Robert P. Riordan - Alston & Bird LLP

Robert P. Riordan

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 404-881-7682

Bob Riordan is a litigator who focuses on disputes relating to employment, business torts, unfair competition and commercial transactions. He regularly represents clients in both federal and state courts, as well as various agencies and arbitral forums. He has appeared in trial and appellate courts throughout the country, and has been recognized for his achievements in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Georgia Trend's Legal Elite, PLC Which Lawyer? and Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Riordan has extensive experience in defending wage disputes brought on a mass and class basis as well as whistleblower claims. He also regularly defends companies against claims of all varieties of discrimination and retaliation, as well as claims relating to the law of public accommodation, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary and other duties, theft of trade secrets and similar matters. In addition, Mr. Riordan often litigates contract disputes, including earn-out and other claims tied to business combinations.

Duke UniversityAB 1980Duke UniversityJ.D. 1984

Case History

  • Lead counsel in the defense of a California class action brought against a records imaging company accused of violating laws relating to overtime, expense reimbursement and meal break requirements.
  • Lead counsel in the defense of FLSA “Blackberry” overtime claims in consolidated Florida mass actions brought against a staffing company; certification denied.
  • Lead counsel in an insurance industry off-the-clock collective overtime action in Maine.
  • Lead counsel in arbitration involving multi-million dollar sports sponsorship dispute.
  • Lead counsel in obtaining summary judgment for a Fortune 15 company accused of wrongfully backing out of an alleged joint venture related to a discount drug program.
  • Lead counsel in False Claims Act whistleblower retaliation dispute involving allegations of improper conduct relating to FDA medical device approval process.
  • Co-lead counsel in multiple FLSA-based “call center” overtime cases consolidated for hearing in Georgia; certification denied.
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  • Lead counsel in the defense of a former CEO of a medical billing company sued together with the company for the alleged wrongful termination of services to former customers.
  • Lead defense counsel in the defense of an expansive Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claim resulting in a 185-page order granting complete summary judgment to a leading revenue cycle management company and several of its managers.
  • Co-lead counsel in the successful prosecution of a TRO and preliminary injunction action against a competitor attempting a “liftout” in the financial services industry. 
  • Lead counsel in prosecuting a trade secrets and unfair competition case resulting in a favorable settlement after ten days of jury trial.
  • Lead counsel in the defense of multimillion-dollar claims brought under a contractual earn-out provision leading to an award far less than the pre-arbitration demand and less than offered on the eve of arbitration.
  • Complete defense verdict in a Title VII and Section 1981 race discrimination and retaliation case brought against an international package delivery company.
  • Lead counsel in obtaining a favorable DOL determination in a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower proceeding brought against an international manufacturer of airbag components.
  • Lead appellate counsel in obtaining a reversal of an order certifying a Rule 23 class in a vacation day dispute. 
  • Obtained a directed verdict for an international package delivery company after one week of jury trial in a Title VII and Section 1981 retaliation case.

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male