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Litigation and Appeals

Our expertise in litigation is reflected in our firm obtaining one of the thirty largest judgments in United States history up to that time, for $129 million, litigating against major Atlanta and Charlotte firms. We have also won a $55 million judgment litigating against major Philadelphia and San Francisco firms, which was one of the largest forty judgments in 2001, and in another case litigating a $45 million settlement. In the appellate area, we have won favorable decisions in the majority of the thirteen federal circuits. Our primary areas are business litigation involving securities fraud, problems with sales of businesses and earnouts, and minority freezeouts. Our attorneys in this field are Richard L. Brittain, Wendell R. Bird, Jonathan T. McCants for lawsuits involving nonprofit organizations, and outside counsel.

Richard L. Brittain has practiced in the litigation field for 25 years. He, along with Wendell Bird, won a $55 million judgment in 2001. He is a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and of various U.S. District Courts. He and Wendell Bird handle appeals as well as trials.

Wendell R. Bird is listed in America's Premier Lawyers. He is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, of the bars of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, and of the bars of various U.S. District Courts. He is also a member of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. Wendell Bird served as law clerk for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth (now Eleventh) Circuit, and for another judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In one year, he had the privilege of briefing and arguing one case of the 80 cases argued in the United States Supreme Court, and of briefing a second of those cases as well. He has served as litigation counsel or general counsel to numerous organizations.

Our firm periodically has associated several experienced trial counsel in cases, including the former President of a state trial lawyers' association and a former District Attorney.

Our firm handles litigation in all states, using local counsel as appropriate.

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