James M. Ruley


Atlanta, Georgia

James Ruley is an attorney with the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice who focuses his practice on the health care industry, particularly medical malpractice defense. He represents all types of health care providers, including nurses, physicians, hospitals, home health companies and insurers in matters involving allegations of medical malpractice, professional negligence, wrongful death, and premises liability.

Mr. Ruley also handles complex business litigation matters and construction disputes, and he has assisted both large and small clients in achieving favorable outcomes through dispositive motion, negotiation, or settlement.

Mr. Ruley has extensive experience in civil litigation. From the moment a claim is anticipated, Mr. Ruley advises clients on how to possibly avoid litigation to minimize the risks and inconvenience of an impending suit. He helps clients evaluate defenses and assesses the factual and legal merits of the claimant’s allegations. He has experience drafting pleadings and motions, managing written discovery and document productions, deposing parties and other witnesses, and arguing motions before the court.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ruley clerked for the Honorable Keith Blackwell of the Supreme Court of Georgia, where he assisted Justice Blackwell in a variety of civil and criminal cases. He previously served as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, where he worked on appeals from civil rights, employment, immigration, and criminal matters.

Outside of the office, Mr. Ruley enjoys presidential biographies, classic literature, cinema, Impressionist art, and French cuisine.


  • State Bar of Georgia, Member

Practice Areas

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Business Torts and Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Construction
  • Health Care


  • Indiana University: Maurer School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2017
  • Bob Jones University, BA, summa cum laude, 2014

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Maryland