Mike McConnell has extensive complex litigation experience regarding many types of business disputes, with special emphasis on securities litigation and corporate governance matters. The matters litigated include securities fraud class actions, investigations and inquiries by the Securities and Exchange Commission, derivative cases, proxy fraud litigation, and other matters that are often ancillary to shareholder litigation, including shareholder inspection actions, disputes under shareholder voting agreements, internal corporate investigations, and other special committee matters.
Mike's recent representations include defending WL Ross & Co. and certain current and former officers and directors of International Textile Group (ITG) in class and derivative shareholder litigation arising from the merger of ITG and Safety Components International; defending Attachmate Corporation in connection with shareholder litigation filed in Delaware and Massachusetts challenging its acquisition of Novell Corporation; defending officers and directors of Georgia Gulf Corporation in shareholder litigation filed in Georgia challenging the board's rejection of a merger proposal by a third-party bidder; defending former officers and directors of Security Bank of Bibb County in an action filed by the FDIC; and defending members of a Special Committee of BlueLinx Holdings in connection with shareholder litigation filed in Delaware, Georgia, and New York challenging a tender offer proposed by private equity investor.
Mike is a member of the board of directors of the March of Dimes (Georgia Chapter; chairman, 2012), the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club (president, 2013-2014), and the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2007.
Gray Television wins emergency motion allowing company to participate in National Incentive Spectrum Auction
Newell Brands acquires Jarden Corporation for $16 billion
Attachmate granted motion to dismiss in shareholder suit alleging violations of securities laws and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty
Honors & Distinctions
Master, Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court (2014)
Chambers USA (2012-2016)
Best Lawyers (2013-2016) for commercial litigation
Georgia Super Lawyers (2007-2016)
fellow, Litigation Counsel of America