Michael Tyler focuses his practice on commercial litigation, franchise litigation, products liability and land use litigation. He has extensive experience representing significant corporate clients in a wide variety of cases in federal and state courts both at the trial and appellate level.

Mr. Tyler has represented companies in a broad range of business litigation matters, including contractual disputes and business torts. He has represented both national and regional franchisors in prosecuting and defending claims involving franchisees. He has also successfully represented numerous companies in land use matters involving substantial condemnation and zoning claims. Additionally, he has defended national and international companies in products liability cases.

Mr. Tyler was named to Georgia Trend's "Legal Elite" list and "Who's Who in Atlanta" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He is the recipient of the Gate City Bar Association's Outstanding Lawyer Award and was inducted into the Gate City Bar Hall of Fame. Mr. Tyler is a recipient of the 13th Annual Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service presented by the State Bar of Georgia and Chief Judge’s Commission on Professionalism. He was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation in 2018 and the five years immediately preceding. Mr. Tyler was recognized in 2017 and the four years immediately preceding as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in the area of Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine. He 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.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association Forum on Franchising

State Bar of Georgia, Franchise and Distribution Law Section

State Bar of Georgia, Franchise Section, Member-at-Large

Southeast Franchise Forum

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Former Board Chairman

Atlanta Zoning Review Board, Former Vice-Chairman

Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, Former Board Member

The Piedmont Park Conservancy, Board Vice-Chairman

Providence Manor Development Corp., Board President

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board Member and Former Vice-Chairman

The National Black Arts Festival, Former Board Vice-Chairman

The Children's School, Former Board Vice-Chairman

The Atlanta Urban League, Former Board Member

State Bar of Georgia Disciplinary Board, Former Member

The Gate City Bar Association, Former Vice-President

Covenant House Georgia, Board Member


  • Morehouse College, B.A. (1977)
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (1981)
  • Harvard University, M.P.A. (1981)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1982)


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit — James C. Hill

Who We Are

Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
t +1 404.815.6474
f +1 404.541.3427

Michael W. Tyler

Experience Highlights

Litigation for national athletic training facility franchisor
Served as lead counsel for an athletic training facility franchisor and approximately 14 of its current and former officers and directors in a suit more
Airport storage fee litigation for the City of Atlanta
Served as lead counsel for the City of Atlanta in an airport equipment storage fee dispute with a contractor that included significant contractual more
Compensation for loss of use of property for one of the world's largest chains of office supply stores
Represented one of the world's largest chains of office supply stores when Georgia Department of Transportation filed an eminent domain action to more
Asbestos property damage litigation for a national building and construction products manufacturer
Served as defense counsel for a national building and construction products manufacturer in landmark asbestos property damage litigation. more