Firm Overview

Business and Technology Attorneys

Full-Service Legal Counsel in Metro Atlanta, Georgia

From negotiating business agreements to aggressive representation in commercial litigation, the law firm of Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC, provides comprehensive legal service to entrepreneurs, executives and companies in Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, Cumming, Marietta, and other communities throughout the north Atlanta metropolitan area.

Our chief focus is providing counsel to technology firms and other businesses located in the developing Georgia 400 corridor. In fact, two of our attorneys were founding members of the steering committee for the 400 Technology Connection, which fostered technology and commercial growth in the area prior to partnering with the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

Atlanta’s population is expanding northward. Many companies are relocating their corporate headquarters and regional offices along the emerging Georgia 400 “Golden Corridor.” This thriving commercial sector has also proven a fast incubator for many emerging technology companies. For more than a decade, Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC, has provided knowledgeable legal advice and representation to new and established companies in this area. Our services cover a broad range of business needs, including:

Our Attorneys


Alan M. Briskin founded the firm in 1995. He represents many emerging technology companies by negotiating and drafting business agreements, performing transactions, and handling intellectual property licensing, as well as litigation in employment law, business disputes and federal court matters. Before entering private practice, Mr. Briskin served as a staff attorney for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., focusing on general litigation and corporate matters.

Michael D. Cross Jr. joined the law firm in 1999. His practice focuses on business agreements and transactions, employment contracts, franchise law, commercial real estate and nonprofit corporation law. He is a frequent speaker and writer, serves on a number of boards and advisory councils, and is particularly active in the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, as well as political campaigns and many other volunteer activities.

David M. Messer practiced in Oklahoma from 2000 until joining Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC, in 2007. David’s practice historically has focused on aggressively representing companies, business owners, and executives in litigated and arbitrated matters. David also has particular experience in transportation and logistics, having worked for several years in that industry prior to becoming a lawyer.

Michael Penn is an equity partner at Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC, and has been practicing law in the state of Georgia since 1993. Michael’s practice concentrates in the areas of (i) Corporate and business law, including mergers & acquisitions, partnership and LLC law; (ii) Intellectual property law; (iii) Employment Law, including executive employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, and employment manuals; (iv) Franchise law, including representing franchisors and franchisees; and (v) Commercial litigation related to each of these areas

Byron M.G. Sanford built a successful private practice for seven years before joining the firm in 2004. He brings extensive experience in technology and internet law; commercial litigation, including partnership and shareholder disputes; contract litigation; employment contracts; intellectual property, commercial collections, and construction disputes. Mr. Sanford also serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Gwinnett Judicial District in civil litigation matters.


Mary Trachian-Bradley is a Senior Litigation Associate at Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC with extensive trial experience. Mary specializes in litigation relating to all corporate law matters, including but not limited to: FLSA claims, Contract Disputes, Shareholder Derivative Actions, Franchise law, Landlord/Tenant law, Homeowner Association Law and all matters relating to partnerships and corporations.

R. Kyle Paske is an associate attorney at Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC. Kyle’s practice focuses on litigation. Prior to joining Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC, Kyle represented businesses and their insurers, defending various claims arising from auto accidents, slip and falls, and on-the-job injuries, among other things. Kyle received his law degree cum laude from the University of Florida and his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida. During law school, Kyle competed nationally as part of the University of Florida’s Securities and Business Litigation Moot Court Team. Kyle is admitted to practice in both Florida and Georgia.

Juan S. Patino is a bilingual associate attorney at Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC. Juan focuses his practice on helping small to mid-size businesses thrive in a competitive marketplace. His experience includes assisting with business formation, acquisition, and litigation.
Juan graduated with a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. While at Emory Law, Juan served as a Senior Editor for the Journal of Law & Religion, where he wrote about the intersection of tax law and church rights. Juan also externed at the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, where he successfully argued constitutional issues on the State’s behalf.

Contact the knowledgeable and dedicated business lawyers of Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC, to schedule a consultation about any corporate or commercial legal matter.