Avi Stadler
Avi Stadler (File photo)

Avi Stadler has traded a position as a big-firm litigator to become the general counsel for Esquire Deposition Solutions, a national court-reporting company based in Atlanta. Stadler had been counsel at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, representing broker-dealers and handling general litigation.

Esquire Deposition Solutions formed in 2011 when a private equity company, Bayside Capital, bought Esquire Solutions from parent company Alexander Gallo Holdings, which was in bankruptcy.

“The company is growing and wants to keep growing,” Stadler said. “That is one of the things that was exciting about the opportunity. They needed to take the next step and hire a general counsel. And then when I met with the management team it was a really good fit.”

He said he’s handling legal issues, such as contracts and litigation, as well as risk management, human resources and “messaging within the company to help shape its mission and values.”

Stadler has also worked as director of professional development at McKenna Long & Aldridge and taught pre-law courses as an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech.

“Personally, it was a great opportunity to be part of a really excellent management group that is committed to building and growing the company,” he said. “And I can take my experience in my prior jobs—litigation at Sutherland and professional development work with individuals at McKenna—and use those to help the company manage its people and its growth. That’s really exciting to me.”

Stadler is the past president of the board of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, where he is on the board and executive committee, and he is on the board of the ACLU of Georgia. Stadler is also a volunteer marathon coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s endurance sports Team in Training.

Joshua Viau has joined labor and employment firm Fisher & Phillips as of counsel after 14 years at Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson. Viau represents employers in employment litigation and advises management in traditional labor matters.

In Silicon Valley, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has snagged a patent litigation partner, Sean DeBruine, from Alston & Bird for its office in Menlo Park. Before joining Alston & Bird, DeBruine was the managing partner of Akin Gump’s Silicon Valley office. Kilpatrick has recruited two other partners for its Menlo Park office from K&L Gates—Jon Michaelson, a litigator, and Linda Usoz, an employment lawyer.

Morris Manning & Martin partner Gerald Thomas will receive the 2014 Tax Leadership Award from the National Bar Association for his “academic excellence and stellar professional achievements” on July 28 at the group’s annual meeting in Atlanta. The NBA is the nation’s oldest and largest African-American bar association.

Three Atlanta lawyers were elected fellows of the College of Labor & Employment lawyers: A. Craig Cleland of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, Michelle Johnson of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Frederick Warren III of Ford & Harrison.

Meunier Carlin & Curfman has promoted David Moreland to partner. Moreland is a patent lawyer who has represented clients in the areas of payment systems, computer architecture and software and telecom.

Scott Griffin, who is associate counsel at Aflac in Columbus, has been recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of its “40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.” Griffin was the only Georgia lawyer to make the annual list for the bar group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers.

The company is growing and wants to keep growing. That is one of the things that was exciting about the opportunity. They needed to take the next step and hire a general counsel.

—Avi Stadler