Joshua R. Ruplin is a partner at Downey & Cleveland, LLP in Marietta, Georgia.

Josh’s litigation practice is concentrated in the areas of personal injury, premises liability, and property damage.

Along with his active trial practice, Josh frequently assists clients in the handling of pre-suit demands and claims involving extra-contractual exposure.

Josh also has broad experience in real estate law, and he has used that experience to successfully defend property owners in cases involving boundary line disputes, storm water runoff damage, trespass, and the Safe Dams Act.

During his career at the firm, Josh has served as lead counsel in more than 30 jury trials, achieving outstanding results for his clients. In addition, he has handled several appeals before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Josh is certified by the Supreme Court of Georgia to mentor new attorneys in the practice of law, and he has served as a featured speaker at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events, most recently at the Defense of a Personal Injury Case.

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Representative Results

Trial Courts

  • State Court of Cherokee County
    Obtained defense verdict in auto case in which the plaintiff introduced more than $50,000 in medical bills into evidence
  • State Court of Cobb County
    Limited damages to $21,167 despite the plaintiff injured in automobile accident undergoing hip surgery one week before trial
  • Superior Court of Paulding County
    Despite plaintiff presenting jurors with $13,000 in medical bills in auto case involving rear-end accident, jurors returned a verdict of $2,561, which was further reduced by the jury’s finding the plaintiff was 49 percent at fault for the accident
  • Superior Court of Fulton County
    Rejecting the request of plaintiff’s attorney to award $130,000 in addition to punitive damages and attorney’s fees in multiparty boundary line dispute, the jury declined to award punitive damages and attorney’s fees, and limited compensatory damages to $1,000
  • State Court of DeKalb County
    Summary judgment obtained for apartment complex when tenant alleged that piece of sheetrock fell from the ceiling and struck him in the face because there was no evidence presented that defendant knew about a defect with the tenant’s ceiling
  • State Court of Clayton County
    In auto case requested to appear as counsel for defendant immediately before trial, the plaintiff claimed to have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and the plaintiff’s attorney asked jurors to award $2 million, the jury limited damages to $27,000
  • State Court of Gwinnett County 
    Obtained defense verdict in auto case in which the plaintiff underwent epidural injections and other pain management procedures, and introduced into evidence medical expenses of $51,796
  • State Court of Fulton County
    In disputed liability auto case, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant despite the plaintiff blackboarding medical expenses of $28,903 and lost wages of $22,800

Appellate Courts

  • Georgia Court of Appeals
    Affirming summary judgment to insurer in coverage case because shooting that killed motorcyclist did not arise from use of motor vehicle as defined in the policy [pdf – appellate opinion]
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
    On writ of certiorari, affirmed decision that homeowner’s association was entitled to summary judgment on grounds that assignment of indemnity provision with property owners impacting future development was invalid [pdf – appellate opinion]
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  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Berry College, 2002
  • Juris Doctorate, Regent University School of Law, 2005

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

Professional Memberships

  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute