Thomas C. Grant is a partner with Freed Howard LLC and a member of the Business Litigation and Entertainment Law practice groups. Mr. Grant helps business people handle business problems—avoiding them when possible, resolving them when sensible, and going to the mat to fight when necessary. He is an aggressive business litigator who specializes in the areas of technology, intellectual property, and real estate litigation. He also routinely counsels clients in the areas of contract drafting and negotiation, data breach liability and response, and employment matters including non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. In addition, Mr. Grant often applies his business litigation skills to disputes in other sectors of the economy, in cases involving fraud, RICO, corporate governance and ownership, dissenter’s rights, unfair competition, and debtor-creditor issues.
Mr. Grant’s technology and intellectual property practice involves trade secrets, trademarks and trade dress, copyright, infringement, unfair competition and other Lanham Act claims, defamation, social media policies and other issues, cybersquatting, email issues, data breaches, the Stored Communications Act (SCA), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the CAN-SPAM Act, as well as state laws and common law concerning privacy, technology, and intellectual property.
In Mr. Grant’s real estate and business litigation practice, he represents developers and other business people in matters concerning the purchase, sale, and management of consumer and commercial property, landlord-tenant issues, the defense of debtors against banks and other creditors, foreclosure, confirmation actions to establish deficiency claims against creditors after foreclosures, and condemnation. He also represents developers and other business clients in “business divorces” involving the breakup and division of their companies and in fights about the relative rights and obligations of business owners when disputes arise, or are at least looming unpleasantly on the horizon.
Although clients look to Mr. Grant for advice as they navigate difficult and uncertain legal matters, he can only represent them well if he truly understands their personalities and business goals. This demands availability and understanding on his part so that he and his clients approach difficult and uncertain business situations together, as a team. It is just as important to Mr. Grant that his clients understand their legal situations, as it is that he understands their businesses and the nuanced facts and goals that are entrusted to him. He feels strongly that a lawyer’s job includes making sure every client understands what he or she is facing, what he or she can realistically hope to achieve with all available legal tools, and the strategic options and plans to achieve the best overall result.
Mr. Grant also endeavors to learn and understand his clients’ businesses by investing his own time to see things through their eyes and perspectives, by frequently attending industry events. This includes his more than two years of service on the board of the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association (AiMA—www.atlantaima.org), as well as frequent attendance at other technology industry groups and presentations.
Mr. Grant’s longstanding interest in technology makes him a stronger advocate for his clients by increasing his efficiency and effectiveness. In addition to helping him understand technology issues, he believes that litigation support programs greatly increase his and his team’s ability to analyze documents and transcripts, and to make sense of them all by outlining and organizing facts and issues. Among other programs, he relies upon Summation, Concordance, and CaseMap, which allow him to discover important facts, see patterns that would otherwise be obscured, and also to preserve his work and thoughts so that clients do not have to pay him to duplicate his efforts.
Mr. Grant has extensive experience practicing in federal and state courts in Georgia and throughout the Southeast, as well as in arbitration and mediation.
In his spare time, Mr. Grant enjoys spending time with his wife and five teenagers, attempting to play guitar and sing in his band, and serving on the board of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, an invaluable local charity dedicated to the prevention and prosecution of childhood sexual abuse (to which you can contribute by visiting www.georgiacenterforchildadvocacy.org).
- Favorable settlement for client accused of civil and criminal violations of Georgia statutes regarding allegedly improper use of email of former employer and unauthorized access to its servers
- Helping several healthcare organizations deal with data breach issues arising from inadvertently released protected health information, including work with the Department of Health and Human Services to avoid penalties and sanctions
- Forced the dismissal of a federal case for trade dress infringement claims against restaurant/client in an anti-competitive action filed by one of its competitors;
- Settled case for trade dress infringement involving decorative planters, for pennies on the dollar as compared to amounts sought by plaintiff
- Enjoined landlord’s construction of a large parking facility that violated client/tenant’s rights under its lease, ultimately forcing relocation of that parking facility away from client/tenant’s leased premises
- Forced a favorable settlement of less than 3% of amount demanded by plaintiffs on the eve of trial in a complex “alter ego” case in Alabama where the plaintiffs attempted to force a parent company to pay multi-million-dollar awards for fraud entered in biased arbitrations against a defunct subsidiary
- Obtained a favorable, multi-million dollar settlement in a federal interpleader action involving nearly ten parties asserting claims to a joint financial account
- Obtained favorable, six-figure settlement from paving contractor in favor of hotel owner in dispute over damages arising from substantial construction delays caused by contractor’s burial of debris on hotel site
- Settled condemnation case on eve of trial for more than $6,000,000, despite condemning authority’s initial valuation of less than $200,000 for the condemned land
- Obtained favorable settlement in favor of doctor client after a week of acrimonious trial in complex business divorce involving the breakup of a large medical group
- Obtained summary judgment for former employee of concrete company in multi-million dollar trade secrets case filed against him by his disgruntled and litigious former employer
- Georgia state trial and appellate courts
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
- Member, Board of Directors of Atlanta Interactive Media Association (AiMA), 2011-present
- Member, Board of Directors of Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, 2010-present
- Awards & Honors
Selected as Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of business litigation by Law and Politics and Atlanta Magazine
Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor
University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Primary Areas of Practice
- Complex Business & Commercial Litigation
- Additional Experience
- Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
- Intellectual Property & Technology
- Legal Malpractice Defense
- Professional Liability