Evan W. Jones
At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., Athens personal injury attorney Evan W. Jones focuses primarily on catastrophic injury cases, including those resulting from medical malpractice and nursing home negligence and/or abuse. Throughout his years in practice, he has successfully obtained substantial settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of his clients, totaling $88 million.
Evan grew up on St. Simons Island in Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia where he obtained his A.B. with general honors in 1988, followed by the University of Georgia Joseph Henry Lumpkin School of Law. He graduated law school with his J.D. in 1991 before going on to serve in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he gained valuable experience as a prosecutor in both military and federal courts. In the JACG, he served as trial counsel and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the 7th Infantry Division (Light) in Monterey, California. He also served as Trial Counsel for the 3/325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team (ABCT) and the SETAF (Airborne) Brigade which later became the 173rd Airborne at Caserma Ederle.
For a number of years, he served on the defense side of personal injury claims, representing hospitals, nursing homes, and physicians in cases involved medical malpractice claims. After defending these individuals and entities from 1995 to 2003, Evan ultimately decided to switch his practice to plaintiffs’ representation and litigation. Now, he works on behalf of injured victims who were harmed by medical institutions and professionals. His experience on both sides allows him a greater knowledge of how the process works and what tactics the defense will likely employ. He uses this knowledge to better fight for his clients’ rights.
Alongside co-counsel, Evan was instrumental in obtaining one of the largest nursing home arbitration verdicts in Georgia to this day. He also served as the lead counsel in Peterson v. Reeves, 315 Ga. App. 370 (2012), cert denied, 727 S.E. 2d 171. The case became a defining example of psychiatrists’ duties to treat mentally ill patients under the standard of care in a voluntary outpatient setting, and was even cited in courts throughout the nation, as well as in scholarly articles regarding the rights of the mentally ill.
Evan’s exceptional work has earned him recognition in numerous nationwide publications and accolades from multiple prestigious organizations, including Georgia Super Lawyers®. He is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest peer review rating available, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Additionally, he is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association of Justice. Evan has also been included in the “Who’s Who” list in American Law and is frequently invited to give presentations on wrongful death cases and medical malpractice in legal seminars. He was recognized in 2019 as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® in Georgia.
Evan also sits on the Board of Directors of ACC SANE, Inc. The Athens-Clarke County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program provides victim forensic examinations and evidence collection, court testimony, and community prevention education related to rape, sexual and physical assault.
Along with his wife, Andrea, to whom he has been married for over 28 years, Evan has three children: Connor, Sarah Kate, and Jake. Connor was a member of the UGA Baseball Team, as well as a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll before being drafted by the New York Yankees as a pitcher. He is currently a wealth management consultant. Evan’s daughter, Sarah Kate, is a UGA graduate and is training to be a wealth management consultant. His youngest son, Jake, is currently a student at UGA majoring in Finance.