Byron M.G. Sanford

Byron M.G. Sanford

Location:
Alpharetta, Georgia
Phone:
(770) 410-1555 (Ext. 107)
Fax:
770-410-3281
Email:

Byron M. G. Sanford is a partner at Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC and chairs both the firm's Technology and Internet Law Practice Group and its Labor and Employment Practice Group. Byron's practice focuses on matters including (i) Technology Law, including internet law, technology licensing agreements, data privacy and security; (ii) Intellectual Property Law including trademarks, service marks, copyrights and trade secrets; (iii) Business Law, including general corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions, partnership and LLC law, exit strategy planning and execution, and commercial litigation; and (iv) Employment Law, assisting companies in navigating complex state and federal labor laws and regulations, negotiating and preparing executive employment agreements, employment manuals, and handling employment disputes and litigation. Byron also brings wide expertise and experience to the intersection of the law and business issues, assisting to the firm's clients through collaborative engagements to grow and improve their businesses.

Byron is licensed by the State Bar of Georgia and has been admitted to practice before all state and local courts throughout Georgia, including the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court, as well as the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Byron is an active member of the Technology, Intellectual Property, Business, and Labor and Employment Section of the Georgia Bar Association. Byron is also a member of the North Fulton Bar Association.

Byron received his dual B.A. in International Studies and German Studies from Emory University. He was subsequently awarded his J.D. by the Georgia State University College of Law. During law school, Byron served as President of the GSU Moot Court Board, as well as leader of the award-winning International and Environmental Moot Court teams. Prior to joining the law firm, he founded and managed The Law Offices of Byron M. G. Sanford, P.C. for seven successful years, where he served the legal needs of technology, construction, and real estate development companies.

As part of Byron's practice and his participation in the community, Byron serves on the Board of Directors for the Alpharetta Development Authority, which is responsible for promoting trade, commerce, industry, the general tax base, and employment opportunities in the city of Alpharetta, Georgia. Byron also serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit. As Special Assistant Attorney General, Byron represents the Georgia Department of Human Resources Office Child Support Enforcement in civil litigation within the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit.

Byron regularly lectures on technology law, labor and employment law, and business law issues, including teaching continuing legal education classes on these subjects through the National Business Institute, and through seminars presented to various business interest groups. In addition, Byron guest lectures at Reinhardt College and numerous local and national business organizations, and has published numerous articles and papers, on critical business law and technology law issues, including data privacy and security, business structural issues, and developing changes in labor and employment law.

Byron's civic engagement also includes sitting of the Board of Directors for the not-for-profit arts organization, The Michael O'Neil Singers, and serving on various committees at Congregation Dor Tamid, where he and his family are active members.

Areas of Practice

  • 25% Technology and Internet Law
  • 10% Business Litigation
  • 5% Commercial Real Estate
  • 5% Construction Law
  • 10% Contract Litigation
  • 5% Corporate Law
  • 10% Employment Law
  • 5% Intellectual Property
  • 5% Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 5% Partnership and LLC Law
  • 5% Restrictive Covenants
  • 10% Business Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 33% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1995
  • Emory University
    • B.A. - 1991

Published Works

  • Practical Considerations in Creating Effective Operating Procedures, National Business Institute, Corporate and Limited Liability Company Law, 2010
  • Creating Practical Operating Procedures, National Business Institute, Corporate and Limited Liability Company Law, 2009
  • Operating Agreements and Operational Issues, National Business Institute - LLC Trends and Developments, Corporate and Limited Liability Company Law, 2008

Representative Cases

  • Chapman v. Clark, et al. (Georgia Court of Appeals 2010)
  • Accurate Printers v. Stark (Georgia Court of Appels 2008)
  • Acquisition of PopJudaica.com by ModernTribe.com (2009)

Classes/Seminars

  • “Practical Consideration in Creating Effective Operating Procedures”, National Business Institute, 2010, 2008
  • “Legal Risk Management in a Data-Centric World”, C&C CEO Advisory Board, 2010, 2007 - Present
  • “Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection, Real Estate and Land-Use”, Reinhardt College, 2010, 2007
  • “Creating Practical Operating Procedures”, National Business Institute, 2009
  • “Business Law Bootcamp for New Business Owners”, Entrepreneurs’ Workshop, 2009
  • “Impact of State Law on LLC Governance", National Business Institutes, 2008
  • "Limited Liability Companies", National Business Institute
  • "Trends and Developments in LLCs", National Business Institute
  • "Your Guide to Georgia LLCs", National Business Institute

Honors and Awards

  • Avvo.com rated: Superb
  • Mock Trial Attorney Coach of the Year, 2006 - 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Bar Association - Technology Law Section, Member, January 1, 2005 - Present
  • Georgia Bar Association - Business Law Section, Member, January 1, 1997 - Present
  • Georgia Bar Association - Intellectual Property Law Section, Member, January 1, 2005 - Present
  • Technology Association of Georgia, Member, January 1, 1999 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Georgia Bar Association's High School Mock Trial Program, November 1, 1997 - Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Beta Theta Pi