James C. Grant - Alston & Bird LLP

James C. Grant

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 404-881-7859

James C. Grant is the national co-leader of the firm’s Litigation Team. He has tried 23 cases to a jury verdict or arbitration award and has handled more than 50 federal and state appeals. Some of the largest companies in America have relied on Jim to lead enterprise risk litigation, including complex trade secret cases, merger and acquisition disputes and class actions. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. 

Over the past 25 years, Jim’s clients have included 16 Fortune 500 companies. He has served as litigation counsel for clients in a wide range of industries, including an international chemical manufacturer, a nationwide drug store chain and the world’s largest soft drink bottler, as well as companies in pharmaceuticals, financial services and other sectors. Jim handles litigation from its inception, but is often brought in as trial counsel or to appeal a case following an adverse verdict. 

Jim understands that clients win when they achieve their business objectives. He therefore begins each engagement looking for a positive resolution that stops short of carrying a matter to trial. When matters cannot be resolved through negotiations, Jim is able to draw on the support of his team’s diverse litigation groups to bring extensive experience to every type of dispute.

University of MichiganAB 1986Vanderbilt UniversityJ.D. 1989
American College of Trial Lawyers Atlanta Bar Association Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation

Case History

  • Lead trial counsel for a plaintiff in a five-week theft of trade secrets arbitration in Norit Americas, Inc. v. ADA-ES, Inc., et al., which resulted in a unanimous arbitration award exceeding $40 million dollars.
  • Lead trial counsel in the breach of a multimillion-dollar take or pay contract resulting in a favorable settlement for the defendant.
  • Successor trial counsel in a design patent, Lanham Act and contract action arising out of allegations of product copying in the infant products industry.
  • Successor trial counsel in a price fixing action in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania arising out of the oriented strand board industry.
  • Successor appellate counsel in Rite Aid, Inc. v. Peacock, successfully obtaining a reversal of a class certification order.
  • Successor appellate counsel in Butler v. Union Carbide Corp., successfully protecting a key Daubert ruling, preserving a resulting summary judgment.
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  • Lead trial counsel in two lawsuits for the world’s largest soft drink bottler in matter with more than 50 other bottlers concerning methods of distribution of products to mass merchandisers.
  • Successfully tried to defense verdict libel, slander, tortious interference and RICO claims in a matter for one of the country’s largest resellers of high-end used computer servers arising out of alleged misrepresentations concerning computer servers recovered from near the World Trade Center disaster area.
  • Counsel to a lease finance company in two lawsuits seeking to recover on third-party guarantees of $35 million in lease obligations of information technology equipment. Successfully negotiated settlements after withstanding summary judgment motions in federal court in Pennsylvania and Georgia on two separate guarantees.
  • Counsel to the world’s third-largest chemical company in matters around the country ranging from alleged theft of trade secrets to breach of supply contracts.
  • Appellate counsel to a Fortune 50 company in an appeal successfully defending before the North Carolina Supreme Court the constitutionality of North Carolina’s statutory punitive damages cap.

Office Location

One Atlantic Center, Suite 4900
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Atlanta Metro Area
James C. Grant has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants