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 2014 and the nine years immediately preceding editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law. He is also listed in the 2013 and the four years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Blackburn is named as one of Georgia Trend's "Legal Elite" in 2012 and the three years immediately preceding and recognized as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" by SuperLawyers magazine in the areas of Securities & Corporate Finance and Business/Corporate in 2009, in Mergers & Acquisitions in 2012 and the three 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 and was recognized in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2009. In 2013, 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
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Inc., Director, Executive Committee and Corporate Secretary
Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Member
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