Caplan Cobb recently celebrated its seventh anniversary. We want to thank all of our clients, partners, co-counsel, referring attorneys, and friends for the contributions you have made to our continued success.
Despite the challenges of 2020, our team maintained an unwavering commitment to our clients and continued to participate in various service, pro bono, and educational efforts in our community.
Adding to its diverse client base, Caplan Cobb represented:
- Fortune 100, 500, 1000, 5000, and international companies in the healthcare, financial services, retail, manufacturing, media, professional services, insurance, real estate, and payment processing sectors;
- a variety of healthcare clients, including pharmaceutical manufacturers and marketers, healthcare providers, and practice-management firms;
- media companies, including print and broadcast;
- technology companies in the retail, application development, consumer services, and payment spaces;
- a variety of municipal, county, and state governments;
- C-suite executives of various publicly traded and privately held companies, as well as individual directors and officers, executives, business owners, lawyers, accountants, and medical professionals; and
- individual consumers and public employees in cases involving consumer and contractual rights.
On behalf of plaintiffs, Caplan Cobb lawyers:
- Successfully resolved a multi-million-dollar appraisal action against one of the largest cannabis companies in the U.S. on behalf of one of its founders.
- On behalf of a private equity firm, secured a $600,000 judgment in a breach-of-contract case.
- Successfully settled a large wrongful-death case.
- On behalf of a regional investment advisory firm, achieved a successful resolution of an action against a former employee to enforce restrictive covenants.
- Successfully recovered a seven-figure investment and attorneys’ fees on behalf of an executive employee through pre-litigation negotiations.
- On behalf of a group of investors, successfully recovered nearly 100% of their damages arising out of an early-stage investment in a pharmaceutical company.
- Secured a six-figure settlement for the founder of a global firm for amounts he was owed in connection with a complex merger.
- On behalf of a fine paper and packaging manufacturer, achieved a successful resolution of a dispute with an IT services vendor, involving issues under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, without the need for litigation.
On the defense side, Caplan Cobb lawyers:
- Defended a life insurance provider in a nationwide ERISA class action seeking hundreds of millions in damages.
- After securing a complete defense victory in a case alleging fraud and fraudulent transfer and defending that win on appeal all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court, also secured a settlement in which the plaintiffs reimbursed our client for much of the attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in the case.
- Represented one of the world’s largest food processing companies as special issues and appellate counsel in a tort case in which tens of millions of dollars were potentially at risk and secured a very favorable settlement after filing a dispositive motion.
- Obtained early dismissal of breach-of-contract claims brought against airport sub-concessionaire by airport concessionaire.
- On behalf of a pharmaceutical manufacturer, resolved trade-secret and contract claims on the eve of a multi-week trial for less than 1% of the plaintiff’s claimed damages.
- Served as lead counsel for one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world in defense of civil RICO claims arising out of the opioid crisis.
- On behalf of a large pharmaceutical manufacturer, obtained a voluntary dismissal of claims arising out of the opioid crisis.
Community Engagement, Pro Bono Representation, and Education
Though it was a difficult year to physically get out in the community, Caplan Cobb participated in the Atlanta Legal Aid Society virtual Run for Justice and participated in community fundraisers benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Giving Kitchen, as well as sponsored events for the DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, the Southern Center for Human Rights, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.
Caplan Cobb lawyers and staff continued their community involvement by serving in leadership positions for a number of non-profits, including the Southern Center for Human Rights, the ACLU of Georgia, the Decatur Education Foundation, the Atlanta Birth Center, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, and the Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators.
Caplan Cobb lawyers handled a number of legal matters on a pro bono basis:
- Mike Caplan and Jarred Klorfein served as co-counsel with the Southern Center for Human Rights and Georgia Advocacy Office in a putative class action filed on behalf of women with psychiatric disabilities in the South Fulton Jail’s mental health unit to remedy unconstitutional conditions including solitary confinement.
- Caplan Cobb filed suit against the Secretary of State to address numerous violations of the Open Records Act and to assist American Oversight, a non-profit organization dedicated to government transparency, in obtaining records relating to voting rights issues in Georgia.
- On behalf of Bob Trammell, Minority Leader of Georgia’s House of Representatives, Sarah Brewerton-Palmer and Jarred Klorfein successfully challenged an unconstitutional sign ordinance in the City of Luthersville, Georgia. Caplan Cobb’s letter to the city was covered by news outlets across the country, raising public awareness about the First Amendment’s protection of political signs.
- Julia Stone and Sarah Brewerton-Palmer represented the ACLU of Georgia as amicus curiae in the Supreme Court of Georgia in a case challenging the constitutionality of Georgia’s law prohibiting facial coverings during protests.
- Jarred Klorfein served as local counsel for an individual in connection with his motion to reduce his criminal sentence under the First Step Act.
- James Cobb and Ashley Brown assisted the Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Fund with corporate-governance issues.
- Together with the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Jarred Klorfein represented clients T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and J Street as local counsel in their amicus brief filed in support of plaintiff’s constitutional challenge to a Georgia law that violated state contractors’ rights.
Caplan Cobb attorneys maintained their involvement in continuing education and training. For example, attorney Sarah Brewerton-Palmer:
- authored an article for the Media Law Resource Center discussing the recent decision in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Inc., which struck down a portion of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act on First Amendment grounds;
- authored an article in partnership with the Georgia First Amendment Foundation providing guidance about holding virtual meetings that comply with Georgia’s Open Meetings Act;
- served on the planning committee for the 29th annual Georgia Bar, Media & Judiciary Conference regarding “Are We Ready: Georgia Elections in 2020”; and
- moderated at the Georgia First Amendment Foundation training on Law Enforcement.
- Attorney Julia Blackburn Stone, who has been with the firm since 2017, was promoted to partner. Julia is the first member of the team to be promoted to partner and the third partner of the firm.
- Cameron Roberts joined Caplan Cobb in January 2021 as an associate, expanding our firm to 9 attorneys.
In 2020, Caplan Cobb and its attorneys were recognized by a variety of organizations and publications.
- Late in 2020, the University of Georgia named Caplan Cobb to its list of the 2021 Bulldog 100, recognizing the firm as one of the 100 fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. This was the second time we earned this distinction.
- The Atlanta Business Chronicle–for the third time–recognized Caplan Cobb as a Best Place to Work.
- Mike Caplan was named to the Georgia Trend 2020 list of the Legal Elite in Georgia.
- Mike Caplan and James Cobb were listed in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the category of commercial litigation.
- Caplan Cobb was honored as Best Business Litigation Boutique 2020–Georgia by US Business News.
- James Cobb and Mike Caplan were recognized as 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers by Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine. Julia Stone and Sarah Brewerton-Palmer were selected by the same publication as 2021 Rising Stars in Business Litigation.