C. Allen Garret, Jr.
Allen Garrett is a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton and has significant experience in complex business litigation, arbitration, and appellate matters. Substantive areas of experience include antitrust and trade regulation, commercial contract disputes, consumer class actions (including “no injury” class actions), commercial insurance coverage disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenants, products liability, toxic torts, and trade secret litigation. His trial level experiences include state and federal court actions in numerous jurisdictions, as well as actions consolidated for pretrial proceedings by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. In recent years Allen has litigated a number of cutting-edge issues in connection with state consumer fraud statutes, federal jurisdictional disputes, and the protection of competitively valuable information.
Allen has litigated matters involving consumer protection statutes of numerous states, including several multi-district cases, and has specific expertise regarding California’s consumer protection laws. In addition to consumer fraud class action, he has defended punitive class actions and other multi-claimant actions brought by businesses, and he also has experience with franchise disputes. Recently, he has begun to counsel clients regarding the drafting and enforcement of class-action waivers, forum selection clauses, and choice-of-law provisions that increase the likelihood of defeating class certification. Allen has extensive appellate litigation experience. In addition to briefing appeals to the United States Supreme Court and numerous state and federal appellate courts, he has argued a number of appeals and provided advice in connection with countless others. Allen frequently has lectured on appellate briefing issues and recently was a member of the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute panel on the topic of “Writing the Winning Brief.” His appellate brief-writing skills have been praised by professional appellate consultants.
Allen also has participated in significant pro bono matters at both the trial and appellate levels, including in recent proceedings before the United States Supreme Court and the Georgia Supreme Court. As a result of his continuing commitment to pro bono matters, he received the firm’s Managing Partners’ Pro Bono Award in 2007.