Jeffrey S. Bazinet

Mr. Bazinet graduated from the University of Florida in 1996 and cum laude from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2002, where he was a member of the Law Review.

Mr. Bazinet practices primarily in the area of civil litigation in both state and federal courts.  His practice includes products liability defense; professional malpractice defense (including medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and architect and engineer liability); insurance coverage litigation (representing insurers and reinsurers in first and third party claims); personal injury and premises liability defense; construction litigation; civil RICO; and commercial litigation, including copyright and trademark enforcement, and trade secret protection. Mr. Bazinet also has significant experience in the area of equity practice in both state and federal courts. Examples of matters in which Mr. Bazinet has been engaged include:

  • Trial counsel in medical malpractice suit involving alleged injury by surgical laser. Five-day trial resulted in defense verdict.
  • Defense counsel for institutional property owner in defense of wrongful death premises liability suit involving death of trespasser. Obtained summary judgment on all claims.
  • Defense counsel for software manufacturer in action for alleged breach of employment contract.  Matter resolved favorably to defendant prior to trial.

Mr. Bazinet is also frequently engaged to handle appellate matters.  He has represented parties directly and has been called upon to represent amici curiae with respect to issues of significant public policy.  Mr. Bazinet’s appellate experience includes:

  • Preparation of amicus curiae brief for Georgia Supreme Court arguing that the medical malpractice statute of repose did not violate equal protection.  The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the statute. (Nichols v. Gross, 282 Ga. 811 (2007)).
  • Preparation of amicus curiae brief for Georgia Court of Appeals concerning admissibility of expert testimony and necessity for causation expert to rule out alternative causes. (Hawkins v. OB-GYN Associates, P.A., 290 Ga. App. 892 (2008)).
  • Representation of physician as appellee following defense verdict against contention that trial court failed to admit expert testimony concerning alleged medical negligence that occurred outside the limitation period.  Georgia Court of Appeals upheld defense verdict. (Miller v. Cole, 289 Ga. App. 471 (2008)).

Mr. Bazinet also practices in the area of insurance coverage and litigation monitoring.  He has advised foreign and domestic insurers and reinsurers with respect to a wide variety of coverages, including commercial general liability, physicians and surgeons’ liability, lawyers’ professional liability, inland marine, commercial crime, and crop insurance.

Mr. Bazinet is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association.