Benjamin M. Byrd
Whether guiding a business through litigation or advising businesses through every stage in their life-cycle, from formation to growth to sale or acquisition, Ben helps businesses navigate their most important relationships – with customers, vendors, employees, competitors, and government regulators.
Taking a look at the problem from the full 360 degree perspective enables Ben to focus on ensuring his clients’ long-term profitability.
Litigation for Businesses
Even the best business will have disputes that just cannot be resolved without the legal system. When that happens, Ben represents his clients’ interest vigorously and professionally. He has represented Georgia businesses and their owners in nearly every forum, from small-claims court all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court. Regardless of the size of the case or the legal issues a lawsuit presents, Ben never forgets that litigation is always a tool to serve his clients’ business.
Types of Cases
Ben has broad experience handling cases of all types of business disputes, but especially those that involve
- Employment agreements and discrimination
- Breach of fiduciary duty by officers and directors
- Unfair competition
- Theft of trade secrets
- Intellectual property
- Computer fraud
Outside of the Office
Ben is a dedicated family man and spends his free time with his wife and two young sons— all of whom love the Georgia Bulldogs.
Education: University of Georgia, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. University of Georgia, J.D., cum laude, Senior Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review.
Member: State Bar of Georgia. Atlanta Bar Association. Georgia Defense Lawyers Association.
Awards: Ben was recognized among Georgia Super Lawyers for 2017 and 2018. His primary area of practice is Business Litigation. This year marks the second time Ben has been included in the list of Super Lawyers. He was included among Georgia Rising Stars in 2014. Only five percent of the lawyers in a given state were selected to the Super Lawyers list. The Rising Star designation recognizes exceptional attorneys under 40 years old. Only 2.5 percent of attorneys in a given state are named as Rising Stars in a given year in all categories.
Reported Cases: International Greetings USA, Inc. v. Cammack and Sigretto, 306 Ga. App. 789 (2010) (holding that mandatory forum selection clause will trump Georgia forum non conveniens statute). King v. GenOn Energy Holdings, Inc., 747 S.E.2d 15 (Ga. App. 2013).
Articles by Ben
- Beyond the Non-Compete: Things to Consider when Hiring a Competitor’s Employees
- Terms and Conditions May Not Apply – How to Make Sure Your Terms and Conditions Work for You
- Dissenters’ Rights: Litigating “Fair Value”
- Think your workers are independent contractors? Think again.
- Background Checks on Job Applicants: 3 Things You Need to Know