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St. Simons Island, GA 31522
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Attorneys

Representative Cases

Internal Investigations/Special Matters: - Performed an internal investigation and successfully represented a local corporation in a lawsuit against an employee who embezzled in excess of $400,000.00 from the corporation by obtaining a judgment against the employee, preventing the employee from attempting to discharge this debt through bankruptcy by having the debt exempted, and diligently pursuing the collection of this debt until recovering more than six-figures from the employee.
- Performed an internal investigation and represented a local not for profit corporation in connection with an employee who embezzled funds from the corporation and used the corporation's money to pay personal expenses successfully negotiating a pre-suit resolution whereby the employee repaid 100% of the funds stolen.
- Performed an internal investigation and represented a local corporation in connection with a manager who embezzled funds from the corporation and stole the corporation's inventory to sell for his own personal benefit and gain.
- Successfully investigated internal embezzlement by partner in closely held corporation and negotiated acquisition of self-dealing partner's interest on favorable terms to client who had been defrauded.
- Represented local federal contractor in connection with investigation by the United States Department of Defense and in responding to subpoena issued by Office of the Inspector General.
- Represented insurance company and insurance agent against charges of insurance fraud obtaining favorable resolution through pretrial diversion prior to the filing of any formal criminal charges.

Construction Litigation: - Successfully represented a second tier subcontractor in a breach of contract against the general contractor in connection with a $51 million dollar construction project recovering more than 80% of the amount owed for the work performed on the project by settlement.
- Successfully represented a subcontractor in a breach of contract action against the general contractor and suit on a claim of lien against the owner of the property in connection with a multi-million dollar construction project obtaining a judgment against the general contractor for 100% of the principal owed for the work performed on the project, as well as interest and attorney's fees and recovering 100% of the principal owed for the work performed on the project from the owner by settlement.
- Successfully defended a large residential development and construction company as well as its owner, individually, in a breach of contract action involving the sale of land resulting in the voluntary dismissal of the case by the plaintiff.
- Successfully defended a large residential development and construction company in a breach of contract and negligent construction action involving the sale of land resulting in the voluntary dismissal of the case by the plaintiff.
- Successfully represented a local contractor against a property owner obtaining a jury verdict, including award of attorneys' fees, for the property owner's breach of contract for the failure to pay for renovations performed by the contractor and also obtained a defense verdict on the property owner's counterclaim for negligent construction.

Business/ Commercial Litigation: - Successfully represented a local building supply company in a breach of contract and unjust enrichment action against a contractor as a result of its failure to pay for goods and materials purchased on a credit account by obtaining a judgment for 100% of the retail value of the goods and materials, as well as interest and attorneys' fees and recovering 100% of the judgment entered by garnishing the contractor's payments from an owner on a subsequent construction project. - Successfully represented a local building supply company in a breach of contract action against a roofing contractor who failed to pay for goods and materials purchased on a credit account by recovering approximately 90% of principal, interest, and attorney's fees owed by settlement.
- Successfully represented a national bank in a breach of contract action resulting in a six-figure judgment against the defendant, including the recovery of all attorneys' fees and expenses of litigation.
- Represented all minority shareholders of an authorized car manufacturer dealer in a suit against the majority shareholder for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and conversion seeking a corporate accounting and corporate dissolution as a result of the majority shareholder's mismanagement of the corporation and use of the corporate assets for personal gain and benefit; obtaining a temporary restraining order prohibiting any further mismanagement by the majority shareholder, successfully dissolving the partnership, and recovering $500,000.00 through settlement, which represented 125% of the minority shareholders original investment in the corporation.
- Successfully defended insured in obtaining summary judgment in suit by his own insurance company for subrogation on claim it had previously settled.
- Successfully represented shareholder in a lawsuit filed against local bank holding company obtaining a set off for funds that he lent to bank holding company against funds borrowed from wholly owned subsidiary bank.
- Successfully investigated internal embezzlement by partner in closely held corporation and negotiated acquisition of self-dealing partner's interest on favorable terms to client who had been defrauded.
- Successfully negotiated sale of intellectual property owned by partner in joint venture following allegations by client that partner in joint venture had breached fiduciary duty and joint venture agreement.

Tort Litigation:- Successfully defended a local paper mill in federal court in a toxic tort case obtaining a defense verdict on the plaintiff's claim that he was negligently exposed to chlorine.
- Successfully represented a local paper mill in federal court obtaining a defense verdict in toxic claim by contractors alleging chlorine dioxide exposure.
- Successfully represented a local hospital in a wrongful death medical malpractice lawsuit obtaining a defense verdict on the plaintiff's claim that the hospital violated the standard of care.
- Successfully obtained summary judgment on negligence claim against local health care provider brought by patient's estate following patient's suicide.

Complex litigation:- Successfully represented over 1000 purported independent contractors in FLSA collective action seeking minimum wages and overtime compensation based on misclassification following conditional certification of class.
- Obtained favorable resolution for construction company in suit by employee seeking to assert collective action recover for unpaid travel time under FLSA.
- Lead Counsel in purported class action against mobile home manufacturer alleging state and federal RICO violations, breach of warranty, and deceptive trade practices relating to misrepresentation of insulative capacity of insulation.
- Served as counsel in nationwide securities fraud class action brought in the Southern District of Georgia against national insurance firm.

Tax Appeals:- Successfully represented a large residential development and construction company in the ad valorem tax appeal obtaining significant across the board reductions in the fair market value of these properties resulting in a projected three year tax savings in excess of $600,000.00 for the client.
- Successfully represented a large timber management company in the ad valorem tax appeal of property in 18 counties in the State of Georgia obtaining significant across the board reductions in the fair market value of these properties resulting in a projected three year tax savings in excess of $750,000 for the client.
- Successfully represented luxury developer and resort property owner in challenging fair market value of all holdings in Georgia County resulting in one year tax savings of over $1,800,000.00.
- Successfully represented purchaser of luxury subdivision development in challenging fair market value resulting in one year tax savings of over $1,000,000.
- Successfully represented developer and owner of luxury inventory lots in challenging Tax Assessor's failure to value lots on discounted cash flow basis resulting in one year tax savings of over $600,000.

Employment Litigation:- Successfully represented local manufacturing company obtaining summary judgment against employees claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress based on alleged racially motivated statements made by supervisors.
- Successfully represented numerous employers in enforcing and employees in defeating non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret claims.
- Served as lead and local counsel in numerous employment discrimination claims before the EEOC and in State and Federal Courts.