Scott Bonder

Scott L. Bonder is a lawyer practicing principally in the areas of business and commercial litigation, breach of contract disputes, wrongful interference with contracts and business relationships, RICO and class actions.

Formerly a litigation partner with one of the world’s largest law firms, Mr. Bonder has regularly been named one of Atlanta’s “Super Lawyers” for Business Litigation and one of Atlanta’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine. Mr. Bonder has also been named numerous times as one of the Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers by Atlanta Magazine.

He has represented clients in, among others, the automotive, credit processing, hospitality, medical product, manufacturing, textile, trucking, investment banking, securities, advertising, and distribution industries. Mr. Bonder represents an international franchisor of hotels in franchise and intellectual property litigation, is the national outside coordinating counsel for litigation on behalf of a national financial institution, and regularly represents other businesses, large and small, in ongoing relationships.

Mr. Bonder has also represented individuals in a wide range of business related cases, including breach of contract, fiduciary duty, whistleblower, share and option issuance, fraudulent conveyances, and small business dissolution matters. The representation of small businesses includes incredibly diverse industries including, without limitation, medical practices, sales organizations, restaurants, office supply wholesalers, EB5 Immigration based investment brokers, hotel owner and manager groups and hydroponic farms. Mr. Bonder’s broad range of experience brings a new perspective to every case.

Mr. Bonder’s experience before federal and state courts includes class actions, jury trials, bench trials and appellate matters. He has appeared in the State Courts of Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Florida, and Texas as well as federal courts in Georgia, Alabama, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska New York, Alabama and Tennessee.

Mr. Bonder was honored by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Judicial Nomination Commission when they recommended him for a state court judgeship in DeKalb County. The Supreme Court of Georgia has twice appointed Mr. Bonder as a special master to hear disciplinary matters concerning alleged lawyer misconduct. In both instances Mr. Bonder recommended disbarment and the Supreme Court adopted both recommendations. The State Bar of Georgia honored Mr. Bonder by requesting his service on the Statewide Judicial Evaluation Committee.

In the community, Mr. Bonder was appointed as a full voting member to the DeKalb County Board of Ethics. He was also invited onto the Emory Board of Visitors.

Representative Cases

· A suit on behalf of a consultant to recover shares and options from an international high-end clothing manufacturer. The shares and options were to be paid as compensation for services pursuant to a consulting contract, which the manufacturer breached. Although the shares and options were worth under $100,000 at the time the contract was signed, this matter settled, just days before starting a jury trial, for over $2 million.

· Recovery of over $12 million on behalf of a minority shareholder arising from the breach of a contract to purchase shares in one of Georgia’s largest privately held corporations. Seizure of over $16 million in trucks from a nationwide freight carrier on behalf of an automotive finance company.

· Bonder tried successfully to a jury a rare state law based trade name matter winning both damages and permanent equitable relief.

· On behalf of a Fortune 500 Company, Mr. Bonder defended a putative national class action, which resulted in complete dismissal of the claims.

· On behalf of a Fortune 500 Company, Mr. Bonder successfully defeated an interlocutory and permanent injunction and obtained an award of attorney’s fees against Plaintiff’s and in his clients favor.

Examples of reported appellate cases:

Flagstar Bank v. Bernstein – Mr. Bonder successfully represented a lender against a mortgage broker who fraudulently originated a high volume of loans.

Turpeau v. Fidelity Financial Services, Inc – Mr. Bonder represented a finance company in a class action involving credit life insurance. There, he successfully argued on behalf of a defendant that punitive damages should be aggregated for purposes of establishing federal diversity jurisdiction.

Holiday Hospitality, Inc. v. Thomas F. Noons – Mr. Bonder successfully argued that the plaintiff’s own calculations and pre-estimate of future damages was sufficient to uphold a liquidated damages clause.

Mr. Bonder is a regularly invited instructor at Emory Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program. He has historically taught contract law to a variety of industries, such as teaching contract law at various hospitality related classes and events. Mr. Bonder also taught trial evidence to other lawyers in continuing legal education classes, and his articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications to various audiences.

While attending Emory University School of Law, Mr. Bonder was a national moot court champion, having won the awards for best oralist and best team at the Irving R. Kaufman Securities Law Moot Court Competition, sponsored by Fordham Law School. Mr. Bonder also won the award for best brief in the Georgia region of the National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the New York Bar Association.

In the legal community, Mr. Bonder is an active participant in numerous professionalism programs, was the coordinator for Region V of the National Moot Court Competition and continues to travel Georgia assisting prepare numerous teams for mock trial and moot court competitions while also judging many himself.

Mr. Bonder obtained his law degree from Emory University School of Law in 1995. Prior to law school, Mr. Bonder was a United States Marine.

Areas of Practice
· Business and Commercial Litigation
· Breach of Contract Disputes
· Wrongful Interference Contracts and Business Relationships
· Consumer Fraud
· RICO
· Class Actions
· Breach of Fiduciary Duty
· Wrongful Dissolution of Partnerships and Entities
· Derivative Actions

Bar Admissions
· Georgia
· S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
· S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
· S. Supreme Court
· Not admitted in California*
 
Education
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA
· J.D. - 1995
· Honors: National Moot Court Champion

City University of New York at Queens, Flushing, New York
· B.A. – 1991
· Major: English/Poetry

Representative Cases
· Holiday Hospitality, Inc v. Noons
· Flagstar Bank v. Bernstein
· Turpeau v. Fidelity Financial Services, Inc.
· Greg Williams v. Global Payments Check Services, Inc.

Classes/Seminars
·  Instructor, Emory Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program
· Speaker, Oral Advocacy to various Moot Court Societies
· Speaker, Emory Law School Student Professionalism Program
· Meeting Professionals International, Various Lectures
· National Association of Catering and Events, Contract Law Lecture
· Georgia State University, Guest Lecturer, Hospitality Law
· Georgia Independent Auto Dealer Association, Guest Speaker, UCC Law
· National Business Institute, Various Continuing Legal Education Classes

Honors and Awards
· Named as one of the Top 100 Georgia Lawyers by Atlanta Magazine
· Named one of Atlanta’s “Super Lawyers” for Business Litigation
· Named one of Atlanta’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine
· Best Oralist, Irving R. Kaufman Securities Law Moot Court Competition by Fordham Law School
· Best Team, Irving R. Kaufman Securities Law Moot Court Competition by Fordham Law School
· Best Brief, Georgia Region of the National Moot Court Competition, by New York Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships
· Georgia Bar, Employment and Labor Sections, Member
· Emory University, Board of Visitors
· Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Law and Judiciary Committee
· Lamar Inn of Court, Master Member
· National Moot Court Competition for Region V, Coordinator
· Numerous Moot Court and Mock Trial Competitions, Judge
· Board of Directors, DeKalb Bar Association
· President & Vice President, Dekalb Bar Association

Past Employment Positions
·  United States Marine Corp., Grunt

Pro Bono Activities
· Hands On Atlanta, Project Coordinator
· Numerous elementary school trial programs, Coordinator
· Boy Scouts of America