Joel D. Bush concentrates his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on information technology and software disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, business torts, restrictive covenant, and technology license disputes. Mr. Bush has litigated disputes arising out of computer hardware installations, software implementations, network design projects, and other technology implementations.
Mr. Bush regularly represents software and technology companies in claims based on fraud, breach of contract, and negligence arising out of implementation problems, network design issues, software performance, and system compatibility problems. He has represented employers and employees in disputes arising out of restrictive covenant agreements.
Mr. Bush routinely litigates trade secret disputes and he has particular experience in trade secret claims arising out of software development. Mr. Bush also represents commercial parties in contract, indemnity, and related claims. He has appeared in federal and state courts and is also experienced in arbitration.
Mr. Bush joined the firm in 1993. Before attending law school, he worked on Capitol Hill as the Legislative Director for a member of Congress. Mr. Bush has been recognized as a Georgia “Super Lawyer” in General Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine. He was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2017 and 2018 for Technology Law and in 2019 for Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Technology Law. Mr. Bush was recommended by Legal 500 US in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for Trade Secrets Litigation. He was named to Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite” in 2013 for General Practice and is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
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- Represented HMV Group, an entertainment retailer, in a dispute arising out of a software license agreement in the e-commerce area. After an arbitration proceeding the matter settled favorably.
- Represented Manhattan Associates who hired an employee who had previously worked for competitor. The employee did not have a non-compete obligation in favor of former employer. After our client hired the employee, the competitor filed suit in Minneapolis alleging “inevitable disclosure” and seeking a TRO to enjoin its former employee from working for our client. We successfully defeated the motion for TRO. In March 2006, we defeated temporary restraining order sought by plaintiff (to enjoin defendant’s employment with Manhattan Associates).
- Serves as outside counsel for Manhattan Associates Inc., a supply chain management and logistics software company, in connection with implementation disputes, license disputes and breach of non-compete agreements.
- Assisted Manhattan Associates Inc., a supply chain management and logistics software company, with the defense of claims filed arising from a software implementation. We settled this case favorably for our client far below the plaintiff’s original claim.
- Represented Siemens Automation & Energy, a software company providing electrical, engineering and automation solutions in the energy, industrial manufacturing and construction industries, related to software license and marketing dispute.
- Represented large e-commerce software company in case involving implementation of multiple software programs. Claims alleged included fraud, breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation, and state statutory claims.
- Served as litigation counsel for B&L Tech Company Inc. (B&L), formerly known as StatSignal Systems Inc. (SSI), a mesh wireless networking systems and applications company, in connection with the defense of an alleged breach of “right of first offer” obligation purportedly contained in a series of complex patent licensing agreements. In 2004, SSI’s inventor formed a separate patent licensing company, SIPCO LLC (SIPCO), and then asserted patent infringement claims against an affiliate of Landis + Gyr, Inc. (L+G). In 2006, SSI sold all of its assets, including its patent assets, to Hunt Technologies LLC (Hunt), an affiliate of L+G, in a transaction valued at $30 million. SIPCO then sued B&L for breach of an alleged “right of first offer” and pressed the Court to “unwind” B&L’s 2006 asset transfer to Hunt. In 2007, the court denied SIPCO’s motion for injunctive relief against B&L and Hunt. A substantial damage claim was also asserted against B&L on the contract claims. B&L filed six separate motions for summary judgments. In September 2009, the court issued an order that granted five of B&L’s six motions for summary judgment. Plaintiffs’ right of first offer claim against B&L and plaintiffs’ extraordinarily high damage claim against B&L were fully dismissed from the case. IPCO, LLC, et al., v. Cellnet Technology, Inc., et al., 660 F. Supp. 2d 1351 (N.D. Ga. 2009).
- The firm served as lead counsel for a Georgia-based software developer in a factually complex theft of trade secrets case involving the copying and misappropriation of source code files relating to the e-mail attachment viewing technology used in handheld devices. Suit was filed on behalf of software developer in October 2003, alleging claims against competitors, and former executives of competitor for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and other claims. Defendants’ motion to dismiss was defeated, and developer successfully moved to compel production of defendants’ source code pertaining to the technology in question, and defeated defendants’ omnibus motions for summary judgment and Daubert motions. The case settled for a confidential amount shortly before a three-week trial was scheduled to begin.
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1993)
- Emory University, B.A., English and Political Science (1986) summa cum laude
- District of Columbia (1995)
- Georgia (1994)
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