Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, with offices in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., employs a “business sensibility” approach to serving clients domestically and abroad. The 66-year-old firm is known for its deep bench and having the capability to handle nearly any business-related legal issue. Two years ago AGG earned a spot on The National Law Journal’s prestigious Midsize Hot List of 20 firms nationwide that are making a difference.
By thoroughly understanding each client’s business, AGG’s nearly 160 attorneys deliver optimum results in a cost-effective manner. AGG has distinguished itself by responding to two major forces that profoundly affect businesses: globalization and a more aggressive regulatory environment. The movement of information, goods and people around the world, and exposure to more regulations and laws, has increased the risk of encountering legal trouble.
The firm has invested in additional lateral hires and practices to provide big-firm safeguards for growing businesses without the big-firm cost. It has also established industry teams, such as Financial Transaction Processors, Pharmaceuticals and Inbound Foreign Companies, populated by experts in those fields. Managing Partner Glenn P. Hendrix personifies the firm's global view. He initiated the founding of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS), which will hold its fourth global conference in 2015.
Nearly four dozen AGG attorneys are involved at some level in international business. Several attorneys travel to Europe and Israel to help foreign companies established operations in the U.S. or to advise on U.S. regulatory issues. The busy Immigration Practice helps foreign companies move key employees to the U.S. The firm’s Washington office provides access to the nation’s lawmakers and, working with lawyers in Atlanta, helps clients address regulatory compliance issues involving FTC, FDA, CFPB, SEC, CMS and other government entities. AGG lawyers advise on the ACA, FCPA, HIPAA and FCRA.
A significant part of the Washington office’s role is to create data-breach protection plans for clients and help clients respond when breaches occur. That effort is led by Robert R. Belair, leader of the Privacy and Consumer Regulatory Practice. Washington partner Montserrat C. Miller authors the popular “Immigration Compliance and Background Screening” blog.
The Logistics and Transportation Practice includes Atlanta and Washington attorneys and represents international and domestic businesses in transactional and litigation matters, and provides risk management analyses. AGG lawyers present at the annual Georgia Logistics Summit, held in conjunction with the national supply chain event MODEX. No Atlanta firm, or midsize, full-service firm elsewhere in the country, has effectively staked out a brand in the global logistics space.
AGG’s commercial Real Estate Practice is the largest practice of its kind in the southeastern U.S. and is involved in some of the region’s most ambitious projects, advising on contracts, agreements, environmental and other issues. Often, Real Estate and Healthcare work together on healthcare M&A deals around the country.
The Healthcare Practice, with nearly three dozen attorneys, is well known for its regulatory work on healthcare M&A transactions, and Healthcare’s litigators are renowned for successfully representing providers in disputes with the government and other parties. Firm Administrative Partner Warren E. Kingsley is one of the country’s leading experts on the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate.
Litigation includes white-collar defense of executives, international arbitration and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights litigation. The Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights and Financial Restructuring Practice also encompasses commercial debt restructuring, settlements, bankruptcy trusteeships and fiduciary work. Georgia’s legal industry newspaper, the Fulton County Daily Report, awarded AGG the 2014 Insurance Litigation Department of the Year Award.
The Corporate and Securities Practice advises some of America’s best known companies on M&A deals and other matters, and the Closely-Held and Family Business Practice helps private businesses execute their growth plans. The Private Wealth Practice builds lifelong relationships with families and structures optimum business succession plans.
Other practices include Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Employment, Environmental, Food and Drug, Government and Regulatory, Intellectual Property, and Tax.
Significant recent matters include Real Estate and Healthcare advising Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II, Inc. in connection with its merger with NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE: NRF); co-representing Sysco in acquiring US Foods for $3.5 billion; representing QIC Investments No. 1 Pty Ltd of Australia in its acquisition of 49 percent of Forest City Enterprises’ interest in eight regional shopping malls in the U.S. for $2 billion; representing First Advantage (f/k/a LexisNexis Screening Solutions) in a nationwide Fair Credit Reporting Act class action lawsuit; representing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. in a major Florida project; assisting Genesis Healthcare in its acquisition of Sun Healthcare Group; obtaining full dismissal of an SEC insider trading lawsuit against a company CEO; winning a three-week federal court trial for medical device manufacturer Rad Source Technologies; and representing The Integral Group in its acquisition and continuing redevelopment of the 165-acre former GM auto plant in Doraville, Ga.
Among the firm’s key clients are Sysco Corp., Rich Products, WorldPay, Rollins Inc., Pruitt Corp., Kindred Healthcare, Zurich Insurance, Emory University/Emory Healthcare, Porsche Cars North America, SunTrust Bank, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Costco Wholesale Corp., Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III, Jacoby Development, and The Integral Group.
The firm gives special emphasis to building long-term client relationships. With AGG as a partner, companies and individuals around the globe are empowered to turn legal challenges into business opportunities.