BAY Mediation & Arbitration Services is excited to welcome Judge Jerry W. Baxter to its team of neutrals. Judge Baxter joins BAY after serving a distinguished 42-year career in the Fulton County Courts, which includes various positions such as Assistant Solicitor-General, Assistant District Attorney, State Court Judge, Superior Court Judge, and now a Senior Superior Court Judge. As a trial lawyer, he tried more than 100 jury trials. As a judge over the last 31 years, he has tried hundreds of civil jury trials, including numerous Complex Personal Injury, Products Liability, and Medical Malpractice cases.
Judge Baxter recalls certain cases that highlight his career in the judicial circuit. In the 1980s, he presided over a product liability case where a woman was killed in a head-on collision. That case resulted in a settlement in excess of $30 million. At the time, the multi-million dollar settlement was one of the largest of its kind ever rendered in Fulton County. Also, he presided over a product liability case involving Ford Motor Company that rendered a $43 million verdict for a young girl who was paralyzed after an accident involving a malfunctioning latch on the vehicle’s back seat. Most recently, Judge Baxter presided over the widely publicized Atlanta Public Schools’ cheating scandal.
At BAY, Judge Baxter will draw on his experience on the bench and his participation in a variety of pre-trial discussions to better serve as a neutral.
“I am proud to join such a dynamic team of neutrals, most of whom have been practicing for over 25 years in a variety of fields such as injury and accidents, construction, professional malpractice and workers’ compensation. It is an honor to serve alongside many other seasoned litigators and judicial officials on the BAY team.” Judge Baxter said.
An innovative leader, Judge Baxter has seen mediation grow from its initial roots. Over the years, he has watched mediation evolve into an even larger industry, and looks forward to its continued growth. During his time on the bench, he witnessed many disputes ending in costly litigation and unfavorable results for people on each side. He supports the principles of mediation and encourages clients to take control of their own fate and choose mediation to avoid unnecessary time, expense and emotional toll.
Founded in 2002, BAY Mediation and Arbitration Services, LLC, is one of the fastest growing alternative dispute resolution companies in Georgia. Our panel of neutrals consists of arbitrators and mediators with diverse backgrounds, and styles, who provide practical solutions in a variety of civil litigation areas. A majority of our neutrals have at least 25 years or more of legal and/or judicial experience, have tried numerous cases and have been involved as litigants and neutrals in thousands of cases. We provide efficient, effective and quality dispute resolutions services. For more information or to schedule a mediation or arbitration with our neutrals, call our scheduling coordinator at (678) 222-0248 or by scheduling online at www.bayadr.com/scheduling/. We look forward to meeting your needs as well as the needs of your clients.