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James W. Purcell
James W. Purcell

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James W. Purcell began his career in 1976 as an Assistant District Attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit becoming the Chief Assistant District Attorney in 1977. Mr. Purcell joined the Fulcher Law Firm in 1982, becoming a partner within the Litigation Group in 1984.

Mr. Purcell has become an integral part of the firm’s Litigation Group and a respected attorney throughout the state of Georgia. His practice involves the defense of corporations such as a railroad company, and handling the defense of medical malpractice suits. With the firm’s litigation team, he is dedicated to providing the highest quality representation in each case in which he is involved.


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1975
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
    • A.B. - 1973
    • Honors: cum laude

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Pastoral Council, Chair
  • Pastoral Council, Finance Commission, Liaison

Representative Clients

  • CSX Transportation, Inc.
  • Medical Protective Company

Past Positions

  • Augusta Judicial Circuit, Assistant District Attorney, 1976 to 1977
  • Augusta Judicial Circuit, Chief Assistant District Attorney, 1977 to 1980
  • Judicial Circuit, Chief Assistant District Attorney

Professional Associations

  • Augusta Bar Association, President, 2000 to 2000
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • State of Georgia, Judicial Nominating Commission, 2003
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers' Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Augusta Bar Association, Member

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Professional Liability Defense

Bar Admissions

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


  • Elite Attorney, Georgia Trend Magazine
  • Super Lawyer, Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine