A Broad-Stroke Litigation Firm Serving Clients Throughout Southeast Georgia

James C. Busch, Of Counsel

Serving Clients in Real Estate Law for Nearly 20 Years

Jim Busch, Of Counsel, has counseled and served clients in the construction and real estate industries for nearly 20 years, helping them prevent and resolve disputes. He has represented construction suppliers, subcontractors, equipment rental companies, engineers and architects, as well as trade associations, developers and lenders. Clients range from local family held businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

He has extensive experience handling cases involving:

Jim has appeared in state and federal courts throughout Georgia, as well as represented clients in arbitrations. In addition to dispute resolution and litigation, Jim has experience in corporate law, contracts and franchising, and has negotiated agreements relating to office building sales and acquisitions, and shopping center development.

Outside of the Law Office

Jim is a regular speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars on construction law and liens, and has published more than 40 articles on laws affecting the construction industry. He has also served as a Committee Chair on a Senate Lien Law Advisory Committee, working with senators to help draft new legislation relating to construction liens, bonds, and waivers.

Jim has achieved monumental feats in his personal life, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and twice completing the Ironman. He applies that same winning mentality and level of dedication, determination, and drive to representing his clients.


  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
    • J.D., 1989
  • Vanderbilt University
    • B.A., 1984, football scholarship

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Georgia, 1989
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia


  • State Bar of Georgia


  • Speaker, Construction Mechanics and Materialmen's Liens
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 1995-Present

Published Works

  • Articles by Jim appearing in the Atlanta Lien and Legal Review:
  • How to Perfect a Lien
  • Separate Account Requirement for Mechanics and Materialmen's Liens
  • Credit Applications
  • Promissory Note
  • Update Recent Developments Regarding Personal Guarantees
  • Personal Guarantees
  • Prosecuting Bad Checks Presented after Opening Accounts
  • Liens on Bad Checks
  • Stop Payment Orders
  • Recent Developments in Waivers and Releases
  • Recent Developments in Georgia Lien Law
  • Georgia Lien Law Update
  • Liens on Tenant Projects
  • The Georgia Prompt Pay Act
  • The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Recent Developments in Foreclosures
  • Bonds to Remove Liens
  • Bonds to Discharge Mechanics and Materialmen's Liens
  • Release of Lien on Filing of a Bond
  • Recent Developments in Bonding Off Liens
  • The Full Payment of Contract Price
  • Defense Lien Law
  • Update Recent Developments in Georgia Law
  • Recent Developments Regarding Construction Loans
  • Preventing Unnecessary Legal Expense and Delay
  • Maximizing Your Legal Representation
  • Attorney Fee Awards
  • Alternatives to Georgia Courts
  • Eckles Case Reversed in Part by Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Lien Law Update
  • Materialmen's Notice of Lien
  • Recent Developments in Georgia Lien Law
  • Renewing Judgments in Georgia
  • Using Post Judgment Discovery and Garnishments to Collect Your Judgment
  • Post Judgment Collection Techniques
  • Collection by Levy
  • Distinguishing Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations and LLCs
  • General Partnerships
  • The Importance of State Registration
  • Individual Liability for Corporate Debts
  • Modification of Liens and Piercing the Corporate Veil
  • Fraudulent Conveyance Transfers
  • Georgia Construction Mechanics and Materialmen's Liens


  • Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C., 2016-present
  • Busch, Reed & Jones, P.C., 2013-2016
  • Busch & Reed, PC, Partner, 2003-2013
  • Jackel, Rainey, Busch & Reed, Partner, 1999-2003
  • Jackel, Rainey, Marsh & Busch, Partner, 1996-1999
  • Awtrey & Parker, Partner, 1995-1996
  • Busch & Associates, 1992-1995
  • Hicks & Marsh, 1989-1992

Reported Cases

  • Roach v. C.L. Wigington Enterprises, Inc., 248 Ga. App. 36, 539 S.E.2d 543, 00 FCDR 3898, Ga. App., September 18, 2000 (NO. A00A 1558)
  • Southern Waters Development, Inc. v. Thomas R. Hopson-Broker, Inc., 244 Ga. App. 47, 535 S.E.2d 20, Ga. App., May 17, 2000 (NO. A00A0264)
  • Calhoun/Johnson Co. v. Houston Family Trust No. 1, 236 Ga. App. 793, 513 S.E.2d 759, 99 FCD$ 1259, Ga. App., March 05, 1999 (NO. A98A2311)
  • Northside Wood Flooring, Inc. v. Borst, 232 Ga. App. 569, 502 S.E.2d 508, 98 FCDR 2136, Ga. App., May 19, 1998 NO A98A0147, A98A0146)
  • Hicks v. State, 231 Ba. App. 552, 499 S.E.2d, 341, 98 FCDR 944, Ga. App., February 23, 1998 9NO A97A2298)
  • Miller v. Calhoun/Johnson Co., 230 Ga. App. 648, 497 S.E.2d 397, 98 FCDR 926, Ga. App., February 18, 1998 (NO. A97A2298)
  • Intersouth Properties, Inc. v. Contractor Exchange, Inc., 199 Ga. App. 726, 405 S.E.2d 764, Ga. App., May 20, 1991 (NO A91A0467)
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