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  • Biography

    Benjamin Fink is known for his work in noncompete, trade secret and competition-related disputes. A shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn, Ben concentrates his practice in business and employment litigation.

    Ben has been representing plaintiffs and defendants in disputes involving noncompete, non-solicitation of customers, non-recruitment of employees and non-disclosure/confidential information agreements for more than 25 years. He also has deep experience representing parties in disputes involving trade secrets, tortious interference with business and contractual relations, breach of fiduciary duty and/or duty of loyalty, unfair and deceptive trade practices, business defamation, trade name and trade dress infringement, Computer Systems Protection Act violations, Economic Espionage Act/Defend Trade Secrets Act claims, Electronic Communications Privacy Act claims, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims, Stored Communications Act claims and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims. In this practice, he has successfully handled countless Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction hearings.

    Ben also represents plaintiffs and defendants in other business and employment disputes, including contract disputes, compensation disputes, business torts, partnership, shareholder and other internal corporate disputes, shareholder derivative lawsuits and securities fraud claims.

    With more than 30 years in practice, Ben has handled cases in Georgia’s state and federal courts as well as state and federal courts in more than 15 states. He has handled disputes in arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and is an AAA panelist. During this time, he has testified before a joint committee of the Georgia House and Senate tasked with studying proposed legislation on restrictive covenant agreements; served as a member of the State Bar of Georgia Special Legislative Study Committee on Restrictive Covenants, which served as a resource for the Georgia Legislature as it considered legislation; and attended the Inaugural Sedona Conference on Developing Best Practices for Trade Secret Issues, an invitation-only group of thought leaders in trade secret law. Today, Ben serves on Sedona Working Group 12 on trade secrets.

    President of the Alumni Board of Emory Law School, Ben is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

    In his spare time, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, bicycling, kayaking, hiking and engaging in other outdoor adventures.

  • Credentials

    Bar Admissions
    • Georgia (1992)
      • Supreme Court of Georgia
      • Court of Appeals of Georgia
    • New Jersey (1993)
    • Federal
      • Supreme Court of the United States
      • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
      • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
      • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
      • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
    Education
    • B.A., Duke University, 1989
    • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1992

     

    Professional Memberships
    • State Bar of Georgia
      • Labor and Employment Section
      • Intellectual Property Law Section
      • Business Law Section
    • American Bar Association
      • Labor and Employment Section
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association
      • Trade Secrets Committee:
        • Chair, Trade Secret Law Committee (Present)
        • Vice Chair, Trade Secret Law Committee (2021-2022)
        • Chair, Programming Committee (2019-2020)
        • Chair, Legislative Sub-Committee (2013 – 2015)
        • Vice Chair, Legislative Sub-Committee (2013)
    • Atlanta Bar Association
      • Judicial Selection Committee (2020 – present)
      • Lifetime Fellow, Atlanta Bar Foundation
      • Labor and Employment Section
        • Immediate Past Chair (2015-2016)
        • Chair (2014-2015)
        • Chair Elect (2013 – 2014)
        • Secretary/Treasurer (2012 – 2013)
        • Board of Directors (2010 – 2019)
      • Litigation Section
      • Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
    • Litigation Counsel of America
      • Barrister, Order of Veritas
      • Advocate, Order of Certus
      • Fellow, Trial Law Institute
      • Fellow, Diversity Law Institute
  • Recognition

    • Ben was named 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Labor and Employment in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021.
    • Ben has been named a Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyer (2013-present).
    • Ben has been selected annually as a Georgia Super Lawyer (2005 – present).
    • Based upon peer recommendations, Ben has been selected as one of Georgia Trends’s Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine (2011-present).
    • In December 2017, Ben was invited to attend the Inaugural Sedona Conference on Developing Best Practices for Trade Secret Issues. Attendance is by invitation only for approximately 75 thought leaders in trade secrets law. Every year, Ben has continued to attend the invitation-only meeting of the Sedona Conference Working Group 12 on Trade Secret Issues. He is currently serving as a team leader for a drafting team on “Ethics Issues in Trade Secrets Disputes.” Previously, he served on the drafting team for “Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation About Them.”
    • Ben received the Atlanta Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award for demonstrating outstanding service as chair of the labor and employment law section. Ben helped conceive and execute an anniversary event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights bill (May 2015).
    • Ben has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2015 – present).
    • Ben has been selected for the Super Lawyers Business Edition for his work in Employment & Labor (2012-present).
    • Ben has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell in the areas of ethical standards and legal ability.
    • Ben is a fellow of the invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society, Litigation Counsel of America
      • Fellow, Diversity Law Institute
      • Fellow, Trial Law Institute
    • Ben is an American Arbitration Association panelist.
  • News & Insights

    Blog Posts

    Presentations

    • On October 14, 2022, Ben was a featured panelist at the Atlanta Bar Association meeting (Litigation and Labor & Employment Law sections), “Advancing the Law | Noncompetes & Other Restrictive Covenants – Changing Tides.”
    • On September 29, 2022, Ben co-presented “Managing Liftouts: Legitimate Business Strategy or Unlawful Competition?” at a PLI seminar, “Noncompetes and Restrictive Covenants 2022: What Every Lawyer, Human Resources Professional, and Key Strategic Decisionmaker Should Know.”
    • On September 7, 2022, Ben led a discussion on “Draft Commentary Review: Ethics Issues in Trade Secrets Disputes” at the Sedona Conference WG12 (Trade Secrets) 2022 Annual Meeting in Reston, Va.
    • On August 31, 2022, Ben served as co-chair for the State Bar of Georgia/Institute of Continuing Legal Education program, “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets.” He also presented “Restrictive Covenants in Employment in Other Agreements” and moderated a panel, “Recent Legislative Updates: Are Noncompetes Going to be Banned?”
    • On May 18, 2022, Ben presented “Irreparable Harm (Presumed or Not) in Federal Trade Secret Cases” at the AIPLA Spring Meeting in New Orleans.
    • On April 28, 2022, Ben served as a panelist to discuss “Non-compete Agreements: Advising Employers and Departing Employees” during the Atlanta Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section webinar, “The Great Resignation.”
    • On April 7, 2022, Ben moderated a panel “Navigating Trade Secret Systems in a Rapidly Changing Innovation Environment” at IPLSPRING, the American Bar Association-Intellectual Property Law Section’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
    • On December 14, 2021, Ben led a discussion on “Getting In and Staying Out of Trouble: Ethical Issues in Trade Secret Cases” at the Sedona Conference WG12 (Trade Secrets) 2021 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
    • On December 3, 2021, Ben presented to members of the Association of Corporate Council, “Employer Non-Competes and Other Restrictive Covenants: Trends, Traps and Hot Topics.
    • On November 9, 2021, Ben moderated a panel at the AIPLA annual Trade Secret Summit in Austin, Texas, “Protecting Trade Secrets in a Post-COVID-19 World: Trends, Traps, and other Hot Topics for Protecting Trade Secrets in the Remote Working Environment.”
    • PODCAST: “How to Avoid Dismissal and Get an Injunction in Trade Secret Cases (Wisk Aero LLC v. Archer Aviation Inc.)  (October 2021)
    • On October 7, 2021, Ben presented “Non-Competes, Trade Secrets and Computer Fraud” at The Seminar Group’s 18th Annual Labor & Employment Law conference in Atlanta.
    • PODCAST“Mediating Trade Secret Disputes” (August 2021)
    • PODCAST“The Supreme Court’s Decision in Van Buren v. U.S. (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act)” (July 2021)
    • PODCAST“Litigating Trade Secret Cases, Part 2” (June 2021)
    • PODCAST“Litigating Trade Secret Cases” (June 2021)
    • PODCAST“Litigating Trade Secret & Restrictive Covenant Injunctions, Generally and in the COVID Era” (April 2021)
    • On June 10, 2021, Ben participated on a panel, “Handling Evidence Remotely: Maintaining Protection of Confidential/Trade Secret Information and Building the Record for Trial and Appeal” at the 2021 Sedona Conference on Remote Case Management of IP Proceedings.
    • On April 1, 2021, Ben participated on a panel, “Trade Secret Roundtable on Developments and Emerging Issues” at NERA Economic Consulting’s Developments in Trade Secret Litigation webinar series (April 1, 2021). Listen to the PODCAST.
    • On March 11, 2021, Ben presented “TRO’s, Preliminary Injunctions, Trials… Oh My!” during a Litigation Council of America webinar.
    • PODCAST“Protecting Trade Secrets, Hot Issues Part 2” (March 2021)
    • PODCAST: “Protecting Trade Secrets – Hot Issues” (February 2021).
    • PODCAST: “The Basics of Noncompete Law & What Lies Ahead” (January 2021).
    • PODCAST: “Episode 1: Fairly Competing” (January 2021).
    • On December 4, 2020, Ben participated on a BFV Virtual Roundtable to address employment, real estate, noncompete/unfair competition and mergers and acquisitions topics.
    • On November 20, 2020, Ben presented during an Atlanta Bar Association Zoom event, “Trade Secret Protection with Employees Working Remotely: What You Need to Know.” This was a joint event with the Labor & Employment Law Section and the Intellectual Property section.
    • On November 10, 2020, Ben participated on a panel, “Inevitable Tension: Reconciling Public Court Access with Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation,” at The Sedona Conference Working Group 12 2020 Annual Meeting.
    • On August 12, 2020, Ben moderated a panel, “All You Need to Know About Ex Parte Seizures under the DTSA” at the AIPLA Trade Secret Law Summit.
    • On July 28, 2020, Ben presented at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) webinar, “What you Need to Know About Trade Secret Protection.”
    • On July 10, 2020, Ben co-presented during a BFV “Office Hours” webinar, “COVID-19/Protecting your Business Now & in the Future.
    • On May 13, 2020, Ben presented “Trade Secrets Practices: What You and Your Employees Need to Know” during an American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)  webinar.
    • On March 18, 2020, Ben was invited to help teach a trade secrets class via Zoom for University of Pennsylvania Law School students.
    • On February 24, 2020, Ben was a featured speaker on a State Bar of Georgia panel, “Trade Secrets Audits and Asset Management.”
    • On January 31, 2020, Ben was a featured speaker at the Practising Law Institute’s program, “Noncompetes and Restrictive Covenants 2020: What Every Lawyer, Human Resources Professional and Key Strategic Decision Maker Should Know” in San Francisco, Calif.
    • On January 10, 2020, Ben served as Program Chair and hosted the ICLE: State Bar of Georgia Series seminar “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Georgia.” He also presented “Restrictive Covenants in Employment and other Agreements.”
    • On November 4-5, 2019, Ben attended the invitation-only annual meeting of the Sedona Conference Working Group 12 on Trade Secret Issues. At the meeting, Ben participated on a November 5th panel, “Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation About Them.”
    • On September 11, 2019, Ben presented to Fulton Superior Court Judges and Staff attorneys, “Georgia Trade Secret Law: Everything You Need to Know About Trade Secrets in 60 Minutes.”
    • Ben was scheduled to present “Trade Secret Audits and Asset Management” at the Georgia Bar IP Section 2019 IP Institute in Amelia Island, Florida. (September 6, 2019)
    • On March 22, 2019, Ben participated on a panel, “Proactively Dealing with Confidential/Trade Secret Information when Advising a Departing Employee/New Employer,” at the AIPLA 2019 Trade Secret Law Summit in New York.
    • On March 21, 2019, Ben moderated “Implementation of a Trade Secret Protection Policy & Process” at the AIPLA 2019 Trade Secret Law Summit in New York.
    • On March 14, 2019, Ben presented “Finally! Guidance from the Georgia Court of Appeals on the “New” Restrictive Covenants Act” at the Atlanta Bar Association’s Advanced Employment Law CLE Program.
    • On January 10, 2019, Ben moderated the State Bar of Georgia’s ICLE seminar, “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Georgia.” During the seminar, Ben also presented “Restrictive Covenants in Employment and other Agreements.”
    • On November 5-6, 2018, Ben attended the Sedona Conference Working Group 12 on Trade Secrets in Hollywood, Calif. Attendance is by invitation-only for a select group of thought leaders in trade secrets law. Ben was also invited to serve on a consensus, non-partisan team to draft Principles/Best Practices Commentary on Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation for the Sedona Conference.
    • On October 26, 2018, Ben moderated a panel, “Trade Secret Litigation: Practical Tips for Fast-Changing Standards,” at the American Intellectual Property Law Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
    • On October 3, 2018, Ben co-presented to Fulton County Superior Court judges & staff attorneys, “Georgia’s Restrictive Covenant Act: Where Does Georgia Noncompete Law Stand Now?”
    • On September 21, 2018, Ben participated on a panel, “Two Years In: What we’ve Learned from the Defend Trade Secrets Act,” at the State Bar of Georgia IP Institute.
    • On May 3, 2018, Ben co-presented “Worried About Leaving Employees Becoming Thieving Employees?” at the SHRM Atlanta Legal Summit. He discussed what HR professionals can do now to protect their company, confidential information and competitive edge.
    • On March 29, 2018, Ben co-presented an “Update on Georgia Employment Law” at the Atlanta Bar Associations Advanced Employment Law CLE program.
    • On January 11, 2018, Ben presided over and spoke at the State Bar of Georgia’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education program, “Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets in Georgia.” He discussed restrictive covenants in employment and other agreements and participated on a panel to discuss injunctions, declaratory judgments and protective orders.
    • On December 5, 2017, Ben presented “TRO’s, Preliminary Injunctions, Trials…Oh My!” at an Atlanta Bar Association continuing education seminar.
    • On September 14, 2017, Ben served as moderator at the Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention program, “Trade Secret Protection Goes Federal.”
    • On March 3, 2017, Ben moderated a panel, “The Coca Cola Trade Secret Case: A Case Study of Civil and Criminal Coordination,” at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Trade Secret Law Summit.
    • On March 2, 2017, Ben moderated a panel, “Non-Compete Developments” at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Trade Secret Law Summit.
    • On February 3, 2017 Ben moderated a Trade Secrets session at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Institute and presented “New Trade Secrets Protections in the USA and the EU – What you Need to Know to Get Things Just Right!”
    • On January 25, 2017, Ben presided over the Restrictive Covenants seminar at the State Bar of Georgia and presented “Restrictive Covenants in Employment and Other Agreements.“
    • On September 9, 2016, Ben presented “Non-Competes, Trade Secrets and Other Restrictive Covenants – Oh My!” at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia’s seminar on “Growth Companies Legal and Business Considerations.”
    • On June 23, 2016, Ben presented “Protecting your Business from Trade Secret Theft” to members of the Emory University Entrepreneur Network.
    • On June 21, 2016, Ben co-presented “The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Trade Secret Protection goes Federal” to webinar participants of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.
    • On March 18, 2016, Ben was a featured speaker at the Atlanta Bar Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Seminar. He spoke on Restrictive Covenants Matters.
    • On January 14, 2016, Ben presented “Restrictive Covenants in Employment and Other Agreements” at a “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets” seminar for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.
    • On December 4, 2015, Ben participated on a Georgia State Bar panel, “Restrictive Covenants: Trends in Georgia and Beyond” at the 45th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute.
    • On November 12, 2015, Ben participated on a panel to provide an update on “State and Federal Non-Compete and Trade Secret Legislation” at the 2015 AIPLA Trade Secret Law Summit in Boston.
    • On December 5, 2014, Ben presented a “Non-Compete Update” at the Annual Seminar: State Bar of Georgia, Labor & Employment Law Section.
    • On December 3, 2014, Ben presented “Law of Restrictive Covenants in Employment and Sale of Business Agreements” at the Lorman Seminar on “Covenants Not to Compete in Georgia.
    • On November 7, 2014, Ben presented “Protecting your Business from Trade Secret Theft” to members of the Buckhead Club.
    • On May 16, 2014, Ben co-presented “Future of Non-Competes as a Tool for Protecting Trade Secrets” at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Spring Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.
    • On February 26, 2014, Ben was an invited to present at an American Intellectual Property Law Association webinar on personal electronic devices and the protection of trade secrets.
    • On December 3, 2013, Ben spoke at “Covenants Not to Compete,” a Lorman Educational Seminar in Atlanta.
    • On September 10, 2013, Ben spoke at the Ocean Tomo Trade Secret Management & Monetization Symposium in Chicago.
    • In March 2013, Ben spoke at the Atlanta Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section seminar on Advanced Employment Law. Ben offered advice on what employers can do to avoid jeopardizing intellectual property when employees depart.
    • On December 5, 2012, Ben spoke at the Covenants Not to Compete in Georgia seminar, hosted by Lorman Education Services. He discussed how to avoid the pitfalls of noncompete agreements and other issues about the law of trade secrets and confidential information.
    • On December 9, 2011, Ben spoke on The Law of Restrictive Covenants in Employment and Sale of Business Agreements at the Covenants Not to Compete Seminar hosted by Lorman Education Services at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
    • On April 14, 2011, Ben spoke about the new Restrictive Covenant Act in Georgia at a meeting of the Georgia affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).
    • On April 12, 2011 – Ben spoke on “How Does The New Georgia Non-Compete Law Affect My Business?” at the Buckhead Club Breakfast Program.
    • On March 17, 2011, Ben spoke about the new Restrictive Covenant Act in Georgia at the Atlanta Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section at The W Midtown Atlanta Hotel.
    • On March 17, 2011, Ben spoke about the new Restrictive Covenant Act in Georgia at the UHY Advisors Financial Leaders Seminar at the world headquarters of The Home Depot.
    • On February 4, 2011, Ben spoke about Non-Compete and Other Restrictive Covenants at the Cobb County Bar Association Business Law Section seminar at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
    • On October 28, 2010, Ben spoke about Georgia’s new restrictive covenant legislation and proposed Constitutional amendment at the Atlanta Bar Association Labor & Employment section lunch at the Capital City Club.
    • October 22-23, 2010, Ben spoke on Georgia’s new restrictive covenant legislation and proposed Constitutional amendment at the 29th Annual Business Law Institute, a series of seminars hosted by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) in Georgia at Callaway Gardens.
    • On October 7, 2010, Ben spoke on The Legal and Ethical Pitfalls of Changing Law Firms at the Atlanta Bar Association Real Estate Section breakfast at the Buckhead Club.
    • On January 29, 2010, Ben spoke about Non-Competes and Other Restrictive Covenants at a seminar on “Practicing Business Law in the New Economy” sponsored by the Business Law and Litigation Section of the Cobb County Bar Association.
    • In January 2008, Ben spoke at an ethics, professionalism and mentoring seminar hosted by the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.
    • Since 1995, Ben has served annually on the faculty of Covenants Not to Compete, a seminar sponsored by Lorman Education Services. The seminar is designed for attorneys who counsel corporate and business clients on restrictive covenant agreements with employees.
    • From 2005 to 2007, Ben appeared as a regular guest on The Career Doctors on WGKA 920 AM providing commentary on a wide range of legal issues facing employees and employers in the workplace.
    • Ben spoke on “The Use of Restrictive Covenants in Employment Law” at the Employers’ Duties and Problems seminar sponsored by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia on September 26, 2003.
    • Ben appeared on the Layman’s Lawyer on WPBA Channel 30 on October 31, 2003 discussing non-compete agreements.
  • Representative Matters

    Non-Compete, Trade Secret and Competition-Related Disputes

    • Obtained consent injunction against former R&D scientist of biotech company who was subject to a non-compete and joined a competitor in a similar role.
    • Won summary judgment for large, national insurance broker and group of sales executives who transitioned to broker from a competitor in case involving claims of breach of non-compete and customer non-solicitation covenants, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret misappropriation and computer fraud.
    • Successfully defended and resolved claim in Delaware Chancery Court of breach of a non-recruitment covenant against a large, national insurance broker arising from potential acquisition of a competing broker.
    • Successfully prosecuted and resolved claim for breach of no-hire covenant against competitor/buyer of apartment complex.
    • Successfully prosecuted and resolved claims for breach of noncompete in stock incentive plan of Fortune 50 company against former senior executives who joined a competitor.
    • Successfully defended large, national staffing firm and sales executives who transitioned to firm from a competitor in case involving claims of breach of non-compete and trade secret theft.
    • Selected to serve as a neutral to evaluate potential violation of non-compete by executive who transitioned from one global risk management company to another.
    • Served as mediator in non-compete/trade secrets dispute in case pending in federal court in New York between parties from California and New York.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for commercial space industry consulting firm against two employees who departed to form a competing firm and who took confidential information and trade secrets and violated certain restrictive covenants.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for large, national accounting firm against consultant who left to form his own competing firm and who took confidential information and violated certain restrictive covenants.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for legal staffing firm against sales executive who departed to join competing firm and took significant confidential information and trade secrets.
    • Successfully enforced restrictive covenants against former manager of parking management company.
    • Successfully enforced restrictive covenants against former sales person for servicer for one of the nation’s largest bank lending programs.
    • Obtained favorable settlement of litigation in Georgia and California for large, national institutional and specialty pharmacy company against former national sales manager who departed for a competitor.
    • Obtained final injunction and monetary judgment for analytics-drive population health and testing platform company against former human resources manager who stole confidential information.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for financial advisor and his new firm in FINRA arbitration where former firm had asserted claims for breach of a non-solicitation agreement, breach of fiduciary duty and other related claims.
    • Successfully challenged over broad non-compete agreement for senior sales executive and physician and their new employer, a public company in the disease management business.
    • Successfully enforced non-compete agreement against former sales representative and new employer for large, national insulation sub-contractor.
    • Appointed by Superior Court of Cobb County, Georgia as Special Master to preside over expedited discovery and carry out the terms of a Temporary Restraining Order in a lawsuit involving alleged economic espionage and theft of trade secrets and confidential information.
    • Obtained favorable settlement in federal court case in Tennessee in case involving enforcement of non-compete agreements against former owners of company acquired by client, a large, national insulation sub-contractor.
    • Consulted by multi-national, aerospace manufacturer concerning hiring of management team from a competitor.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for CFO for hire firm against former employee who improperly diverted business and illegally downloaded information from the firm’s computer systems.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for five independent investment advisors who left one financial service firm for another and against whom claims for breach of a non-recruitment covenant, trade secrets violations, violations of the Georgia Computer Systems Protections Act and other related claims were asserted in both federal court and arbitration.
    • Successfully defended medical device distributor and its employees from claims of unfair competition and breach of non-compete agreements brought by former distributor.
    • Successfully defended executive in temporary and contract staffing business from attempt by former employer, a large multi-national company, to enforce over broad non-compete agreement.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for accountants who left a regional firm to form their own accounting firm and were sued for breach of a non-disclosure agreement and for violation of the trade secrets act.
    • Obtained consent injunction for leading seller of audio and video mounting solutions against former employee prohibiting solicitation of customers.
    • Obtained consent injunction for leading online social network for Hispanic health in the United States against former employee, prohibiting use of confidential information and trade secrets and solicitation of customers and prospective customers.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for cardiologist left with Hobson’s choice of remaining a partner in his medical practice and participating in tax fraud being committed by his partners or leaving and violating his non-compete agreement.
    • Obtained transfer to federal district court in Texas of lawsuit brought in federal court in Georgia by former employee challenging enforceability of non-compete agreement for Texas-based company providing financial and insurance products to automobile dealers.
    • Successfully defended minority owner of limited liability company in vinyl siding business from attempt by majority owner to enforce over broad restrictive covenants in their operating agreement.
    • Successfully defended founders of software and source code escrow company from attempt by former employer to enforce over broad restrictive covenants.
    • Successfully challenged over broad restrictive covenants of former employer on behalf of founders of direct mail marketing company.
    • Successfully challenged over broad restrictive covenants of former employer on behalf of founder of distributor of critical power solutions such as uninterruptible power, battery back-up power solutions and data center power.
    • Successfully enforced restrictive covenants in purchase and sale agreement for purchaser of blind and drapery business.
    • Successfully challenged over broad restrictive covenants of former employer on behalf of management executives who joined competing company in the logistics industry.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for company providing branch technology and software solutions for financial institutions against former employee who breached restrictive covenants and misappropriated trade secrets.

    Business Disputes

    • Obtained favorable settlement for former shareholders of company in claim brought by former executive asserting ownership in stock options worth more than $1 million.
    • Defended seller of company in commercial arbitration in New York City against claims by buyer in excess of $150 million for alleged fraud and breach of indemnification provisions in Stock Purchase Agreement.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for large, publicly-traded financial institution in federal court case brought by lessor of equipment alleging conversion and unjust enrichment based on funds paid to that institution by a buyer of leased equipment from an insolvent company.
    • Obtained summary judgment for attorney/real estate investor against legal malpractice, fiduciary duty and partnership claims asserted by real estate agent/contractor/property manager relating to 50 properties acquired by the investor through various entities.
    • Obtained $500,000 jury verdict for distributor of roofing products against manufacturer for breach of distributorship agreement and successfully defended distributor against counterclaims by the manufacturer for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.
    • Successfully defended former Chief Executive Officer of public company in the gaming business from claims of securities fraud in excess of $5 million brought by a shareholder in federal court by obtaining directed verdict at the close of the plaintiff’s case.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for publicly traded software development and e-commerce firm in defense of claims by former customer for fraud and breach of contract.
    • Obtained reversal on appeal of jury verdict and judgment for breach of contract and fraud entered against clients in the pre-funding of personal injury lawsuits business in case tried by other counsel.
    • Successfully defended seller of for-profit trade school in federal court in Dallas, Texas from claims of buyer for fraud and breach of contract.

    Trademark/Copyright and other Intellectual Property Matters

    • Obtained favorable settlement for direct-mail and digital marketing firm in relation to claims of copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets brought by former web developer in federal court in Illinois.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for a direct-mail marketing firm in relation to claims of copyright infringement by a competitor.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for a software and transaction processing company in relation to claims for copyright infringement brought by the Business Software Alliance.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for podiatrist in relation to claim of trademark infringement asserted by a manufacturer of ankle braces and related products.
    • Obtained favorable settlement for operator of chain of retail gold-buying businesses in relation to claims of trademark infringement brought by a competitor.

    Employment Matters

    • Successfully defended hospice company against claims of age and gender discrimination and violation of the Equal Pay Act by former staff physician by obtaining summary judgment as to all of the plaintiff’s claims.
    • Obtained favorable settlement of sexual harassment claim involving allegations of rape by a store manager brought by former employee of large, regional fast-food chain against the company.
    • Represented joint venture of three large, publicly traded competitors in drafting and negotiating employment agreement for chief executive officer of joint venture.
    • Obtained favorable outcome in defense of claims of discrimination and harassment by a former employee of a large, national, innovative aviation solutions company.
    • Defended insurance consulting firm at trial against compensation and fraud claims brought by former president of company.
    • Successfully defended local employee benefits insurance broker against claims for commissions and other compensation by former independent contractor.
    • Obtained directed verdict at the close of the plaintiff’s case on president’s claim of fraud, though jury returned a verdict for him on his contract claims.
    • Served as local counsel in federal court in Georgia defense of ERISA claims brought by former manager of large, multi-national retailer.

    Representation of Lawyers and Law Firms

    • Represented large, regional law firm in defense of attempt to disqualify the firm from a large litigation matter based on a purported prior representation of one of the adverse parties.
    • Served as expert witness in defense of attorneys’ fees motion against company and its counsel arising from their pursuit of a lawsuit against former employees and their new employer for violation of non-compete agreements, tortious interference with business, contractual and employment relations and breach of fiduciary duty.
    • Served as expert witness in defense of legal malpractice claim against attorneys who represented homeowner in dispute with contractor over home repairs and renovations.
    • Served as expert witness in defense of legal malpractice claim against in-house attorney arising out of ownership interest in company provided as part of his agreement to join the company.
    • Represented real estate law firm with respect to theft of documents and information by departing partner.
    • Represented real estate attorney in facilitating settlement between insurer and plaintiff in malpractice case against the attorney.
    • Represented estate planning and probate firm in dispute with former partner over buyout.
    • Represented real estate attorney in facilitating settlement between insurer and plaintiff in malpractice case against the attorney.
    • Advised group of 5 partners who left 45-attorney law firm to form their own firm on ethical and legal issues relating to the transition.
    • Represented DUI law firm with respect to theft of documents and information by departing associate.
  • Publications

  • Community

    • Alumni Board of Emory Law School (2015 – present)
      • President (2021 – Present)
      • President-Elect (2019 – 2020)
    • Conexx: America Israel Business Connector
      • Chair (2015 – 2017)
      • Chair Elect (2013 – 2015)
      • Vice Chairman (2009 – 2013)
      • Executive Committee (2003 – present)
      • Board of Directors (1999 – present)
      • Chairman, Professional Committee (2003 – 2012)
    • Duke University Atlanta Regional Alumni Board (September 2018 – 2022)
    • Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee (2000 – 2021)
    • Georgia Supreme Court
      • Appointed by Georgia Supreme Court as Mentor for Transition into Law Practice Program