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A. Todd Merolla

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Todd is a principal of Merolla & Gold, LLP.  He is a general business practitioner, primarily focused on commercial, real estate, and intellectual property litigation.  He has Todd also practices in corporate law, consisting of corporate formation, corporate governance, and securities regulation matters related to the Securities Act, Securities Exchange Act, and local “blue sky” regulations.  He regularly practices in the state and federal courts of Georgia, Florida, and New York.

Admitted to Practice

  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • New York

Education

  • College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1991)
  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1995)
  • Emory University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (Ph.D. in Economics, 1995)

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, and Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Business Formations and Transactions
  • Trademark and Copyright
  • Internet Law
  • Securities Law

Representative Experience

  • Successfully assisted numerous commercial and residential developers, builders, and homeowners defend claims initiated after the 2008 real estate crash, included those asserted by Lennar Corporation/Rialto Capital Advisors, the FDIC, and successors to failed banks.
  • Lead counsel in a successful arbitration that yielded a seven-figure gross recovery against a publically traded company.
  • Successfully overturned a trial court decision to disqualify where serving as lead counsel, in the first case interpreting Rule 3.7 of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct – Lawyer as Witness.  Clough v. Richelo, 274 Ga. App. 129 (2005).
  • Successfully defended an internet-based business and its principals against 21 counts of alleged intentional interference and consumer protection act violations that resulted in complete defense verdict after a week-long jury trial in federal court.
  • Served as general counsel to an Atlanta-based Internet Service Provider prior to selling its customer base to Earthlink.
  • Recovered seven figures through garnishment and other post-judgment devices in situations where the defendants would not simply pay their obligations that were already reduced to judgment.  In one instance, seized ownership of two operating aviation companies through court order after entry of default judgment against the parent corporation which refused to pay the judgment.  Once ordered to transfer ownership of the subsidiaries, they paid the judgment in full within a few days by certified funds.

Publications, Awards, and Recognition

  • 2010 Verdict Search Top Georgia Verdict for Tortious Interference
  • “The Effect of Latent Hazards on Firm Exit in Manufacturing Industries” in the International Review of Law and Economics (March 1998). 
  • All-American rugby, College of the Holy Cross (1991).
   
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