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James P. Gerard



James P. Gerard is a Martindale and Hubbell "AV" rated partner in the Real Estate section of the firm. Mr. Gerard concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, commercial law (e.g., the areas of consumer protection, debtor/creditor relations, and secured lending), construction litigation, and municipal law. His real estate practice involves representing several lenders, landlords, homeowners associations, and developers. It includes foreclosures; undertaking and managing the legal aspects of the purchase, sale exchange, financing, and construction of commercial and industrial facilities and urban revitalization projects; assisting developers obtain financing and necessary federal state, and local environmental, zoning and other regulatory permits and approvals; and assisting in all aspects of residential property sales. Mr. Gerard has also served as city attorney for Garden City, Georgia, since 1991, during which time he has also served as a consultant for a number of other municipalities in Southeast Georgia.

Mr. Gerard is a native of Ithaca, New York. He attended Duke University and graduated cum laude in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Upon earning his undergraduate degree, Mr. Gerard attended the University of Georgia School of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 1981.

Mr. Gerard has been named a "Best Lawyers in America" in the category of Real Estate Law since 2013, and awarded the honor of being "2015 Lawyer of the Year".

Mr. Gerard is admitted to practice before the Georgia state courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Federal Court of Claims.


  • Real Estate Law

  • Commercial Law

  • Construction Litigation

  • Municipal Law



  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 1981

  • B.A., Duke University, 1977


  • State Bar of Georgia



  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Real Estate Law (2020)


  • State Bar of Georgia

  • Federal Bar Association

  • Savannah Bar Association

  • International Municipal Lawyers Association


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