Michael is the firm’s founder. His practice includes the representation of clients in matters involving intellectual property, music law, publicity rights and trademark law, commercial transactions, national and international licensing transactions and complex civil litigation matters. Michael represented both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He has extensive experience in all aspects of federal and state litigation and procedure, including discovery practice, motion practice, and jury and bench trials.
Michael O. Crain
Frank Sinatra Enterprises, LLC
King Cole Partners, LP (Nat King Cole)
Farrah Fawcett Foundation
Peggy Lee Associates, LLC
Bogart, LLC (Humphrey Bogart)
The Gary Cooper Estate & Trust
Bing Crosby Enterprises / HLC Properties, Ltd.
Industrial Mechanical, Inc.
Peachtree Emergency Physicians, LLC
Jerry Garcia Estate, LLC
The Edward G. Robinson Estate
Photography Collection of Sanford Roth
Peachtree Medical Resource Management, LLC
Daphne Productions (The Dick Cavett Show)
Jerry Garcia Estate, LLC v. Moe’s Southwest Grill, LLC, et al.:
Michael was lead plaintiff’s counsel in a copyright, trademark and publicity rights action against a national restaurant franchisor and many of its franchisees for the unauthorized use his clients’ intellectual property rights in the restaurants’ trade dress and advertising. Other clients in this case included the estates of John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Barry White, George Harrison, and Miles Davis. Links to press concerning Jerry Garcia v. Moe’s case on CNN.com, Rolling Stone Magazine, MSNBC and Court T.V.
Alana L. Curry, et al, v. Fairbanks Capital Corporation:
Michael successfully brought a class-action on behalf of victims of Fairbanks’ systemic overcharging of attorneys’ fees and other charges related its customers’ mortgage accounts. While the case was originally limited to Georgia mortgage holders, the case settled as a national class for $52 million.
Bogart, LLC v. Ashley Furniture et al.:
Michael was lead counsel for the Humphrey Bogart Estate in a national trademark and publicity rights case against the largest furniture manufacturer and retailer in the United States. This case was filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia in 2010.
Bogart, LLC v. Burberry Group, PLC, et al.:
Michael was lead counsel for the Humphrey Bogart Estate in a publicity rights and trademark infringement action involving social media on the Internet. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in California and also in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2012.
King Cole Partners, LP, et al. v. CD Listening Bar d/b/a Super D:
Michael was lead counsel for the Nat King Cole Estate, Peggy Lee Estate and Bing Crosby Estate in a publicity rights and copyright infringement action against an importer of CD's and DVD's. The case was filed in the Untied States District Court for the Central District of California in 2011. The case was resolved at mediation.
Bogart, LLC v. Corinthian Furniture:
Michael was lead counsel for the Humphrey Bogart Estate in a publicity rights and trademark infringement action against a furniture company filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi and the United States District Court for the Central District of California in 2012.
Anderson, et al.v. Fieldale Farms, Inc.:
Michael successfully brought to trial an action representing sixty-two (62) plaintiffs against a large poultry rendering plant for its environmental impact on surrounding neighbors. After a three week trial, Michael obtained the largest verdict in Georgia for a nuisance action. After trial the parties amicably settled all outstanding claims.
General Counsel for Peachtree Emergency Associates, P.C. (PEA):
Along with his trial practice, Michael was general counsel for the Emergency Department medical practice for two of Atlanta’s premier hospitals: Piedmont Hospital and Piedmont Fayetteville Hospital. Michael and his firm provided PEA general counsel services, including contract drafting, negotiating, HIPAA compliance, collections, and employment law.
Juris Doctor, University of Georgia,1992;
B.B.A. - Banking & Finance, University of Georgia, 1989
Bar Admissions & Memberships:
State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of South Carolina
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Western Circuit Bar Association (Georgia)
State Bar of Georgia - Intellectual Property, Litigation and Environmental Law Sections
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