- Consumer Class Action Defense
- Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation and Compliance
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Insurance Coverage Litigation
- Privacy Litigation and Compliance
Syracuse University College of Law
- J.D. 2006, high honors
- Graduate Scholar
- Syracuse Law Review
- Moot Court Honor Society
Georgia Institute of Technology
- B.S. 2002, highest honors
- HOPE Scholarship
- Faculty Honors
- Georgia Tech Rugby Football Club
- State Bar of Georgia
- U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and Northern District of Florida
- Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
Adamson B. Starr
Adam is senior counsel in the Firm’s complex commercial litigation and consumer class action defense groups. In particular, Adam works with KCO’s nationally-recognized litigation team defending companies in both individual and nationwide class actions filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), as well as various other federal and state consumer protection statutes (e.g., FDCPA, RESPA, FCRA). Additionally, Adam has significant experience with insurance coverage disputes and he regularly provides coverage advice to clients that face TCPA and other claims.
Adam’s litigation background includes handling cases in all stages of litigation, including early case resolution, discovery, motion practice, mediation and arbitration, and trials and appeals. He has tried a number of bench and jury trial cases to verdict, including several as lead trial counsel. Similarly, Adam has had success in disposing of substantial, high-dollar cases before trial through dispositive motions. He has also successfully defended these judgments on appeal in both federal and state courts.
Adam’s substantive areas of experience are broad: they include, among others, breach of contract and business torts, insurance coverage, commercial and residential real estate, mortgage and consumer finance, securities fraud and insider trading, unfair competition and trade secret claims, and government eminent domain disputes. He has represented clients that operate in multiple industries including insurance, commercial real estate and construction, information technology, securities, mortgage banking and consumer finance, manufacturing, renewable energy, and healthcare.
Before joining KCO, Adam practiced in the commercial litigation groups of two large Atlanta law firms, and later co-founded his own trial practice firm, Williamson & Starr, LLC.
General Business Cases
- Represented defendants in long-running dispute over $25+ million military shipbuilding business in Savannah (including shipyard with major finance obligations) that involved allegations of fraud, breach of duty and contract, and misappropriation. Obtained summary judgment for clients; affirmed on appeal.
- Led internal investigation for Fortune 500 manufacturing client and negotiated dismissal of state agency’s formal investigation into warranty complaints.
- Represented plaintiff in federal fraud and breach of warranty case against foreign manufacturer in case involving a multimillion-dollar wind farm project in Colorado.
- Lead defense counsel in 3-day bench trial involving allegations of corporate fraud and wrongful transfer of real property at historic Atlanta church.
- Won reversal of summary judgment against plaintiff in a $2+ million breach of contract and business tort case involving manufacturing companies; obtained favorable partial settlement and later tried remainder of case to jury verdict in north Georgia.
- As lead counsel, obtained favorable settlement for surgeon and medical practice in partnership dispute involving allegations of fraud and forgery related to malpractice insurance; defeated motion for preliminary injunction.
- As lead counsel, obtained favorable settlement for plaintiff mechanical/wastewater contractor in $500,000 federal breach of contract case against Fortune 500 company.
- Defense counsel in federal dispute over failed merger of two data security companies.
Mortgage/Banking/Consumer Finance Cases
- Obtained dismissal for mortgage processing company in wrongful foreclosure class action where plaintiffs alleged forged financial records, notary fraud and widespread unfair debt collection practices and violations of federal law. Presented successful oral argument in the Eleventh Circuit.
- Managed nationwide docket of 40+ state and federal consumer protection and wrongful foreclosure cases for several bank and mortgage servicer clients that involved multiple novel theories of recovery by plaintiffs.
- Obtained summary judgment for mortgage service provider in “bet the company” class action that alleged nationwide scheme of unauthorized practice of law and fee-splitting in residential foreclosures.
- As lead counsel, after bench trial, obtained declaratory judgment for plaintiff bank in $360,000 residential lien priority dispute.
- As lead counsel, obtained dismissal and sanctions award for client in wrongful foreclosure case where plaintiff defrauded lenders using aliases and forgeries.
Securities/Insider Trading Cases
- Successful defense in $100+ million securities fraud case involving Fortune 10 healthcare technology company’s acquisition of software company, through summary judgment and appeal.
- Member of trial team that won a complete defense verdict for an Atlanta real estate developer that faced insider trading charges brought by the SEC.
- Counsel for defendant in case involving SEC allegations of insider trading in federal district court.
- Favorable settlement for defendants in federal securities fraud case involving investors in oil and natural gas partnerships in Nebraska and Colorado.
Insurance Coverage Disputes
- Counsel for insurer in $10+ million commercial policy coverage dispute involving fatal four-person airplane crash in federal park in Montana.
- Counsel for insurer in $2+ million environmental policy coverage dispute involving large hydrochloric acid spill at steel production facility in Alabama.
- Counsel for insurer in $5+ million commercial policy coverage dispute involving a four-person airplane crash at Kentucky municipal golf course with serious injuries.
- Counsel for insurer in $5+ million commercial policy coverage dispute involving three-person helicopter crash in Montana that resulted in fatality and serious injuries.
Government Eminent Domain/Condemnation Cases
- Obtained favorable jury verdict for government in $2+ million condemnation/business loss case involving acquisition of commercial property for construction of the 5th runway at Atlanta’s International Airport. Handled successful defense of verdict in post-trial motions and on appeal.
- Counsel for the government in multiple condemnation and nuisance actions involving a major ($2+ billion) sewer project in Atlanta mandated under federal consent order:
- Represented government in complex dispute involving 100-year old sewer easements in Inman Park in Atlanta.
- Favorable settlement for the government, at trial, in condemnation case involving multimillion-dollar home in Ansley Park in Atlanta.
- Represented government in dispute involving deep-tunnel condemnation on private college campus.
- Represented government in inverse condemnation/nuisance action related to sewer/stormwater construction project.
- Successful defense on appeal of jury verdict in utility easement case.
- Counsel for property owner in case involving county’s condemnation of rights for highway project.
Trademark/Trade Secret/Unfair Competition Cases
- As lead counsel, obtained permanent UDTPA injunction for plaintiff manufacturer where defendant retailer sold counterfeit, trademarked personal beauty products.
- Represented plaintiff natural gas company in long-running federal court dispute with competitor involving trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition.
- Obtained summary judgment for defendants in trade secret and breach of contract case between competing online mortgage brokers that went through state and federal courts.
- Obtained e-discovery sanctions award for plaintiff natural gas company in federal trade secret and employment case in Florida.
- Defense counsel in federal contract and trade secret case involving medical devices.
- Represented former engineering employee against allegations of misappropriation made by Japanese brake manufacturer; after negotiation, employer abandoned all claims.
Real Estate/Construction Cases
- Lead defense counsel for electrical contractor in $650,000 construction bond dispute among multiple insuring parties.
- As lead trial counsel, obtained $850,000 bench trial verdict, including attorneys’ fees, in real estate dispute over zoning issues related to high-end residential development in north Georgia.
- Successfully defended developer against claims of billboard maintenance easement rights over hotel property on I-285; defeated motion for preliminary injunction.
- Defense counsel in $1+ million construction defect case involving an office park.
- Recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite
- Recognized as “Rising Star” by Georgia Super Lawyers magazine
- Law360: “SEC In-House Court Challenger Beats Insider Trading Case.” April 18, 2017, available at https://www.law360.com/articles/914617/sec-in-house-court-challenger-beats-insider-trading-case
- Washington Legal Foundation: “One Loss Before ALJ Doesn’t Unmake SEC’s Home-court Advantage.” May 10, 2017, available at https://www.wlf.org/2017/05/10/wlf-legal-pulse/one-loss-before-alj-doesnt-unmake-secs-home-court-advantage/
- White Collar Briefly, Perkins Coie LLP: “SEC Suffers Rare Loss in Insider Trading Case Before Agency Judge.” April 25, 2017, available at https://www.whitecollarbriefly.com/2017/04/25/sec-suffers-rare-loss-in-insider-trading-case-before-agency-judge/
- Lexology, Shearman & Sterling LLP: “Administrative Law Judge Rules Against SEC In Insider Trading Case.” April 18, 2017, available at https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=1d6e3911-f210-49ce-a26b-2852616776dc
- The Wall Street Journal: “Trustee in Bankruptcy Joins Foreclosure Case.” October 15, 2010, available at https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703631704575552574113677074
- HousingWire: “Judge rules in favor of Prommis, Johnson & Freedman in fee-splitting case.” April 30, 2012, available at https://www.housingwire.com/articles/judge-rules-favor-prommis-johnson-freedman-fee-splitting-case/
- In the Matter of Charles L. Hill, Jr., 2017 SEC LEXIS 1154, Admin. Proc. File No. 3-16383 (April 18, 2017) (bench trial verdict for client in insider trading case)
- Glob. Ship Sys., LLC v. RiverHawk Grp., LLC, 334 Ga. App. 860 (2015), cert. denied, No. S16C0508, 2016 Ga. LEXIS 231 (Mar. 7, 2016) (affirming summary judgment for client)
- White v. Ringgold Tel. Co., 334 Ga. App. 325 (2015), denied, 2016 Ga. LEXIS 148 (Feb. 8, 2016)
- Haynes v. McCalla Raymer, LLC, No. 14-14036, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 11924 (11th Cir. July 10, 2015) (affirming grant of client’s motion to dismiss)
- Stubbs v. Citimortgage, Inc., 549 F. App’x 885 (11th Cir. 2013) (affirming grant of motion to dismiss)
- Wright v. Cofield, 317 Ga. App. 285 (2012), cert. denied, 2013 Ga. LEXIS 33 (Jan. 7, 2013) (reversing summary judgment against client)
- Whisby v. Bank of Am., N.A., 5:12-CV-55(MTT), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85306 (M.D. Ga. June 20, 2012) (granting client’s motion to dismiss)
- Jenkins v. McCalla Raymer, LLC, 492 F. App’x 968 (11th Cir. 2012) (affirming grant of motion to dismiss) (presented oral argument in Eleventh Circuit)
- Thorne v. Prommis Solutions Holding Corp. (In re Thorne), 471 B.R. 496 (Bankr. N.D. Miss. 2012) (granting summary judgment to client)
- Hawkins v. SunTrust Mortg., No. 1:10-CV-02069-MHS-RGV, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167343 (N.D. Ga. Mar. 24, 2011) (granting client’s motion to dismiss)
- Wen-Atlanta, Inc. v. City of Atlanta, A10A1685, cert. denied, No. S11C1053, 2011 Ga. LEXIS 536 (June 27, 2011) (affirming jury verdict for client)
- J. Wesley Daniels v. City of Atlanta, No. A10A2219 (Ga. Ct. App. March 11, 2011) (affirming jury verdict for client)
- Thomas v. Vista A&S 2006-1 LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92224 (D. Neb. Aug. 6, 2010) (granting motion to strike plaintiff’s demand for jury trial); Thomas v. Vista A&S 2006-1 LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112976 (D. Neb. Oct. 22, 2010) (consolidating cases)
- McKesson Corp. v. Green, 299 Ga. App. 91 (2009), denied, Green v. McKesson Corp., 2009 Ga. LEXIS 664 (October 19, 2009) (reversing denial of client’s motion for summary judgment)
- Infinite Energy, Inc. v. Chang, 1:07CV23-SPM/AK, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88084 (N.D. Fla. Aug. 29, 2008) (granting client’s motion for e-discovery sanctions)
- Adjunct Professor, Pre-Law, Georgia Institute of Technology (2011 – 2019)