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Mike Carey practices in the firm’s Class Actions Group with a focus on director and officer liability, securities litigation, M&A litigation, ERISA litigation, and other complex litigation. He frequently advises public and private corporations and their directors and officers in matters involving federal and state securities laws, corporate governance, executive compensation, employee benefit plans, and major transactions. His clients also include banks and trust companies, broker-dealers and investment advisers, focusing on regulatory compliance issues and disputes involving professional liability and fiduciary duties. Mike has broad experience litigating cases in state and federal courts around the country, conducting internal investigations, and representing clients in government investigations and enforcement actions.

Mike’s practice includes a strong focus on federal and state corporate disclosure requirements. He has successfully defended clients against class actions and complex litigation asserting fraud under the federal securities laws as well as state “blue sky” laws. He has extensive experience in cases involving public company mergers, including both pre-closing merger challenge suits and post-closing litigation involving breaches of representations and warranties. Mike also has broad experience in matters involving employee stock plans and retirement plans, having represented ERISA fiduciaries and service providers in disputes involving plan administration, investment selection, monitoring and oversight, professional liability, and fraud. 

In addition to his litigation practice, Mike advises corporations and financial institutions and their directors and officers on issues involving D&O insurance and indemnification, including assessment of coverage, advice with respect to reporting claims, and review of indemnification rights granted in corporate articles and bylaws. He also advises companies and their boards as to general corporate governance matters such as the fiduciary duties owed by directors and officers, and disclosure obligations under federal and state law.

Mike has written extensively on litigation issues affecting Georgia corporations and their directors and officers. He publishes an annual survey of corporate and business organization decisions handed down by the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals, Fulton County Business Court and Georgia federal courts, and is the co-author of the Director and Officer Liability chapter of Georgia Business Litigation. He is a frequent speaker on matters involving Georgia corporate litigation. In addition, he serves on the Corporate Code Committee of the Georgia Bar’s Business Law Section. 

Practices

Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association, Business Law and Litigation Sections
    • Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • Georgia Bar Association, Business Law and Litigation Sections
    • Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • Georgia Bar Association, Business Law and Litigation Sections
    • Georgia Bar Association, Business Law and Litigation Sections
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Publications

  • Georgia Business Litigation, Port, co-author of Chapter 1, “Director and Officer Liability” (ALM, 2020 ed.). Contributor since the publication’s inception in 2014
  • “Recent Developments in Officer and Director Litigation,” Carolina Banker, Winter 2014
  • “Georgia Corporation and Business Organization Case Law Developments,” Georgia Bar Journal. Annual contributor since 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Program Chair and Speaker, “Georgia Business Law Institute,” Georgia ICLE, October 2019
  • "Recent Georgia Corporate and Business Organization Case Law Developments," Fulton County Business Court, Atlanta, GA, February 2016