Helping clients mitigate risk and advance their business goals, James Banter advocates for financial institutions and other companies in commercial litigation. He also represents local governments, including counties and municipalities throughout the state of Georgia, with a variety of legislative, litigation and regulatory compliance issues.
With a rich and multifaceted legal background working for a variety of on many types of cases, James likens himself to a Swiss Army knife who can handle just about any problem or question that comes his way. He has represented a range of individuals and entities, from the local dog catcher to corporations worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Originally from a small town in Georgia, James is comfortable interacting with people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.
James has litigated small claims cases through class actions and appeared in many different judicial venues, including U.S. District and appellate courts. He has faced adverse counsel from some of the largest and most well-known New York and Chicago litigation firms and successfully prevailed by helping bring in multi-million-dollar recoveries. Prior to joining the firm, James clerked for Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Weigle, serving two years in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District Georgia. The experience honed both his legal writing and trial skills.
With a fondness for the intellectual challenge of legal strategizing, James enjoys solving clients’ problems. He finds it gratifying that they put their trust in him to bring them optimal resolutions, including in situations where a company’s very survival is at stake. In addition, he takes on their burdens and relieves their anxiety so they can return their focus to doing what they do best—running their businesses. No matter what type of person or entity he’s representing, James always looks several steps ahead to identify possible threats to avoid and potential opportunities to seize.
In addition to spending most of their time keeping up with their little boy, James and his wife are involved in their local community. They have volunteered at The Methodist Home for Children & Youth in Macon and for the Attorney General’s Legal Food Frenzy, as well as at their church. James also follows sports, plays pickleball and golf and enjoys reading. Lately he has been going through a lot of John Grisham novels.