The Finley Firm, P.C.
2931 North Druid Hills Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: 404.320.9979 ext 206
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Real Estate Litigation
Eminent Domain & Condemnation
Business Coverage Disputes
General Civil Litigation
Mac Gibson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia, where he was an editor for the Georgia Law Review. Mac served as a captain in the United States Army and was an adjunct scholar to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
Mac has tried over a dozen cases to judgment and has over a dozen published decisions. He has obtained multi-million dollar judgments, multi-million dollar settlements, defense verdicts and summary dispositions favorable to his clients. His practice includes all types of commercial litigation, including, real estate disputes, indoor air quality and construction defects, toxic torts, and product liability. He represents and counsels retailers, developers, REITs, hotels, property management companies, universities, financial institutions, distributors, petroleum and mining companies, restaurants, convenience stores in contract disputes, lease enforcement, easement, restrictive covenant, trespass and nuisance claims, mining rights, brokerage disputes, zoning, premises liability, real estate commission, and eminent domain matters.
Mac has been listed in Super Lawyers (recognizing the top 5 percent of lawyers in Georgia) in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Prior Professional Experience
Alston & Bird, LLP (Partner, 1990-2012)
Publications and Recent Speaking Engagements
“Commercial Lease Assignment and Subletting Clauses,” National Business Institute (Upcoming April 12, 2012)
“Commercial Lease Remedies,” National Business Institute (Sept. 2011)
“Eviction Proceedings in Detail,” in Guide to Commercial Evictions, National Business Institute (June 2009).
“Handling Right of Way Problems,” in Boundary Disputes: Resolving Client Conflicts, National Business Institute (April 2008).
“Resolving Boundary Disputes Inside and Outside Georgia’s Courts” in Boundary Disputes: Resolving Client Conflicts, National Business Institute (April 2008).
“Common Road Access Problems and Solutions” in Road and Access Law: Researching and Resolving Common Disputes, National Business Institute (July 2007).
Gibson and Pearson, “Enough is Enough! – the Scope of the ‘Perpetual’ Right to Cure,” Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy (December 2004).
Gibson and Stroud, “Do I Have Manganism or Parkinson’s Disease?: Causation Difficulties in Association of Parkinsonism and Manganese Exposure,” Mealey’s Welding Rod Litigation Reporter (December 2004).
Gibson and McLaren, “Preparing for War—Defending Managed Care from Class Action Lawsuits,” BNA’s Health Law Reporter, pp. 406-407 (March 16, 2000).
Representative Reported Cases
Rainbow USA, Inc. v. Cumberland Mall, LLC, 688 S.E.2d 631 (2009)
Killearn Partners, Inc., et al. v. Southeast Properties, Inc., 266 Ga. App. 508, 597 S.E.2d 578 (2004)
jOjA Partners, LLC v. Abrams Properties, 262 Ga. App. 209, 585 S.E.2d 168 (2003)
Kull v. Six Flags Over Georgia, LLP, 254 Ga. App. 897, 564 S.E.2d 747 (2002), rev’d 276 Ga. 210, 576 S.E.2d 880 (2003)
Britt Paulk Ins. Agency, Inc. v. Northbrook Prop. & Cas. Ins., 952 F.Supp. 1575 (1996)
Equitable Life Assur. Soc. of U.S. v. Studenic, 77 F.3d 412 (1996)
Turpeau v. Fidelity Fin. Services, Inc., 936 F. Supp. 975 (N.D. Ga. 1996)
Rucker v. Wynn, 212 Ga. App. 69, 441 S.E.2d 417 (1994)
Gaydos v. Grupe Real Estate Investors, 211 Ga. App. 811, 440 S.E.2d 545 (1994)
Moore v. American Suzuki Motor Corp., 211 Ga. App. 337, 439 S.E.2d 43 (1993)
Watson v. Wachovia Nat. Bank of Georgia, 207 Ga. App. 780, 429 S.E.2d 111 (1993)
White & Assoc., Inc. v. Decker & Hallman, 203 Ga. App. 14, 416 S.E.2d 352 (1992)
B.A., magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University, English, 1987
J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law, 1990
Admitted to Practice
(all trial and appellate courts)
State Bar of Georgia
Atlanta Bar Association
Community Activities and Affiliations
Director, Founding Board Member, and Secretary, Tapestry Youth Ministries, Inc. (1999 – 2004)
Board Member, Shakespeare Tavern (2003 – 2006)
Sunday School Teacher, Holy Spirit Catholic Church (2002 – present)
Coach, Tophat Soccer (1999- 2007, 2010-2011)
Annual Fund, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Chair (2007-2008), Grade Rep (2003 – 2006)
Annual Fund, Alumni Class Agent, The Westminster Schools (1986, 1987, 1993, 1998)
Volunteer, Hands On Atlanta
Volunteer, Special Olympics
Board Member, University of Georgia Young Lawyers Alumni Committee (2000-2001)
Pro Bono Representation, Georgia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 1992-1997
Pro Bono Representation, Truancy Intervention Project