Edwin J. Schklar

Edwin J. Schklar

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Schklar & Heim, LLC
 | 945 East Paces Ferry Road, Suite 2250, Resurgens Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-888-0100
Fax: 404-888-0001
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2007, 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Securities Litigation (10%),
  • Family Law (10%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    We are a small civil litigation boutique. Edwin J. Schklar, spent his first four years of practice as a prosecutor for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. Edwin returned to Atlanta and practiced at one of the world’s largest law firms, Jones Day. Edwin has conducted more than 200 trials in Federal and State courts, which is extremely unusual for most civil litigators. Edwin subsequently decided to create a small law firm that limits its practice solely to civil litigation and to provide the highest level of legal services in a setting that allows for greater efficiency and more reasonable fee arrangements than many large firms. In short, Edwin created our firm to provide clients with better service at better prices. Consequently, we successfully represent very large clients, as well as small businesses and individuals.

    About Edwin Schklar

    Admitted: 1980, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: http://www.atlantalawfirm.net/lawyer-attorney-1824469.html

    Honors/Awards:

    • Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers, ALM, 2012
    • Selected, Outstanding Lawyers of America
    • Selected for entry in US News and World Report's Best Lawyers in America for the last several years., Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, 2020
    • Atlanta's Leading Attorneys, Top 50, Atlanta Business Chronicle
    • Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine, 2012, 2013, 2014
    • Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Rated 10.0/10.0 by AVVO

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member of the Managing Partners Committee of the Atlanta Bar Association
    • Member of the American Bar Association
    • Member of the State Bar of Georgia
    • Member of the Atlanta Bar Association Litigation Section

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Confidential.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • The corruption of American democracy, Author, Americans Have a Right to be Upset, Daily Report, American Lawyer Media, Law, 2011
    • Tax policy and political corruption that destroys the middle class., Author, Stealth Attack Leads to Vanishing Middle Class, Daily Report, American Lawyer Media, Law, 2012

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • We represented the trustee of a family trust who was sued by two siblings for more than $2 million for alleged breach of trust.  We won a complete victory in a jury trial for our client, plus we won every penny of our requested attorneys' fees and litigation expenses., 2018
    • We won a caveat of a Will and had the Will invalidated on behalf of the decedent's family in a case where our clients asserted that the decedent's second wife took advantage of his diminished condition during the last days of his life. Our victory with the jury was unanimously affirmed by the Supreme Court of Georgia. See Sullivan v. Sullivan, 273 Ga. 130, 539 S.E. 2d 120 (2000). The trial judge stated that it was the only caveat he had ever known to be successful where the Will was drafted by an attorney and the attorney was present during the signing of the Will., 2000
    • We represented plaintiffs in a consumer class action lawsuit against a national cellular phone company that our clients alleged had intentionally overcharged its customers. We prevailed against the cellular phone company's motion for summary judgment, which paved the way for a jury trial. See Sharple v. AirTouch Cellular of Ga., Inc., 250 Ga. App. 216, 551 S.E. 2d 87 (2001). Thereafter, our clients' claims were resolved in a favorable settlement., 2001
    • We represented a company that was one of many victims of an alleged conspiracy by the defendants to defraud and manipulate the market in the securities of a number of United States companies to which the defendants provided "toxic convertible" or "death spiral" financing. We uncovered the multi-tiered offshore structure used by the defendants to conduct their death spiral scheme, which was designed to conceal the identities of the persons and entities actually providing the financing and conducting the market manipulation. The defendants that did not reside in Georgia attempted to avoid liability by asserting that Georgia courts did not have personal jurisdiction over them. The Court of Appeals of Georgia held that the nonresident defendants were subject to jurisdiction in Georgia because they engaged in a conspiracy with the Georgia defendants and conducted the financing transaction in Georgia. See Hyperdynamics Corp. v. Southridge Capital Management, LLC, 305 Ga. App. 283, 699 S.E. 2d 456 (2010). The Court of Appeals victory resulted in an advantageous settlement for our client., 2010
    • We successfully represented some of America's largest companies in a legal malpractice action against a large, international law firm. Our clients asserted that the attorneys wrongly drafted a provision in a complex financial document that harmed their former clients' investment and caused their former clients to pay several million dollars to fix the error. We achieved many victories on behalf of our clients in the trial court that were affirmed in a unanimous decision of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, such as the grant of partial summary judgment against the law firm, eliminating most of its defenses, the defeat of the law firm's motion for summary judgment, and the disqualification and exclusion of the opinions of the law firm's key expert witnesses. See Alston & Bird LLP v. Mellon Ventures II, L.P., 307 Ga. App. 640, 706 S.E. 2d 652 (2010). The Court of Appeals decision is also the first in Georgia specifically upholding the inherent authority of a trial court to appoint a private attorney as special master to issue reports and recommendations to the court as to the disposition of substantive and evidentiary issues., 2010
    • In a large case involving construction defects with more than one hundred witnesses and several thousand exhibits, we won a judgment of $2.5 million, which compensated our client for all of its damages and litigation expenses. See Fulton Federal Savings & Loan Association of Atlanta v. American Insurance Co., 143 F.R.D. 292 (N.D. Ga. 1991)., 1991

    Representative Clients:

    • Spectrum Spine IP Holdings, LLC, 2020
    • Albany Tomorrow, Inc., American Blanching Company, The Bank of New York Mellon, Cornerstone Support, Inc., Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited, First Empire Corporation, The G A Group, Inc., GE Capital Equity Investments, Inc., Hall Family Investments, L.P., HTG Corp., Hyperdynamics Corporation, New Health Care Management Group, Inc., Noro-Moseley Partners, Site-Pro, Inc., Tridia Corporation, Virginia Mutual Insurance Company, and Zyman Company, Inc.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Editor of the Emory Law Journal

    Educational Background:

    • Emory University Business School, M.B.A., 1980
    • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1980
    • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1976

    Industry Groups

    • American Bar Association
    • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Atlanta Bar Association Managing Partners Committee
    • State Bar Of Georgia
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    Office Location for Edwin J. Schklar

    945 East Paces Ferry Road
    Suite 2250, Resurgens Plaza
    Atlanta, GA 30326

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    Last Updated: 9/7/2020

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