James F. Bogan III concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, with particular emphasis in class action, business tort, and civil RICO cases. He is the leader of the Kilpatrick Townsend Class Action Team and the Editor of the KT Class Action Blog. He has substantial experience representing clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts and arbitration tribunals, as well as coordinating the efforts of in-house and outside lawyers in significant multi-jurisdictional litigation. He is also the past Chair of the firm’s Technology and Trade Secret Litigation Team, the past Chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Appellate Practice Section, and the past Chair of the Business Torts & Civil RICO Committee (American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law).
Mr. Bogan was named to Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite” in 2008 for Business Law and again in 2012 for Technology Law. He is listed in the 2009 and 2010 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Appellate and General Commercial Litigation and again in the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions for General Commercial Litigation. Mr. Bogan is listed as #1 in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for General Commercial Litigation. He has been recognized as a Georgia “Super Lawyer” in the areas of General Litigation and Class Action/Mass Torts in 2009 and for Business Litigation in 2017 and the eight years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Bogan is recognized in the 2018 and the nine years immediately preceding editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and in the 2019 edition for Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Technology Law. Mr. Bogan was recommended in 2017 and the five years immediately preceding by Legal 500 US in the area of Trade Secret Litigation. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure’s standards and policies.
- We represent YP in a class action in federal district court in San Francisco (Northern District of California), which is now pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. We were successful in obtaining summary judgment on the class representative’s claims on the ground that plaintiff did not suffer a cognizable injury.
- Successfully represented two individuals and obtained a significant jury verdict on civil RICO, fraud and libel claims. The jury trial lasted four weeks and the case resulted in three separate appeals (to the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court), resulting in the creation of significant new precedent under the Georgia RICO Act.
- Represented Internet flower retailer in a class action advancing “e-commerce” consumer fraud claims under California’s unfair trade practices acts. The case raised complex jurisdictional and appellate issues under the Class Action Fairness Act while the case was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Also, to defend the class action, we developed survey evidence showing that only a small percentage of putative class members would have been “confused” or otherwise “deceived” by the alleged unfair trade practices. The case was ultimately settled on terms favorable to the client in a nationwide class action settlement approved by the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
- The firm served as lead counsel and scored a major victory for BellSouth Advertising & Publishing Corporation in a class action filed against the company by South Florida advertisers, seeking refunds for the time period in which delivery of the 2005-2006 directories had been allegedly delayed when Hurricane Wilma struck South Florida. The case was originally filed in federal district court in Miami but was transferred to Atlanta on our motion to enforce the mandatory forum selection clause in the terms and conditions of the advertisers’ contracts. On October 28, 2008, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Northern District of Georgia’s decision denying class certification and granting summary judgment to the company. This victory was significant because similar state-wide class actions against AT&T in California had been certified.
- The firm served as lead counsel for EyeWonder, Inc. in the Southern District of New York to enforce restrictive covenants when its former head of Western regional sales left to join the Los Angeles office of EyeWonder’s arch-competitor, New York-based EyeBlaster, Inc. EyeWonder also initiated an arbitration proceeding in Atlanta. The Southern District of New York granted EyeWonder a preliminary injunction in aid of arbitration, preventing the former employee from soliciting EyeWonder’s customers. After nearly a year of contentious proceedings, the arbitrator ruled in EyeWonder’s favor, not only enjoining the former employee from breaching the restrictive covenants in his agreement, but also ordering him to pay all of EyeWonder’s attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in the arbitration. Eyewonder, Inc. v. Abraham, Case No. 08-03579 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 3, 2010).
- The firm represented three foreign nationals who were detained by the United States government at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. On behalf of the detainees, the firm engaged in multidisciplinary actions across numerous venues, including habeas corpus litigation before the D.C. District Court, administrative proceedings before the “Interagency Review Team,” and litigation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. and U.S. Supreme Court. We also engaged in negotiations with foreign governments and non-governmental organizations in order to secure the resettlement of detainees who have been approved for release from the detention facility. In re Guantánamo Bay Detainee Litig., Misc. No. 08-0442 (D.D.C. filed July 2, 2008).
- Obtained a major victory for the firm’s client Southern Mills d/b/a TenCate Protective Fabrics in a complex arbitration proceeding involving a contract for the sale of flame-resistant (FR) fabric for the manufacture of FR battle dress uniforms for the U.S. Military. Southern Mills had contracted with an entity named Insight Holding Group (IHG) to promote the sale of Southern Mills’ FR fabric to the U.S. Military and had obligated itself to pay IHG almost $20 million on a going-forward basis in commissions for the sale of those FR fabrics. Southern Mills alleged, however, that it was misled into entering the contract by IHG’s CEO concerning the nature of his relationship with Southern Mills’ largest customer, and we sought to relieve Southern Mills of any future obligations under the contract. A panel of arbitrators agreed with Southern Mills and rejected IHG’s claim for over $17 million under the Southern Mills/IHG contract, based on the contractual doctrines of impossibility of performance and frustration of purpose. After the panel entered its award, IHG filed an independent action in the Eastern District of Virginia seeking to vacate the award. We were successful in persuading the Eastern District of Virginia to transfer the action to federal district court in Atlanta. The Atlanta federal court rejected IHG’s motion to re-transfer the action to the Eastern District of Virginia and proceeded to confirm the arbitration award, which was affirmed on appeal by the Eleventh Circuit.
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1989)
- University of Virginia, B.A., English (1985) high distinction
- Georgia (1989)
- U.S. Supreme Court
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
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