Established in 1977, esteemed Atlanta law firm Bondurant Mixson
& Elmore is prepared to go to trial for its clients' business
law controversies. By representing clients ranging in size from
Fortune 500 corporations to high-net-worth individuals in a diverse
array of industries, the firm that began with only seven attorneys
has grown into a major player in the Peach State and beyond.
After winning a landmark U.S. Supreme Court voting rights case
at the age of 27, it's no surprise that founding partner Emmett
Bondurant wasn't content to practice law at someone else's law
firm. In 1977, Bondurant teamed up with Mickey Mixson and Jay
Elmore to form (the aptly named) Bondurant Mixson & Elmore.
Since the firm's founding, it has stayed true to its own concept
of how a law firm should function. Eschewing the traditional law
firm model in which associates far outnumber partners, Bondurant
Mixson is structured as an inverted pyramid--meaning that there
more partners than associates. This allows cases to be staffed with
only two to three attorneys with more senior-level attention.
Because Bondurant Mixson is focused on retaining skilled,
experienced lawyers, the firm is highly selective when hiring new
associates. A quick perusal of the credentials of the firm's
attorneys shows that almost every one of them held a federal
clerkship, with many clerking at the Court of Appeals level.
Small Firm, Big Wins
The carefully crafted team allows Bondurant Mixson to attract a
variety of high-stakes business law litigation cases. Not
intimidated by big names or big firms, the firm challenged Turner
Broadcasting System in a breach of contract case to sell David
McDavid the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Thrashers and the operating
rights to Philips Arena and won a $281 million jury verdict--the
largest compensatory damage award in Georgia history. Additionally,
the firm defended the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County
in defeating antitrust violation claims brought by the Federal
Trade Commission and the Georgia State Attorney General's
The firm also uses its reputation to help individuals that have
been wronged. It acted as lead counsel for the plaintiff class in
the largest private class action racial discrimination settlement
in history--$192.5 million--as well as worked to obtain
certification of a class of approximately 3,000 foster children in
a case alleging that foster care and child protective services
in Atlanta are legally and constitutionally deficient.