Ms. Fitzgerald has extensive business litigation experience in matters involving intellectual property, securities, antitrust, and general commercial litigation throughout the United States. Her legal experience includes trial and appellate work on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of complex litigation matters. As a registered patent attorney, Ms. Fitzgerald has the ability to discuss inventions at their most scientific level but she also is skilled in the art of explaining technical issues to lay persons. She has advised clients and litigated patents throughout the U.S. on topics as varied as golf clubs, windshield wipers, diet modification software,… Read more
Judge Foreman was elected Circuit Judge in 2004. From 2004-2012, Judge Foreman presided as a Trial Court Judge until his election by his fellow Circuit Judges as Chief Judge in 2011 and served as Chief Judge from 2012-2014. Judge Foreman built a reputation as a distinguished litigator at Freeborn for his service as outside counsel on behalf of the State of Illinois v Philip Morris, et al. and as special counsel in representing state officials and state agencies. His experience includes trials involving antitrust, securities, RICO, environmental, constitutional law, civil rights, fraud, and murder. He has extensive experience in advising… Read more
Helton, Tonita M.
Ms. Helton concentrates her practice in business litigation, including trial level and appellate work on behalf of corporate clients in a variety of state and federal commercial matters including antitrust, intellectual property, class action, jurisdictional issues, various tort and contract issues, insurance coverage issues, and various other business- related issues. In addition, she counsels clients on a variety of issues including international trade regulations, and antitrust compliance policies, including conformance with U.S. antitrust laws at industry meetings. Ms. Helton earned her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law graduating with distinction and earned her B.A. from Drake University, graduating cum… Read more
Shimpei is the founder of Kawasaki Law Office PLLC, and he has extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry in both New York City and in Japan. He is currently serving as the general counsel to many hospitality businesses in New York City. He provides a wide range of services to those in the hospitality industry, including liquor licenses, commercial leases, corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, employment/labor matters, and commercial landlord/tenant disputes. Shimpei services as the Firm’s Japan Team New York representative. After graduating from Florida Coastal School of Law and earning his Juris Doctorate, Shimpei provided legal assistance on a contractual… Read more
Mr. Lischer has been practicing law since 1973. His practice involves all areas of patent law as well as work in trademark and copyright matters. The focus of Mr. Lischer’s practice is patent litigation and patent prosecution. He has been involved in patent cases relating to fiber optic ground wire cables, nuclear fuel cells, tantalum dipped capacitors, computer controlled cutting machines for the garment industry, golf clubs and balls, metal bi-fold doors, pressure infusion intravenous bags, telephone answering and call progressing systems, telephone dialing equipment, worn brush sensors for electric motors, spinal braces, concrete reinforcement fibers, concrete accelerator additives, escalator… Read more
Lunsford III, J. Rodgers
Mr. Lunsford has specific expertise litigating intellectual property disputes, and, in the present economy, he focuses on achieving favorable non-judicial dispute resolutions and successful conflict avoidance. He also serves effectively as an ADR neutral, directs trademark enforcement programs, counsels clients concerning intellectual property matters, prosecutes applications to register intellectual property, and transfers intellectual property rights and technology. He was named Atlanta’s Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2016 by The Best Lawyers in America, the leading peer-review-based directory of legal practitioners, and Chambers USA has recognized him as “one of the trademark aristocracy within the Atlanta legal market.” He has… Read more
McWilliams, Robert A.
With more than 30 years of corporate, transactional and securities law experience, Mr. McWilliams delivers both legal and practical business advice to the Firm’s clients. He represents both public and private companies and has extensive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) experience. He also regularly counsels clients on corporate governance and other corporate legal affairs. As an M&A lawyer, Mr. McWilliams has worked on numerous transactions advising buyers and sellers, large companies and small, public and private, across a range of industries. Notable in his transactional practice is his long-standing representation of an industry-leading aviation services company for which he has provided… Read more
Victor Metsch practices primarily in the area of commercial dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, appeals work, and litigation in the Federal, State and Surrogate’s Courts. He has developed extensive experience in the areas of banking, title work, brokerage, construction, architecture and engineering as they apply to the purchase, sale, financing, design, development, construction, renovation and leasing of commercial and residential real properties. Mr. Metsch representations include cooperatives, condominiums, banks, institutional lenders, developers, landlords and tenants. He also practices in the area of employment law and litigation where representations include both employers and employees. He served on various committees of the… Read more
He has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. He is involved on a continuing basis with a number of corporations providing legal services as general counsel. Mr. Paller is involved extensively in the representation of private equity funds both on the buy side, as well as the sell side. He has significant experience in representing companies that are being sold as well as companies that are acquiring other entities. A native of Atlanta, Mr. Paller received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in 1956. He earned his LL.B. degree from… Read more
Peters, Jordan H.
For most of his legal career, Mr. Peters has engaged in a commercial real estate practice and has more than 30 years of experience representing parties to real estate transactions. His current practice is focused on acquisitions and dispositions, real estate-based financings, and leasing. His clients include developers, lenders, investors, and corporate owners and lessees of office, industrial, and retail properties. He also has a background in transactions involving specialized real estate interests such as mineral estates and railroad rights of way. Mr. Peters also has participated in and supervised many transactions in which the Firm has acted as issuer’s… Read more