Our Attorneys

J. Colby Jones

Colby Jones is a partner at Downey & Cleveland, LLP in Marietta, Georgia. He started with the firm as an associate in 2005 and became a partner in 2013. During his career at the firm, Colby has tried more than 20 jury trials in the areas of personal injury and premises liability.


The University of Georgia, A.B.J. Journalism; A.B. English 1997

Georgia State University, J.D., cum laude, 2005

Practice Areas

Colby focuses primarily on the defense of suits arising from personal injury, auto liability, premises liability, medical malpractice, and insurance coverage issues.

Court Admissions

Georgia State and Superior Courts
Georgia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Georgia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


State Bar of Georgia
Defense Research Institute
Cobb County Bar Association

Recent Trial Results

Ross v. Flores and Penn v. Flores, State Court of Cobb County (2013) (In companion cases tried back to back, the first jury declined to award punitive damages and the second jury limited punitive damages to $2,500 in case where DUI Defendant struck teenage driver head-on, attempted to flee the scene on foot, and failed to show up at trial).

Roof v. Bailey, Superior Court of Fannin County (2012) (Jury award of $5,000 when Plaintiff’s SUV was knocked onto side in rear-end collision, $170,000 in medical expenses were admitted into evidence, and the lowest pretrial demand on the UM carrier was $360,000)

Gallagher v. Hardin, Superior Court of Gwinnett County (2012) (Defense verdict in favor of driver of SUV accused of intentionally attempting to run over Plaintiff on race day at Atlanta Motor Speedway)

Smith v. Squire, Superior Court of DeKalb County (2012) (Jury award of $3,093 in clear negligence case when Plaintiff presented in excess of $20,000 in medical bills and claimed closed head injury from a multi-vehicle pileup on I-75)

Alonzo v. Jezerinac, State Court of Cobb County (2010) (Defense verdict in favor of bar patron accused of falling off of bar stool while intoxicated and crushing a female patron’s ankle, which required the insertion of metal hardware)

Smith v. Godwin, State Court of Douglas County (2010) (Defense verdict returned for corporate airplane pilot accused of shattering the ankle of a fellow pilot in fight at airport arising from alleged employment dispute, necessitating the surgical repair of a bimalleolar fracture)

Published Decisions

Atcheson v. Cochran, 297 Ga. App. 568 (2009) (Upholding dismissal of suit against DUI defendant when process was not served until three months after the expiration of the statute of limitations)

Stolte v. Hammack, 311 Ga. App. 710 (2011) (Affirming trial court’s grant of summary judgment to property owner whose roommate was viciously attacked by pit bull named Cujo and suffered wounds to face, chest and arms)  

Benefield v. Vance, 315 Ga. App. 505 (2012) (cert denied) (Reversing trial court in favor of defendant homeowner whose guest fell down pool steps at Fourth of July party and suffered bilateral rupture of quadriceps tendon)

State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Myers, 316 Ga. App. 152 (2012) (Reversing trial court in favor of insurer because auto policy did not provide coverage for sexual assault of mentally disabled plaintiff who was being transported to medical appointment)