Joel Bush concentrates his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation, with particular emphasis in information technology and software disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, business torts, restrictive covenant, and technology license disputes. Mr. Bush has litigated disputes arising out of computer hardware installations, software implementations, network design projects, and other technology implementations.

Mr. Bush regularly represents software and technology companies in claims based on fraud, breach of contract, and negligence arising out of implementation problems, network design issues, software performance, and system compatibility problems. He has represented employers and employees in disputes arising out of restrictive covenant agreements. Mr. Bush routinely litigates trade secret disputes and he has particular experience in trade secret claims arising out of software development. Mr. Bush also represents commercial parties in contract, indemnity, and related claims. He has appeared in federal and state courts and is also experienced in arbitration.

Mr. Bush joined the firm in 1993. Before attending law school, he worked on Capitol Hill as the Legislative Director for a member of Congress. Mr. Bush has been recognized as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in General Litigation by SuperLawyers magazine. He was named to Georgia Trend's "Legal Elite" in 2013 for General Practice and is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1993)
  • Emory University, B.A., English and Political Science (1986)
    summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia (1995)
  • Georgia (1994)

Who We Are

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Joel D. Bush

Experience Highlights

Trade secrets litigation for a software developer
The firm served as lead counsel for a Georgia-based software developer in a factually complex theft of trade secrets case involving the copying and more
IPCO LLC et al., v. Cellnet Technology Inc. et al.
Served as litigation counsel for B&L Tech Company Inc. (B&L), formerly known as StatSignal Systems Inc. (SSI), a mesh wireless networking more
Intellectual Property counseling for global provider of integrated energy management products
Represented leading global provider of integrated energy management products regarding smart meters and the support of smart grids. more
Red Prairie Corp. v. Peter Schnorbach
Represented Manhattan Associates who hired an employee who had previously worked for competitor. The employee did not have a non-compete obligation more