J. Henry Walker IV

J. Henry Walker IV

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Recognized since 2013

Atlanta, Georgia

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Technology Law

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Henry Walker serves as the Chair of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. In this role, he oversees the strategic direction and growth of the firm. Mr. Walker plays a key role in building and maintaining strong relationships with clients and developing capabilities in key industries and markets. Mr. Walker leads the firm’s Executive Committee working closely with them to define and execute the firm’s strategic objectives. Prior to his election to Chairman, he served as the firm’s Managing Partner.

Mr. Walker continues to handle select matters for clients as the lead trial counsel and a member of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Team. He has spent more than 25 years handling large complex litigation matters for clients, including class actions, technology, telecommunications and privacy cases. Based on his involvement in thousands of cases and previous in-house counsel experience, he has also provided extensive client counseling on the best ways to minimize risks and prevent litigation in business initiatives.

Mr. Walker has been first chair in numerous trials and arbitrations involving multimillion dollar business litigation, including claims for breach of contract, fraud, and tortuous interference. He has served as lead counsel in numerous successful efforts to defeat class certification, including major federal court litigation alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. He served as lead in-house counsel in numerous major antitrust matters, including two successful landmark United States Supreme Court cases (Twombly and Trinko). Mr. Walker has also been lead counsel in significant trade secret, non-compete and non-solicitation cases on behalf of employers. He has provided litigation-related advice on compliance with SEC regulations and other laws affecting publicly-traded corporations, including drafting board talking points and disclosure documents. He has also provided litigation risk analysis on multibillion dollar acquisitions.

Mr. Walker rejoined the firm—where he practiced as a partner until 1996—in 2007 after serving as Chief Litigation Counsel to BellSouth Corporation. Mr. Walker’s mixture of in-house experience and outside counsel experience provides him with a unique understanding of the challenges facing clients and in-house counsel. At BellSouth, Mr. Walker managed a team of lawyers and paralegals responsible for a large and challenging litigation docket while taking frontline responsibility for numerous large litigation matters. He also participated in BellSouth’s Leads Program, a select executive leadership training program and received the BellSouth President’s Award and the General Counsel’s Award for Excellence. During his time at BellSouth, Mr. Walker was active in the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), including serving as the Chair of ACC’s Litigation Committee.He

Mr. Walker is very active in the State Bar of Georgia, currently serving on the Board of Governors and numerous committees. He is a member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves as the Vice Chair of the Georgia Chamber's Law and Judiciary Committee. Among other positions, Mr. Walker also served on the State of Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission which interviewed candidates and provided a “short list” to the Governor for judicial appointments. Mr. Walker was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation in 2017 and the four years immediately preceding. He was also named a 2017 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Technology Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Walker was named a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for Civil Litigation Defense by Super Lawyers magazine. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

  • 1100 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 2800
    Atlanta, GA 30309
  • University of Virginia, BA, graduated 1983
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia, Georgia State Bar
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), National Litigation Committee - Chair (2006-2007)
  • Chief Justice’s Community Service Task Force - Selection Committee Member
  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors and Vice Chair of Law and Judiciary Committee
  • Leadership Georgia - Class Member and Program Chair
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Georgia, Board of Governors (1995-present) - Former Chair of Indigent Defense Committee and Member of Advisory Committee on Legislation
  • State Bar of Georgia, Younger Lawyers Division - President (1996-1997)
  • State Disciplinary Board Investigative Panel and Review Panel - Former Member
  • State of Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission - Former Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Technology Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Technology Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Technology Law, Atlanta (2023)
  • Technology Law, Atlanta (2017)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Technology Law

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To Serve and To Lead

by J. Henry Walker IV

Effective teamwork is more important than ever in the modern law firm, and it’s the almost oxymoronically named “servant leaders” who make it happen. Here’s a primer.

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Riders on the Storm

by J. Henry Walker IV

Important players within any organization must remember their crucial role in perilous times—and strive to exemplify the principles of “servant leadership.”

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Supportive Organizational Leadership

by J. Henry Walker IV

Those at the pinnacle of the profession owe it to their law firms—and themselves—to support talented attorneys in ways that ensure success.


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