Michael S. Reeves, Partner
With forty years of practice in a wide variety of business and personal disputes, Mike represents small and large businesses as well as individuals. His wealth of experience allows him to target the strengths and weaknesses of a matter and focus on efficient resolution.
Mike truly listens to his clients, analyzing and assessing risks—and he looks for the right methods to mitigate those risks. He enjoys developing and implementing strategies to assist clients in resolving their legal issues efficiently. He provides tenacious and meticulous advocacy for his clients, whether in negotiations, mediations, trials or appeals.
Mike focuses his practice on
- Business disputes, shareholder disputes, dissenter’s rights
- Officer and director liability
- Breach of contract, indemnification, guarantyclaims
- Disputes with employees and former employees
- Intellectual property, trade secrets, copyrights, Computer Fraud & Abuse Act
- Professional liability
- Insurance coverage defense of employment agreements, non-competes and non-solicitations
- Estate litigation—”slayer statutes” cases
- Employment, discrimination, harassment, unemployment, wage and hour
- Premises liability
Telecommunications. Won complete reversal of $500,000 Georgia Public Service Commission decision against client on grounds that PSC misinterpreted parties’ contract.
Employment. Won summary judgment on counterclaim for client sued by former employee. The judgment was affirmed on appeal.
Telecommunications Contract (IRU). Obtained complete dismissal of claims against client that would have prevented it from being able to compete in certain markets.
Intellectual Property. Successfully defended founder of pharmaceutical company against multi-billion dollar claim attacking ownership of company’s flagship pharmaceutical compound.
Real Estate. Obtained over $1 Million settlement for client flooded by uphill landowner.
Contracts. Won summary judgment on behalf of business seller accused of breaching purchase agreement where broker absconded with earnest money.
Fraud. Obtained complete dismissal of all claims against loan inspection company accused of defrauding homeowners during construction.
Computer Fraud. Successfully defeated plaintiff’s federal court injunction claims for damages against client accused of hacking competitor’s computer system.
Copyright. Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of manufacturer whose designs were copied by competitor after filing action in federal court.
Insurance. Insurer for client disputed coverage for claims under Technology Professional Liability Policy for “toll fraud” claim. Obtained payment from insurer who disputed client’s claim resulting in client’s full indemnification.
Trade Dress. Resolved all claims against Georgia manufacturer accused of infringing California company’s trade dress with nominal payment concluding extensive litigation in federal court in Georgia and California.
Shareholders. Successfully defended claims of fraud, securities fraud, breach of contract, etc. arising from Shareholder Agreements.
When he’s not at work
Mike is a dedicated baseball and college football fan. Rooting for the Braves and UGA Bulldogs has taught him optimism and patience.
He and his wife, Mary, have six adult children, with whom they spend a lot of time. His family has been active in schools and church for many years, fundraising and serving in alumni activities at Marist School and St. Jude’s Catholic Church. He and his wife enjoy visiting her family in Spain. And recently, the entire Reeves family enjoyed their 28th consecutive summer beach trip to Kiawah Island, SC.
Education: University of Georgia, B.A. University of Georgia, J.D.
Admissions: Mr. Reeves is admitted to practice in all trial and appellate courts in Georgia, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the District of Colorado, the Southern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States, numerous pro hac vice admissions in other courts including New York, Florida, Alabama and Pennsylvania.
Honors: Recipient, Martindale AV® Preeminent Peer Review rating since 1989
Mike has been included among Georgia Super Lawyers 2004 – 2009, 2017 – 2018 . His primary area of practice is Business Litigation.
Member: American Bar Association (Sections of Business Law, Litigation and Tort and Insurance Practice). State Bar of Georgia. Atlanta Bar Association. Lawyers’ Club of Atlanta. Georgia Defense Lawyer’s Association and the Defense Research Institute.