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My practice concentrates on matters involving insurance coverage, trade secrets and confidential information, and international business. I also handle other complex commercial litigation.
On insurance coverage, I represent business policyholders in their dealings with their insurance carriers. This involves insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. It also can involve representing an insured's interests in connection with claims that are being handled by the carrier. For example, a carrier may be defending a claim against the insured, but may not be taking sufficient steps to settle the claim. I also review coverage for clients.
On matters involving trade secrets and confidential information, a common scenario would be representing a company where employees have left and appear to have taken confidential information. However, I sometimes also represent individuals who wish to leave a company and start their own business, but without getting into a dispute with their former employer. Much of this area involves technology. I co-lead the Cloud Computing and Cyber Security Practice team at Barnes & Thornburg. Check out our blog at http://www.btcloudcomputinglaw.com.
For international business, I represent German, other European, and Canadian companies in their general business dealings, including negotiating and drafting equipment supply contracts, terms and conditions, non-disclosure agreements, and other business contracts.
One of the biggest mistakes an international company can make is to
assume that business is done -- particularly the legal aspects of
business -- the same way in the U.S. as in its home country. We have
developed the cultural sensitivity to understand these issues and to
help explain the U.S. legal system to international companies. Check out my legal guide on AVVO about these issues.
I am active in the German American Chamber of Commerce, the British American Business Group, and other international groups. I am also active in the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, particularly with respect to international business.
My particular industry experience includes manufacturing and
distribution, machinery and equipment (for engineered wood products,
pulp and paper, metalforming, auto parts and other applications),
insurance, mining, and natural gas distribution.
My book, An Insider's Guide on Hiring a Business Attorney, provides a concise guide for business people and executives regarding how to find, evaluate, interview, hire, and work with a business attorney. It is available on Amazon, or, for more information, go to http://www.businessattorneyguide.com.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP is an Am Law 100 firm with about 550 professionals. It is headquartered in Indianapolis with offices in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles Minneapolis, Columbus, OH, Wilmington, DE and other cities.
The Atlanta office is relatively new and currently has about 20 lawyers, all with excellent credentials and experience. The firm has a nationally recognized insurance recovery practice, which is one of many things that attracted me to the firm. The firm also has substantial business and corporate law, intellectual property, and other capabilities.
We are located in Buckhead, which is the financial center of Atlanta, and are easy to reach from the airport, downtown or midtown.
Licensed since 1982
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1982||05/08/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Georga Super Lawyers - Insurance Coverage||Law & Politics Magazine||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Georgia Legal Elite||Georgia Trend Magazine||2012|
|Georgia Super Lawyer - Insurance Coverage||Law & Politics Magazine||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Georgia Super Lawyers - Business Litigation||Georgia Super Lawyers||2011|
|Georgia Legal Elite||Georgia Trend Magazine||2011|
|Georgia's Legal Elite||Georgia Trend Magazine||2010|
|Georgia Super Lawyers - Business Litigation||Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine||2010|
|Georgia Super Lawyer: Business Litigation||Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine||2009|
|Georgia Super Lawyer: Business Litigation||Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine||2008|
|Isaac Meinhard Award||University of Georgia School of Law||1982|
|Jessie and Dan MacDougald Award||University of Georgia School of Law||1982|
|Order of the Coif||University of Georgia School of Law||1982|
|Partner||Thompson Hine LLP||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Barnes & Thornburg LLP||2010 - Present|
|Shareholder||Chorey, Taylor & Feil, A Professional Corporation||2007 - 2010|
|Shareholder||Wagner, Johnston & Rosenthal, P.C.||2007 - 2007|
|Partner (formerly, Associate)||McKenna Long & Aldridge||1986 - 2007|
|Associate||Hansell & Post (now Jones, Day)||1982 - 1986|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Atlanta Bar Association, Construction Law Section||Board of Directors||2005 - 2009|
|Center for International Legal Studies||Fellow||2003 - Present|
|German American Chamber of Commerce||Firm Representative||2002 - Present|
|Bleckley American Inn of Court||Master||2001 - Present|
|Lawyer's Club of Atlanta||Member||1998 - Present|
|Lumpkin Society, University of Georgia School of Law||Member||1998 - Present|
|Metalforming, Inc. v. Engage Machinery, Inc., et al.||Settled with Consent Judgment entered|
|Park Center, L..P., et al. v. Pennsylvania Manufacturers Insurance Corp.||Judgment of in favor of client affirmed|
|Gresham v. Atlanta Gas Light Company||Prevailed on appeal|
|LNJ's Equipment Leasing Newsletter||Machinery and Equipment Supply Contracts: Back to the Basics||2011|
|Lexis/Nexis Insurance Law Community||Georgia Supreme Court Holds that Negligent Construction is an "Occurrence" Under CGL Policies||2011|
|Atlanta Bar Association Construction Section||Insurance Issues in the Litigation and Settlement of Construction Claims: Some Practical Thoughts||2011|
|Georgia Civil Trial Procedure (LexisNexis)||Utilizing Expert Witnesses (Chapter 8)||2011|
|ABA Litigation Section - "Construct!"||Insurance Issues in Construction-Related Claims: Some Practical Thoughts||2011|
|Book: An Insider's Guide on Hiring a Business Attorney||An Insider's Guide on Hiring a Business Attorney||2010|
|Georgia Bar Technology Section Newsletter||The Legal Issues Are Somewhat Cloudy In the Cloud: A Primer for Lawyers on Cloud Computing||2010|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)||Mediation in Construction Cases: Pros, Cons, and Some Thoughts for the General Practitioner||2007|
|Metropolitan Corporate Counsel||ADR: A Practitioner's View of a Changing Landscape (interview)||2006|
|McKenna Long & Aldridge English/German Dual Language Brochure||Basic Legal Considerations in Doing Business in the United States and the State of Georgia||2006|
|Metropolitan Corporate Counsel||Mediation as a Means to Resolve Intellectual Property Disputes||2004|
|Mealey's International Arbitration Report||Open Questions Regarding Non-Party Discovery in Commercial Arbitration||2003|
|Management.de Website||Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Transactions in the United States||2003|
|Nebraska Law Review||Product Liability Tort Reform: The Case for Federal Action (co-author)||1984|
|ABA Section of Litigation (CLE Program)||Communication with Absent Class Members: Why Free Speech Should Prevail (co-author)||1983|
|University of Georgia||N/A||J.D. (summa cum laude)||1982|
|Mercer University||Political Science; Speech Communications||B.A.||1979|
|Strafford Legal Webinar||Maximizing Insurance Contributions in Mediated Settlements||2011|
|Inventor's Association of Georgia Monthly Meeting||Trade Secrets and Non-Disclosure Agreements||2010|
|Chamblee Business Association Monthly Meeting||Common Legal Mistakes Businesses Make and How to Avoid Them||2009|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Meeting||Tips for Success in Arbitration as an Advocate and a Neutral (Panel Discussion)||2009|
|International Handelskammer Seminar - Munich||Product Liability and Risk Management in the United States||2007|
|ICLE Seminar on Construction Law for the General Practitioner||Mediation in Construction Cases: Some Thoughts for the General Practitioner||2007|
|German American Chamber of Commerce Business Seminar||Product Liability and and Risk Management in the United States||2007|
|International Handelskammer Seminar - Munich||Product Liability Law in the United States||2006|
|Atlanta Bar Association Construction Section Meeting||Professionalism in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Moderator)||2006|
|Technology Association of Georgia International Section Meeting||Basic Issues Concerning Dispute Resolution||2003|
|Center for International Legal Studies Seminar - Heidelberg||The Assault on the Citadel: Judicial and Legislative Attacks on Arbitration Agreements in the United States||2003|
|Conference on Problems in Discovery and Professionalism||Panelist on Issues in Depositions||2002|