Maggie M. Heim

Maggie M. Heim

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: 2019 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009, 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%),
  • Securities Litigation (10%),
  • Family Law (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Maggie Heim represents clients in complex litigation matters in both the Federal and State court systems.  She has earned a reputation as a skilled advocate who is unwilling to accept less than the best result for her clients.  Maggie has been recognized for excellence in the practice of law by numerous independent attorney rating services, including Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, Legal Elite, and Avvo.

    About Maggie Heim

    Admitted: 2004, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.atlantalawfirm.net/attorneys/maggie-m-heim/

    Honors/Awards:

    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for excellent achievement in the study of Electronic Commerce, Georgia State University College of Law, 2004
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for excellent achievement in the study of Insurance Law, Georgia State University College of Law, 2004
    • Best Lawyer, Middle Tennessee State University Mock Trial Tournament, 1999
    • On The Rise, The Daily Report, 2016
    • Honors in Litigation Award, Georgia State University College of Law, 2003
    • Outstanding Attorney, American Mock Trial Association, 2000
    • Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2020
    • Avvo Rating: 10.0, Avvo, 2016
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for excellent achievement in the study of Advance ADR, Georgia State University College of Law, 2004
    • Outstanding Attorney, American Mock Trial Association, 1999
    • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State Bar of Georgia; Georgia Association for Women Lawyers; Professional Liability Section of the State Bar of Georgia

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Girl Scouts mentor, 2012
    • Volunteer Judge for the Southeast Regional College Mock Trial Tournament held by The American Mock Trial Association, 2011
    • Project Open Hand, food preparation for seniors and homebound critically ill persons, 2012
    • Volunteer Judge for the Southeast Regional College Mock Trial Tournament held by The American Mock Trial Association, 2012
    • Atlanta Community Food Bank, Georgia Legal Food Frenzy contributor, 2012

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Research Contributor for Politics in Georgia by Arnold Fleischmann and Carol Pierannunzi, second edition, 2007
    • Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Since Napster, Author, Law and the Internet, Georgia State University College of Law, 2002

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • In a child custody proceeding, we represented two minor children who were over the age of 14 and had the right under Georgia law to state a selection of the parent or parents with whom they wished to live. The court adopted our clients' selection and our proposed custodial schedule., 2006
    • 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
    • In a professional malpractice case against an architectural firm that committed many errors and omissions in the planning, design, and supervision of the construction of a large public facility, we obtained a settlement on behalf of the developer for the entire amount of the architectural firm's liability insurance policy., 2006
    • A husband in a pending divorce and child custody action hired us after his former attorney allowed his case to languish for years while his family lived in a state of uncertainty. Within a few months, we concluded a successful trial. Our client got the child custody arrangement he wanted, the parties' assets were divided fairly, the children's college account was preserved for college, our client's spouse was obligated to pay off the debt she had needlessly incurred after the divorce action was filed, and our client was required to pay less alimony and for a shorter duration than he had offered to pay before trial., 2006
    • On behalf of a company that had been assigned a series of promissory notes as compensation in a business transaction, we collected several million dollars from debtors who had defaulted on the notes., 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., 2011
    • We successfully defended the executrix of an estate against allegations of fraud and mismanagement. All claims against the executrix were dismissed., 2005
    • We won a complete defense verdict in favor of a multi-level marketing company against a French distributor who claimed damages of $3.5 million. In addition, we won approximately $50,000 on a counterclaim., 2015
    • Successfully defended a Georgia peanut blanching company in a contractual dispute with Conagra in which Conagra sought several million dollars from our client. The case was dismissed in a complete victory for our client., 2010
    • We represented shareholders of a company that was also an alleged victim of a "death spiral" financing conspiracy. The defendants allegedly manipulated the company's stock using a multi-tiered offshore structure, took over the company, took valuable assets from the company through a series of self-dealing transactions, and left the company insolvent. Our clients obtained a favorable settlement., 2009
    • In an arbitration proceeding, we successfully defended homeowners against the company they hired to perform major landscaping and renovation work. The homeowners were absolved from paying the balance of their contract, the mechanic's lien on their home was cancelled, and the arbitrator awarded our clients additional compensatory damages for the defective work and their attorney fees. Subsequently, the homeowners won an additional award of attorney fees after the landscape company attempted to thwart collection of the award. The homeowners collected the entire judgment and post-judgment interest from the sale of real property owned by the company's owner., 2006

    Representative Clients:

    • Albany Tomorrow, Inc., American Blanching Company, The Bank of New York Mellon, Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited, First Empire Corporation, GE Capital Equity Investments, Inc., Hall Family Investments, L.P., HTG Corp., Hyperdynamics Corporation, New Health Care Management Group, Inc., Noro-Moseley Partners, Virginia Mutual Insurance Company, Zyman Company, Inc.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • The Georgia House of Representatives adopted a Resolution, H. R. No. 486, commending Maggie's achievements on the Mock Trial Team, 1999

    Educational Background:

    • Kennesaw State University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2000
    • Georgia State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2004
    • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Building Trial Skills Training Program, 2010
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    Office Location for Maggie M. Heim

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

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