James T. Budd

Mediator

Phone

Main:

678-222-0248


Direct:

404-405-4233

Fees
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    Administrative Fee
    $200.00 per party/per day

    Mediation / Arbitration Hourly Fees

    2 Party Case: $350.00 Per Party Per Hour
    3 Party Case: $325.00 Per Party Per Hour
    4 Party Case: $300.00 Per Party Per Hour

    Fees are the same for any additional time spent on document review, research, written findings of fact/law and other outside time, if any, necessary to prepare or make an informed award or evaluation.

    MINIMUM TIME:
    A 3-Hour Minimum will be charged in All Cases

    TRAVEL TIME:
    For travel time for hearings outside the metro Atlanta area, $125.00 per hour will be charged, in addition to travel expenses including, but not limited to airfare, mileage, car rental, lodging and meals.

    ALL CHARGES WILL BE SHARED EQUALLY AMONG ALL PARTIES, UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED IN WRITING. RATES MAY BE ADJUSTED FOR SPECIAL SITUATIONS. THE FEE IS TO BE AGREED UPON IN ADVANCE.

    OUR CONTRACT FOR SERVICES IS WITH THE ATTORNEY(S). WE EXTEND CREDIT, WITH NO ADVANCE DEPOSIT REQUIREMENT, BASED ON THE ATTORNEY’S CREDIT. THE ATTORNEY, IN TURN, COLLECTS FROM HIS/HER CLIENT. THEREFORE, WE EXPECT PAYMENT FROM THE ATTORNEY(S) REGARDLESS OF CLIENT ACTIVITY. ALL FEES MUST BE PAID IN FULL ON EVERY ARBITRATION PRIOR TO THE AWARD BEING PUBLISHED.

    *** A FINANCE CHARGE OF 1.50% PER MONTH (18% PER YEAR) WILL BE CHARGED ON BALANCES DUE OVER 45 DAYS.

    CANCELLATION/RESCHEDULE POLICY:
    If a Mediation or Arbitration is postponed, rescheduled or canceled for any reason WITHIN FOURTEEN (14) DAYS OF THE MEDIATION, the Responsible Party(s) will be charged a THREE-HOUR MINIMUM at the FULL hourly rate for all parties in the entire case, as stated on BAY Mediation & Arbitration Services, LLC Fee Structure Sheet, included with the Confirmation Letter when the Mediation or Arbitration was scheduled. If any Party has any questions about this Policy, please call James directly.

Schedule
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Jim Budd has been a civil litigator for 39 years.  He has handled cases for both plaintiffs and defendants and has earned the respect of attorneys from both the plaintiff’s and defense bars.  Jim was a Partner with the law firm of Mabry & McClelland, LLP where he practiced for his entire legal career.  He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1982 and obtained his J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1985.  He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. [1]

Jim has handled a wide variety of cases involving catastrophic personal injury, premises liability, mental healthcare liability, sexual misconduct, trucking, insurance coverage, and various business disputes. He has tried hundreds of jury cases in both State and Federal Courts in Georgia and has participated in thousands of successful mediations.

 

¹ AV®Preeminent™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Areas of Expertise

  • Catastrophic Personal Injuries/Brain Injuries
  • Negligence
  • Wrongful Death
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Nursing Home/LTC Litigation
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Insurance + Coverage
  • Construction
  • Injuries + Accidents
  • Business + Commercial
  • Church Liability
  • Hospital Liability

Locations

  • Atlanta

Languages Spoken

  • English

Credentials

ADR Training
  • State Dept of Dispute Resolution
Education
  • J.D., University of Georgia, 1985
  • B.A. in Speech Communications, University of Virginia, 1982
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia, 1985
Legal Employment
  • Mabry & McClelland, LLP, Partner, 1985-2024
Professional Affiliations
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • The Lawyers Club