Steve Hill Speaks at 11th Annual IP SpringPosium

Steve Hill recently served as a panelist at the 11th Annual Atlanta Bar Association Intellectual Property SpringPosium.  This premier event was held at Barnsley Garden in northern Georgia.  Steve’s session was titled “Managing IP Litigation for the Law Firm and Client”.  For more information, please see the press release here.

Doug Kertscher Speaks at American Bar Association Mid-winter Meeting

Doug Kertscher recently served as a panelist at the American Bar Association Employment Section Mid-winter meeting in Naples, FL.  Doug’s session was titled “Have You Seen Her Twitter? Balancing Thorough Investigations and Privacy Rights” and discussed complex legal issues related to the review by employers of personal social media and electronic devices of employees.

Four HKW Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Congratulations to Steve Hill, Doug Kertscher, John North and Martha Decker for being recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine, a Thomson Reuters publication.  Steve, Doug and John were all named Georgia Super Lawyers, while Martha was selected as a Rising Star for the second consecutive year.

After seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge Richard Story, HKW Attorneys Steve Hill, Blake Frye and Martha Decker successfully defended Moe’s founder Martin Sprock …

After seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge Richard Story, HKW Attorneys Steve Hill, Blake Frye and Martha Decker successfully defended Moe’s founder Martin Sprock and others in racketeering and fraud trial against 17 present and former Moe’s franchisees.  Judge Story found for the defendants on all issues.

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5 HKW Attorneys Named Legal Elite

Congratulations to Steve Hill, Scott Wharton, Doug Kertscher, John North and Rob Joseph for being named to the 12th annual list of Georgia’s Legal Elite.  Selection is based solely on the votes of other attorneys in the State and is published by Georgia’s premier business magazine, Georgia Trend.

Whistleblower Update

Good news for whistleblowers:  Last week, the Fifth Circuit issued a seminal decision in Halliburton v. Admin. Review Bd on the scope of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection, holding that 1) “outing” a whistleblower is a prohibited adverse action; 2) the “contributing factor” causation standard does not require a showing of a retaliatory motive; and 3) Sarbanes Oxley affords noneconomic compensatory damages, including emotional distress and reputational harm.  If you have any questions about your whistleblower activity, please contact HKW and Doug Kertscher directly at 678-384-7440.

HKW Trial Teams Win 2 Verdicts

Congratulations to the trial teams of Doug Kertscher and Julie Burke and Doug Kertscher and Blake Frye for recently winning two large verdicts on behalf of HKW clients totaling over $675,000.  The Kertscher/Burke Team won their verdict in Fulton County Superior Court in a case involving a business dispute.  The Kertscher/Frye Team won their verdict in the U.S. District Court in a case regarding the ADA.  Great job to everyone for their hard work and successful results!

Attorney Vivek Ganti Joins HKW Team

Vivek Ganti has joined HKW as an associate. A registered patent attorney with a background in electrical engineering, Mr. Ganti will continue to focus on patent litigation and inter partes reviews with HKW.

HKW Retained in Patent Litigation

Taiwanese computer product manufacturer GIGA-BYTE Technology Co., Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary G.B.T. Inc. have retained Steve Hill and John North to defend them in litigation brought in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California relating to allegations of infringement involving 20 patents.

Steve Hill Speaks at AIVMA

Steve Hill recently spoke to a large group of members from the Atlanta Internet Video Marketing Association about copyright issues involved in online video publication and related issues.  Click here for more information about the event, and here for pictures.