N. Staten Bitting, Jr.

N. Staten Bitting, Jr. Biography

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Staten Bitting is a senior member of the firm with more than thirty-five years experience in general civil trial practice. He has tried numerous cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts. He regularly represents employers before administrative law judges in workers’ compensation claims, and he  has represented clients in proceeding before arbitration tribunals.

Mr. Bitting’s experience is wide-ranging. He defends clients in bodily injury, fraud, defamation, and other tort suits. He frequently handles commercial, employment, and construction disputes. As a Special Assistant Attorney General, he represents the Georgia Department of Transportation in condemnation matters. Mr. Bitting defends employers [from local small businesses to large public corporations] in workers’ compensation claims. His practice also includes arguing appeals, when necessary, in state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings.

With the length and breadth of his professional experience, Mr. Bitting is frequently asked to serve as a mediator. He has served as mediator in over five hundred disputes, which were resolved.  Mediations have included premises liability, automobile accident, trucking, fraud, commercial, construction, professional negligence, insurance coverage, real estate, contract and various other civil disputes. He also regularly serves as mediator in workers’ compensation claims.

A long time active member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Mr. Bitting served as its President in 2009-2010. In that position, he represented GDLA at various events sponsored by the Defense Research Institute, an organization in which he has been a member for many years. He also served as Chairman of the Georgia Bar Workers’ Compensation Section. He has been a frequent faculty member in continuing legal education seminars.

Mr. Bitting was a member of the Augusta-Richmond County Library Board for twelve years, serving as its President for two years. He served as a member of the Furman University Alumni Board, and he is a Fellow of the Georgia Lawyers Foundation.

Representative Cases

  • Jenkins v. Bi-Lo, Inc., 223 Ga.App. 735, 479 S.E.2d 14, (1996)
  • Reid v. Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, 203 Ga.App. 235, 416 S.E.2d 776 (1992)
  • Hipster, Inc. v. Augusta Mall Partnership, 291 Ga. App. 273, 661 S.E. 2d 652 (2008)