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Thomas J. Mihill

Partner

TJ Mihill practices primarily in intellectual property, business law and litigation, construction law, fiduciary law, and estate and probate. TJ is experienced in arbitration, mediation, and negotiation as well as traditional litigation, and as a licensed neutral he mediated over 150 cases.

TJ has represented clients in litigation, mediation, and arbitration in courts at the state and federal level, both throughout Georgia and nationwide. TJ's practice covers a wide variety of business litigation issues, including actions to enforce or defend against restrictive covenants, professional liability actions, shareholder disputes, and various breach of contract, tort, and fraud actions. TJ also practices in the area of real property law, with experience in premises liability actions, easement issues, and commercial and residential landlord/tenant disputes.

In the construction arena, TJ has represented contractors, subcontractors, and property owners in construction disputes, including actions relating to mechanic's and materialman's liens. TJ has handled numerous defective construction claims, from initial compliance with the Georgia Right to Repair Act through arbitration or trial.

In the area of intellectual property, TJ has represented individuals and corporations in the registration of copyrights and trademarks, as well as handling trademark and copyright infringement claims, trade secret violations, and cybersquatting actions. TJ is particularly active in internet and video game law.  In addition to representing video game designers and game design companies, TJ has litigated infringement actions in state and federal courts on behalf of authors, artists, and musicians. TJ also represents clients in licensing and royalty disputes.

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, JD, 2004
    • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
    • Law Review, Associate Editor
  •  University of Central Florida, M.A. in English, 2000

Admissions

  •  State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • United States District Court – Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court – Middle District of Georgia
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional or Trade Affiliations/Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Game Developers Association
  • International Game Developers Association

Honors & Awards

  • Georgia SuperLawyers Rising Star, 2009 - 2014
  • 10.0 rating on Avvo

Publications 

  • “Employee and Officer Exposure to Construction Claims,” Construction Law for the General Practitioner, 2015
  • “Trademarks Without Borders: The Struggle to Establish Geographical Rights for Common Law Trademarks Used Online,” Landslide Magazine, 2014
  • “Trade Secrets,” Computer Games and Virtual Worlds, 2010
  • “Employee and Officer Exposure to Construction Claims,” Construction Law for the General Practitioner, 2009

Speaking Engagements 

  • “Net Neutrality,” Electronic Frontiers Georgia, 2017
  • “Skin Deep: Copyright Issues in a Tattoo Culture,” State Bar of Georgia IP section, 2017
  • “Journalism & Freedom of the Press in the Trump Era,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2017
  • “Legal, Litigation, & Security Issues of Self-Driving Cars,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2017
  • “Lawsuit against Techdirt,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2017
  • “Star Athletica v.Varsity Brands,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2017
  • “CISA Cybersecurity Provisions in the 2016 Omnibus Budget Bill,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2016
  • “Revenge Porn and Reputation Destroying Sites,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2016
  • “FBI vs. Apple vs. Grey Hats and the Future of Encryption,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2016
  • “Employee and Officer Exposure to Construction Claims,” Construction Law for the General Practitioner, 2015
  • “Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- Hacking Automobiles and Other Vehicles,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2015
  • “Legal and Practical Business Issues for Mobile Game Developers,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2015
  • “Network Neutrality, the FCC, and Title II,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2015
  • “Legal Issues for eBook Authors and Publishers,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2015
  • “Revenge Porn and Reputation Destroying Sites: An Update,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2014
  • “Trademark Law Update,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2014
  • “Documentary: Terms and Conditions May Apply,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2014
  • “Aereo Supreme Court Case,” Dragon Con EFF Track, 2014
  • “Employee and Officer Exposure to Construction Claims,” Construction Law for the General Practitioner, 2009

Community Activities

  •  Secretary, Board of Directors, Georgia Game Developers Association
  • Den Leader, Pack 1714, Foothills District, Boy Scouts of America
  • Host Committee, Georgia Entertainment Gala, 2012-2017
  • The Georgian Club