James B. Countess
James “Bart” Countess comes to the practice of law as a second career after serving more than twenty years as a federal air traffic controller. During his tenure with the Federal Aviation Administration, he received numerous awards and commendations for outstanding performance during emergency situations that threatened the lives and property of aircraft owners, pilots, and passengers. Mr. Countess’ years of performing under the intense pressure of this demanding profession honed his ability to remain calm and level headed in any situation. He is a quick-thinking and decisive advocate for his clients, both in and out of the courtroom.
Mr. Countess refined his ability to relate to people during more than fourteen years as a labor leader with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association at the local, regional, and national levels of that organization. He worked with hundreds of employees in all stages of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. His experience in both labor litigation and alternative dispute resolution forums gives Mr. Countess a unique understanding of the complexities and costs of labor and employment disputes. His background representing employees has given him a unique perspective on labor and employment issues, which he is able to use to benefit small business owners and other employer clients.
Prior to his tenure with the Federal Aviation Administration, Mr. Countess served in the United States Air Force. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama, and he received his Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Jefferson County Bar Association, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives.
Mr. Countess consults on aviation related matters and his practice includes business development and litigation, and Social Security disability claims.