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My practice concentrates in three areas: (1) insurance coverage, (2) handling general legal issues such as contracts and and non-disclosure agreements, generally for small and medium-sized companies (particularly international companies), and (3) complex commercial litigation for large and medium-sized businesses and municipalities.
I represent business policyholders in reviewing and evaluating insurance coverage. I also assist businesses in claims with insurance carriers. Although a cooperative approach is preferred if possible, I handle coverage and bad faith litigation when necessary. I have handled insurance issues involving professional liability, construction defect, D&O, environmental, catastrophic personal injury, and sexual misconduct claims. I have also written articles on insuance coverage for cyber liabilities and risks, a growing concern for most businesses.
I also sometimes represent a company's interests in connection with claims that are being handled by the carrier. For example, an insurer may be defending a claim against the insured with appointed counsel and a client may ask me to provide independent oversight and guidance regarding the claim.
I co-lead the insurance practice in Thompson Hine's Atlanta office. I also teach the Insurance Law course at the University of Georgia School of Law as an Adjunct Professor.
General Business and Legal Issues
I represent a number of companies in connection with their general legal matters. This can include setting up the business, establishing procedures for protecting confidential information and intellectual property, negotiating and drafting contracts, such as equipment supply contracts and non-disclosure agreements, and handling other legal matters. For example, companies may request the firm to review or prepare employment agreements, which I will do in conjunction with one of our employment lawyers.
Many of my general business clients are German, Swiss, other European, or Canadian companies or their U.S. subsidiaries. I have given seminars on U.S. legal issues for international audiences in Germany and the U.S. I understand many of the cultural issues that often need to be addressed when international companies begin doing business in the U.S.
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. Check out my legal guide on AVVO about these issues.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Over the years, commercial litigation has been a primary practice area, and I have litigated, arbitrated, or mediated just about every type of civil claim, representing large companies, municipalities, small and medium-sized companies, and sometimes indviduals. I have litigated many different contract issues, trade secret and non-disclosure issues, construction claims, real estate disputes, and intellectual property claims. Of course, I also litigate insurance coverage and bad faith claims.
I am a registered mediator and am available to mediate business and insurance disputes.
Having practiced for many years, there are not many industries with which I do not have at least some experience. That said, particular industry experience includes insurance, manufacturing and distribution, machinery and equipment (for engineered wood products, pulp and paper, metal forming, auto parts and other applications), professional services, technology and software, industrial construction, mining, and natural gas distribution.
I am on the Board of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, an organization that promotes international arbitration generally and metropolitan Atlanta as a venue for international arbitrations. I am the firm's representative for the German American Chamber of Commerce and the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce.
Thompson Hine LLP is an Am Law 200 firm with about 400 professionals. It is headquartered in Cleveland, with offices in Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus, OH.
The Atlanta office has about 30 lawyers, all with excellent credentials and experience.
We are located in Buckhead, which is the financial district of Atlanta, and are easy to reach from the airport, downtown or midtown.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1982||01/14/2016|
|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 - 2013|
|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|
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|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||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|Mercer University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||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|