Krevolin & Horst, LLC

Krevolin & Horst, LLC

Our practice focuses on corporate, technology, commercial real estate, trial and appellate litigation including white collar defense and Qui Tam/False Claims Act/Whistleblower claims.

Firm Overview

Our clients include individuals, entrepreneurs, and companies nationwide ranging from start-ups to large, publicly traded and privately held businesses. Through our affiliation with Primerus, a network of high quality, small firms, we can service our clients' needs in every state and throughout the world. All of our partners have been recognized as tops in their field by various publications such as Best Lawyers, Georgia Trend Magazine's Legal Elite, Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. All of our lawyers have worked at large firms, and virtually all have served as law clerks to federal judges. We have been involved in a number of high profile cases that have been written about in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Tampa Tribune, Raleigh News & Observer, National Law Journal, the Fulton County Daily Report, the Gainesville Times, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and others.

Main Office

Main Office
1201 West Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 3250,
One Atlantic Center
Atlanta GA 30309

Phone

404 888-9700

Fax

Business

The Law Offices of Krevolin & Horst, LLC will represent your Business legal matters.

The Law Offices of Krevolin & Horst, LLC will represent your Business legal matters.

Douglas P. Krevolin

Krevolin & Horst, LLC

Doug leads with "great concern for achieving the best results possible", setting the example for all other attorneys to follow in dedication and loyalty to his clients.

Recognized by his peers and named in the Georgia Super Lawyers list since 2004, Georgia Trend's Legal Elite since 2007 and Chambers Small Business USA since 2009, Doug Krevolin has focused his practice for more than 30 years on representing entrepreneurs, emerging-growth companies, owner-managed businesses, real estate developers, and lenders.

Doug has represented clients in acquiring and closing loans on all types of real property, from raw land to shopping centers, office buildings, apartment complexes, storage facilities, and hotels, and has represented clients in the development, financing, leasing and sale of properties throughout the Southeast. He is outside general counsel to a number of businesses and regularly advises clients on formation, financing, acquisitions and sales, contracts, corporate governance matters, technology licensing and shareholder disputes.

Education

Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982, J.D.
Honors: Recipient, Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan Tax Award
University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1979, B.S.E.

Admissions

State of Georgia, 1982

Education

Emory University School of Law
J.D.,

Gerardo M. Balboni II

Krevolin & Horst, LLC

Gerry Balboni is a "trusted counselor" and "the ultimate 'can do' corporate attorney."

Gerry Balboni has over twenty years of corporate law experience representing companies and individuals that buy, sell, and invest in growth businesses. Gerry represents growth companies seeking venture capital investment, venture capital and private equity funds, buyers and sellers of businesses, and licensors and licensees of technology and software. Gerry speaks to groups on topics such as software licensing, acquisition of technology companies, venture capital, and controlling legal costs in corporate finance transactions.

Gerry has written the recent developments column for the Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and has written articles on topics involving venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and taxation. Gerry is a member of and an active participant in the Atlanta Venture Forum, the Technology Alliance of Georgia, the Computer Law Association, the committees on the Law of Cyberspace, Small Business, and Negotiated Acquisitions of the Business and Banking Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the Technology Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Gerry refounded Balboni Law Group LLC in February of 2003. Prior to refounding Balboni Law Group LLC, Gerry was a partner in the ebusiness and technology group of Baker Donelson Bearman and Caldwell, PC from February 2001 to February 2003, a partner of Balboni Law Group LLC from June 1995 through February 2001, a partner in the corporate technology group of Morris, Manning and Martin from October 1993 until May 1995, an associate in the corporate finance group at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy from January 1988 to October 1993, and an associate in the corporate department of Parker, Johnson, Cook & Dunlevie (now the Atlanta office of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice) from June 1984 to December 1987.

Education

Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, 1984, J.D.
Associate Editor of the CUMBERLAND LAW REVIEW, 1982-1984
Associate Justice of the Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board, 1983-1984
The Order of Barristers
Curia Honoris Graduate
School of Business of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, 1977, M.B.A.
University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, 1975, B.A. English

Admissions

Georgia, 1984
American Bar Association

Education

Cumberland School of Law of Samford University
J.D.,

Halsey G. Knapp, Jr.

Krevolin & Horst, LLC

Halsey is a talented trial lawyer noted for being tenacious but who also brings a solution-oriented approach to disputes.

In the 34th year of his practice, Halsey Knapp and his team-Jonathan Hawkins and Amy Fitzharris- joined the partners at Krevolin & Horst, Jeff Horst, Doug Krevolin, Gerry Balboni & Zahra Karinshak to enhance the depth and breadth of this outstanding business firm. Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business ("Chambers") described Halsey Knapp as an "aggressive and attentive litigator with good trial experience and a strong reputation for business break up cases." Halsey, recognized by his peers as a top 100 Lawyer in Georgia since 2009 and as a Super Lawyer since 2004, mirrors the experience and reputation of Jeff Horst, who has also garnered similar accolades and recognition. Together, they have forged a multi-pronged, pre-eminent business litigation practice.

Halsey's trial practice includes representing clients in corporate governance, business tort, trade secret, restrictive covenant and technology litigation. Drawing upon this body of work, Halsey regularly advises clients on crisis management and best practices. "Market sources praise Halsey Knapp for being extremely organized, very personable and very results oriented", according to Chambers. Halsey has extensive negotiation and dispute resolution experience with particular emphasis on business arrangements, limited liability entity operating agreements, executive contracts, real estate transactions, graceful employment departures, and more antagonistic, high stakes, "bet the company" business divorces and litigation.

Consequently, Halsey frequently is asked to handle relationship issues with clients, suppliers, competitors, owners, operators and the occasional government prosecutor or regulator. "Peers say they are happy to send work to Halsey" (Chambers) and referrals from other law firms, locally and nationally, comprise an important source of work for his team. They come to us because we try and win cases for plaintiffs and defendants alike. Although Chambers cited Halsey for being a "talented trial lawyer noted for being tenacious", Halsey also brings a "solution-oriented" approach to disputes. Halsey brings judgment and wisdom to any negotiating table. He is also a trained and registered neutral.

Halsey received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University before earning his law degree from Emory University School of Law, where he received the Best Brief Award in the Law Day Competition and served as President of the Student Bar Association. Halsey has always been an active member of the legal community and the Atlanta community at large. Halsey is a frequent speaker on jury selection, business litigation topics and alternate dispute resolution.

Education

Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, J.D.
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, B.A.
The Hill School, Pottstown, PA

Admissions

Georgia, 1980
Georgia Registered Neutral (Mediation), 2011

Education

Emory University School of Law
J.D.,

Jeffrey D. Horst

Krevolin & Horst, LLC

"Jeff Horst is one of the shining stars of high profile litigators in Atlanta for complex litigation, highly respected by not only those he represents, but those on the other side of his cases."

Jeff Horst is Krevolin & Horst's senior litigator and "a go-to lawyer for referrals." Jeff is a Fellow in the American Academy of Trial Counsel. Less than 1/2 of 1% of the lawyers in the United States are selected for this honor. He was nominated by his peers and selected by Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business 2008-2014 as one of the top business litigators in Atlanta. Chambers USA described Jeff as a "successful trial lawyer with a bright mind and independent style." Jeff has also recently been selected by his peers as a 2015 Best Lawyer in America for his excellence in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration.

Also based on peer recommendations, Jeff has been selected multiple times by Georgia Trend Magazine's Legal Elite as one of Georgia's most effective lawyers. Typically, 35-40 lawyers are so designated for business litigation out of 37,000 Georgia lawyers. Jeff also has been selected every year since 2004 by Atlanta Magazine/Georgia Law & Politics/Super Lawyers as one of the top business litigators in Georgia.

Jeff handles a wide variety of business related disputes in the areas of appeals, business torts, contracts, corporate governance, covenants not to compete, employment, entertainment, franchise, insurance coverage, intellectual property, officer and director liability, professional liability, securities litigation, shareholder disputes, and trade secrets.

Jeff served as one of the principal trial counsel for the defense in Avnet, Inc. v. Wyle Labs., Inc. Avnet was seeking over $300 million in damages, and the case was tried for five months in Tampa, Florida. The jury reached a defense verdict which the National Law Journal selected as one of the top 10 defense verdicts.

Jeff has tried cases in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, and Texas, which have lasted from 2 days to 7 months. Jeff has been involved in a number of high profile matters that have been written about in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Tampa Tribune, Raleigh News & Observer, National Law Journal, Fulton County Daily Report, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Gainesville Times (Georgia). Jeff also has a very successful track record for appeals winning over 80 percent. He has won three cases of first impression in the Georgia Supreme Court and one in the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Education

The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio, 1983, J.D.
Honors: Recipient, Rebecca Topper Memorial Award, 1983, Ohio State Moot Court Distinguished Achievement Awards, (1981,1983)
Law Journal: Ohio State Law Journal, 1982 - 1983
Miami University, 1979, B.Ph.

Admissions

Ohio, 1983
Georgia, 1985
U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1983
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2010
Pro Hac Vice admissions in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia

Education

The Ohio State University College of Law
J.D.,

Jonathan E. Hawkins

Krevolin & Horst, LLC

"Jonathan is an exceptional attorney with a combination of keen intellect, outstanding legal instincts, and the experience to handle difficult and complex cases. Jonathan is well respected by his colleagues and judges."

Jonathan represents both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes business litigation. His cases typically involve significant and complex business fraud, tort, contract, and fiduciary duty claims.

He frequently represents officers, directors, shareholders, and business partners in cases involving disputes over fraud, freeze outs, self-dealings, unfair compensation plans, improper distributions, and the abuse of minority shareholders. He also helps individuals and businesses creatively navigate through business and partnership breakups.

Over the years, Jonathan has handled a wide variety of disputes related to commercial real estate, including those involving loans, commercial foreclosures, purchase and sale agreements, commercial leases, adverse possession claims, nuisance and trespass, and construction and lien issues.

In addition to his complex commercial litigation practice, Jonathan counsels lawyers and law firms in law firm structuring, partnership agreements, of counsel agreements, lateral moves, separation agreements, and law firm dissolutions.

Jonathan is not a discovery litigator. He tries cases and prepares each case as if it will be tried. Such an approach brings focus to a case and eliminates redundant, unnecessary, and unproductive work that can bog down a matter.

Jonathan knows and understands business. He knows what keeps his clients up at night. When working on a case, Jonathan is singularly focused on his client's goals, and every action he takes is intended to move closer towards those goals. His business and engineering background proves invaluable in distilling complex business disputes and resolving them as efficiently as possible.

Highly regarded in the legal community, Jonathan has been recognized as an outstanding lawyer by his peers. He has been given an AV Preeminent Peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb rating by Avvo. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star for the past four consecutive years and has been recognized as a Georgia Trend Legal Elite in Business Law every year since 2011.

Prior to beginning his practice, Jonathan clerked for the Honorable John F. Nangle of the United States District Court in the Southern District of Georgia. During the 2010 Legislative Session, Jonathan served as Legal Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives, where he advised on the legal, political and constitutional implications of legislation before the Committee. Jonathan has served as Outside Counsel to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission since 2011.

Education

University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia, 2003, J.D., cum laude
Georgia Law Review, Managing Editor
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999, B.S., with honors

Education

University of Georgia School of Law
J.D.,

Zahra S. Karinshak

Krevolin & Horst, LLC

Zahra focuses her practice on white collar criminal matters, corporate internal investigations, qui tam/false claims act/whistleblower suits, and complex civil litigation. Due to her experience and expertise, Zahra has been called upon numerous times to be a legal analyst in high profile cases. For 8 years, Zahra served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. As a federal prosecutor, Zahra gained extensive experience in conducting grand jury investigations, trials, and prosecuting cases involving fraud, public corruption, money laundering, violent crimes, child exploitation, and immigration. Zahra also has briefed and argued cases before the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, Zahra served as the Deputy Executive Counsel to Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, was an associate at Sutherland, and clerked for the Honorable J.L. Edmondson, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Zahra is a graduate of Emory University School of Law, Order of the Coif, with distinction, where she was a Sidney Parks Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal. Zahra received her B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy. She was a Captain in the Air Force serving as an intelligence officer and was the top graduate from intelligence school, with the highest academic average in the course's history. Zahra received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and other awards.

Education

Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1997, J.D., with distinction
-Top 5% of Class
-Sidney Parks Scholar
-Order of the Coif
-Georgia Assoc. of Women Lawyers Merit Scholarship
-Emory Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
-Student Bar Association, Secretary
United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, Bachelor of Science, Minor in Arabic, 1989
-Top Graduate in Law
-Distinguished Graduate in Political Science
-Superintendent's List
-Soaring Instructor Pilot
-Wing and Group Command Staffs
-Intercollegiate Cross Country Team

Admissions

Georgia
Middle District of Georgia
Northern District of Georgia
Southern District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Education

Emory University School of Law
J.D.,

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