John Gross has served as lead counsel in federal and state trial and appellate courts, in administrative proceedings and before alternative dispute resolution panels. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, manufacturers, national and small-town community banks, corporate directors and officers, wealthy individuals and small-business owners.

Mr. Gross has provided compliance advice and counseling in securities, antitrust and fiduciary duty matters. He has represented defendants and plaintiffs in financial fraud claims, contract disputes, business dissolutions, fiduciary duty litigation, shareholders’ class-action litigation, corporate governance disputes, antitrust class actions and internal corporate investigations.

His representations have included the successful defense of an acquirer in an $8 billion corporate acquisition against 18 shareholder suits seeking to enjoin the transaction; one of the nation’s largest pension funds in the federal appeal of a case involving the duties of fiduciaries in the mortgage-backed securities market; a Fortune 500 company’s defense against class-action price-fixing claims; a consortium of major banks’ defense against breach-of-contract claims involving the unconsummated sale of a $60 million portfolio of loans; and agricultural manufacturers in proceedings before administrative law courts, including a trial regarding commodity allocation for a multibillion-dollar private company.

Mr. Gross’ internal investigations practice has included leading a 22-lawyer team in examining financial reporting and management integrity for the audit committee of an exchange-traded company, reviewing assistance provided by the partners of a professional services firm to a client later convicted of fraud, and investigations of possible self-dealing by corporate officers in various industries.

Mr. Gross, general counsel for Taylor English, often speaks at continuing legal education programs. He served as the co-chair of an annual seminar on corporate litigation for 10 years. He was previously a member of the Board of Editors of the Georgia Bar Journal, the official publication of the State Bar of Georgia.

After beginning his career with the New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, in 1990 Mr. Gross joined Atlanta’s Powell Goldstein LLP (now Bryan Cave), where he was a partner from 1996 through 2006. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, three daughters, three dogs, two parrots and one turtle.


State Bar of Georgia

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Practice Highlights



Speaking Engagements


Yale University Law School, JD, 1986

Indiana University, BA, with highest distinction, 1983

Bar Admissions


New York

Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

Georgia trial courts

Supreme Court of Georgia

Court of Appeals of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit


Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Labor, General Practice Trial Law, 2013