John C. Morrison III

John C. (Buddy) Morrison, III has handled cases in a variety of practice areas and in a number of jurisdictions. A partner at the Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney firm Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, Buddy has litigated wrongful death, product liability, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, personal injury, pedestrian accidents, trucking, and class action cases in state and federal courts throughout the nation. Buddy worked with a team that recently resolved a group of consumer class action cases versus credit insurance companies, with settlements against three companies each exceeding $45 million. Buddy has also represented injured plaintiffs against a number of trucking companies and drunk drivers, with a number of the recoveries in such cases exceeding $5 million. Buddy is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading national legal rating agency.

Buddy has lived in the Middle Georgia area since he was five years old. After graduating from Pike County High School in Zebulon, Georgia, Buddy went to Mercer University for his undergraduate education. There, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Political Science. At Mercer, Buddy was a captain of the “Binary Bears” computer programming team that has won multiple championships and excelled in a number of programming competitions around the world. Upon finishing his undergraduate studies, Buddy decided to stay in Macon to attend the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University on a full scholarship. He graduated magna cum laude with a certificate in Advanced Legal Writing. Buddy received multiple scholastic honors, including membership on the Mercer Law Review and five “CALI” awards for excellence in particular classes.

Buddy has worked with Butler Wooten & Peak LLP since graduating law school in 2006. He is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Columbus Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division, the Columbus, Georgia Inn of Court, the Chattahoochee Bar Association, the Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. An avid sports fan, Buddy serves his community by serving on the Columbus State University Athletic Fund Board.

Published Works

  • Trial Practice & Procedure, (Co-Author), 65 Mercer L. Rev. 277, 2013
  • Trial Practice and Procedure (Co-Author), 64 Mercer L. Rev. 305, 2012
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, (Co-Author), 60 Mercer L. Rev. 397, 2008
  • Trial Practice & Procedure, (Co-Author), 59 Mercer L. Rev. 423, 2007
  • Strategies for Jury Charges, Verdict (magazine), 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Quarterfinalist, Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition, Houston, Texas
  • Recipient, CALI Award for Excellence: Introduction to Legal Research, Income Tax, Advanced Legal Research

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Columbus Trial Lawyers Association, Member



Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia

  • J.D. magna cum laude – 2006
  • Honors: Recipient, Jesse Mercer Scholarship
  • Honors: Brainerd Currie Honor Society
  • Honors: Recipient, CALI Award for Excellence: Jurisprudence, Law of Lawyering
  • Law Review: Mercer Law Review, Member, 2004 – 2006

Mercer University

  • B.A. magna cum laude – 2003
  • Major: Political Science
  • Major: Computer Science

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Professional Liability
  • Commercial Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2006