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Gerald B. Kline

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gkline@taylorenglish.com
678.336.7176
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Professional satisfaction for me is watching my clients leave my office in much better condition than when they first came to me. Personal satisfaction for me is knowing that every other Taylor English attorney shares that professional satisfaction.

Gerald Kline practices complex dispute resolution and business transaction law as a partner in the Firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. For more than forty years, individuals and entities alike have chosen Mr. Kline as their lead counsel to litigate and arbitrate their “bet the farm” cases. Mr. Kline’s parallel transactional law background complements his effectiveness as a trial lawyer in entity acquisition, corporate governance, trade infringement, regulatory and business fraud disputes. Mr. Kline represents a diverse clientele: employees, officers, directors, public investors, SEC-registered persons, minority and majority shareholders, professionals, entrepreneurs, closely held entities, acquisition parties, fund managers, securities issuers, financial institutions and public companies in their disputes and business transactions.

Mr. Kline supports his clients in a myriad of disputes and transactions, including:

  • Shareholder and corporate governance disputes;
  • Entity startups;
  • Business breakups;
  • M&A disputes and transactions;
  • Trust and estate fiduciary battles;
  • Restrictive covenant, IP and trade secret disputes;
  • Unfair trade practices and business disparagement;
  • Business fraud, RICO and other tort interference claims;
  • Officer and director indemnification;
  • Securities fraud and offering disputes;
  • SEC inquiries and investigations;
  • Broker-dealer/investment adviser compliance;
  • Insurance coverage disputes; and
  • Major contract disputes.

Mr. Kline enjoys speaking to bar groups, business owners and other professionals about his practice areas. He has been interviewed on local radio and in print media.

Experience

  • Representation of a major U.S. movie entertainment and action figure company in prosecuting its intellectual property and royalty rights dispute;
  • Representation of a national securities brokerage firm in defeating a $10,000,000 raiding-and-recruitment claim brought by a competitor national bank;
  • Representation of a closely-held software firm against a public company’s claim of allegedly deficient installation of enterprise software;
  • Representation of public entities and their directors in class action litigation;
  • Representation of public company officers in various legal proceedings;
  • Successful representation of clients, leading to SEC’s discontinuance of insider trading investigations;
  • Representation of numerous securities industry representatives, dealers and issuers in SEC and State regulatory inquiries, audits and compliance matters;
  • Continuing representation of claimants and respondents in numerous arbitration matters, including: arbitration hearings; arbitrator jurisdiction issues; challenges to and confirmation of arbitration awards; and motions to compel arbitration;
  • M&A transactional work for private and public entities and post-acquisition litigation of M&A deals;
  • Drafting, reviewing, enforcing and defending against hundreds of “non-compete” covenants in various industries, including winning and defeating TRO and injunction claims;
  • Representing issuers and investors in securities law transactions and disputes;
  • Representing policyholders in life insurance and director & officer insurance coverage disputes;
  • Assisting diverse industries in drafting entity governance agreements in diverse industries;
  • Assisting businesses in evaluating whether to implement arbitration agreements or rely on civil court litigation remedies; and
  • Serving as a mediator to facilitate dispute settlement.

Memberships

State Bar of Georgia: Member, Fiduciary Law Section, Business Law Section

Atlanta Bar Association: Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (current Board Member); Commercial Litigation Section; and Securities Law Subsection

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (admission by invitation only): Member, Commercial Litigation Section (past Chair and Vice Chair); Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (Vice Chair); Intellectual Property Law Section; and Insurance Coverage Section

Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Member

Community Involvement

Anti-Defamation League, Southeast Region Board of Trustees

Vi and Milton Weinstein Hospice, Board of Advisors

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Publications

Education

Washington University in St. Louis, JD, 1977

Vanderbilt University, BA, cum laude, 1974

Bar Admissions

Georgia, 1977

Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

Georgia Supreme Court

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

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

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

Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, Registered Mediator

Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rating