Litigation Practice - Corporate Governance and Shareholder Litigation

“Sound judgment and a balanced perspective.” – Chambers

We represent both plaintiffs and defendants—including minority and majority shareholders, directors and officers, limited and general partners, receivers, and managers—in the full range of corporate governance and shareholder disputes.

The firm’s work in this area includes several landmark cases, ranging from a seminal case on dissenters’ rights to a five-year battle in which directors and officers of a financial institution escaped more than $1 billion in potential personal liabilities. Our lawyers chaired the committee that created Georgia’s Business Court and are regularly called upon to handle matters, try cases, and present on continuing judicial education topics for the Business Court.

Representative Work

  • Represented directors and officers of a publicly-traded financial services company defending claims by bondholders challenging payment of dividends as fraudulent transfers.
  • Represented former directors and officers of a publicly-traded health sciences company in shareholders’ class action alleging concealment of anticompetitive behavior and regulatory criticism to manipulate stock price.
  • Represented publicly-traded company and certain of its directors and officers in shareholders’ securities class action alleging concealment of payments in violation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Represented special litigation board committee of publicly-traded company in investigation and resolution of shareholders’ derivative claims.
  • Represented privately-held company in trial of former officer’s claims to stock compensation.  
  • Represented directors and officers of financial institution in defending multiple class action securities cases and cross-border insurance regulator lawsuits.