G. Wayne Hillis Jr.Managing Partner | Atlanta Office
F: (678) 533-7759
Securities Litigation and Arbitration: Wayne has represented securities broker/dealers and associated persons in litigation in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and regulatory enforcement proceedings since 1986. Wayne has tried hundreds of securities arbitrations before FINRA (formerly the NASD), the New York Stock Exchange, the Pacific Stock Exchange, and other arbitration forums. He is experienced defending many different types of legal claims, including claims for violations of the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and state securities statutes, as well as common law claims based on allegations of churning, unsuitability, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and failure to supervise. Wayne has handled cases involving virtually all types of securities, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, closed end funds, options, limited partnerships, annuities, and complex derivative products. Wayne also has extensive experience managing large numbers of product related cases..
Complex Business and Commercial Litigation and Arbitration: Wayne has over 29 years of experience in successfully litigating complex business and commercial disputes in state and federal court and in arbitration. Wayne has handled cases involving a variety of commercial contracts, including stock and asset purchase agreements, software development contracts, agency agreements, promissory notes, and guarantees.
Employment Litigation and Arbitration: Wayne has represented clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in state and federal court, and in arbitration in cases involving employment disputes. Wayne has successfully defended many employment discrimination claims before the EEOC, in federal court and in arbitration before the NASD, NYSE, and AAA, including claims for discrimination based on age, gender, race, disability, and religion and claims for sexual harassment and retaliation. He also has successfully represented securities broker/dealers on claims against former employees on promissory notes, and he has successfully defended those firms and other employer clients against claims by former employees for unpaid compensation and benefits, wrongful termination, breach of employment agreements, defamation, and other employment-related claims. He also has represented plaintiffs and defendants in restrictive covenant and raiding litigation in court and in arbitration.
Appellate Practice: Wayne has handled appeals in a variety of appellate courts across the country, and he has argued appeals in the Second Circuit and the Georgia Supreme Court.