Stan Blackburn joined the firm in 1976 and was admitted to partnership in 1982. Mr. Blackburn practices in the areas of corporate, corporate finance, and international law. He concentrates his practice on the representation of clients in U.S. and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, issuances of debt and equity securities, and other business transactions. He also frequently advises clients on issues relating to non-transactional matters, including corporate governance, legal compliance, and shareholder rights. His experience includes:

Represented publicly-held and private companies such as AT&T (and predecessors BellSouth and Cingular Wireless), Equifax, Fidelity National Information Services (Certegy), Georgia-Pacific, Interface, Landmark Communications (The Weather Channel), Lockheed-Martin, Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Zodiac S.A. in connection with a wide variety of domestic and international acquisition, disposition, consortium, strategic alliance and joint venture matters, with values ranging as high as €18 billion.

Advised clients such as ING, BellSouth, Equifax, Fidelity National and Interface on various corporate finance and investment matters, involving private and public offerings of debt and equity securities.

Advised three NYSE companies and one NASDAQ company in connection with recent corporate governance matters, including efforts to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other corporate governance reform initiatives.

Mr. Blackburn is recognized in the 2018 and the 13 years immediately preceding editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law. He is also listed in the 2017 and the eight years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Blackburn is recognized as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine in the areas of Securities & Corporate Finance and Business/Corporate in 2009, in Mergers & Acquisitions in 2017 and the eight years immediately preceding, and as a Top 100 Georgia "Super Lawyer" in 2013. Mr. Blackburn was named as a top "Dealmaker" of 2008 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, Mr. Blackburn was recognized by International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Mergers & Acquisitions.

In 2011, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America honored Mr. Blackburn with the National Service to Youth Award for his volunteer service as a board member and officer of Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Inc.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Member

American College of Investment Counsel, Fellow

Atlanta Bar Association, Member

Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Member

Woodruff Arts Center, Trustee

Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Inc., Former Director and Corporate Secretary

State Bar of Georgia, Former Chair of Business Law Section, Former Chair of Legal Opinions Committee and Corporate Code Revision Committee Member

Canadian-American Society of the Southeastern United States, Past Director

Cobb County International Business Council, Past Member

Fulton County Heart Fund Campaign, Legal Division, Former Chair

High Museum of Art, Young Men’s Round Table, Past President

Japan-America Society of Georgia, Former Director

Leadership Atlanta, Member (1983)

Municipal Courts of the City of Atlanta, Former Task Force Chairman

United Way of Atlanta, Past Group Chair


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1976)
    Order of the Coif, Notes Editor of Virginia Law Review
  • Auburn University, B.S., Economics (1973)
    high honors

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1976)

Who We Are

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Experience Highlights

Sale of pulp operations for one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers
Representing one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers in the sale of two if its Southeast pulp operations for $610 million. more
Asset sale for the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Inc.
Represented Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Inc. in the sale of Dr. King's papers to a buyer sponsored by the City of Atlanta. more
Aaron's, Inc. Acquisition of Progressive Finance Holdings, Inc.
Represented Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN) in its $700 million acquisition of Progressive Finance Holdings, Inc. Aaron’s is a specialty retailer in the more
Strategic acquisition for Equifax, Inc.
Represented Equifax, Inc., one of the United States' largest credit reporting agencies, in its $1.4 billion acquisition of publicly held TALX more