Henry Walker serves as the firm’s Chair. Mr. Walker has spent more than 25 years handling large complex litigation matters for clients, including class actions, technology, telecommunications, privacy, and intellectual property cases. Based on his involvement in thousands of cases, he has also provided extensive client counseling on the best ways to minimize risks and prevent litigation in business initiatives.
Mr. Walker has been first or second chair in numerous trials involving multimillion dollar business litigation, including claims for breach of contract, fraud, and tortuous interference. He has served as lead counsel in numerous successful efforts to defeat class certification, including major federal court litigation alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. He served as lead in-house counsel in numerous major antitrust matters, including two successful landmark United States Supreme Court cases (Twombly and Trinko) and as lead in-house counsel in securities fraud and ERISA litigation. Mr. Walker has also been lead counsel in significant trade secret, non-compete and non-solicitation cases on behalf of employers. He has provided litigation-related advice on compliance with SEC regulations and other laws affecting publicly-traded corporations, including drafting board talking points and disclosure documents. He also provided legal advice and participated in due diligence on multibillion dollar acquisitions.
Mr. Walker rejoined the firm—where he practiced as a partner until 1996—in 2007 after serving as Chief Litigation Counsel to BellSouth Corporation. Mr. Walker’s mixture of in-house experience and outside counsel experience provides him with a unique understanding of the challenges facing clients and in-house counsel. At BellSouth, Mr. Walker managed a team of lawyers and paralegals responsible for a large and challenging litigation docket. While in-house, he continued to take frontline responsibility for numerous large litigation matters. During that time, he was also active in the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), including serving as the Chair of ACC’s Litigation Committee. Because of his experience, he is a frequent speaker on litigation topics, including electronic discovery, privacy, class actions, and litigation management metrics. While with BellSouth, Mr. Walker was Chair of the Legal Department’s Technology Committee and the Professional Development Committee and led a team that implemented a new e-billing and matter management system. He participated in BellSouth’s Leads Program, a select executive leadership training program. He also won the BellSouth President’s Award and the General Counsel’s Award for Excellence.
Mr. Walker is very active in the State Bar of Georgia, currently serving on the Board of Governors and numerous committees. He is a member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves as the Vice Chair of the Georgia Chamber's Law and Judiciary Committee. Mr. Walker also served on the State of Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission which interviewed candidates and provided a “short list” to the Governor for judicial appointments. Mr. Walker was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation in 2013 and 2014. He was named a 2008 Georgia "Super Lawyer" in Civil Litigation Defense and Utilities Law by SuperLawyers magazine. Mr. Walker 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
Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Vice Chair of Law and Judiciary Committee
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
Leadership Georgia — Class Member and Program Chair
State Bar of Georgia, Board of Governors (1995-present), Former Chair of Indigent Defense Committee and Member of Advisory Committee on Legislation
State of Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission, Former Member
Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), National Litigation Committee, Chair (2006-2007)
Chief Justice’s Community Service Task Force, Selection Committee Member
State Bar of Georgia, Younger Lawyers Division, President (1996-1997)
State Disciplinary Board Investigative Panel and Review Panel, Former Member