Lawyers

H. Lamar "Mickey" Mixson, Partner

Mickey Mixson represents individuals and corporations in a wide variety of business disputes. He has successfully presented hundreds of complex commercial disputes to juries, arbitration panels and judges, gaining a reputation for success with cases considered “unwinnable” by others.

Mickey’s areas of focus include business torts, corporate governance, partnership and fiduciary disputes, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, attorney and accountant liability, RICO, tender offers, and proxy and securities litigation. In recent years, he has recovered awards and settlements for clients totaling well over $2 billion. He has an equally successful record on the defense side, having obtained summary judgments, dismissals and defense verdicts for numerous major claims.

Mickey is recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as one of the highest-ranking trial lawyers in the United States, and among the top commercial litigators in Georgia. According to Chambers, he is a "creative and diligent trial lawyer" with "a superb touch with juries" and "has a fantastic record of success in complex commercial disputes and comes highly regarded for his work in business torts, corporate governance and fiduciary disputes."

Mickey is a frequent lecturer, and has published numerous articles on trial practice and business litigation issues such as the effective use of experts, presenting persuasive opening and closing arguments and the ACC Value Challenge. He is currently president of the Atlanta chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms.

Representative Work

Co-counsel for the plaintiffs, Six Flags Over Georgia, in a breach of fiduciary duty case against Time Warner Entertainment which resulted in a $454 million jury verdict, the largest verdict ever awarded in Georgia (a verdict which was affirmed on appeal and paid in full).

Lead counsel representing David McDavid in obtaining a $281 million jury verdict against Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) for breaching an agreement to sell McDavid the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Thrashers and the operating rights to Philips Arena. The jury verdict is the largest compensatory damage award in Georgia history.

Lead counsel for the plaintiff class in Abdallah v. Coca-Cola Co., the largest private class action racial discrimination settlement in history, which settled for $192.5 million.

Achieved a settlement in a contract dispute case between a leading transportation company and a major supplier, resulting in $200+ million recovery for our client.

Represented several groups of individuals asserting related professional liability claims, recovering more than $200 million through a combination of settlements and awards.

Successfully defended a major regional accounting firm from professional malpractice, fraud and RICO claims, winning summary judgment on all counts.

Successfully defended Farley Industries in a dissenters’ rights case before the Georgia Supreme Court, a decision of first impression which has become the seminal case on dissenters’ rights in Georgia.

Represented one of the largest real estate developers in the United States in the withdrawal of a major regional partner from hundreds of partnerships, including coordinating and successfully concluding simultaneous litigation in multiple forums.

Represented Novelis Corporation in a contract dispute with the consortium representing Coca Cola bottlers. Novelis, the world's leading producer of aluminum rolled products, supplies aluminum can sheet to Coke, which alleged that Novelis had violated the terms of their supply agreement's most favored nation provision. After three years of discovery and proceedings, the Superior Court in Fulton County, Georgia, granted summary judgment in favor of Novelis.

Successfully defended a major airline client in an international arbitration proceeding, recovering more than $40 million on its counterclaims.

Professional Activities

Past President and Member, Board of Directors, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Member, American Bar Foundation

Member, Litigation section, Atlanta Bar Association

Member, Antitrust; Corporate and Banking; General Practice and Trial Law Sections, State Bar of Georgia

Member, Business and Litigation sections; Commercial and Banking Litigation and Business Tort Litigation committees; American Bar Association

President, Atlanta Chapter, International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF)
Director and Member of the Executive Committee, International Network of Boutique Law Firms

Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Honors and Awards

Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (Abdallah v. Coca-Cola Co. case), 2001

Profiled by National Law Journal in a report recognizing 12 U.S. lawyers who recently won difficult cases and have a history of success, 2008

Member of Georgia’s “Legal Elite,” each year since the award’s inception

Named in Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers, each year since the award’s inception

Named in 500 Leading Litigators in America, each year since the award’s inception

Named in Best Lawyers in America, each year since the award’s inception

Named as 2012 Atlanta Litigation - Securities Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America

Georgia Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Plaintiff 2012

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Atlanta
1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 3900
Atlanta, GA 30309

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1974, cum laude

  • Editor, Harvard Law Review

Washington & Lee University, B.A., 1970, magna cum laude; Honors with exceptional distinction in English

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Eta Sigma

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