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R. Wayne Bond

Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 885-6732
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Seasoned litigator and business advisor with over thirty years’ experience handling complex commercial litigation and class action cases in state and federal courts across the country, including breach of contract, commercial transactions, real estate, construction, corporate shareholder and partnership disputes, product liability, false advertising, lender liability, professional malpractice, corporate liability, personal injury, professional liability, clinical trials, employment disputes, government investigations, bankruptcy, white collar criminal defense, fraud, business torts and administrative hearings. Served in alternative dispute resolution proceedings as advocate, mediator and court-appointed arbitrator.

Represented clients in high-profile, media intensive “front-page” cases and effectively managed confidential matters requiring the lowest possible profile. Obtained favorable defense verdicts and judgments against plaintiffs suing for millions in personal injury cases and on behalf of business plaintiffs and defendants in various commercial contexts.

Client industries served include:  technology, retail, food, hospitality, product manufacturing and distribution, transportation logistics, banks, financial services, insurance, real estate, construction, engineering, employee staffing, telecommunications, health care, medical devices, pharmaceutical and life sciences. Handled regulatory and criminal investigations by federal and state government agencies, and represented clients in criminal and civil litigation in state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions.

Representative cases include:
  • Defend civil lawsuits with individual plaintiffs seeking over $100 million each and class action plaintiffs seeking $1.5 billion;
  • Prosecute and defend complex contract disputes in technology, transportation logistics, life sciences, real estate, construction, product manufacturing and financial services industries;
  • Pursue parallel proceedings involving fraud and RICO in civil litigation and assist prosecutors with criminal investigations and prosecutions in state and federal courts;
  • Defend medical equipment manufacturer in class action case alleging violations of federal advertising laws; 
  • Defend corporations and company executives in parallel proceedings when sued in state and federal courts and investigated in state and federal criminal prosecutions;
  • Represent employers in state and federal cases involving fraud and RICO violations committed by employees and vendors, and prepare referrals for prosecution by state and federal prosecutors;
  • Food recall matters, including investigation and defense of clients at different levels in the food supply chain impacted by FDA food recalls; 
  • Monitoring counsel for national product liability defense matters involving significant injury and death claims;
  • Defense of lender liability lawsuits in multiple state, federal district and bankruptcy courts with claims exceeding $60 million;
  • Prosecute and defend advertising disputes involving injunction proceedings for false advertising and contract disputes over print and TV media advertising;
  • Class action defense in state and federal courts of construction and pharmaceutical product manufacturers and financial service companies;
  • Shareholder derivative and securities litigation matters in arbitration and litigation proceedings before FINRA and state and federal courts;
  • Represent product manufacturers in false advertising and Lanham Act cases involving print and TV advertising;
  • Defense of class action and individual lawsuits against life sciences companies making wholesale challenges to human experimentation in clinical trials; 
  • Obtain seven-figure criminal restitution award for financial services client who was victim of white collar fraud scheme:
  • Defend clients in federal and state white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions;
  • Class action defense of financial services company with allegations of predatory lending and violation of state finders’ fees laws.
 
Mr. Bond has lectured at numerous continuing professional education seminars, and has taught classes at the University of Georgia School of Law, the University of Georgia Business School, and Emory University. 

Seasoned litigator and business advisor with over thirty years’ experience handling complex commercial litigation and class action cases in state and federal courts across the country, including breach of contract, commercial transactions, real estate, construction, corporate shareholder and partnership disputes, product liability, false advertising, lender liability, professional malpractice, corporate liability, personal injury, professional liability, clinical trials, employment disputes, government investigations, bankruptcy, white collar criminal defense, fraud, business torts and administrative hearings. Served in alternative dispute resolution proceedings as advocate, mediator and court-appointed arbitrator.

Represented clients in high-profile, media intensive “front-page” cases and effectively managed confidential matters requiring the lowest possible profile. Obtained favorable defense verdicts and judgments against plaintiffs suing for millions in personal injury cases and on behalf of business plaintiffs and defendants in various commercial contexts.

Client industries served include:  technology, retail, food, hospitality, product manufacturing and distribution, transportation logistics, banks, financial services, insurance, real estate, construction, engineering, employee staffing, telecommunications, health care, medical devices, pharmaceutical and life sciences. Handled regulatory and criminal investigations by federal and state government agencies, and represented clients in criminal and civil litigation in state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions.

Representative cases include:
  • Defend civil lawsuits with individual plaintiffs seeking over $100 million each and class action plaintiffs seeking $1.5 billion;
  • Prosecute and defend complex contract disputes in technology, transportation logistics, life sciences, real estate, construction, product manufacturing and financial services industries;
  • Pursue parallel proceedings involving fraud and RICO in civil litigation and assist prosecutors with criminal investigations and prosecutions in state and federal courts;
  • Defend medical equipment manufacturer in class action case alleging violations of federal advertising laws; 
  • Defend corporations and company executives in parallel proceedings when sued in state and federal courts and investigated in state and federal criminal prosecutions;
  • Represent employers in state and federal cases involving fraud and RICO violations committed by employees and vendors, and prepare referrals for prosecution by state and federal prosecutors;
  • Food recall matters, including investigation and defense of clients at different levels in the food supply chain impacted by FDA food recalls; 
  • Monitoring counsel for national product liability defense matters involving significant injury and death claims;
  • Defense of lender liability lawsuits in multiple state, federal district and bankruptcy courts with claims exceeding $60 million;
  • Prosecute and defend advertising disputes involving injunction proceedings for false advertising and contract disputes over print and TV media advertising;
  • Class action defense in state and federal courts of construction and pharmaceutical product manufacturers and financial service companies;
  • Shareholder derivative and securities litigation matters in arbitration and litigation proceedings before FINRA and state and federal courts;
  • Represent product manufacturers in false advertising and Lanham Act cases involving print and TV advertising;
  • Defense of class action and individual lawsuits against life sciences companies making wholesale challenges to human experimentation in clinical trials; 
  • Obtain seven-figure criminal restitution award for financial services client who was victim of white collar fraud scheme:
  • Defend clients in federal and state white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions;
  • Class action defense of financial services company with allegations of predatory lending and violation of state finders’ fees laws.
 
Mr. Bond has lectured at numerous continuing professional education seminars, and has taught classes at the University of Georgia School of Law, the University of Georgia Business School, and Emory University. 

Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia, magna cum laude (1984)
    Georgia Law Review, Managing Board;  Order of the Coif;  Talmadge Moot Court Competition: 1st Place & Best Oralist;  ABA National Mock Trial Team;  ATLA National Mock Trial Team;  Georgia Intrastate Mock Trial Team;  Student Instructor of Appellate Advocacy
     
  • B .S., Kennesaw College, with honors (1981)

Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals and all Georgia trial courts
     

Accolades

  • Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business - Commercial Litigation (2014-2016)
  • Georgia Super Lawyers (2015-2017)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Distinguished Achievement in Advocacy
  • American Lawyer Media: Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation & Product Liability
  • Atlanta Magazine: Top Attorneys in Georgia
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution: Top Rated Attorneys
  • Martindale Peer Rating: AV, Preeminent (5.0 out of 5)
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Affiliations

  • Atlanta International Arbitration Society, Board of Directors
  • Atlanta Bar Association: ACYL Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Law Day Committee (Committee of the Year Award)
  • Federalist Society
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Consumer Financial Services Committee
  • Fulton County Superior Court, Court-Appointed Arbitrator
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Special Assistant District Attorney Program
  • One Thousand Lawyers for Justice
  • Interfaith Volunteer Lawyers
  • Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network

Publications / Presentations

  • “Enlisting Government Help to Protect Your Trade Secrets,” Intellectual Property Watch (May 3, 2017)
  • “Drones & Trade Secrets - How Low Can They Go?,” Trading Secrets Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (May 10, 2016)
  • “Data Privacy and Data Security,” Panel Discussion, Atlanta GA (May 2014)
  • “Communications and Discovery From Putative Class Members,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia Class Actions Program, Atlanta Ga (September 9, 2011)
  • “Trials, Torts and Courts,” San Francisco, CA (October 2010)
  • Faculty Instructor, GDLA Trial Academy, Pine Mountain, GA (January 2010)
  • “Clinical Research Law and Litigation,” First Clinical Research  Miami, FL (May 2009)
  • Building Robust Marketing Reviews to Prevent False Advertising Claims ACC Annual Meeting Seattle, WA (October 2008)
  • "Mock Trial of a Clinical Trials Case," (with Alan Milstein & Fred Rom) iiBIG Clinical Trials Conference Las Vegas, NV (October 2008)
  • "Clinical Trials: Emerging Legal Threats - Strategies to Survive Heightened Government Scrutiny," Health Law Week, National Teleconference Program (June 2008)
  • “Subject Injury Mock Trial,” (with Alan Milstein & Fred Rom) Clinical Trial Agreements East Conference, Washington, DC (May 2008)
  • “Clinical Trials Litigation,” Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Vancouver, Canada (February 26, 2008)
  • “New Developments in Clinical Trials Litigation,” Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Charlotte, NC (October 12, 2007)
  • “Clinical Trials & Errors,” MAGI Clinical Trial Agreements & Budgets Conference San Diego, CA (September 30 – October 3, 2007)
  • "Subject Injury Litigation," iiBIG Clinical Trials Conference, Atlantic City, NJ (May 20-23, 2007)
  • “Identifying & Minimizing Litigation Risks in Clinical Research,” American Conference Institute (ACI) 5th National Conference on Managing Legal Risks in Conducting & Promoting Clinical Trials Boston, MA (September 27-28, 2006)
  • “Clinical Trials Litigation,”  MAGI/SRI International Contracting & Negotiating Clinical Trials, San Francisco, CA (September 2006)
  • “Don’t Go There: Subject Injury Litigation,” 17th International Contracting & Negotiating Clinical Trials, Cambridge, MA (May 21-24, 2006)
  • "The Litigation Landscape in Clinical Trials: Plaintiff and Defense Theories and Federal and State Requirements," (ACI) American Conference 4th National Conference on Managing Legal Risks in Conducting & Promoting Clinical Trials, New York, NY (February 27-28, 2006)
  • "Clinical Research Law," SRI Contracting & Negotiating Clinical Trials La Jolla, CA (September 19-21, 2005)
  • "When Good Clinical Contracts Go Bad," MAGI International Contracting & Negotiating Clinical Trials Philadelphia, PA (May 23-25, 2005)
  • "State & Federal Court Motions Practice," Lorman Education Services Atlanta, Georgia (March 11, 2005)
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS: "A Litigator's Review on the Increase of Litigation in Clinical Research," CBI's 2nd Annual Limiting Exposure in Clinical Trials, Philadelphia, PA (December 8-9, 2004)
  • "Preventing and Responding to Litigation in Clinical Trials," CfPIE (Center for Professional Innovation & Education)(Conducted entire 2-day Seminar) Wayne, PA (June 10-11, 2004)
  • "Pharmaceutical Law: Clinical Trials and Errors," (ACI) Active Communication International Philadelphia, PA (January 16-17, 2002)
  • "Georgia Commercial Law Practice for Paralegals," CISI (Clearwater Information Systems, Inc.) Atlanta, Georgia

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Lifework Leadership Atlanta
  • Board of Directors, AtlAS (Atlanta International Arbitration Society)
  • Past Chairman, Finance Committee & Member, Personnel Committee and Budget Planning Committee, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
  • Past President, Havenbrook Homeowner’s Association