David P. Thatcher

Shareholder Atlanta

David P. Thatcher is a seasoned litigation attorney who represents clients in sophisticated business litigation matters. He also advises employers concerning all aspects of employment law and litigation. In his over 20-year career he has obtained favorable results for clients ranging from the successful federal trial of an international business transaction to winning summary judgment in a multi-million dollar fraud claim. Mr. Thatcher’s depth of experience provides his clients with a wealth of knowledge for making wise business decisions, whether dealing with the structure of a new employment policy or developing a strategy for litigation.


Mr. Thatcher has litigated cases and appeared in federal and state courts across the country, including a number of cases New York, California, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, and many others. In representing clients in business litigation and in trials, his cases have related to the purchase and sale of companies, officer and director liability, securities and investment fraud cases, the purchase and sale of assets, the sale of restricted securities, asset securitization, preferential transfers, fraud, breach of contract, and negligence. In addition, Mr. Thatcher has obtained successful results for his clients in trade name and copyright infringement cases, including prosecuting cases under the Lanham Act, the Copyright Act, and the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act.

Some of the significant results Mr. Thatcher has obtained include:

  • Achieved dismissal of claims filed by fifteen employees in multi-million dollar fraud and breach of contract case
  • Achieved summary judgment of claims filed by investor against executive officer of client
  • Won federal trial on business fraud case
  • Obtained significant settlement payment and restrictive covenant terms is resolution of trade secret misappropriation case
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims in defense of trade secrets case filed in federal district court after plaintiff rested its case
  • Achieved summary judgment for employer in EEOC class action discrimination case
  • Achieved summary judgment for employer in whistleblower case    

  • Obtained large settlement in prosecuting allegation of unlawful use of client’s name in violation of Lanham Act in large, international manufacturing case
  • Exonerated employer in trial of multiple discrimination claims
  • Obtained full settlement in securities fraud case and pay back of redemptions (claw back) from other investors
  • Achieved reformation of trust to include erroneously omitted client, which was affirmed on appeal
  • Successfully upheld and enforced significant joint ventures, which was affirmed on appeal

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association


  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''The Three Ps of the 30(b)(6) Deposition: Preparation, Preparation, and Preparation'' - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education's Nuts and Bolts of Business Law Seminar - ''Employment Law Considerations for the Closely-Held Business'' - Atlanta - February 23, 2001
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education's Representing the Small Business Owner Seminar - ''Insights on Employment Issues for the Closely-Held Business'' - Atlanta - September 08, 2000
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education's Eminent Domain Trial Practice Seminar - ''Condemnation Trial Strategy - The Condemnee’s Viewpoint'' - Atlanta - October 19, 1995

Published Works



Media Quotes

2010 - Labor and Employment Law - "Workplace Violence: An American Secret"
November 2008 - Aggregates Manager Magazine - "Stopping Substance Abuse: Here’s a Better Approach to Achieving Alcohol and Drug-Free Mines"
October 2008 - Coal Age - "Achieving Alcohol and Drug Free Mines: A Better Approach"