Litigation is the process of resolving legal disputes through the court system. At Georgia Tech, litigation can arise from various circumstances, including contractual disputes, intellectual property issues, employment matters, etc. Litigation typically begins with the filing of a civil complaint with a court or agency, damages claim, or when there is a reasonable anticipation of litigation, such as through a demand letter. In criminal matters, authorities may issue search warrants to obtain documents as part of their investigation. Civil cases often involve subpoenas or document requests sent during the discovery phase.

If you receive any legal documents, such as a complaint, subpoena, document request, search warrant, or any communication suggesting potential litigation, please immediately contact the Legal Affairs at: Similarly, if you’re aware of any situation at Georgia Tech that could reasonably lead to litigation, please contact Legal Affairs.

Navigating Litigation at Georgia Tech

Legal Affairs provides comprehensive legal support throughout the litigation process, addressing the unique challenges in academic, employment, and research-related disputes. 

Our services include:

  • Strategic Legal Counsel: Our experienced attorneys offer strategic legal counsel, assisting the Institute understand its rights and responsibilities, evaluate potential risks, and make informed decisions throughout the litigation process. It's important to note that our role is to provide legal advice and representation to the Institute as a whole, rather than individual employees, focusing on  the Institute’s collective interests.
  • Representation: We provide representation in state and federal courts, as well as administrative proceedings, ensuring that the Institute's interests are vigorously defended.
  • Case Management: Our team manages all aspects of litigation, from pre-trial preparations to post-trial matters, to help streamline the process and minimize disruptions to Institute operations.
  • Risk Assessment: We conduct comprehensive risk assessments to assist the Institute in making informed decisions regarding settlement, mediation, or trial, always with the best interests of Georgia Tech in mind. This proactive approach helps in early identification and mitigation of risks, reducing the likelihood of litigation. We also offer training and guidance on legal risk concerns for departments or groups.

For any legal disputes or questions about litigation services at Georgia Tech, please contact Legal Affairs at: