About Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP
Esteemed Atlanta law firm Bondurant Mixson & Elmore is prepared to go to trial for its clients, who range from Fortune 50 corporations to individuals. This small boutique is laser-focused on business litigation and is willing to represent clients on either side of a dispute—plaintiff or defendant.
A Supreme Beginning
Bondurant was established in 1977 by Emmet Bondurant, a Georgia-based legal prodigy who argued his first case in the U.S. Supreme Court at the age of 26. Today, the firm remains local to Atlanta and operates with a lean team of around 30 attorneys. The firm only hires from top law schools, and a judicial clerkship certainly won’t hurt.
Victory on Both Sides of the “V”
Bondurant handles high-stakes litigation for any manner of issues that arise in the business world. On the plaintiff side, the firm has claim to the largest jury verdict in Georgia history, with $454 million awarded to plaintiff Six Flags against Time Warner Entertainment. In another record-setting case, Bondurant challenged Turner Broadcasting System in a breach of contract case and won a $281 million jury verdict—the largest compensatory damage award in Georgia history. Bondurant also helped achieve the largest civil/criminal settlement ever in the Northern District of Georgia, to the tune of $600 million, when it represented whistleblowers in a False Claims Act case against a major pharmaceutical company.
The firm is no stranger to wins on the other side either. On the defense side, the firm successfully reversed on appeal a whopping $457 million judgment in a contract dispute for its Fortune 500 client Weyerhauser. In a lawsuit alleging fraud and racketeering, Bondurant successfully defended its nursing home client from an alleged $370 million in damages. The firm also defended Delta Airlines and obtained a complete dismissal of a massive RICO class action brought by plaintiffs alleging that seven major airlines conspired to charge travelers a tourism tax for U.S.-Mexico flights.
Fee Arrangements Designed for Wins
Along with ultra-selective hiring practices and a purposely narrow area of expertise, Bondurant considers alternate fee arrangements to be a major tool in the “big wins” toolbox. When it comes to billing, the firm is an advocate for solutions beyond the standard hourly rate. It offers clients fixed fee, contingency fee, and other customized fee arrangements, which often include risk-sharing along with bonuses for a specified outcome.
News & Awards
Emmet Bondurant, Frank Lowrey, and Mike Terry Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America 2020.
Chambers USA 2019 released its annual independent rankings of Georgia law firms. In the just-released rankings, Bondurant Mixson's commercial litigation practice was bestowed the highest ranking in the state, and the firm’s antitrust practice was recognized as well.
Mike Terry and Naveen Ramachandrappa successfully upheld a $46 million medical malpractice verdict and reversed the trial judge’s order to reconsider apportionment in the case in the Georgia Court of Appeals. Mike Terry's oral argument was described as "splendid" by lead trial counsel in the case.
Robbie Ashe successfully represented the City of Atlanta in the Georgia Supreme Court in a dispute over the annexation of industrial park land. The Court ruled unanimously in the City's favor following Mr. Ashe's oral argument.
1201 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 881-4100
Founders: Emmet Bondurant. Mickey Mixson, and Jay Elmore
Hiring Partner: David Brackett
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1 - 50
1st year: $165,000
2nd year: $170,000
No. of U.S. Offices: 1
No. of International Offices: 0
Commercial Litigation, including Antitrust
Corporate Governance and Shareholder Litigation
False Claims Act/Whistleblower Litigation
Financial Institutions Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Professional Liability Litigation
RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations)
Trusts and Estates/Fiduciary Duty Litigation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.