Eric D. Stolze is an associate in the Complex Litigation and Arbitration practice group of Paul Hastings, based in the Atlanta office. His areas of practice include Franchise Law and Litigation; Investigations and White Collar Defense, including healthcare and cybercrime; Securities and Financial Services Litigation; and Intellectual Property, Patent, and Technology-centered Litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Stolze served as a law clerk to the Honorable William T. Moore, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in Savannah. During his clerkship, Mr. Stolze volunteered as an attorney coach for the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition team at a local public school. Mr. Stolze received his J.D. in 2010 as a First Honor Graduate of The University of Georgia School of Law and member of the Order of the Coif and Chattahoochee Inn of Court. He was a member of the Georgia Law Review's editorial board and served as a Notes Editor. Additionally, he obtained a BBA in Finance from The University of Georgia's Terry College of Business in 2006, also as a First Honor Graduate. He is admitted to practice law in Georgia. As a member of the office's pro bono committee, Mr. Stolze both serves as counsel for and coordinates representation of legally underserved individuals and non-profit entities on issues of significant importance. He is an advocate for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation's Saturday Morning Lawyers Program and serves on the steering committee of ServiceJuris, an annual day of service for Atlanta's legal community coordinating thousands of volunteer hours to benefit disadvantaged neighborhoods and schools in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
North America's largest manufacturers of wire and cable in breach of patent Licensing Agreement dispute. NeWire, Inc. vs. Southwire Company, Chancery Court for the State of Tennessee, 18th Judicial District (Sumner County), Case No. 2011C-21;
Financial institutions in regulatory compliance and investigative matters surrounding alleged U.S. sanctions violations and failure of anti-money laundering controls;
Defense of a former hedge fund portfolio manager in parallel DOJ and SEC enforcement proceedings involving $3.2 million of insider trading gain obtaining a day in custody despite a recommended term of 41 months under the federal sentencing guidelines and mere disgorgement order of $19,000 and civil penalty assessment of $38,000, despite the SEC's request for $8.2 million in financial remedies;
Declaratory judgment action against a publicly-traded, international franchisor related to a licensing dispute. AFC Enterprises, Inc. v. The Hearst Corporation, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Case No. 12 Civ. 6839;
Challenge of a Georgia law that has redirected hundreds of millions of dollars from state coffers to religious schools through putative student scholarship organizations, raising significant issues of first impression under the state Constitution. Gaddyv. Georgia Department of Revenue, Superior Court of Fulton County, Case No. 2014-CV-244538;
International quick service restaurant (QSR) franchisors in enforcement proceedings, termination actions, and investigation and supervision of non-compliant franchisees and operators;
An electronic health record (EHR) and claims billing software-as-a-service (SAAS) provider in class action litigation arising out of its acquisition by a private equity firm. Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. v. Booth Family Trust IRA, Superior Court of Gwinnett County, Case No. 13A-08600-2;
Appellate practice in guaranty enforcement and post-foreclosure litigation involving confirmation disputes on behalf of lenders and loan servicers. City National Bank v. Georgia Partners, LLC, The Court of Appeals of Georgia, Case No. A13A1259;
Administrative and judicial disputes triggered by public procurement and contract bidding involving elements of international corruption the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Sorteo Games, Inc. v. GTECH Corporation, Superior Court of San Diego County, Case No. 37-2014-00018331;
One of the Southeast's largest protein renderers in claims for breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of corporate opportunities, and unfair and deceptive trade practices against a former board member and executive. American Proteins, Inc. v. Protein Products, Inc., Superior Court of Hall County, Case No. 2012-CV-1309-B;
National coordinating counsel for products-based claims against one of the world's largest manufacturers of flooring and tile;
Obtaining injunctive relief on behalf of a mezzanine lender against senior note holders for a mid-rise office building in Atlanta. 10 Tenth Mezzanine GAP, LLC v. Torchlight Loan Services, LLC, Superior Court of Fulton County, Case No. 2014 CV 240938;
Guiding individuals and corporations through the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's investigative process, involving subpoenas for documents and testimony, Wells notices, and administrative and district court enforcement actions;
Compliance counselling of healthcare organizations, medical facilities, and their executives on the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law, and defense against related Government investigations and qui tam False Claims Act allegations by Relators;
Defense of criminal conspiracy charges involving alleged insider trading and related civil enforcement action pursued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. United States v. Mark Megalli, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Case No. 1:13-CR-442-RWS;
Leading international mobile device manufacturer in International Trade Commission investigations and District Court actions concerning alleged infringement of numerous patents;
Medical device designer in challenge to conduct by exclusive patent licensee related to best interests of the technology's development and regulatory compliance; and
Financial institution's defense of fraud counterclaims. AloStar Bank of Commerce v. GLS Florida Property 2, LLC, et al., United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Case No. 5:11-CV-00406.
A Billion Dollar Franchise Fee? Tesla Motors' Battle for Direct Sales: State Dealer Franchise Law & Politics, Franchise Law Journal (American Bar Association) (Winter 2015);
Contributor to chapter of Inside the Minds: Managing Legal Issues in Franchising (Aspatore Books, Thomson Reuters 2013); and
What's a Few Dollars Between FRANDs? American Treatment of Standard-Essential Patents & Implications for Patent-Pools After Samsung v. Apple (Fall 2014).