Josh B. Wages has been with Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. since he graduated law school in 1998. For the past 19 years, he has helped clients with everything from medical malpractice to products liability to class action lawsuits and more. Josh enjoys being able to provide clients with all of the advantages of a large, world-class firm—without the drawbacks. Says Josh, “We have the experience and resources necessary to handle most any case, but we are small enough to operate with efficiency and to provide real value for our clients.”
Born in Gainesville, Georgia in 1973, Josh grew up in Athens where he attended the University of Georgia. He earned his B.B.A. with high honors in 1995 before going on to pursue his law degree at the University of Georgia School of Law in 1998. While in law school, Josh was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Golden Key.
Following his graduation from law school, Josh began his legal practice at Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. At the firm, he assists clients with a wide range of personal injury cases, working on behalf of injured victims and their families to recover the fair compensation they are owed when a company, corporation, or other entity’s negligence leaves them injured. For the past 11 years, Josh has focused much of his practice on seeking justice for victims of defective or faulty surgical mesh devices across the country. Since 2006, he has been instrumental in nationwide federal cases involving the Mentor ObTape Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), including those dealing with Mentor Corp.’s ObTape mesh device and Tyco Healthcare’s IVS Tunneller device.
Additionally, for the past eight years, Josh has also been involved with pelvic repair mesh device cases, including those sold by C.R. Bard, Inc., which have since been transferred to the Southern District of West Virginia. Josh was heavily involved in seeking the transfer of these federal cases, including those involving pelvic repair devices distributed by Boston Scientific, and American Medical Systems, preparing the necessary motions to have the transfers approved in 2012. Since this time, three other MDLs involving three additional pelvic repair product manufacturers—Cook, Coloplast, and Neomedic—have been transferred to MDL Judge Joseph R. Goodwin of the Southern District of West Virginia. Together, these six MDLs comprise over 100,000 separate cases. Judge Goodwin appointed Josh to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for each of these MDLs in April of 2012. Alongside the firm, Josh has worked with attorneys from across the nation toward a resolution of this litigation.
In addition to his work with pelvic repair product MDLs, Josh and Blasingame, Burch, Garrard and Ashley, P.C. have recently worked on behalf of individuals injured by defective hernia mesh devices. Josh is helping injured victims pursue claims against a number of faulty hernia mesh sellers, including C.R. Bard, Inc. Josh has also worked with many clients who were injured by other types of defective medical devices and other products, including Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products and IVC filters.
Josh is also an accomplished legal writer. In his years of practice, he has briefed many motions before both federal and state courts in Georgia. He has also briefed and argued motions in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, and briefed appeals in the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Additionally, he has argued appeals before the Georgia Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Georgia Court of Appeals.
He has received the highest peer rating possible, an AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, based on his commitment to high legal and ethical standards.
When he is not working, Josh spends his free time with his wife, Christy, and their two daughters, Sarah and Lucy. He also loves cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs.
- University of Georgia: B.B.A., cum laude, with high honors, 1995
- University of Georgia School of Law: J.D., cum laude, 1998
- Western Circuit Bar Association (Treasurer, 2002-2003)
- State Bar of Georgia
- American Association for Justice
- Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- National Trial Lawyers
- Southern Trial Lawyers Association