Hesse Martone, P.C. prides itself on practicing law differently than many law firms – striving to add value to its clients’ businesses, to counseling its clients, and assisting them in finding creative solutions to their business problems. As a result, Hesse Martone’s clients view the Firm as a true asset to their respective businesses.
Successfully defending a client in court is viewed as merely an acceptable result at Hesse Martone - developing an innovative and sometimes aggressive solution to a problem which permits the client to undertake its chosen action without being forced to resort to litigation is an outstanding result. The Firm’s main goal is to develop long-term relationships with its clients, so that they view the lawyers at Hesse Martone as the first place to turn to when they have a problem, not their last resort.
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.
For forty years, Keker, Van Nest & Peters has litigated complex, high-stakes civil and criminal cases throughout the nation. The firm takes the cases where companies, products, and careers are riding on the result. Its clients are high-profile individuals, as well as some of the world’s most successful companies, including Google, Arista Networks, Electronic Arts, Lyft, T-Mobile USA, Genentech, Public Storage, Comcast Cable Communications, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. The firm’s areas of expertise include intellectual property, professional liability, class actions, general contract and commercial litigation, antitrust, white collar, and appellate.
Established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor has more than 700 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ needs through 29 offices across two continents.
Matt Simmons is Special Counsel at Hesse Martone and heads the Firm’s Atlanta Office. Matt’s primary practice areas are labor and employment law and commercial litigation – with a particular focus in non-compete and trade secret actions. Prior to joining the Firm, Matt was the Head of Litigation for one of the nation’s largest staffing companies. In this role, Matt managed the company’s entire litigation docket, primarily consisting of non-compete and trade secret litigation, breach of contract actions, federal and state wage and hour laws, and class actions. Matt also served as the company’s liaison to its human resources department and participated in the management of its day-to-day corporate functions. Before going in-house, Matt successfully tried or otherwise resolved dozens of cases in both Federal and state courts across the nation, securing aggregate recoveries and savings for his clients exceeding $100M. Matt is a member of the Georgia Bar and the American Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar, and the Atlanta Council for Younger Lawyers (Past President).
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.
As a former software entrepreneur and management consultant, Warren Braunig is particularly well suited to advise technology and software companies in solving their most difficult business and legal problems. Although he has tried a dozen cases in state court, federal court and arbitration, Warren also appreciates that sometimes the thorniest problems can be solved outside the courtroom. His approach to litigation is client-focused—starting with each client’s ultimate goals—tenacious and creative. Warren’s practice is centered on intellectual property, but runs the gamut of complex commercial litigation, from antitrust and employment disputes to contract fights and patent infringement cases. He has particular expertise in issues of trade secret and employee mobility. His clients have included Google, Comcast, Western Digital, Williams-Sonoma, Dialpad, CREXi, and Cherwell Software. Warren earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and served as a clerk to Justice Kim McLane Wardlaw on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to his law career, he was the director of product marketing at Emmperative, Inc. and is the co-inventor of two registered software patents.
James A. Gale focuses his practice in the area of intellectual property counseling and litigation. He is a registered patent attorney with over 33 years of experience and Martindale AV Preeminent© rated, Board Certified in Intellectual Property by the Florida Bar, an AAA Arbitrator and the former inaugural chair of the IP Board Certification Committee. Jim has represented clients in hundreds of cases involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, covenants not to compete, theft of trade secrets and internet disputes. He has appeared in over 400 federal cases in more than 48 Federal District and Circuit Courts, as well as handled hundreds of injunctions in over 35 different states around the nation.