James C. "Jim" Grant

James C. "Jim" Grant


Alston & Bird LLP

Recognized since 2007

Atlanta, Georgia

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

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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.

Location

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

Education

  • Vanderbilt University , J.D., graduated 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, State Bar of Georgia

Affiliations

  • Andrew P. Stewart Center - Advisory Board
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation - ormer Board member and chairman
  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow
  • Atlanta Bar Association - Member
  • Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation - Member

Alston & Bird LLP
Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

203 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

72 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Atlanta (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell, Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2015
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, 2008–2016
  • BTI Client Service All-Star, Litigation, 2014

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Experience

  • Represented the world’s third-largest chemical company in matters across the U.S., ranging from alleged theft of trade secrets to breach of supply contracts.
  • Protected a key Daubert ruling, resulting in the preservation of a summary judgment, as successor appellate counsel for Union Carbide Corp.
  • Represented pollution control manufacturer Norit Americas in a five-week theft of trade secrets arbitration that resulted in an award of $37.9 million, in addition to a continuing royalty stream.
  • Represented Toyota Motor Sales in economic loss cases arising from alleged sudden unintended acceleration incidents.
  • Achieved a successful settlement for a multinational flooring company in a Section 1 Sherman Act case alleging price fixing in the polyurethane foam industry.
  • Represented a client in the infant products industry as successor trial counsel in a design patent, Lanham Act and contract action arising out of allegations of product copying. The case settled after verdict while on appeal.
  • Represented a client in the oriented strand board industry as successor trial counsel in a price-fixing action. The case settled on the eve of trial.
  • Represented Rite Aid Inc. as lead trial counsel in a putative class action seeking damages for alleged improper reproduction and transfer of pharmacy records. The matter settled on terms favorable to the client.
  • Won reversal of a class certification order as successor appellate counsel for Rite Aid Inc.
  • Represented as trial counsel a multinational generic pharmaceutical manufacturer in Hatch-Waxman litigation and other commercial disputes.
  • Represented as lead trial counsel the world’s largest soft drink bottler in two lawsuits in disputes with more than 50 other bottlers concerning methods of distribution of products to mass merchandisers.
  • Won a defense verdict for one of the nation’s largest resellers of high-end computer servers in a case claiming libel, slander, tortious interference and RICO claims arising out of alleged misrepresentations concerning computer servers recovered from near the World Trade Center disaster area.
  • Negotiated successful settlements for a lease finance company in two lawsuits seeking to recover on third-party guarantees of $35 million in lease obligations of information technology equipment. The settlements came after the cases withstood summary judgment motions in federal courts.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 company before the North Carolina Supreme Court in a successful defense of the constitutionality of the state’s statutory punitive damages cap.
  • Served as litigation counsel to the Enron Bankruptcy Examiner, handling all in-court appearances and leading the investigation into investment bank and law firm relationships with Enron.
  • Achieved a favorable settlement as lead trial counsel in the breach of a multimillion-dollar take-or-pay contract.
  • Won reversal of a class certification order as appellate counsel for a chiropractic clinic in a case alleging improper referrals to a personal injury law firm.

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