Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, with offices in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., employs a “business sensibility” approach to serving clients domestically and abroad. The 67-year-old firm is known for its deep bench and having the capability to handle nearly any business-related legal issue. AGG has 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 160-plus 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 legal complications.
The firm is know for providing big-firm safeguards for growing businesses without the big-firm cost. It has also established industry teams, such as Housing Team, Payment Systems, Healthcare Real Estate, and Oil and Gas, populated by experts in those fields.
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 “Workforce Compliance Insights” 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. 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 some 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, gave AGG the 2015-2016 White Collar Defense Litigation Award. Prior to that, AGG was awarded the 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 matters include:
Representing Genesis HealthCare in its merger with Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. on Feb. 2, 2015 to create a $5.5 billion long term care company. Genesis now consists of more than 500 facilities in 34 states with approximately 95,000 employees. The AGG team led by Hedy Rubinger handled all regulatory aspects of the merger.
Helped Colonial Pipeline buy Shell’s interest in the Port Arthur Products Station and Shell Ex Facility in Port Arthur, Texas, which is known as the PAPS tank farm. The $88.75 million deal closed on June 1, 2015. Based in Alpharetta, Colonial is a 5,500-mile pipeline system that transports gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, home heating oil and fuels for the U.S. military.
Advised Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III, Inc. and NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. in their $1.125 billion joint-venture acquisition of approximately 96 percent of Trilogy Investors LLC, the parent company of Trilogy Health Services LLC. The transaction closed on Dec. 1, 2015. Trilogy is a leading owner-operator of integrated senior healthcare campuses, operating a total of 97 properties comprised of more than 10,000 beds throughout Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky.
Represented the Development Authority of Fulton County in its issuance of $110 million in taxable bonds with incentives for the relocation of Mercedes-Benz USA's corporate headquarters to Sandy Springs. After many months of work, the financing closed in November 2015. The new Mercedes HQ, now under construction, will be situated next door to additional new development, including a mixed-use project with residences and shops on 29 acres.
Represented SunTrust Bank in connection with supplying $20 million of senior secured debt financing to private equity firm Grand Crossing Capital to facilitate its leveraged buyout of R. J. Dougherty Associates LLC, the Florida-based manufacturer of the “Everglades” brand of luxury offshore fishing boats. Completing the deal required intensive intercreditor negotiations related to the target company’s existing showroom and inventory financing arrangements with GE Capital. Ron Weiner led the AGG team.
Advising various clients on creating data protection plans, responding to data breaches and on compliance with applicable country laws when transferring data between internationally.
Former Managing Partner Glenn Hendrix and partner Jason Bring helped draft legislation that eliminates negligence per se causes of action based on alleged violations of state and federal long-term care regulations. House Bill 342, which became law in May 2015, imposes certain restrictions and requirements for the use of survey reports in advertisements, requiring anyone who uses survey reports in advertisements (including plaintiffs' attorneys) to include disclosures, such as whether the alleged problem has been corrected.
Among the firm’s key clients are Sysco Corp., Rich Products, WorldPay, Rollins Inc., Pruitt Corp., Kindred Healthcare, The Development Authority of Fulton County, 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 places special emphasis on 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.