Wes Jackson practices in the Government and Tort and Catastrophic Loss National Practice Sections of the firm in the Atlanta Office. Mr. Jackson focuses his practice on defending local governments and their officers against federal civil rights claims and related state-law claims.
Mr. Jackson has tried cases in state and federal courts in Georgia. He has argued appeals before the Georgia Court of Appeals and Eleventh Circuit concerning issues of qualified immunity, sovereign immunity, Fourth Amendment claims, and negligent road maintenance.
Mr. Jackson has defended many cities, counties, sheriffs, deputies, and police officers in a variety of high-profile cases involving excessive force, false arrest, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, high-speed pursuits, and conditions of confinement in local jails. He has also defended businesses against a variety of tort claims including premises liability, negligent security, dog bites, defamation, and products liability.
Wes Jackson received a B.A. in English and a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Georgia, where he graduated with High Honors from the Honors Program. He then received his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School. While in law school, Mr. Jackson served as an Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review and a teaching assistant for the Legal Research and Writing program.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Jackson worked for one year as a public defender in Nashville, Tennessee. He then clerked for the Honorable Lisa Godbey Wood in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.