Michael J. Breslin focuses his practice on technology-based litigation, privacy and data security issues, counseling clients in the Fintech sector and class action defense. Mr. Breslin has direct experience with data privacy and security breach issues, litigation involving claims concerning trade secret misappropriation, confidential information and computer systems protection, consumer class action defense (particularly in the internet retailing area), software licensing and implementation, unfair and deceptive e-commerce practices, e-mail and digital media marketing, and restrictive covenant drafting and litigation. Mr. Breslin is a member of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Class Action Team and co-chairs the firm’s Fintech group. He has experience litigating and settling consumer class actions involving claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other federal statutes. He is also skilled in electronic discovery and computer forensics evidence, and has represented some of the nation’s largest online and technology-focused service providers and retailers, including Fortune 500 companies, in a variety of matters.
Mr. Breslin has been recognized as a Georgia “Rising Star” for General Litigation in 2018 and the seven years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine.
- Representing a global leader in information solutions in numerous individual and class actions arising out of consumer credit and credit rating disputes.
- Represented clients, including temporary staffing agencies and a worldwide provider of consumer transaction technologies, in the defense of multiple class actions involving claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Represented clients in obtaining approval of class action settlements and administrating class settlement funds.
- The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of a major physician staffing and placement firm in an action against a competitor and former employee to recover trade secret computer data (including customer and client data) misappropriated from our client’s secure database. The case ultimately settled, with the defendants agreeing to reimburse our client for its attorneys’ fees and agreeing to injunctive relief protecting our client’s data.
- Served as local counsel and lead trial counsel for Dash Crofts, of Seals & Crofts, a popular 1970s folk rock group, in a federal lawsuit raising claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and punitive damages. Reduced the amount in controversy to approximately $2 million by filing a successful motion for summary judgment. Tried the remaining issues to a jury, which a returned a defense verdict on the claims for breach of contract and punitive damages claims and awarded zero dollars in damages on the fiduciary duty claim.
- Represents an engineering and manufacturing firm accused of developing machinery using the confidential information and trade secrets of a supplier of the same type of machinery in breach of a distribution agreement and trade secret statutes. The matter involves AAA Arbitration in Chicago, Illinois, that is being administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution – AAA because the contract concerns international arbitration. The opposing party resisted arbitration and the firm first had to secure orders in federal courts in W.D. of Washington and N.D. of Illinois before arbitration of all disputes was compelled by the court in the N.D. of Illinois.
- The firm served as lead counsel in litigation against our client’s insurance broker and several major insurance carriers, including AIG, Travelers, Zurich and ACE, alleging that various agreements between the carriers and the broker providing for payment of so-called “back end” or “contingent” commissions violated Florida law. The lawsuit included claims for breach of fiduciary duty, RICO, antitrust conspiracy and other Florida state law claims. Disagreeing with rulings (later overturned by the Third Circuit) entered by a federal court in New Jersey rejecting federal antitrust and RICO claims alleged in a putative nationwide class action, the Florida trial court issued what was the first significant ruling upholding the state law causes of action that had been alleged. After three more years of vigorous litigation and discovery involving production by defendants of more than 18 million pages of documents and 38 depositions, the case settled on terms favorable to the client. Office Depot, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., 21 Mealey’s Litig. Rep. Ins. Bad Faith 20; 2007 WL 3339228 (Fla. Cir .Ct., Palm Beach County Sept. 24, 2007).
- University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (2005)cum laude
- University of Georgia, B.B.A., Management of Information Systems (2002) summa cum laude
- Georgia (2005)
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- Georgia Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
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