John A. Draughon Sr.
- Location:Macon, Georgia
- Email:E-mail Me
John A. Draughon is a Member in the law firm of Sell & Melton LLC where he is engaged in civil trial practice. Admitted to practice in 1975, Mr. Draughon’s civil litigation experience includes eminent domain proceedings, hospital and business law, employment discrimination, construction law, alternate dispute resolution (mediation), bodily injury, contract and property damage claims, ERISA and local governmental law. Mr. Draughon is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Bar Association, and the United States Supreme Court. He has degrees from Emory University (BBA 1968), Mercer University School of Law (JD cum laude 1975) and Georgia College and State University (MBA 1979). Mr. Draughon served as a personnel officer in United States Air Force from 1969 until 1972, when he began his studies at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He is married and has a daughter and son, both of whom are grown and married, with their own children.
Mr. Draughon is rated “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. These are the highest ratings for legal ability and general ethical standards. Mr. Draughon is past President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), whose membership is based upon high personal character, honorable reputation and proficiency as a trial lawyer.
For over twenty-five years, Mr. Draughon has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia. In that capacity, he represents the Georgia Department of Transportation in condemnation proceedings. In addition, Mr. Draughon has had over 40 civil jury trials for money damages in the fields of business law, hospital law, civil rights and eminent domain. In a medical negligence case, Mr. Draughon obtained the largest verdict in Houston County at the time. A young man who had a heart condition, known as Wolfe, Parker White Syndrome, was not diagnosed by his physician and as a result he died. The jury awarded an amount that was commensurate with the value of the life of the young man.
Mr. Draughon was recently re-elected to the Board of Trustees of the MedCen Community Health Foundation. Mr. Draughon had previously completed a nine year tenure on the Board where he served as Chair and Vice Chair for four years. He is a member of the Macon Civic Club, and the Gridiron Secret Society.
Mr. Draughon is presently serving as Chairman of the Robert Burns Society, Idle Hour Chapter. Other civic and charitable activities have included President of the Macon SAE Alumnae Society, President of the Webb Fellowship Class, President of the Macon Youth Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors of the Macon Civic Club and Idle Hour Country Club and Committee Member of the American Cancer Society Macon Chapter and the Macon Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Draughon and his wife, the former Sally C. Hines, were married in 1968 at Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon, where they continue to be members. They are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.
Areas of Practice
- Trial Practice
- Business Law
- Eminent Domain Proceedings and Condemnation
- Hospital Law
- Georgia, 1975
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1975
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
- J.D cum laude – 1975
- Honors: Phi Delta Phi
- Emory University
- B.B.A., – 1969
- Georgia College
- M.B.A – 1979
Honors and Awards
- “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Associations, Member
- Macon Bar Associations, Member
- State Bar of Georgia, Member
- The American Board of Trial Advocates, Member