William D. Friend (Partner)

Practice: Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, intellectual property (trademark, copyright, and trade secrets); private finance, including debt financing, vendor finance, venture capital and angel financing, and private equity transactions; computer software licensing and development agreements, system sales contracts, and master service agreements.

Transaction experience includes: financing and construction of fiber optic telecommunications systems; debt and equity financing of wireless network; acquisition of telecommunications services company; creation of an international voice and data satellite network; and numerous acquisitions, mergers, and venture capital transactions for a wide variety of clients. Also involved in several roll-up transactions and LBOs, handling both the equity and debt transactions. Corporate finance experience includes both secured lending (term loans, revolvers, a/r financing, etc.) and private equity deals. Transaction experience in refinancings and recapitalizations, substitutions of investor groups, and new rounds of venture financing.

30 years of litigation experience related to the foregoing areas of practice. Litigated or served as arbitrator on dozens of IP and contract cases, as well as those involving business torts and cases centering on complex financing and accounting issues (e.g., valuations, earnouts). Mr. Friend also acts as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (, and is on the AAA Roster of Neutrals for Large, Complex Cases and on the Technology and eCommerce panels.

Adjunct Professor, Computer Law, Georgia Institute of Technology,

Admitted: Georgia, 1976; U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia. 

Education:  University of Georgia (B.B.A., cum laude, 1971); Emory University (J.D., 1976).

Honors: Since 1994 Mr. Friend has received an AVģ   Preeminent Peer Review rating from Martindale, which is the highest rating for legal abilities and ethical standards. 

Member: State Bar of Georgia (Member, Sections on: Intellectual Property; Technology Law, Chairman, Technology Law Section, 1989-1990).

Reported Cases: Reported Cases: Mun. Elec. Auth. v. Gold-Arrow Farms, 276 Ga. App. 862, 625 S.E.2d 57 (2005);  Newitt v. First Union National Bank, 270 Ga. App. 538, 607 S.E.2d 188 (2004); Telescripps Cable Co. v. Welsh, 247 Ga. App. 282, 542 S.E.2d 640 (2000); Valley Place, Ltd. v. T.I. Equity Fund (1995), L.P., 246 Ga. App. 378, 541 S.E.2d 37 (2000); Zampatti v. Tradebank Intíl. Franchising Corp., 235 Ga. App. 333, 508 S.E.2d 750 (1998); Wright v. Power Indus. Consultants, Inc., 234 Ga. App. 833, 508 S.E.2d 191 (1998); Stargate Software Intíl, Inc. v. Rumph, 224 Ga. App. 873, 482 S.E.2d 498 (1997); Business Software, Inc. v. Information Assocs., Inc., 201 Ga. App. 565, 411 S.E.2d 565 (1991); Calhoon v. Mr. Locksmith Co., 200 Ga. App. 618, 409 S.E.2d 226 (1991); All Risk Ins. Agency, Inc. v. Belk, 191 Ga. App. 576, 382 S.E.2d 361 (1989); Elite Personnel, Inc. v. Elite Personnel Servs., Inc., 259 Ga. 192, 378 S.E.2d 117 (1989); Fendley v. Stalcup, 354 S.E. 2d 622 (Ga. 1987); Southern Diversified Properties v. Boston Mut. Life Ins. Co., 342 S.E.2d 326 (Ga. 1986); Farris v. Pazol, 166 Ga. App. 760, 305 S.E.2d 472 (1983); and Ambrose v. E.F. Hutton & Co., 146 Ga. App. 403, 246 S.E.2d 423 (1978).



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