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Robert B. Remar

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Assistant

Karen Lawrence
Direct 404.954.7541
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Education

  • J.D., Boston College, 1974
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts, 1970

Judicial Clerkships

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1974
  • Massachusetts, 1975, Inactive
  • United States Supreme Court, 1981
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1978
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1981
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1995
  • United States District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1979
  • United States District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1982
  • United States District Court Southern District of Georgia, 1974
  • United States District Court Northern District of New York, 1992

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Overview

Robert B. Remar is a partner with Rogers & Hardin LLP. In his more than 38 years of practice he has handled numerous complex, high profile litigation matters. He has tried scores of cases to juries in both state and federal courts. His practice focuses on complex commercial and business disputes, employment, administrative law, class actions and civil rights/constitutional law.  He also acts as an arbitrator and mediator. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was recently selected by Best Lawyers in America as the 2014 Atlanta Lawyer of the Year - First Amendment.   For 12 years he was an Adjunct Professor teaching litigation at Georgia State University College of Law and for 13 years his practice included serving as the Hearing Officer for the Georgia Public Service Commission. He has been on the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union for 25 years and currently serves as Vice-President and Treasurer.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented the majority owners in a three week trial regarding ownership of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and the rights to the Philips Arena
  • Mr. Remar and a team of Rogers & Hardin attorneys represent SouthStar Energy Services, Georgia’s largest natural gas marketer with operations in ten states, in all aspects of its business, including litigation and regulatory matters
  • Has represented one of the country’s largest insurers in numerous complex matters, including commercial disputes and coverage issues
  • Part of the Rogers & Hardin defense team representing one of the country’s largest manufacturers of building products in product liability claims
  • Defended a former director in a multi-party Delaware Chancery Court derivative action seeking over $120 million for alleged breach of fiduciary duty
  • Defended a county and county officials in a highly contentious and publicized federal court jury trial involving civil rights and employment claims
  • Led a team of Rogers & Hardin attorneys in filing an amicus curiae brief in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of professional engineers in the tri-state “Water Wars” litigation
  • Along with a team of Rogers & Hardin attorneys successfully represented then Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker in a suit brought by the Governor seeking to compel the Attorney General to dismiss an appeal pending in the United States Supreme Court
  • Successfully represented in-town Atlanta neighborhoods in the contentious Presidential Parkway litigation
  • Co-counsel in the successful defense of “yield spread premium” class actions against Bank of America and Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation
  • Co-lead counsel to the plaintiff class in the ground-breaking “prime rate” case Kleiner v. First National Bank of Atlanta
  • Successfully represented the Georgia Department of Human Resources in the defense of claims arising out of two babies who were unknowingly switched at birth
  • Successfully defended a leading international medical information, risk management and investigation services firm in a contentious misappropriation of trade secrets suit
  • Represented the plaintiff class in a four-week §1983 “anti-slapp” jury trial, one of the first in the country to be tried
  • Represented a nationwide class of women and children recipients of federal supplemental food benefits and three members of Congress challenging the Reagan administration’s “impoundment” of federal funds. The D.C. District Court issued an injunction directing release of the funds
  • Represented the plaintiff class in a constitutional challenge to Georgia’s civil commitment procedures for persons found not guilty by reason of insanity
  • Represented the plaintiff class in a constitutional challenge to the fee system for the compensation of small claims court judges

Professional & Community Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (Member, State Committee)
  • Member, American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel
  • Member, Atlanta International Arbitration Society
  • Hearing Officer (Administrative Law Judge), Georgia Public Service Commission 1984-1997
  • Adjunct Professor (Litigation), Georgia State University College of Law 1984-1996
  • Member, Bar Council, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia 1996-1999
  • Board of Directors, Federal Defender Program, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia 2002-2007 (Chairman 2006-2007)
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Georgia 1987-1997, 2003-2005
  • Vice-President and Treasurer, National Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union (Board Member since 1986)
  • President, American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia 1985-1987
  • Board of Experts (in civil rights), Lawyers Weekly, Lawyers Weekly Publications (Boston, Mass.) 1985-1993
  • Board of Directors (Current Chair), Georgia Appellate Practice and Educational Resource Center, Inc. 1987-
  • President, Georgia Consumer Center, Inc. 1988-1991
  • Board of Directors and President, Georgia Center For Law In The Public Interest 1992-1995
  • Georgia Consumer Advisory Board (By Appointment of the Governor) 1982-1983
  • Georgia Energy Regulatory Reform Commission (By Appointment of the Governor) 1980-1982
  • Chair, Access to Civil Justice Committee, American Bar Association Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section 1983-1997
  • State Bar of Georgia Special Committee on Post-Conviction Proceedings 1985- (Chair 1991 - )
  • State Bar of Georgia Indigent Defense Committee 1999-
  • Chair, Individual Rights Section, State Bar of Georgia 1981-1983
  • Co-Chair, Consumer Rights and Remedies Committee, State Bar of Georgia 1979-1983
  • State Bar of Georgia Special State Tort Claims Act Committee 1991-1992
  • Board of Trustees, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia 1981-1982
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia Advisory Committee On Legislation 1995-1996
  • Member, City of Atlanta Board of Ethics 2002-2005
  • Board of Advisors, American Constitution Society, Atlanta Chapter
  • Master of the Bench, Lamar Inn of Court, American Inns of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Speeches & Presentations

  • Panelist, “Practicing Psychiatry: A Moral Adventure,” Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association 2014 Winter Meeting
  • "Pretrial and Trial Conduct Dilemmas", Lamar Inn of Court (2014)
  • Issues of Special Importance To Mental Health Professionals, Fundamentals of Health Care Law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education In Georgia (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • “Courts and Secrecy”, Lamar Inn of Court (2011)
  • Co-Author, Law and Mental Health Professionals: Georgia (APA Press 1996)

Professional Recognition

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (Member, State Committee)
  • Vice-President and Treasurer, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Best Lawyers In America: 2014 Atlanta Lawyer of the Year - First Amendment.  He is also recognized in Administrative / Regulatory Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Labor & Employment, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Legal Leader Chambers USA: Litigation: General Commercial
  • Georgia Super Lawyers (Top 100) General Litigation, Business Litigation, Administrative Law
  • Benchmark Litigation: 2014 Local Litigation Star in Georgia
  • Who’s Who In America
  • Who’s Who In American Law

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