The Law Office Of Scott B. Riddle represents clients in the following areas:
Scott Riddle graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BSBA in 1987 and received his JD, with honors, in 1991 from the UNC School of Law. After graduation from law school, Scott clerked for two years for Judge W. Homer Drake, Jr., United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. He then spent several years in the bankruptcy and litigation sections of Troutman Sanders, LLP prior to starting his own firm. Scott is admitted in all state and federal Courts in Georgia, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Scott has spoken at several continuing education seminars, and in the community, has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club, Buckhead Business Association, Atlanta Peachtree Rotary Club and North Point Community Church. He has been cited in several publications, including the Wall Street Journal Online, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Fulton County Daily Report, and CNN.com. Scott served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Georgia Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Scott is also active in the community. In addition to volunteering with local charities, Scott has participated and led mission trips to orphanages in Russia and Romania, conducted English camps in Romania and Poland, participated in earthquake relief trips in Haiti, and helped organized and participated in an earthquake relief trip to Chile.
Business and Commercial Litigation
The Atlanta Law Office of Scott B. Riddle represents clients in corporate litigation, derivative actions, real estate litigation and general business disputes throughout the state of Georgia. Mr. Riddle has been counsel in several high profile mortgage fraud cases as well as disputes involving commercial and golf course developments.
Scott represents clients in many aspects of complex business and commercial litigation, including:
- Contract negotiation and disputes, including the negotiation of the sale and purchases of businesses or business assets.
- Trademark and trade secret disputes, including the use and disclosure of customer lists and other confidential information.
- Corporate governance disputes, including the representation of corporations and individual officers and directors in breach of fiduciary proceedings.
- Derivative actions.
- Business torts.
- Partnership, limited liability company and joint venture disputes.
- Employment agreements.
- Covenants not to compete and other restrictive covenants related to employment agreements or the sale of businesses.
- Temporary Restraining Orders and other emergency injunctive relief
Many disputes occur at the stage of formation of corporate business entities or commercial ventures, or take place later due to poor planning and execution of the formation documents. Other disputes arise in the normal course of business, and can involve suppliers and vendors, customers and consumers, officers or shareholders, employees, or competitors. All of these disputes drain the resources of the company and take time and attention away from business operations. If left unresolved or unattended, they can ruin the company. Prompt and efficient action by a knowledgeable and skilled business litigation attorney is essential to resolving business disputes. Even where the dispute does not end in litigation, careful planning and a strong litigation posture are essential to a favorable settlement or other resolution.
In addition to the firm’s litigation practice, Mr. Riddle represents clients in bankruptcy proceedings, representing debtors and creditors in individual bankruptcies and business bankruptcies and restructurings. Please see the bankruptcy page for further information.
Real Estate and Construction Litigation
The Atlanta Law Office of Scott B. Riddle represents individuals and businesses in real estate litigation and construction disputes in metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Scott has handled many high-profile cases in these related areas of the law.
Real Estate Litigation
Scott has significant experience in commercial and residential real estate and title litigation in state and federal courts, including the following:
- Representation of parties in several of the most high-profile mortgage fraud cases in the State of Georgia.
- Representation of residential and commercial owners of real estate in contract disputes and litigation.
- Representation of several title insurance companies in cases involving title disputes.
- Representation of several golf course and other commercial real estate developers.
- Representation of large churches and religious institutions in out-of-court loan modifications and workouts.
- Counsel to a Receiver appointed by the District Court in the Northern District of Georgia for a real estate investment company.
- Counsel to the Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Greater Atlanta Brokerage Solutions, LLC (dba Re/Max of Greater Atlanta), formerly one of the largest residential real estate brokers in the United States.
Scott has extensive experience prosecuting and defending cases in several jurisdictions in industrial and commercial construction litigation. Scott has acted as counsel to national industrial contractors, including a national contractor with a multi-million dollar claim against a Vermont power generation plant, a Louisiana based chemical company, and a national hotel contractor. Mr. Riddle has represented a national HVAC/Air Filtration company in several lawsuits regarding toxic mold in homes. He has represented homeowners and builders in water runoff litigation, contract disputes, and latent defects.
Common claims in the construction industry include:
- Soil and slope instability problems.
- Design defects.
- Poor workmanship.
- Roadway and infrastructure problems.
- Building material failures.
Bankruptcy, Workout and Creditor Representation
Scott Riddle has over 20 years experience representing parties in bankruptcy proceedings and workouts. Scott began his career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable W. Homer Drake, Jr., United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. Scott subsequently spend several years in the bankruptcy section of a large Atlanta-based law firm prior to starting his own practice.
Scott represents Chapter 7 and 11 debtors, creditors, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees, receivers, committees and other interested parties in bankruptcy cases and bankruptcy litigation. Scott also has significant experience in litigating breach of fiduciary duty and other corporate governance claims in the context of bankruptcy proceedings.
Scott’s bankruptcy experiences and services include:
- Representing debtors, creditors, trustees and other parties in Bankruptcy Court
- Acting as general counsel and special counsel to Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees and creditors committees.
- Acting as local counsel to out-of-state firms in Bankruptcy cases.
- Representing individual and corporate debtors in complex bankruptcy cases involving significant debt and assets, including business or real estate debt.
- Representing debtors, principals, purchasers, and creditors in connection with non-bankruptcy business reorganization and workouts.
- Representing creditors in consumer and business bankruptcy cases, and in adversary proceedings filed in Bankruptcy Court, including proceedings to recover fraudulent or preferential transfers.