Jay Barber

Jay Michael Barber

Jay is an experienced civil litigation and trial attorney, with more than thirty years of experience defending corporations and insurers in the areas of toxic tort, pest control, products liability, asbestos and silica exposure, insurance, including first-party property and bad faith, construction defect, employment litigation and restrictive covenants, personal injury and wrongful death litigation stemming from toxic tort/chemical exposures, medical malpractice, nursing home defense litigation, and aviation-related claims and litigation.  Jay also has extensive experience defending governmental entities, in cases ranging from accidents involving government vehicles to defending cities in actions alleging violation of civil rights to cases involving governmental officials acting beyond their authority. He has tried more than 100 jury cases to verdict and has been admitted pro hac vice in 23 states for individual cases pending in those jurisdictions.

Jay has represented virtually all of the national and major regional pest control companies, pesticide manufacturers and their insurers in defense litigation, and has handled in excess of 500 such cases. He also focuses in environmental law from the insurance perspective, having handled numerous insurance coverage issues and liability cases on behalf of both insurers and corporations during his career. Jay's depth of experience has been recognized by the American Bar Association, which chose him to participate in its subcommittee focusing on revisions of the Comprehensive General Liability Policy (CGL), with special emphasis on rewriting the “sudden and accidental” pollution exclusion and related changes to the absolute pollution exclusion, which is now standard in most CGL insurance policies. In recent years, with the rise in Internet advertising and intellectual property claims, Jay has both defended insureds and litigated coverage for these claims under the current Insurance Services Office policy forms.

Jay is a Federal Aviation Administration-licensed pilot, and his practice includes selected aviation matters, including cases before the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board, running the spectrum from sophisticated matters involving the transportation of hazardous chemicals and litigation involving engine and airframe repairs to simpler matters involving individual pilots and their medical and licensing issues. He is a panel counsel for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law,  JD, 1983; Mercer Law Review, member
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, BA, 1980

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Court of Appeals for Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • United States District Courts: Northern District of Georgia, Middle District of Georgia, Southern District of Georgia
  • United States Court of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Claims Association, Board of Directors
  • Southern Loss Association Inc.
  • National Pest Management Association
  • Georgia Pest Control Association
  • Certified Pest Control Operators of Georgia
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta