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Kawania B. James

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Kawania B. James



Kawania is a Partner in the Atlanta office. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia, Kawania then graduated from the University of Georgia, cum laude, with her Juris Doctor. While in law school, she was an active member of the University of Georgia Moot Court Team, a semi-finalist in the Intrastate Moot Court competition, and a quarter-finalist in the Russell Moot Court competition. In addition, she was on the editorial board and a notes editor for the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law and a pupil in the Chattahoochee Inn of Court.

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Kawania’s legal practice focuses on the areas of general liability, worker’s compensation, dental malpractice and medical malpractice. She vigorously defends each case and has successfully resolved cases through jury trials and motion practice.

Kawania is heavily involved in the legal and local community. She is actively participates in Defense Research Institution (DRI) and Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). Kawania is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and volunteers through her church.

Kawania has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star three times. She was also previously selected for the Southern Region Lawyers of Color Hot List and Georgia’s Top 40 Under 40 by The National Black Lawyers.



Kawania represents dental professionals in pre-litigation matters and litigated cases. In addition, Kawania’s practice includes representing dentists with Georgia Board of Dentistry matters.

General Liability

Kawania’s general liability experience includes the defense of matters such as premises liability claims and automotive cases. Kawania’s cases have involved multimillion dollar allegations of serious injuries and wrongful death claims. Kawania’s experience allows her to successfully handle a variety of general liability cases. She works diligently with clients to ensure they are defended and their interests are protected.

Medical Malpractice

Kawania is involved in the defense of hospitals, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals through the medical malpractice litigation group. While Kawania’s practice is primarily litigation based, she also represents physicians with Georgia Composite Medical Board matters.

Premises Liability

Kawania represents businesses in the retail and hospitality industry against a variety of matters ranging from premises liability and negligence claims to adulterated food allegations. Kawania defends her clients with a focus on the best outcome for each individual case whether that be trial, motion practice or settlement.

Workers’ Compensation

Kawania represents employers, insurers, self-insureds, and servicing agents in workers’ compensation claims. She has a vast amount of experience successfully handling all aspects of non-litigated and litigated claims, including cases at the appellate level.


  • State Courts:

    Georgia: Local & Superior Courts, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court

  • Trial Courts:

    U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia

  • J.D., cum laude: University of Georgia, 2009
  • B.A., Criminal Justice, cum laude: University of Georgia, 2005


  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


  • Georgia Super Lawyers ® Rising Star, 2017-2019
  • The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2015
  • Lawyers of Color 2014 Hot List (Southern Region)


  • Supreme Court Of Georgia Overrules The Lunch Break Exception
    HBS Workers’ Compensation Blog, June 2020 (Read full article)
  • Co-authored “Business Record Production – Ensuring The Story Is Complete”
    USLAW, 2015

In the Press

Supreme Court of Georgia Overrules the Lunch Break Exception

Written by: Kawania B. James, Esq.  Last year, the Court of Appeals of Georgia’s decision in Frett v. State Farm Employee Workers’ Compensation, et al. created a bright-line rule that protected what is commonly referred to as the lunch break exception, despite the potential conflict between the ingress and egress rule. On June 16, 2020,
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Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Recognized as Rising Stars in 2019 Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine

In the 2019 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its outstanding legal work as three of its attorneys are on the list of Rising Stars. Attorneys Kawania James, Joel McKie, of the Atlanta office; and Jennifer Herzog, of the Tifton
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HBS Attorneys Named Rising Stars in the 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers

In the 2018 edition of the Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its outstanding legal work as six of its attorneys are on the list of Rising Stars. Attorneys Sean Cox, Kawania James, Joel McKie, Michael Memberg and Ashley Gowder Mitchell, of the Atlanta office; and Sean Mims, of the Columbus office, have all received this honor.
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Hall Booth Smith Names Seven New Partners

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that it has named seven new partners, bringing the firm-wide total to 93. “We are so pleased to welcome these talented professionals as partners,” said Alex Booth, managing partner of Hall Booth Smith. “Their expertise and dedication to clients at this time of expansion for our firm
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