Vincent Russo

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Vincent Russo represents clients in a wide range of business disputes arising from corporate fiduciary duties, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development, and land use. Vincent has over a decade of regulatory and policy experience in Georgia, and his election law practice regularly involves issues at the intersection of law, politics, and public policy.

Vincent’s expertise in election law and campaign finance in Georgia is unmatched. He has represented federal and state elected officials, campaign committees, PACs, corporations, and non-profit organizations. Vincent is legal counsel to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s campaign committee and also served as counsel for Governor Kemp’s inaugural committee. He is also the Chief Deputy General Counsel for the Georgia Republican Party and has represented the National Republican Congressional Committee in recent election cycles. Prior to joining the firm, Vincent was the General Counsel for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, where he served as the General Counsel in the administrations of Secretaries of State Brian P. Kemp and Karen Handel.

Vincent currently serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia, representing Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger before the United State House Committee on Oversight and Reform. He has also been appointed to represent the Georgia Secretary of State and the State Election Board in federal court litigation challenging the constitutionality of Georgia’s election systems.   As either in-house or outside counsel, Vincent has been involved in many significant voting rights and election cases involving the State of Georgia.

In January 2019, Vincent was appointed by Governor Kemp to serve as co-Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission — a 25-member Commission created by Executive Order of the Governor to evaluate and recommend individuals for appointment to the bench. The Fulton County Daily Report selected Vincent as one of 14 attorneys to its “On the Rise” class for 2019, and James Magazine named him to the 2019 List of Georgia’s Most Influential Attorneys. Vincent’s peers and colleagues also honored him as a Georgia Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Vincent has represented and advised a diverse group of clients, including serving as outside general counsel to clients involved in business transactions that implicate securities laws and other regulatory schemes. Vincent previously served as Georgia’s Assistant Commissioner of Securities, where he oversaw the state regulation of the securities industry in Georgia.  He currently serves as outside counsel to the Invest Georgia program — the State of Georgia’s venture capital fund.   He has also served as a court-appointed Special Master for real estate disputes in Fulton County, Georgia.

Vincent is a graduate of Emory University School of Law, where he was the recipient of the James C. Pratt Memorial Award, selected to the Order of the Barristers, and served as the Director of the Emory Moot Court Society (2005-2006). Vincent earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from Louisiana State University and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal of Distinguished Service.

Education

  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., Louisiana State University, 2003

Bar Memberships

  • Georgia

Selected Cases and Representations Experience

  • Settled executive contract arbitration in which we sued a high growth company on behalf of a former officer and director who had been terminated. Without disclosing the parties or other identifying facts due to the confidential nature of the settlement, we obtained a settlement for the executive valued at $10.75 million in cash and stock.
  • Represented the Georgia Republican Party in lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party of Georgia and Stacey Abrams campaign seeking to challenge provisional ballots in the 2018 election and obtain a recount of the statewide 2018 election. The plaintiffs dismissed the lawsuit in January 2019.  Democratic Party of Georgia., et al. v. Crittenden, et al. 18-CV-05181 (N.D. Ga. 2018). 
  • Represented Georgia Congresswoman in a challenge filed in federal court to the results of the 2017 Special Election for Georgia Sixth Congressional District and successfully obtained the dismissal of our client and the claims challenging the results of the election. Curling et al. v. Kemp, et al., 17-CV-2989-AT (N.D. Ga.).
  • Represented general partner of a private equity fund in lawsuit alleging shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty affecting corporate control and the sale of a portfolio company. Obtained successful settlement for client, including recovery of funds misappropriated by the company’s CEO.
  • Obtained dismissal on summary judgment of claims against an investment advisor in a lawsuit filed by investors in an offshore investment fund alleging, among other things, fiduciary misconduct and damages of over $30 million. Viken Securities Limited, et al., v. Dadlani, et al., 2015 WL 4610229.
  • Represented individual investor of a large communications solutions provider in a shareholder dispute arising from a corporate acquisition. Obtained a successful pre-litigation settlement for our client, which included a favorable buyout of minority stock.
  • Counsel for Groundfloor Finance, Inc. in public securities offerings filed with the SEC under Regulation A, and in prior public offerings filed with the State of Georgia and other state securities regulators through NASAA’s coordinated review process.
  • Designed and developed compliance program for registered investment advisor and advised client’s compliance officer and directors on federal and state securities compliance matters.
  • Advised and represented a leading company in the craft distillery industry with its reorganization and direct private offering of securities.
  • Successfully defended the Muscogee County Board of Elections & Registration and its individual Board members in a voting rights lawsuit filed by Third Sector Development, Inc. alleging irregularities in the voter registration process and obtained dismissal of all claims against our client.
  • Prior to joining the firm, Vincent advised the Georgia Secretary of State as the office’s General Counsel in the following cases, among others:
    • State of Georgia v. Holder (2010) (involving preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of Georgia’s voter verification process, which also challenged the constitutionality of the VRA)
    • Georgia State Conf. of NAACP v. Kemp (2011) (challenge under Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 regarding the distribution of voter registration applications at public assistance offices in Georgia)
    • Green Party of Georgia et al. v. Kemp (2012) (constitutional challenges to Georgia’s signature requirements for ballot access for independent and political body candidates)
    • Swann v. Handel (2009) (equal protection challenge to a Georgia law on absentee ballot delivery to jail inmates)
    • Morales v. Handel (2008) (challenge to Georgia’s voter verification process under the VRA and Help America Vote Act)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Crowdfunding in Georgia, Technology Association of Georgia Corporate Development Society (2013, 2016)
  • How Intrastate Crowdfunding Will Influence Federal Crowdfunding Laws, 2015 CfPA Annual Summit in Washington, D.C.
  • Regulation A+ — Does It Make The Grade?, 34th Annual Georgia Business Law Institute of the State Bar of Georgia (2015)
  • Election Law in the Wake of a Changed Voting Rights Act, Government Law CLE hosted by The Seminar Group (2014)
  • Entertainment in Exchange for Equity: Using The JOBS Act and Crowdfunding for Entertainment Projects, 2014 Entertainment Law Institute of the State Bar of Georgia (2014)
  • The Crowdfunding Revolution: Innovative Funding Solutions in Life Sciences, Georgia Life Sciences Summit (2013)
  • Funding Programs Supported by the State of Georgia, Southeastern Medical Device Association and Georgia Bio (2013)
  • Securities Regulation Update from the Secretary of State, Georgia Business Law Institute of the State Bar of Georgia (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Current Regulatory Initiatives and Priorities, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Regional Member Meeting (2012)
  • Coordination of Complaint Intake, Referrals and Whistleblower Programs, SEC Southeastern Securities Conference for Regulators, Investigators and Prosecutors (2011)

Civic and Professional Activities and Awards

  • Appointed by Governor Brian Kemp as co-Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Selected to Fulton County Daily Report’s “On the Rise” class for 2019
  • Selected by James Magazine to its 2019 List of Georgia’s Most Influential Attorneys
  • Selected as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine and Atlanta magazine for 2017, 2018, and 2019
  • Appointed to the Georgia Secure, Accessible & Fair Elections (SAFE) Commission
  • Conservative Policy Leadership Institute, 2016 Fellow
  • Lamar Inn of Court, Master
  • LEAD Atlanta, Class of 2013
  • North American Securities Administrators Association, 2013 Outstanding Service Award
  • The Federalist Society, Member
  • Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • Bleckley Inn of Court, Barrister (2011-2013)
  • Georgia Department of Revenue Industry Partners Advisory Group, Member (2016)
  • Ansley Park Civic Association, Zoning Board Member
  • Trees Atlanta 2017-2018 Root Ball Host Committee
  • Krewe of Bacchus, New Orleans, Louisiana, Member

 

Vincent Russo

Attorney Bio
BACK

Vincent Russo represents clients in a wide range of business disputes arising from corporate fiduciary duties, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development, and land use. Vincent has over a decade of regulatory and policy experience in Georgia, and his election law practice regularly involves issues at the intersection of law, politics, and public policy.

Vincent’s expertise in election law and campaign finance in Georgia is unmatched. He has represented federal and state elected officials, campaign committees, PACs, corporations, and non-profit organizations. Vincent is legal counsel to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s campaign committee and also served as counsel for Governor Kemp’s inaugural committee. He is also the Chief Deputy General Counsel for the Georgia Republican Party and has represented the National Republican Congressional Committee in recent election cycles. Prior to joining the firm, Vincent was the General Counsel for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, where he served as the General Counsel in the administrations of Secretaries of State Brian P. Kemp and Karen Handel.

Vincent currently serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia, representing Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger before the United State House Committee on Oversight and Reform. He has also been appointed to represent the Georgia Secretary of State and the State Election Board in federal court litigation challenging the constitutionality of Georgia’s election systems.   As either in-house or outside counsel, Vincent has been involved in many significant voting rights and election cases involving the State of Georgia.

In January 2019, Vincent was appointed by Governor Kemp to serve as co-Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission — a 25-member Commission created by Executive Order of the Governor to evaluate and recommend individuals for appointment to the bench. The Fulton County Daily Report selected Vincent as one of 14 attorneys to its “On the Rise” class for 2019, and James Magazine named him to the 2019 List of Georgia’s Most Influential Attorneys. Vincent’s peers and colleagues also honored him as a Georgia Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Vincent has represented and advised a diverse group of clients, including serving as outside general counsel to clients involved in business transactions that implicate securities laws and other regulatory schemes. Vincent previously served as Georgia’s Assistant Commissioner of Securities, where he oversaw the state regulation of the securities industry in Georgia.  He currently serves as outside counsel to the Invest Georgia program — the State of Georgia’s venture capital fund.   He has also served as a court-appointed Special Master for real estate disputes in Fulton County, Georgia.

Vincent is a graduate of Emory University School of Law, where he was the recipient of the James C. Pratt Memorial Award, selected to the Order of the Barristers, and served as the Director of the Emory Moot Court Society (2005-2006). Vincent earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from Louisiana State University and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal of Distinguished Service.

Education & Memberships

Education

  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., Louisiana State University, 2003

Bar Memberships

  • Georgia
Selected cases & representations

Selected Cases and Representations Experience

  • Settled executive contract arbitration in which we sued a high growth company on behalf of a former officer and director who had been terminated. Without disclosing the parties or other identifying facts due to the confidential nature of the settlement, we obtained a settlement for the executive valued at $10.75 million in cash and stock.
  • Represented the Georgia Republican Party in lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party of Georgia and Stacey Abrams campaign seeking to challenge provisional ballots in the 2018 election and obtain a recount of the statewide 2018 election. The plaintiffs dismissed the lawsuit in January 2019.  Democratic Party of Georgia., et al. v. Crittenden, et al. 18-CV-05181 (N.D. Ga. 2018). 
  • Represented Georgia Congresswoman in a challenge filed in federal court to the results of the 2017 Special Election for Georgia Sixth Congressional District and successfully obtained the dismissal of our client and the claims challenging the results of the election. Curling et al. v. Kemp, et al., 17-CV-2989-AT (N.D. Ga.).
  • Represented general partner of a private equity fund in lawsuit alleging shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty affecting corporate control and the sale of a portfolio company. Obtained successful settlement for client, including recovery of funds misappropriated by the company’s CEO.
  • Obtained dismissal on summary judgment of claims against an investment advisor in a lawsuit filed by investors in an offshore investment fund alleging, among other things, fiduciary misconduct and damages of over $30 million. Viken Securities Limited, et al., v. Dadlani, et al., 2015 WL 4610229.
  • Represented individual investor of a large communications solutions provider in a shareholder dispute arising from a corporate acquisition. Obtained a successful pre-litigation settlement for our client, which included a favorable buyout of minority stock.
  • Counsel for Groundfloor Finance, Inc. in public securities offerings filed with the SEC under Regulation A, and in prior public offerings filed with the State of Georgia and other state securities regulators through NASAA’s coordinated review process.
  • Designed and developed compliance program for registered investment advisor and advised client’s compliance officer and directors on federal and state securities compliance matters.
  • Advised and represented a leading company in the craft distillery industry with its reorganization and direct private offering of securities.
  • Successfully defended the Muscogee County Board of Elections & Registration and its individual Board members in a voting rights lawsuit filed by Third Sector Development, Inc. alleging irregularities in the voter registration process and obtained dismissal of all claims against our client.
  • Prior to joining the firm, Vincent advised the Georgia Secretary of State as the office’s General Counsel in the following cases, among others:
    • State of Georgia v. Holder (2010) (involving preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of Georgia’s voter verification process, which also challenged the constitutionality of the VRA)
    • Georgia State Conf. of NAACP v. Kemp (2011) (challenge under Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 regarding the distribution of voter registration applications at public assistance offices in Georgia)
    • Green Party of Georgia et al. v. Kemp (2012) (constitutional challenges to Georgia’s signature requirements for ballot access for independent and political body candidates)
    • Swann v. Handel (2009) (equal protection challenge to a Georgia law on absentee ballot delivery to jail inmates)
    • Morales v. Handel (2008) (challenge to Georgia’s voter verification process under the VRA and Help America Vote Act)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Crowdfunding in Georgia, Technology Association of Georgia Corporate Development Society (2013, 2016)
  • How Intrastate Crowdfunding Will Influence Federal Crowdfunding Laws, 2015 CfPA Annual Summit in Washington, D.C.
  • Regulation A+ — Does It Make The Grade?, 34th Annual Georgia Business Law Institute of the State Bar of Georgia (2015)
  • Election Law in the Wake of a Changed Voting Rights Act, Government Law CLE hosted by The Seminar Group (2014)
  • Entertainment in Exchange for Equity: Using The JOBS Act and Crowdfunding for Entertainment Projects, 2014 Entertainment Law Institute of the State Bar of Georgia (2014)
  • The Crowdfunding Revolution: Innovative Funding Solutions in Life Sciences, Georgia Life Sciences Summit (2013)
  • Funding Programs Supported by the State of Georgia, Southeastern Medical Device Association and Georgia Bio (2013)
  • Securities Regulation Update from the Secretary of State, Georgia Business Law Institute of the State Bar of Georgia (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Current Regulatory Initiatives and Priorities, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Regional Member Meeting (2012)
  • Coordination of Complaint Intake, Referrals and Whistleblower Programs, SEC Southeastern Securities Conference for Regulators, Investigators and Prosecutors (2011)

Civic and Professional Activities and Awards

  • Appointed by Governor Brian Kemp as co-Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Selected to Fulton County Daily Report’s “On the Rise” class for 2019
  • Selected by James Magazine to its 2019 List of Georgia’s Most Influential Attorneys
  • Selected as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine and Atlanta magazine for 2017, 2018, and 2019
  • Appointed to the Georgia Secure, Accessible & Fair Elections (SAFE) Commission
  • Conservative Policy Leadership Institute, 2016 Fellow
  • Lamar Inn of Court, Master
  • LEAD Atlanta, Class of 2013
  • North American Securities Administrators Association, 2013 Outstanding Service Award
  • The Federalist Society, Member
  • Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • Bleckley Inn of Court, Barrister (2011-2013)
  • Georgia Department of Revenue Industry Partners Advisory Group, Member (2016)
  • Ansley Park Civic Association, Zoning Board Member
  • Trees Atlanta 2017-2018 Root Ball Host Committee
  • Krewe of Bacchus, New Orleans, Louisiana, Member