Gerald B. Kline

Partner

Atlanta, Georgia

Gerald Kline practices complex dispute resolution and business transaction law as a partner in the Firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Corporate and Business and Employment Law Departments. 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. He is also a Registered Mediator who provides dispute resolution services.

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

• Shareholder, member and partner governance disputes;

• Entity formation, employment and arbitration agreements;

• Business breakups;

• M&A disputes and transactions;

• Trust and estate fiduciary disputes;

• Restrictive covenant, IP and trade secret contracts and 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.

Affiliations

  • Anti-Defamation League, Southeast Region Board of Trustees
  • 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 (current Chair and past Vice Chair); Intellectual Property Law Section; and Insurance Coverage Section
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia: Member, Fiduciary Law Section, Business Law Section
  • Vi and Milton Weinstein Hospice, Board of Advisor

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Practice Areas

  • Cannabis Law
  • Corporate & Business
  • Corporate & Shareholder Governance & Liability
  • Employment
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & RICO Act Claims

Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis, JD, 1977
  • Vanderbilt University, BA, cum laude, 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, Registered Mediator
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia