Our Professionals - Gerald B. Kline
Mr. Kline received his B.A. degree cum laude from Vanderbilt University and his Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He represents both individuals and businesses in a wide range of litigation, arbitration, compliance, governance and transactional matters involving diverse industries. His clients include: employers, employees, beneficiaries, trustees, officers, directors, investors, professionals, entrepreneurs, issuers, closely held businesses, regulated entities and institutions.
Litigation and Arbitration Practice: Mr. Kline represents his clients in adversary matters primarily involving: disputes, compliance and regulatory matters involving broker-dealers, investment advisors, their registered personnel and their clientele; the defense of individuals and companies under investigation by securities regulators; federal and state securities laws violations; corporate governance, fiduciary duty and shareholder disputes; director and officer disputes; business torts, breakups, unfair competition and infringement disputes; merger and acquisition disputes; intellectual property disputes; major contract litigation; employment litigation; estate and trust litigation; and insurance coverage disputes.
Transactional Practice: Mr. Kline’s transactional practice centers on: business advisory services; restrictive covenant agreements; acquisition transactions; executive employment negotiations; joint venture, distributor, licensing and other inter-company agreements; partnership, limited liability company and corporation governance agreements; and securities-related transactions.
Professional Memberships: Mr. Kline is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association and the Atlanta Lawyers Club. He is also a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (a 1,400 member “invitation only” international bar association) wherein he has served as the Chair of its Commercial Litigation Section, a Vice Chair of its Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and a member of its Strategic Planning Committee. He is admitted to practice before all state courts in Georgia, the United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice in various courts around the country. Martindale-Hubbell has assigned Mr. Kline an “AV Preeminent” rating, reflecting that his legal peers rank him at the highest levels of ethics and legal ability.
Mediation Practice: Mr. Kline is also a Mediator who is registered as a “neutral” with the State of Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution pursuant to the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. He helps opposing parties facilitate settlements of their legal disputes. As an experienced transactional and trial attorney, Mr. Kline primarily mediates disputes that arise from complex business transactions, entity governance, fiduciary duties, securities laws and unfair competition and infringement matters.
Community Involvement: Mr. Kline is a board member of the Vi and Milton Weinstein Hospice and a board member of the Southeast Region of the Anti-Defamation League.
Publications: Mr. Kline actively writes and presents on legal topics in his fields of interest. Several of his articles appear in professional publications and have been cited in judicial decisions and legal journals, as noted below.
Co-Author: “Sticks and Stones May Break One's Bones, But Words Can Ruin A Business: Protecting Your Client From Commercial Disparagement” (Presented to the Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Law Sections of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel at its 2016 Winter Convention (The Del Coronado -- San Diego, California).
Co-Author and Presenter: “Innovation Trumps Imitation: Outrunning the Bootleggers – How to Litigate Your Client’s Counterfeit Product Claims” (Presented to the Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law and Corporate Counsel Sections of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel at its 2014 Annual Convention (The Greenbrier—White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia).
Co-Author and Presenter: “Regulation Mania: Perspectives on Dodd-Frank’s Implementation” (Presented to the Plenary Session of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel at its 2012 Annual Convention (The Whistler Fairmont Hotel – Whistler, Canada).
Co-Author and Presenter: “Officer/Director Indemnification Law: A Panoramic View” (Presented to the Commercial Litigation, Corporate Counsel and Insurance Coverage Law Sections of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel at its 2012 Winter Convention (The Arizona Biltmore Hotel – Phoenix, Arizona) and selected as the December 2012 “Article of the Month.”
Co-Author: “Selected Recent Developments in Indemnification and Advancement for Officers, Directors, Investment Managers of Hedge Funds, and Other Related Parties: Who Will Pick Up the Bill and When?” (Published by Practising Law Institute in it annual Securities Arbitration Handbook (2009 ed.): “The Market Meltdown Era: Achieving Fairness in Perception and Reality”).
Co-Author: “The U.S. Patriot Act and Related Domestic and International Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, With a Special Focus on Switzerland: Legal and Business Implications” (Published by Practising Law Institute in its annual Securities Arbitration Handbook (2004 ed.)).
Co-Author: “The Wall Street Analyst: Rise and Fall of a Rock Star” (Published by Practising Law Institute in its annual Securities Arbitration Handbook (2002 ed.)). Cited in: Yale Law Journal (November, 2003), 113 Yale L.J. 269.
Co-Author: “Liability of Clearing Firms: Traditional and Developing Perspectives” (Published by Practising Law Institute in it annual Securities Arbitration Handbook (1998 ed.)). Cited in: McDaniel v. Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. et al, 196 F.Supp.2d 343 (S.D.N.Y. 2002); In re Blech Securities Litigation, 2002 WL 31356498 (S.D.N.Y. 2002); New York University Law Review (October, 1999), 74 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1014; Brooklyn Law Review (Winter, 2001), 67 Brook. L. Rev. 479; San Diego Law Review (Fall, 2002), 39 San Diego L. Rev. 1327; Business Lawyer (May, 2003), 58 Bus. Law 917.