Burr & Forman’s experienced legal team serves clients with local, national, and international legal needs. With particular industry strengths in the financial services, health care and manufacturing sectors, our attorneys draw from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience to serve as trusted business advisors and legal counsel to help clients achieve their goals. Burr & Forman is a Southeast regional firm with 300 attorneys and 12 offices in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
At Seyfarth Shaw, we are leading the way to deliver legal services more effectively, more efficiently, more transparently. Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides thoughtful, strategic, practical legal counsel to client companies and legal teams of all sizes. With more than 900 attorneys in the U.S., London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney, we offer a national platform and an international gateway to serve your changing business and legal needs in litigation, employment, corporate, real estate and employee benefits.
We have gained acclaim for our innovative SeyfarthLean® client service model, which incorporates the core principles of Lean Six Sigma to the delivery of legal services, and we continue to develop new reporting and project management tools for greater transparency and collaboration with our clients.
Our efforts have contributed to our recognition by in-house counsel as ‘Best of the Best’ for client service within the BTI Consulting Group's Client Service A-Team and being named by the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report among the most innovative law firms.
Ranked among the top 100 law firms in the country, Cozen O’Connor has more than 600 attorneys in 24 cities across two continents. We are a full-service firm with nationally recognized practices in litigation, business law, and government relations, and our attorneys have experience operating in all sectors of the economy. Our diverse client list includes global Fortune 500 companies, middle-market firms poised for growth, ambitious startups, and high-profile individuals.
Sikich LLP, a leading professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology, investment banking and advisory services, has more than 750 employees throughout the country. Founded in 1982, Sikich now ranks as one of the country’s Top 35 Certified Public Accounting firms and is among the top 10 of all enterprise resource planning solution partners in the country. From corporations and not-for-profits to state and local governments, Sikich clients can use a broad spectrum of services and products that help them reach long-term, strategic goals.
Chip Collins is a partner and business litigator in the Atlanta office of Burr & Forman LLP. His practice is largely focused on litigating and arbitrating non-compete and trade secret disputes, counseling employers and executives on unfair competition issues, and drafting employment and severance agreements. Chip is a frequent commentator on non-compete and trade secret issues, having been featured in publications including the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Attorney at Law, and Business to Business, and he started his firm’s unfair competition blog (noncompetetradesecretslaw.com), to which he is a contributor. He has presented seminars on trade secret and non-compete law for The Knowledge Group and ICLE in Georgia, and he has been a guest lecturer on non-compete and trade secret issues at the Emory University School of Law for the last four years. Chip has been involved in the creation of both the noncompete/trade secrets and cybersecurity service groups at his firm.
Robert B. Milligan is a partner in the Litigation and Labor & Employment Departments of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Robert co-chairs the firm's national Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes practice group. His practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial litigation and employment matters, including general business and contract disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and other intellectual property theft. His practice focuses on trade secret, non-compete, and data protection litigation and transactional work on a state, national, and international platform. Robert represents clients in state and federal courts in complex commercial litigation and employment litigation. His experience includes trials, binding arbitrations and administrative hearings, mediations, as well as appellate proceedings. Robert also provides advice to clients concerning a variety of business and employment matters, including non-disclosure, non-compete, and invention assignment agreements, corporate investigations, and trade secret and intellectual property audits.
Thomas A. Dye is a nationally recognized intellectual property and commercial litigator with extensive first chair jury trial experience. Mr. Dye regularly litigates issues related to trade secrets and non-compete agreements, patents, copyrights and trademarks, breach of fiduciary duty, contract disputes and unfair and deceptive trade practices. He has been a leader in the ABA Litigation Section where he has lectured on trade secrets and other litigation topics. He served as vice-chair of the ABA Business Torts Committee and edited the Business Torts Journal.
Mr. Dye has also lectured at the American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting, the Florida Bar Annual Conference, the IBM Legal Summit, and for the National Institute on Trial Advocacy. He also has been an instructor in trial advocacy at the University of Miami. Mr. Dye has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Legal Elite lists.
Shawn Fox is a managing director in the dispute advisory practice of Sikich LLP. He has more than 20 years of experience providing forensic accounting and dispute advisory services to the business and legal community. As a certified public accountant, Shawn provides dispute advisory services, fraud and forensic accounting investigative services, and valuation services to organizations and their counsel. With significant experience in the preparation of expert reports, Shawn assists clients in all phases of complex litigation, including case assessments, discovery, document review, damages analysis, complex modeling, and demonstrative exhibits.
He has testified in more than 40 different cases at deposition, trial, and arbitration as an expert witness and has served as a court-appointed receiver. Shawn has been qualified as an expert witness in federal district and bankruptcy courts and state courts across the U.S.
Shawn’s intellectual property litigation case experience includes matters involving lost profits, reasonable royalty, incremental profits, fixed and variable costs, product line profitability, valuation, diminution in value, unjust enrichment, and apportionment. He has worked on litigation matters involving misappropriation of trade secrets, patent infringement, trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, copyright infringement, false advertising, unjust enrichment, breach of license/technology agreement, and transfer pricing.