Caplan Cobb LLP, an Atlanta law firm specializing in business and complex litigation, is celebrating the end of its sixth year. We thank all of our clients, partners, co-counsel, referring attorneys, and friends for the contributions you have made to our continued growth.
During the past year, we achieved results for our clients and participated 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 attorneys:
- settled a federal class action valued at $14.5 million for a class of retirees of Athens-Clarke County;
- worked with the Georgia Advocacy Office and Southern Center for Human Rights to secure a preliminary injunction ordering a jail in south Fulton County to dramatically improve the conditions of female prisoners with psychiatric disorders who were being held in solitary confinement;
- in a complex contract dispute, obtained summary judgment on claims worth in excess of $6 million;
- negotiated a pre-litigation resolution of a corporate-governance dispute, resulting in a settlement worth just under $50 million;
- were appointed as plaintiff’s liaison counsel in a major securities fraud class action in federal court and successfully defeated a motion to dismiss;
- on behalf of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV, assisted the City of Atlanta’s Transparency Officer in drafting the City’s Open Records Policy;
- achieved a substantial recovery on behalf of a commercial real estate company in a dispute over brokerage fees;
- successfully represented numerous executives in separation, severance, and transition negotiations; and
- on behalf of a civil liberties non-profit, filed an amicus brief in the Georgia Supreme Court to encourage the Court to apply the Georgia Open Records Act to records from the offices of the Georgia General Assembly.
On the defense side, Caplan Cobb attorneys:
- on the eve of trial, and after years of hard-fought litigation, secured a favorable settlement with the Securities & Exchange Commission in an insider-trading case;
- on behalf of a pharmaceutical manufacturer, favorably resolved a long-running trade-secret and contract lawsuit for less than 1% of the plaintiff’s claimed damages;
- on behalf of a publicly traded life insurance company, successfully resolved an ERISA class action involving more than 100,000 class members;
- in the Georgia Court of Appeals, obtained an order affirming summary judgment in a case alleging fraud arising out of a business relationship in the oil and gas industry;
- achieved a creative resolution in a dispute between competing commercial real estate developers; and
- secured a favorable settlement in a business break-up lawsuit, resulting in the plaintiff paying funds to our client.
In 2019, Caplan Cobb and its attorneys were recognized by a variety of organizations and publications:
- The Daily Report named Caplan Cobb its Litigation Department of the Year in the category of Special Litigation.
- The University of Georgia named Caplan Cobb to its list of the 2019 Bulldog 100, recognizing the firm as one of the 100 fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni.
- The Atlanta Business Chronicle—for the second time—recognized Caplan Cobb as a 2019 Best Place to Work.
- Michael Caplan and James Cobb were named to the Georgia Trend 2019 list of the Legal Elite in Georgia.
- James Cobb was recognized as a 2020 Georgia Super Lawyer by Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine. Michael Caplan, Julia Stone, and Sarah Brewerton-Palmer were selected by the same publication as 2020 Rising Stars in Business Litigation.
Pro Bono & Community Service
Caplan Cobb attorneys continued their commitment to community by serving in leadership positions for a number of non-profits, including the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Wylde Center, the ACLU of Georgia, the Decatur Education Foundation, the Atlanta Birth Center, and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.
The firm participated in a number of community-service events, including the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, ServiceJuris, and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Run for Justice.
Caplan Cobb attorneys handled a number of legal matters on a pro bono basis:
- Ashley Brown argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of a Georgia inmate in a case alleging deliberate indifference to the plaintiff’s serious medical needs and deliberate indifference in hiring.
- Sarah Brewerton-Palmer won a grant of certiorari by the United States Supreme Court and secured a reversal of the Eleventh Circuit’s denial of a federal prisoner’s petition in his habeas corpus lawsuit seeking to vacate his conviction.
- Sarah Brewerton-Palmer participated in the 28th Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference by organizing a session entitled Public Trust and the Courts: New Rules for Public Access.
- Michael Caplan appeared as a panelist for Building New Trust in Government?: The City of Atlanta Takes a Fresh Step Towards Transparency That May Become a National Model at the 28th Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference.
- Jarred Klorfein presented to the ABA Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee regarding his web-publication: District Court Assesses Interstate Commerce Nexus Under Defend Trade Secrets Act.
- Sarah Brewerton-Palmer contributed an article to the monthly Media Law Resource Center summarizing a recent Eleventh Circuit decision on defamation claims stemming from Facebook posts.
- Ashley Brown authored an ABA Practice Point publication regarding “salary history bans” and their use in breaking the cycle of discriminatory pay practices.
New Members of Our Team
In 2019, Caplan Cobb expanded its team by adding two new attorneys:
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