Jill R. Dunn
Partner
Direct Dial: 770.818.1409
Cellphone: 678.313.7227
Fax: 770.937.9960
[email protected]
 

Jill Dunn is a partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP’s Atlanta office and is co-chair of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation/Directors & Officers National Practice Section. Ms. Dunn focuses her practice on representing clients in commercial matters, including numerous complex disputes involving class action defense, investor derivative claims, securities fraud, qui tam claims, whistleblower investigations and defense, franchisor/franchisee and dealer negotiations and disputes, fraud/misrepresentation, trade secret misappropriation, restrictive covenant enforcement and defense, computer fraud and theft and landlord/tenant disputes. Ms. Dunn has experience representing healthcare organizations in matters involving fiduciary obligations, compliance, and contract-based disputes. Ms. Dunn also has experience handling defamation and disparagement claims. In addition, Ms. Dunn focuses on professional liability defense involving accountants, attorneys, architects/engineers, and medical professionals.

Her commercial practice also encompasses the handling of claims of self-dealing, RICO, breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts related to corporate disputes between shareholders, including those arising out of the sale or dissolution of companies. She has also represented parties in real estate-related actions, including foreclosure confirmation and deficiency actions, receivership actions and suits on notes and/or guaranties.

Ms. Dunn also has experience representing employers in a variety of labor and employment issues in state and federal courts across the country, including wage and hour claims, sexual harassment allegations, claims of retaliation and disputes surrounding the enforcement and defense of restrictive covenants. Ms. Dunn also represents employers before state and federal administrative agencies responsible for administering civil rights laws, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ms. Dunn has extensive trial experience and has handled both jury and bench trials in state and federal courts across the county. 

In addition to representing clients in litigation, Ms. Dunn also regularly advises clients on a variety of commercial contract-related issues, including negotiating and drafting vendor agreements, lease agreements, service and supply contracts, software contracts, non-disclosure agreements, commercial loan agreements, receivables-secured line of credit agreements, and license agreements. Ms. Dunn's commercial litigation experience provides her a unique insight in drafting and reviewing commercial contracts for clients. 

 

Areas of Practice

  • Class Action
  • Commercial Litigation/Directors & Officers
  • Healthcare

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • United States Northern District of Georgia
  • United States Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals

Education

  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2003
    • Associate Student Works Editor, South Carolina Law Review
  • B.A., Clemson University, magna cum laude, 2000

Representative Published Works

  • Author, “Protection in Contract Language – Raising Materials Cost”, ForConstructionPros.com, November 8, 2016.
  • Author, “How to Maximize Your Leverage While Leasing”, Restaurant Hospitality, August 1, 2016.
  • Author, “Why Construction Contracts Need to Define ‘Substantial Completion’,” ForConstructionPros.com, May 26, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Man Franchise Agreements Are Drafted to Provide the Franchisor a Unilateral Right to Purchase a Franchise,” Franchising Today, May 18, 2016.
  • Author, “A Practical Guide to Avoiding Pitfalls in Drafting Arbitration Provisions,” InsideCounsel, April 21, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Franchise Agreements: 5 Points to Consider Before Signing, “Restaurant Hospitality, February 21, 2016.
  • How Enforceable Is Your Construction Arbitration Provision, ForConstructionPros.com, February 17, 2016.
  • Is Substantial Compliance With a Contractual Notice Provision in Construction Contracts Good Enough?, ForConstructionPros.com, August 20, 2015.  
  • A New Way of Arbitration, Construction Today, June 16, 2015.
  • Problematic Lease Provisions: The Top Three Offenders, Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy, March 4, 2015.
  • Issues for Hotel Operator Tenants When Negotiating Leases, Hotel Online, February 24, 2015.
  • What to Know When Negotiating a Restaurant Lease, Restaurant Hospitality, February 12, 2015.
  • Important Provisions in Construction Contracts – Part 2, ForConstructionPros.com, February 16, 2015.
  • Tenant Build-out and Operating Expense Lease Provisions Can Pose Problems for Landlords, FacilitiesNet.com, February 2015.
  • Important Provisions in Construction Contracts – Part 1, ForConstructionPros.com, December 8, 2014.
  • Insurance Tips for the Busy Construction Professional: Part 2 – Common Policy Exclusions and How to Avoid Gaps in Coverage, ForConstructionPros.com, October 13, 2014.
  • Insurance Tips for the Busy Construction Professional: Part 1 – Common Types of Coverage and Selecting a Carrier, ForConstructinPros.com, August 14, 2014.
  • New AAA Rules Call Into Questions Finality of Arbitration Awards, ForConstructionPros.com, June 12, 2014.
  • A Decision Without a Solution: Ferguson v. City of Charleston, 53 S.C.L.Rev. 717, Spring 2002.
  • Georgia Supreme Court Severely Limits Landlords’ Recovery of Attorney Fees in Georgia – Part 1, Retail Law Strategist, August 2008 (Volume 8, Issue 8).
  • Georgia Supreme Court Severely Limits Landlords’ Recovery of Attorney Fees in Georgia – Part 2, Retail Law Strategist, September 2008 (Volume 8, Issue 9).

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Board of Directors, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, 2013 - present
  • Chair, In-Town Mentoring Circle for Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, 2013 - present