Lawyers

Christopher T. Giovinazzo, Partner

Chris Giovinazzo represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation and business disputes. He has extensive experience with litigation in the health care industry, intellectual property and environmental litigation, and employment and professional liability disputes.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

Health Care and Intellectual Property

Chris has represented plaintiffs and defendants in the health care industry in major intellectual property, contract, and False Claims Act disputes, including:

  • Represented international medical products developer in patent lawsuit, successfully protecting patents on a novel filtration device.
  • Successfully defended plastics/medical products manufacturing company and senior executives against claims of trade secrets misappropriation and breach of confidentiality.
  • Appellate counsel to nursing home operator in breach-of-contract case, successfully overturning $12 million judgment.
  • Represented Fortune-50 health care provider in defense of major False Claims Act/whistleblower lawsuit.

Professional Liability

Chris has defended law firms and accounting firms in high-stakes professional liability litigation. Most recently, Chris defended a major Atlanta law firm in a malpractice action alleging damages over $100 million. Chris was responsible for the Daubert motion that led to the exclusion of the majority of plaintiff’s damages expert analysis, facilitating a favorable resolution of the dispute.

Environmental Law

Chris’s extensive environmental law background includes three years working for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), a membership organization that provides environmental, energy and land use consulting to city and county governments. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Litigation experience includes:

  • Litigated before the Georgia Public Service Commission and the Georgia Supreme Court in support of citizens groups challenging Georgia Power Company’s process for selecting sites for electrical substations.
  • Represented a class of approximately 2000 property owners in a nuisance and trespass action against an animal waste facility, a case involving the U.S. E.P.A., Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Employment Law

Chris advises employees and employers in severance and intellectual property disputes, including in litigation of non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, trade secrets and discrimination claims.

  • Represented senior leader of a state university in wrongful termination case under Georgia’s Whistleblower Statute. Secured a settlement with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia providing our client with all relief available under the statute, including all lost wages plus all attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented finance executive in successfully voiding non-compete terms in an employment agreement.
  • Successfully defended against multi-million dollar claims for unpaid commissions by former sales rep of foreign exchange trading company.

Honors and Awards

Georgia Rising Star, Atlanta Magazine

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

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2004; cum laude

  • Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Environmental Law Review

Yale University, B.A., 1997; cum laude

Previous Experience

Law Clerk, Judge Frank Mays Hull, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2005-2006

Law Clerk, Judge Orinda Evans, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2004-2005

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives

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