Randy Edwards, Esq.
Randy is an “AV” rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and has been practicing law for over 20 years. He has spent the majority of his career at two of Atlanta’s premier law firms, Kilpatrick Stockton (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton) where he was a partner for 8 years, and Smith Currie & Hancock where he was an associate for 4 years.
In 2009, he opted for lower overhead and less bureaucracy and formed Cochran & Edwards with Scott Cochran. He is licensed in both Georgia and Alabama. Randy is a trial lawyer and primarily handles the following types of cases:
Complex Business Litigation
- With a master’s degree in finance, Randy has unique experience with business cases involving complex damage models. He has handled a wide variety of cases including trade secrets, failed business acquisitions, lender liability (presenting both borrowers and lenders), medical devices, non-competition agreements, construction claims (representing contractors, suppliers and owners), insurance coverage and bad faith cases.
Complex Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
- Randy was one of select few lawyers at Kilpatrick Stockton who handled personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has extensive experience with cases involving construction defects, particularly cases against the Georgia Department of Transportation and its contractors, as well as car wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, trucking cases, toxic torts, products liability and medical malpractice.
- Randy handled one of the highest profile franchise cases in the nation (Lupton-Smith vs. Atlanta Bread Company), which not only went to the Georgia Supreme Court, but lead to an amendment to the Georgia Constitution. He represents franchisees in cases all over the country. Randy is a true competitor as evidenced by his background as a defensive lineman for the University of Alabama where he played for legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. Randy was a 4 year letterman and 3 year starter at Alabama and was elected permanent captain his senior year. He was primarily a “nickel” pass-rusher for the Seahawks, with his best year being 1985 when he had 10.5 quarterback sacks.
- Member, Georgia Bar Association
- Member, Alabama Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association.
- Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, Cobb County Bar Association, Business Litigation section. Lectures
- “Maintaining Trade Secrets and Enforcing Non-Competes” – Southeast Franchise Forum, Atlanta Georgia, May 11, 2010
- “Much ado about Daubert” Construction Super conference, San Francisco CA
- J.D. – University of Alabama, 1992; Law Review
- M.A., Corporate Finance – University of Alabama Graduate School of Business, 1992
- B.A ., Corporate Finance – University of Alabama, 1984; Student-Athlete of the Year, School of Commerce & Business Administration, 1984; Letterman, Varsity Football, 1980-83, Defensive Captain, 1983.
- $13.75 million jury verdict for securities fraud, RICO, breach of contract and fraud. RMNANDCO, Inc. vs. Fitch et al., Superior Court of Monroe County, Georgia 2010-CV-602.
- 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirms district court’s order allowing former bank officers and directors to raise FDIC’s failure to mitigate damages as defense to FDIC’s claims seeking to recover for losses related to closed bank. FDIC vs. Skow et al.
- Denial of summary filed by addiction doctor on grounds that American Board of Addiction Medicine is not “an appropriate American board” under Ala. Code §6-5-548. Salter v. Alley.
- Reversal of summary judgment denying insurance coverage for theft of Lamborghini; Byrd vs. USAA, 317 Ga. App. 280 (2012) ; Confidential settlement of insurance coverage and conversion claim for theft of Lamborghini; Barry Byrd vs. USAA and Barry Byrd vs. Selena International, Inc.
- Confidential Settlement against addiction treatment center for alleged malpractice resulting in death of patient.
- Confidential Settlement of trade secrets claims related to failed business acquisition, Amendia, Inc. vs. Spine 360.
- Confidential settlement with Highway contractor for injuries resulting from multi-vehicle crash caused by flooding on interstate during widening project.
- $340,000 arbitration award for former franchisee against Any Lab Test Now for wrongful termination of franchise and area development agreements.
- $1.25 judgment for United Community Bank against real estate developer for loan default and dismissal of developer’s claims for fraud and conversion.
- $1 million settlement with Georgia Department of Transportation for defective road causing crash which resulted in death of driver that lost control, a young mother with infant in car with her.
- Supreme Court affirms summary in favor of former Atlanta Bread franchisee. Atlanta Bread Company International, Inc. vs. Lupton-Smith, 285 Ga. 587 (2009) ; $5.5 Million settlement for former franchisee against Atlanta Bread Company for wrongful termination of multiple Atlanta Bread franchises.
- $3.8 million jury verdict for target of failed business acquisition.
Law Firm of Cochran & Edwards
2950 Atlanta Rd SE
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"Randy is an experienced and professional attorney who obtains the very best outcomes for his clients."
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