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Eric Barton

Senior Counsel

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 885-6772
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Mr. Barton is a trial lawyer who prides himself on being an efficient, practical advisor, understanding the importance of targeted litigation efforts and a common sense approach to resolving disagreements.  Because prevailing at an arbitration or trial is typically not the ultimate goal in a business dispute, Mr. Barton devotes a significant portion of his time counseling his clients on issues related to pre-trial resolution and avoidance of commercial disputes.  If litigation is necessary, however, Mr. Barton brings with him significant first-chair experience and a long history of jury trial and arbitration victories.

Consistently recognized by his peers as top litigator in Georgia by Super Lawyers (2010-2016), Mr. Barton’s practice primarily focuses on complex business disputes and financial services litigation, including a wide variety of claims involving:

  • Trade Secrets
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate 
  • Construction
  • Product Liability

A frequent speaker and blogger on trade secret and non-compete issues, Mr. Barton regularly advises clients on how to best safeguard their trade secrets, confidential information, and valuable customer relationships, particularly in environments where sensitive electronic information is at stake.  Mr. Barton also has substantial experience with obtaining and defending against temporary restraining orders and other emergency injunctive relief.

An active member in the Atlanta community, Mr. Barton sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and is a long time pro bono volunteer with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.  He formerly clerked for Judge Rowland W. Barnes at Fulton County Superior Court.

Mr. Barton is a trial lawyer who prides himself on being an efficient, practical advisor, understanding the importance of targeted litigation efforts and a common sense approach to resolving disagreements.  Because prevailing at an arbitration or trial is typically not the ultimate goal in a business dispute, Mr. Barton devotes a significant portion of his time counseling his clients on issues related to pre-trial resolution and avoidance of commercial disputes.  If litigation is necessary, however, Mr. Barton brings with him significant first-chair experience and a long history of jury trial and arbitration victories.

Consistently recognized by his peers as top litigator in Georgia by Super Lawyers (2010-2016), Mr. Barton’s practice primarily focuses on complex business disputes and financial services litigation, including a wide variety of claims involving:

  • Trade Secrets
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate 
  • Construction
  • Product Liability

A frequent speaker and blogger on trade secret and non-compete issues, Mr. Barton regularly advises clients on how to best safeguard their trade secrets, confidential information, and valuable customer relationships, particularly in environments where sensitive electronic information is at stake.  Mr. Barton also has substantial experience with obtaining and defending against temporary restraining orders and other emergency injunctive relief.

An active member in the Atlanta community, Mr. Barton sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and is a long time pro bono volunteer with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.  He formerly clerked for Judge Rowland W. Barnes at Fulton County Superior Court.

Education

  • J.D., Emory University School of Law (2003)
    Moot Court Order of Advocates; Intellectual Property Special Team (Saul Lefkowitz Competition)
  • B.A., Emory University (2000)

Admissions

  • Georgia

Affiliations

  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, active volunteer (2009-Present)
  • LEAD Atlanta, Class of 2011
  • Association of General Contractors, Young Leaders Program (2010-2011)
  • United Way of Greater Atlanta, Young Professional Leaders, Advisory Board Member (2011-2013)
  • PEDS, Board Member (2010-2014)
  • Everybody Wins, Volunteer
  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer
  • Lamar Inn of Court, Member
  • Emory Crew Alumni Association, Board Member

Representative Engagements

  • Successfully obtained a six-figure jury trial award for a national water company against the seller of missing equipment (including an award of attorneys’ fees). This particular jury trial victory was profiled on the front page of the January 9, 2012 edition of The Fulton County Daily Report.
  • Successfully obtained extremely favorable, seven-figure settlement for the plaintiff midway through a multi-week jury trial in a trade secret/non-compete matter
  • Successfully obtained a six-figure arbitration award (including an award of attorney’s fees) for a national tire manufacturer in a breach of contract dispute concerning escrow funds. 
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment (and an award of attorneys’ fees) for a national construction company by establishing that plaintiff’s claims were barred by the applicable statute of limitations. 
  • Successfully overturned a trial court’s denial of summary judgment for a national construction company, clarifying South Carolina law as it relates to the recovery of liquidated damages. 
  • Successfully obtained a temporary restraining order against a California resident to prevent the violation of a non-compete agreement in a highly contested restrictive covenant matter pending in Connecticut federal court.
  • Successfully negotiated and obtained a sizeable settlement for a national automotive parts manufacturer in a trade secret dispute before conducting any formal discovery. 
  • Successfully negotiated and obtained a six-figure settlement on the eve of trial for a national trucking company against a former employee for misappropriation of corporate opportunities. 
  • Successfully appealed the denial of a re-zoning application for a Georgia quarry company, overturning an adverse BZA ruling and permitting future expansion. 
  • Successfully defeated an employer’s motion for a temporary restraining order against its former CEO, who left to join a competitor. 
  • Successfully defeated a security company’s breach of contract claim for alleged non-payment by obtaining a complete “defense verdict” for national supermarket chain. 
  • Successfully obtained an emergency temporary restraining order for a national medical sales company, preventing the continued misappropriation of its trade secrets and confidential information. 
  • Successfully negotiated highly favorable settlement for national mortgage broker accused of fraud.
 

Presentations

  • Presenter, "Anatomy of a Deal: Due Diligence Regarding Litigation," Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Atlanta, GA (April 12, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Trade Secret and Non-compete Legislative Updates,” AIPLA Trade Secret Law Summit, Atlanta, GA (March 2, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Trade Secret Audits: You can't protect what you don't know you have,” Webinar, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 16, 2016)
  • Presenter, "Anatomy of a Deal: Litigation Due Diligence," Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Atlanta, GA (April 14, 2016)
  • Presenter, "So You Want an Injunction in a Non-Compete or Trade Secret Case?" Webinar, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 24, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Employee Social Networking: Protecting Your Trade Secrets in Social Media,” Webinar, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (May 28, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Applying the Rules of Civil Procedure in Georgia," National Business Institute (March 25, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Security Deposit Law," Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Speaker, "The Ins-and-Outs of the Georgia Trade Secrets Act," Trade Secrets Seminar, presented by The State Bar of Georgia’s YLD Labor & Employment Committee (December 3, 2014)
  • Speaker, “Contract Law Tutorial and Litigation Avoidance for Non-Lawyers” (October 17, 2014)

Publications

Accolades

  • Georgia Trend Magazine “Rising Star,” (2010-2016)

Media Mentions

  • Quoted, “Trade Secret Cases Surge as Race for New Tech, Top Talent Heats Up,” Internet Law Resource Center (May 10, 2017)