Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP

Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP

Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP is nationally recognized for providing high quality, cost effective legal representation in the areas of intellectual property, business litigation, and corporate law. Contact our attorneys today at (770) 953-0995.

Firm Overview

Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP is a nationally recognized law firm representing individuals and businesses of all sizes in complex legal matters. Our legal team is led by a former general counsel for an international telecommunications company, a leading national I.P. litigator with lead counsel experience, including substantial trial experience, in over 200 cases, and an accomplished trial lawyer with a proven record of success in multi-million dollar litigation. The remaining members of our team consist of skilled and dedicated attorneys with extensive experience in both sophisticated transactional matters and high-stakes litigation involving a broad range of issues and technologies. A number of our team members have technical degrees.

Our law practice is unique in that we develop very close relationships with our clients. We take the time to understand their goals and work together with them to formulate and implement the best strategies for protecting their legal and business interests. Part of this is attributable to our size. At 15 attorneys, our firm is large enough to handle the most complex and demanding legal matters, but small enough to do so with unmatched responsiveness and attention to detail.

Clients trust our legal team to effectively handle matters involving:

Intellectual Property Protection and Litigation
Inter Partes Reviews
Labor and Employment
Corporate Transactions
Business Litigation
Mergers and Acquisitions
Outsourced General Counsel
Main Office
Main Office
3350 Riverwood Parkway
Suite 800
Atlanta  GA  30339
  • (770) 953-0995
  • (770) 953-1358


Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Our firm is considered a pioneer in outsourced general counsel and flexible fee arrangements. We offer fixed fee, flat fee, hourly, and hybrid billing arrangements.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and by appointment.
Office Manager
Samantha Shub
Emergency After Hours

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Flexible fee arrangements. Our firm is a leader in providing clients with fee alternatives that are customized to their business needs.

Douglas Kertscher

Doug Kertscher has extensive trial experience, having been lead counsel in over 40 civil trials. He has represented individuals and corporations as plaintiffs in litigation, and has obtained million dollar verdicts and settlements in this capacity. Please see the "Testimonials" section for comments from some of Mr. Kertscher's past clients.

Mr. Kertscher's nationwide experience has come in federal and state cases involving varied business disputes from trade secret to patent and trademark disputes, to matters involving employment and securities. He has twice been a guest on the public television program "Layman's Lawyer," has given 7 seminars on topics such as deposition taking and trial practice, served as an instructor for a business law class at Georgia State University and has published articles or chapters on premises liability law and workers compensation law.

In addition to litigating throughout the state and federal courts in Georgia, Mr. Kertscher has practiced in a variety of federal courts throughout the United States, including trial courts in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

Mr. Kertscher has been selected as one of Georgia's Super Lawyers six times, and has been named to Georgia Trend Magazine's list of Legal Elite for the past three years. He is also rated 10.0/10.0 by AVVO.

Complex litigation, including intellectual property matters
Small-midsize corporate matters
Employment litigation and counseling

University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1994 (with honors)
Auburn University, B.A. (with honors)

Member, UGA Intrastate Moot Court Team
Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Children in the Law Committee (2000)
Chair of the American Bar Association meeting host committee (2001)
Founder and director of the Georgia Aspiring Youth after-school program (1996-2001)
Board member of Northside Shepard's Center for the Elderly (2001-03)
Board member for Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) (2002-04)
Various positions of leadership in the Georgia State Bar YLD executive committee (1997-2003)
Chairman of the University of Georgia School of Law's Young Lawyer Alumni Committee (2003-04)
Youth leader and Stewardship Chairman at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (2004-06)
Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Committee (2014-15)

Rated 10.0/10.0 Superb by AVVO
Georgia Legal Elite, 2012-15
Georgia Super Lawyer, 2005-09, 2015-16
Runner-up, Intrastate Moot Court Competition
"Volunteer of the Year" from the national Aspiring Youth after-school program, 1999
"Commitment Award" for community service from the State Bar YLD, 2002

Panelist, "Have You Seen Her Twitter? Balancing Thorough Investigations and Privacy Rights", American Bar Association Employment Section Mid-winter Meeting, 2015.

Author, "Unfriending: Employment Decisions in the Age of Social Media and Cell Phones", American Bar Association Employment Section Mid-winter Meeting Materials, 2015.
  • Bar Number:
    Georgia , 1994

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