Nick M. Bajalia, Sr. is a native of Valdosta, Georgia. He attended Valdosta State College between 1971 and 1973. In 1972, during his sophomore year at Valdosta State College, he joined Tau Kappa Epsilon Social Fraternity. After completing his sophomore year at Valdosta State College, he transferred to the University of Georgia in 1973, and enrolled in the Terry School of Business Administration.
While attending the University of Georgia, Mr. Bajalia founded and formed Communiversity, which is the equivalent of the Big Brother Little Brother Program on the University of Georgia Campus. He served as a Big Brother to a needy youth during his entire time as a student at the University of Georgia. He graduated, with honors, from the Terry School of Business Administration at the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1975.
After graduating from UGA, Mr. Bajalia attended the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, from where he graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1979. During his third year of law school, he was asked to serve as the personal Law Clerk for the Honorable R. Macey Taylor, United States Magistrate, United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama.
Mr. Bajalia became a member of the State Bar of Georgia in 1979 and The Florida Bar in 1981. He first worked as an associate for the law firm of Coleman & Kitchens in Valdosta, Georgia. In 1980, he became a partner, and the law firm became known as Coleman, Kitchens & Bajalia. Later, he became associated with the law firm of Blackburn, Bright, Edwards and Dodd in Valdosta, Georgia. Mr. Bajalia founded and opened Bajalia Law Firm on May 3, 1982.
Mr. Bajalia is a member of the Episcopal Church. He is married to the former Monique Andrews. They have six (6) children and several grandchildren.
Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Trucking and Commercial Vehicle Collisions Automobile, Motorcycle and Boating Collisions Premises Liability and Dangerous Conditions Defective Product Liability Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Criminal Defense Insurance Bad Faith Business Disputes and Commercial Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR):
Certified Mediator Civil Mediation Certified Mediator Divorce and Family Mediation Certified Arbitrator
State Bar of Georgia Trial Courts of Georgia Florida Bar Association Trial Courts of Florida United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia Court of Appeals of Georgia Supreme Court of Georgia Supreme Court of Florida Supreme Court of the United States
Professional Membership and Service:
State Bar of Georgia General Practice & Trial Section Torts & Insurance Practice Section Criminal Law Section Legal Economics Section Dispute Resolution Section Valdosta Bar Association Past Secretary Past Chair for Law Week Celebration Committee Florida Bar Association Georgia Civil Justice Foundation The Peoples Law School (1995 and 2005) American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section American Association for Justice Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Past Member Executive Committee Past Vice President Southern Judicial Circuit Past Member Executive Council of Vice Presidents Second Congressional District Past Chairman Board of Trustees of the Political Action Committee Past Chairman Judicial Affairs Committee Past Member Legislative Affairs Committee Past Member Governmental Affairs Committee Past Member Continuing Legal Education Committee Past Chairman Continuing Legal Education Seminars Past Chairman GTLA Brief Bank Committee Motor Vehicle/Product Liability Section Trucking Section Southern Trial Lawyers Association The National Trial Lawyers Best Attorneys of America American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys Attorney and Practice Magazine American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys Founding Member American Institute of DUI/DWUI Attorneys Valdosta Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness Member, Board of Directors Epiphany Prison Ministry Past Member, Board of Directors
Professional Honors and Awards:
Best Attorneys of America Lifetime Charter Membership Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Platinum Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award Martindale-Hubbell Americas Most Honored Award Avvo Superb Rating Avvo 10.0 Rating Avvo Client Choice Award National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Lawyers Civil Plaintiff National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Lawyers Criminal Defense National Trial Lawyers: Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association Top 25 National Trial Lawyers: Trucking Trial Lawyers Associations Top 10 American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Americas Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 10 Best Attorney and Practice Magazine Top 10 Attorney in Criminal Defense American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys 10 Best in Georgia Whos Who in Executives and Businesses