Gardner Courson is a member of Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Courson was the Managing Director, of both Litigation and Compliance practice groups at FSB Legal Counsel in Atlanta. Widely acknowledged as an expert in alternative fees for legal disputes and for applying process technology to streamline both individual and class action litigation, Mr. Courson has written and spoken frequently on these topics.
Prior to his work with FSB, as a senior legal executive at Tyco International and as the chief legal officer for the $12B Tyco Fire & Security division, Mr. Courson was integrally involved in the civil and criminal investigations of Tyco and its former top officers by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He was responsible for managing the defense of 55 securities class actions filed against Tyco across the U.S. as well as managing the defense to thousands of unrelated lawsuits brought against Tyco around the world. He had significant responsibility in dozens of global compliance investigations and the related management turnover. Following his tenure at Tyco, Mr. Courson served as Special Counsel to the McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign.
While in private practice, Mr. Courson was the recipient of the DuPont Law Department Achievement in Diversity Award and has been recognized for his significant accomplishments in promoting diversity in the legal profession by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Mr. Courson’s current practice focuses on class action cases, complex business litigation and compliance investigations.