Vice Chair 2000-03.
  • Recipient of the Tradition of Excellence Award from the State Bar of Georgia, 2000. University of Georgia Law School Distinguished Service Scroll, 2012. Doremus Award for Excellence in Environmental Law, 2007. Fellow Lawyers Foundation of Georgia; Chair, Conference of State and Local Bar Leaders 1991-92, General Practice Section, American Bar Association; ABA National Constabar Leader of the Year Award 1993.
  • Chairman, Russell Moot Court Competition; Executive Committee, University of Georgia Moot Court Board. UGA Student Senate, 1969-72, Vice-President 1970-71, President 1971-72; Vice-President, University of Georgia Young Alumni Council, 1981-83; Board of Managers, University of Georgia Alumni Society, 1981-83 and 1989-91; University of Georgia Law School Association Council, 1997-99.
  • Board of Directors, Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest, 1992-93; Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law; GTLA Vice-President, 1994-97; Member, American Bar Association; State Bar of Georgia; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Federal Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Roscoe Pound Foundation; Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; and Columbus Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Joel has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend's 100 Most Influential Georgians and repeatedly selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer.
  • Admitted to practice in Georgia, Joel has served as lead counsel in numerous cases including trucking, product liability and serious motor vehicle cases. He has experience handling all types of litigation including class action, commercial, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical, toxic tort and environmental cases.

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, 2012 University of Georgia Law School Distinguished Service Scroll
  • Georgia Trend - 100 Most Influential Georgians, 2005
  • James Magazine - Most Influential Georgians, 2005
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2014
  • Recipient, Tradition of Excellence Award, State Bar of Georgia, 2000
  • Fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
  • National Constabar Leader of the Year Award, American Bar Association, 1993
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Ports Authority, Board of Directors, 2013 - Present
  • University of Georgia Law School, Board of Visitors, 2011 - Present
  • University of Georgia, Athletic Association, Board of Directors, 2012 - Present
  • University System Georgia Board of Regents, Chair, 2004 - 2005
  • University System Georgia Board of Regents, Vice Chair, 2003 - 2004
  • University System Georgia Board of Regents, 1999 - Present
  • Columbus Lawyers Club, President, 1988 - 1989
  • Columbus Lawyers Club, Executive Committee, 1984 - 1993
  • Columbus Younger Lawyers Club, President, 1984 - 1985
  • Columbus Younger Lawyers Club, Executive Council, 1980 - 1983
  • State Bar of Georgia, Younger Lawyers Section, Executive Council, 1983 - 1997
  • State Bar of Georgia, Younger Lawyers Section, Chair, Executive Council, 1990 - 1991
  • State Bar of Georgia, General Practice & Trial Section, Chair 1990-1991, Executive Council 1983-1998
  • State Bar of Georgia, Business Court Committee, 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Business Court Committee, Co-Vice Chair, 2008 - 2012
  • State Bar of Georgia, Business Court Committee, Chair, 2013
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member, Statewide Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1993 - 2007
  • State Bar of Georgia, Co-Chair, Statewide Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1997 - 1999
  • State Bar of Georgia, Chair, Statewide Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1999 - 2007
  • State Bar of Georgia, Vice Chair, State Bar Federal Courts Liaison Committee, 1999 - 2007
  • State Bar of Georgia, Bar Center Committee, 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Advisory Committee on Legislation, 1999 - 2010
  • ABA Conference of State and Local Bar Leaders, Chair, 1991 - 1992
  • American Bar Association, General Practice Section
  • University of Georgia Young Alumni Council, Vice-President, 1981 - 1983
  • University of Georgia Alumni Society, Board of Managers, 1981-1983 and 1989-1991
  • University of Georgia Law, School Association Council, 1997 - 1999
  • Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest, Board of Directors, Founding Member, 1992 - 1993
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 1994 - 1997
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (AAJ)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Columbus Trial Lawyers Association