Jeffrey D. Horst

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Krevolin & Horst, LLC
 | One Atlantic Center, Suite 3250, 1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-888-9594
Fax: 404-888-9577
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (40%),
  • Securities Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jeffrey D. Horst is a partner and senior litigator 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.

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. He was selected by his peers as one of the top business litigators in Atlanta by Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business 2008-2014. He has also been selected by Georgia Trend magazine multiple times as one of "Georgia's Legal Elite," among other distinctions, and Best Lawyers in America.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (40%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Intellectual Property Litigation (40%)

Securities Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

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  • Client Focus: Finding Better Value With Smaller Firms (2012) - 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.

  • The Effective Board of Directors: Limiting Risk/Maximizing Return (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.

  • About Jeffrey Horst

    Admitted: 1985, Georgia

    Professional Webpage:


    • Recipient, Rebecca Topper Memorial Award, The Ohio State University College of Law, 1983
    • America's Leading Business Lawyers 2008-2013, Chambers USA
    • AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyer: Business Litigation
    • Georgia Trend Legal Elite
    • Ohio State Moot Court Distinguished Achievement Awards, The Ohio State University College of Law, 1981,1983

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Lawyer's Club of Atlanta Executive Committee, 2009
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2006
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1989
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1985
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1985
    • Georgia, 1985
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1983
    • Ohio, 1983
    • Pro Hac Vice admissions in Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.
    • Membership Committee, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Atlanta Bar Association
    • Chair, Rules, Practice and Judiciary Committee, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Atlanta Bar Association
    • Atlanta Bar Association, Sole Practitioners/Small Firm Section
    • Chair, Courts Committee, Atlanta Bar Association, 2001 - 2002
    • Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • Chair, Judicial Poll Committee, Atlanta Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
    • Member, Atlanta Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Bond Federal Community Credit Union Board of Directors, 1990

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, Practical Litigation Issues for Closely Held Businesses, November, 2007
    • "The 10 Biggest Mistakes Physicians Make Regarding Intellectual Property", (Co-Author With David Sirna), 2005
    • Speaker, The Privilege Against Self Incrimination in Civil RICO Cases, RICO Seminar, November, 2005
    • "Georgia Supreme Court Decision on Advancing Litigation Expenses to Corporate Directors Stirs Controversy", Legal Trends, February, 1995
    • "Recent Georgia Supreme Court Decision Impacts Corporate Officers and Directors" (Co-Author), Legal Trends, February, 1995
    • "The Application of Title VII to Law Firm Partnership Decisions", 44 Ohio State Law Journal 840, 1983
    • Faculty, Emory Trial Techniques Program, 1993 - 2010
    • Lecturer, Georgia Trade Secrets Law, 1996, 2002
    • Lecturer, Trial Practice, 1997, 2001
    • Ohio State Law Journal, The Ohio State University College of Law, 1982 - 1983


    • 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

    Representative Clients:

    • Keeter v. KPMG LLP, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42767 (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ga. May 16, 2005)
    • Avado Brands, Inc. v. KPMG LLP, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96156, (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ga. March 3, 2006)
    • 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)
    • Jimmy Smith Racing Tires, Inc. v. Ashleman, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66964 (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ga. Sept.19, 2006)
    • Weprin v. J. Chandler Peterson, 736 F. Supp. 1131 (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ga. 1988)
    • Wiederhold v. Wheeler, 266 Ga. App. 178, 596 S.E.2d 703 (Georgia Court of Appeals 2004)
    • Service Corp. Int'l v. H.M. Patterson & Son, Inc., 263 Ga. 412, 434 S.E. 2d 455 (Supreme Court of Georgia 1993)
    • Leisure Time Techs. v. Johnson
    • Evans Tech. v. High Path Group, LLC
    • Atlantic Investment Mgmt., LLC v. Coglianese
    • Westpark Walk Owners LLC v. Stewart Holdings LLC, 288 Ga. App. 633; 655 S.E.2d 254 (2007)
    • Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Elizabethtown, Inc. v. The Coca-Cola Co., (U.S.D.C., Delaware)
    • Grace Bros., Ltd. v. Farley Indus., Inc., 264 Ga. 817, 450 S.E.2d 814 (Ga. 1994)
    • Centre Equities, Inc. v. Legacy
    • TUG Liquidation, LLC v. Atwood, 2004 Bankr. LEXIS 2383  (Bankr. M.D.N.C. June 16, 2004)
    • Delta Airlines v. Blue Panorama Airlines
    • Mixon v. Perical Solutions LLC, (2007)
    • 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)
    • Petroleum Logistics Corp. v. IBS Software (2007)
    • Oliver and derivative plaintiff AgGeorgia Farm Credit v. William Newberry and Alton Thornton (2009)
    • Stewart v. Smith, 291 Ga. App. 86 (2008)
    • 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)
    • Avnet, Inc. v. Wyle Labs., Inc., 263 Ga. 615, 437 S.E.2d 302 (Ga. 1993)
    • Professional Energy Management, Inc. v. Necaise, 2009 WL 3050598 (Ga.App. Sept. 25, 2009)
    • M. Vincent Murphy III v. Robert A. McMaster, 2009 WL No. S09A0799
    • Hansen & Hansen Enterprises, Inc. et al. v. SCSJ Enterprises, Inc. et al., 2009 WL 1980940 (Ga.App.)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Best Lawyers in America--Business Litigation, 2013
    • Chambers USA "America's Leading Business Lawyers", 2013
    • ALM & Martindale-Hubbell's "Georgia Top Rated Lawyer", 2012
    • Chambers USA "America's Leading Business Lawyers", 2012
    • Georgia Trend Legal Elite, 2012
    • Chambers USA "America's Leading business Lawyers", 2011
    • Atlanta Magazine/Law & Politics Super Lawyers, 2011
    • Atlanta Magazine, Law & Politics Super Lawyers, 2010
    • Chambers USA "America's Leading business Lawyers", 2010
    • Chambers USA "America's Leading Business Lawyers", 2009
    • Chambers USA "America's Leading Business Lawyers", 2008

    Educational Background:

    • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio, J.D., 1983
    • Miami University, B.Ph., 1979

    Industry Groups

    • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Bond Community Federal Credit Union
    • Lawyers Club Of Atlanta
    • Member
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    One Atlantic Center, Suite 3250
    1201 West Peachtree Street NW
    Atlanta, GA 30309

    Phone: 404-888-9594

    Fax: 404-888-9577

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