Jeffrey D. Horst

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

Krevolin & Horst, LLC
Jeffrey D. Horst
Krevolin & Horst, LLC

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1985

Education: The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2024

Krevolin & Horst, LLC

One Atlantic Center, Suite 3250
1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309 Visit website


Attorney Jeffrey D. Horst is a founder at Krevolin & Horst LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Jeff handles a wide variety of business related disputes in the areas of appeals, business torts, contracts, corporate governance, covenants not to compete, employment, entertainment, franchise, insurance coverage, intellectual property, officer and director liability, professional liability, securities litigation, shareholder disputes, and trade secrets.

Mr. Horst is well-known for his successful track record of handling complex, high-profile trial and appellate cases throughout the nation. He has tried cases in five states, including Avnet v. Wyle, achieving a jury verdict that The National Law Journal deemed as a one of the top 10 defense verdicts of the year. Many of his cases have received media attention in The New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and others.  On the plaintiff's side, Mr. Horst also has obtained millions of dollars for his clients through trial or settlement.

Mr. Horst is a Fellow in the American Academy of Trial Counsel. Less than half a percent of lawyers are selected for this honor nationwide. Jeff has been selected by his peers as one of the top business litigators in Atlanta by Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business 2008-2022. He has also been selected by Super Lawyers every year since 2004 (including Top 100), Georgia Trend as one of "Georgia's Legal Elite," among other distinctions, and Best Lawyers in America among other distinctions.

In addition to his trial work for both plaintiffs and defendants, Mr. Horst regularly arbitrates cases.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation

Focus areas

Non-Compete Agreements, Trade Secret

  • 50% Business Litigation
  • 30% Securities Litigation
  • 20% Intellectual Property Litigation

First Admitted: 1983, Ohio

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Bond Federal Community Credit Union Board of Directors (1990-2010) Urban League or Atlanta Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2016 to present)
Representative Clients:
  • Avnet, Inc. v. Wyle Labs., Inc., 263 Ga. 615, 437 S.E.2d 302 (Ga. 1993)
  • Chemence, Inc. v. MacDermid Printing Solutions, L.L.C., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24346 (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ga. April 27, 2006)
  • Delta Airlines v. Blue Panorama Airlines
  • Grace Bros., Ltd. v. Farley Indus., Inc., 264 Ga. 817, 450 S.E.2d 814 (Ga. 1994)
  • Oliver and derivative plaintiff AgGeorgia Farm Credit v. William Newberry and Alton Thornton (2009)
  • Atlantic Investment Mgmt., LLC v. Coglianese
  • Huffman v. Armenia, 284 Ga. App. 822, 645 S.E.2d 23 (2007), cert denied sub nom., Wilkinson v. Huffman, 2007 Ga. LEXIS 554 (Ga. July 12, 2007)
  • Service Corp. Int'l v. H.M. Patterson & Son, Inc., 263 Ga. 412, 434 S.E. 2d 455 (Supreme Court of Georgia 1993)
  • Professional Energy Management, Inc. v. Necaise, 2009 WL 3050598 (Ga.App. Sept. 25, 2009)
  • Jimmy Smith Racing Tires, Inc. v. Ashleman, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66964 (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ga. Sept.19, 2006)
  • Petroleum Logistics Corp. v. IBS Software (2007)
  • Keeter v. KPMG LLP, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42767 (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ga. May 16, 2005)
  • Centre Equities, Inc. v. Legacy
  • Westpark Walk Owners LLC v. Stewart Holdings LLC, 288 Ga. App. 633; 655 S.E.2d 254 (2007)
  • Stewart v. Smith, 291 Ga. App. 86 (2008)
  • Leisure Time Techs. v. Johnson
  • M. Vincent Murphy III v. Robert A. McMaster, 2009 WL No. S09A0799
  • Weprin v. J. Chandler Peterson, 736 F. Supp. 1131 (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ga. 1988)
  • Ledford v. Smith, 274 Ga. App. 714, 618 S.E. 2d 627 (2005), (reconsideration denied), cert. denied, Ledford v. Smith, 2005 Ga. LEXIS 868 (Nov. 18, 2005)
  • Avado Brands, Inc. v. KPMG LLP, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96156, (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ga. March 3, 2006)
  • TUG Liquidation, LLC v. Atwood, 2004 Bankr. LEXIS 2383  (Bankr. M.D.N.C. June 16, 2004)
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Elizabethtown, Inc. v. The Coca-Cola Co., (U.S.D.C., Delaware)
  • Hansen & Hansen Enterprises, Inc. et al. v. SCSJ Enterprises, Inc. et al., 2009 WL 1980940 (Ga.App.)
  • Evans Tech. v. High Path Group, LLC
  • Mixon v. Perical Solutions LLC, (2007)
  • Wiederhold v. Wheeler, 266 Ga. App. 178, 596 S.E.2d 703 (Georgia Court of Appeals 2004)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Ohio State Law Journal, The Ohio State University College of Law, 1982 - 1983
  • Speaker, Practical Litigation Issues for Closely Held Businesses, November, 2007
  • Speaker, The Privilege Against Self Incrimination in Civil RICO Cases, RICO Seminar, November, 2005
  • Faculty, Emory Trial Techniques Program, 1993 - 2010
  • Lecturer, Trial Practice, 1997, 2001
  • Lecturer, Georgia Trade Secrets Law, 1996, 2002
  • "The Application of Title VII to Law Firm Partnership Decisions", 44 Ohio State Law Journal 840, 1983
  • "Recent Georgia Supreme Court Decision Impacts Corporate Officers and Directors" (Co-Author), Legal Trends, February, 1995
  • "Georgia Supreme Court Decision on Advancing Litigation Expenses to Corporate Directors Stirs Controversy", Legal Trends, February, 1995
  • "The 10 Biggest Mistakes Physicians Make Regarding Intellectual Property", (Co-Author With David Sirna), 2005
  • Ohio State Moot Court Distinguished Achievement Awards, The Ohio State University College of Law, 1981,1983
  • AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyer: Business Litigation
  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite
  • Recipient, Rebecca Topper Memorial Award, The Ohio State University College of Law, 1983
  • America's Leading Business Lawyers 2008-2022, Chambers USA, n/a
Educational Background:
  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio, J.D., 1983
  • Miami University, B.Ph., 1979
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1989
  • Chair, Judicial Poll Committee, Atlanta Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Sole Practitioners/Small Firm Section
  • Lawyer's Club of Atlanta Executive Committee, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2006
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Chair, Courts Committee, Atlanta Bar Association, 2001 - 2002
  • Membership Committee, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1985
  • Pro Hac Vice admissions in Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Chair, Rules, Practice and Judiciary Committee, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Ohio, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1985
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Chambers USA "America's Leading business Lawyers", 2010
  • Atlanta Magazine, Law & Politics Super Lawyers, 2010
  • Chambers USA "America's Leading business Lawyers", 2011
  • Chambers USA "America's Leading Business Lawyers", 2009
  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite, 2012
  • Chambers USA "America's Leading Business Lawyers", 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America--Business Litigation, 2013
  • Chambers USA "America's Leading Business Lawyers", 2008
  • Chambers USA "America's Leading Business Lawyers", 2013
  • Atlanta Magazine/Law & Politics Super Lawyers, 2011
  • ALM & Martindale-Hubbell's "Georgia Top Rated Lawyer", 2012
White Papers:
  • The recession has had a profound effect on the purchase of legal services by corporate counsel. In many companies, the paradigm has shifted from using the largest firms, because that is the safe harbor option, to engaging smaller and/or boutique firms. In some instances, this is occurring because large firm partners are leaving and joining or starting smaller firms, and clients are following their lawyers. In other instances, clients are presenting unprecedented opportunities for high-quality small firms to compete for their business, precipitated by budgetary and economic constraints., Client Focus: Finding Better Value With Smaller Firms, 2012
  • This article is written from the perspective of a trial lawyer who was brought in shortly before the commencement of a two-week trial to defend the chief executive officer and the executive vice president of a large financial institution who were defendants with the company in a shareholder derivative suit. This is not a tome on fiduciary duties of directors replete with footnotes and commentary on the nuances of the latest cases out of the Delaware Chancery court. Rather, this article is a short distillation of a presentation given to boards of directors coupled with some insights gained from trial – one of the few, if not the only, shareholder derivative cases ever tried in Georgia. The goal is to help directors not only lessen the likelihood they will become embroiled in a shareholder suit, but also to perform their responsibilities as a director more effectively which should, in turn, help their companies function better and more profitably., The Effective Board of Directors: Limiting Risk/Maximizing Return, 2012
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • David J. Pearson v. Travis Pruitt & Associates, Inc. and TPA Acquisition Company  This case involved the Defendant’s failure to pay a promissory note and guarantee arising from the sale of the assets of a surveying company, Pearson & Associates, to Defendant, TPA Acquisition Company.  The note was guaranteed by Travis Pruitt & Associates.  Defendants refused to pay alleging fraud and other counterclaims asserting the assets were worth far less than the purchase price. Defendants sought compensatory and punitive damages and attorneys fees in excess of $500,000.  With documents produced by Defendants the week before trial, Plaintiffs were able to show during the cross examination of Defendants’ CEO Travis Pruitt that Defendants had internally valued the purchased assets for far more than the purchase price.  The jury awarded Plaintiffs the full amount requested and rejected Defendants’ counterclaims. , 2012
Industry Groups:
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Bond Community Federal Credit Union (30 yrs BOD)
  • Federal Nominations Advisory Commission 2021-22
  • Lawyers Club Of Atlanta (Past President)
  • Urban League of Greater Atlanta Executive Committee/BOD

Office location for Jeffrey D. Horst

One Atlantic Center, Suite 3250
1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: 404-888-9594

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