Julye Johns

Julye_Johns_newJulye has 15 years of experience defending professional liability lawsuits involving hospitals, physicians, and physician extenders. Since joining Huff, Powell & Bailey in 2004, she successfully has tried numerous cases involving death and catastrophic injury. She has defended allegations of medical negligence, assault and battery, fraud, and premises liability, in federal and state courts, at trial and on appeal. She has represented primary care providers for both pediatric and adult patients, and specialists in the fields of cardiology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, and urology. In addition to representing clients in civil litigation, Julye represents physicians in hearings before the Georgia Composite Medical Board and insurance companies. Julye has given lectures regarding risk management topics to physician, physician assistant, and nursing organizations.

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Civil Litigation Defense

 Representative Cases/Experience:

  • Defense of pediatric hospitals and urgent care centers in lawsuits involving conditions including genetic anomalies, meningitis, and sudden cardiac death
  • Defense of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists in lawsuits involving conditions including adverse medication reactions, genetic and metabolic diseases, and surgical procedures
  • Defense of obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, and nurses in lawsuits involving maternal and fetal death and injuries
  • Defense of plastic surgeons, dermatologists, physician extenders, and aestheticians in lawsuits involving cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and clinical medical aesthetic procedures
  • Representation of physicians in investigations conducted by the Georgia Composite Medical Board
  • Representation of physicians in investigations and audits conducted by federal and state agencies and county health departments
  • Representation of physicians in disputes with insurance companies, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Defense of corporations in cases involving death and catastrophic injuries resulting from motor vehicle, trucking, and workplace accidents

 Awards & Professional Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Rising Star, Georgia SuperLawyers, 2005 – 2006, 2010 – 2014
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Delta Phi

Admission to Practice

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Barrister, Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court


  • • B.Ar.Sc., Honors College, magna cum laude, University of South Carolina (1996)
  • • J.D., Vanderbilt University (1999)

 Community Involvement

  • Junior League of Atlanta


  • Lessons from Lawsuits: Supervision and Documentation of Services by Non-Physician Professionals, OBNet Risk Management Presentation
  • Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics, National Business Institute CLE
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation for Physician Assistant Students, Mercer University Concepts in Healthcare Course
  • Greater Augusta AALNC (American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants) Mock Trial
  • DefenseNet Can Help You Defend Physicians, MAG Mutual Defense Attorney Seminar