Thomas C. Grant is a Partner with Freed Grant LLC and a member of the Business Litigation and Entertainment Law practice groups. Tom helps business people handle business problems—avoiding them when possible, resolving them when sensible, and going to the mat to fight when necessary. He is an aggressive business litigator who specializes in the areas of technology, intellectual property, and real estate litigation. He also routinely counsels clients in the areas of contract drafting and negotiation, data breach liability and response, and employment matters including non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. In addition, Tom often applies his business litigation skills to disputes in other sectors of the economy, in cases involving fraud, RICO, corporate governance and ownership, dissenter’s rights, unfair competition, and debtor-creditor issues.
Tom’s technology and intellectual property practice involves trade secrets, trademarks and trade dress, copyright, infringement, unfair competition and other Lanham Act claims, defamation, social media policies and other issues, cybersquatting, email issues, data breaches, the Stored Communications Act (SCA), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the CAN-SPAM Act, as well as state laws and common law concerning privacy, technology, and intellectual property.
In his real estate and business litigation practice, Tom represents developers and other business people in matters concerning the purchase, sale, and management of consumer and commercial property, landlord-tenant issues, creditors’ rights litigation, foreclosure, confirmation actions to establish deficiency claims, and condemnation. He also represents developers and other business clients in “business divorces” involving the breakup and division of their companies and in fights about the relative rights and obligations of business owners when disputes arise, or are at least looming unpleasantly on the horizon.
Although clients look to Tom for advice as they navigate difficult and uncertain legal matters, he can only represent them well if he truly understands their personalities and business goals. This demands availability and understanding on his part so that he and his clients approach difficult and uncertain business situations together, as a team. It is just as important to Tom that his clients understand their legal situations, as it is that he understands their businesses and the nuanced facts and goals that are entrusted to him. He feels strongly that a lawyer’s job includes making sure every client understands what he or she is facing, what he or she can realistically hope to achieve with all available legal tools, and the strategic options and plans to achieve the best overall result.
Tom also endeavors to learn and understand his clients’ businesses by investing his own time to see things through their eyes and perspectives, by frequently attending industry events. This includes his more than two years of service on the board of the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association (AiMA—www.atlantaima.org), as well as frequent attendance at other technology industry groups and presentations.
Tom has extensive experience practicing in federal and state courts in Georgia and throughout the Southeast, as well as in arbitration and mediation.
Areas of Practice
Complex Business & Commercial Litigation
Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
Intellectual Property & Technology
Legal Malpractice Defense
Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor
University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Georgia state trial and appellate courts
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
Member, Board of Directors of Atlanta Interactive Media Association (AiMA), 2011-present
Member, Board of Directors of Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, 2010-present
Awards & Honors
Selected as Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of business litigation by Law and Politics and Atlanta Magazine
Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and five teenagers, attempting to play guitar and sing in his band, and serving on the board of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, an invaluable local charity dedicated to the prevention and prosecution of childhood sexual abuse (to which you can contribute by visiting www.georgiacenterforchildadvocacy.org).