Kevin G. Meeks

Partner

Atlanta
Business Phone: 404.885.3719
Business Fax: 404.962.6605

kevin.meeks@troutmansanders.com

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Kevin Meeks focuses his practice on helping businesses and governments solve complex litigation, regulatory, and compliance problems.

Kevin represents the firm’s clients before federal, state, and local regulatory bodies and in state courts, federal district and appellate courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has particular expertise in contracts, government programs, taxation and finance, business torts, and such regulated industries as telecommunications, energy, health care, real estate, and transportation. Kevin routinely represents clients in litigation and administrative law matters with constitutional, public policy, and public relations implications.

Kevin also has extensive experience in government ethics compliance and election law, both in litigation and in providing guidance to companies, trade associations, and political action committees ("PACs") on federal and state campaign finance, lobbying, and gift laws, government contracting regulations, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). He has particular experience counseling public utilities, national banks, and U.S. subsidiaries of international companies on the specific federal and state rules which apply to those entities.

Representative Matters

Contracts and Government Programs

  • Perdue v. Kenny A., 559 U.S. 542 (2010), rev’g 532 F.3d 1209 (11th Cir. 2008) - Defended a state child welfare program in a federal civil rights class action, and obtained U.S. Supreme Court reversal in a decision limiting attorney’s fee enhancements.
  • United States v. Georgia (N.D. Ga. 2010) - Defended a state government in a U.S. Department of Justice enforcement action involving mental health programs and facilities.
  • City of Decatur v. DeKalb Cnty., 277 Ga. 292 (2003) - Defended the appeal of an intergovernmental contract for revenue-sharing.
  • Represented a state university in federal court challenges to its admissions policies.
  • Representation of companies and government agencies, including a state lottery, in procurements, contract negotiations, and bid protests.

Taxation and Finance

  • Ga. Power Co. v. Monroe Cnty., 284 Ga. App. 707 (2007), aff'd, 283 Ga. 12 (2008) - Achieved appellate reversal in a case upholding statewide property tax valuation of public utilities.
  • CM Tax Equal. Found. v. Columbus-Muscogee Cnty. Consol. Gov't, 276 Ga. 332, cert. denied, 540 U.S. 878 (2003) - Preserved a local government’s homestead property tax system.
  • AT&T Corp. v. Prop. Tax Servs., Inc., 288 Ga. App. 679 (2007) - Secured appellate reversal in a case regarding the duty a tax consultant owes its client.
  • Ga. Power Co. v. Graham (Fulton Cnty. Super. Ct. 2010), appeal withdrawn, No. A11A0332 (Ga. Ct. App. 2011) - Obtained summary judgment in a Georgia Ports Tax Credit refund case.
  • Resolved without litigation a disputed multi-million dollar water assessment charged to an international beverage producer.

Business Torts

  • Harris v. Orange S.A., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188718 (N.D. Ga. 2014), aff’d, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 22905 (11th Cir. 2015) - Obtained dismissal of a case asserting claims of federal and state RICO, trade secrets misappropriation, and fraud.
  • Reed Constr. Data Inc. v. McGraw-Hill Cos., 49 F. Supp. 3d 385 (S.D.N.Y., 2014), aff’d, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 111 (2d Cir. 2016) - Represented a business information services provider in a case involving Lanham Act false advertising, antitrust, unfair competition, and business torts claims.

Telecommunications and Energy

  • Pub. Serv. Tel. Co. v. Ga. Pub. Serv. Comm'n, 755 F. Supp. 2d 1263 (N.D. Ga.), aff'd, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 25324 (11th Cir. 2010) - Represented national wireless providers in obtaining affirmance of regulatory decisions interpreting interconnection agreements.
  • Bulloch Cellular, Inc. v. Alltel Commc’ns LLC (N.D. Ga. 2009) - Defended a national telecommunications company in contract litigation related to divestment under an antitrust consent decree.
  • Level 3 Commc’ns v. Neutral Tandem (N.D. Ga. 2008) - Represented an international communications company in a federal injunctive relief action based on Telecommunications Act preemption.
  • Towerlink, LLC v. Carroll Cnty., Ga. (N.D. Ga. 2002) - Obtained federal court reversal of a telecommunications permit denial.
  • Represented an electric utility consortium before Midwestern state regulators on federal preemption and Dormant Commerce Clause issues.

Health Care and Insurance

  • Represent a national health insurer in regulatory and compliance matters and in litigation, arbitrations, and mediations with vendors and provider hospital systems.
  • Represented medical facilities and providers in successfully overturning state certificate of need denials.
  • Counsel companies on Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) and open records issues in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, including confidentiality and trade secret protections for documents filed with federal, state, and local governments.
  • Represented a national health insurer on "most-favored-nation" clauses before regulatory bodies and in litigation.

Real Estate, Land Use, and Construction Litigation

  • Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. S.E. Floating Docks, Inc., 571 F.3d 1143 (11th Cir. 2009) - Obtained appellate reversal and reinstatement of the jury verdict in a construction surety case.
  • Scarbrough Group v. Worley, 290 Ga. 234 (2011) - Obtained appellate reversal and dismissal of a challenge to a city annexation.
  • State Bar of Ga. v. City of Atlanta (Fulton Cnty. Super. Ct. 2002), appeal denied, No. A02D0375 (Ga. Ct. App. 2002) - Achieved reversal of a land use denial, allowing a state bar association to develop its new headquarters.
  • Stephens v. Trust for Public Land, 475 F. Supp. 2d 1299 (N.D. Ga. 2007), appeal dismissed, No. 07-15344 (11th Cir. 2008) - Resolved a federal appeal on the validity of a right of first offer.

Election Law

  • Georgia v. Ashcroft, 539 U.S. 461 (2003), vacating 195 F. Supp. 2d 25 (D.D.C. 2002) (three-judge court) - Secured U.S. Supreme Court approval of redistricting plans in a landmark Voting Rights Act appeal.
  • Common Cause/Ga. v. Billups, 504 F. Supp. 2d 1333 (N.D. Ga. 2007), aff’d, 554 F.3d 1340 (11th Cir.), cert. denied sub nom. NAACP v. Billups, 129 U.S. 2770 (2009); Lake v. Perdue, 282 Ga. 348 (2007); and Democratic Party of Ga., Inc. v. Perdue, 288 Ga. 720 (2011) - Successfully defended federal and state constitutional challenges to voting procedures.
  • Larios v. Cox, 300 F. Supp. 2d 1320 (N.D. Ga.) (three-judge court), aff'd, 542 U.S. 947 (2004) - Defended redistricting plans from political gerrymandering and “one person, one vote” challenges.

Publications and Presentations

  • Lobbying, PACs, and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook (Georgia chapter) (West 2006 through 2017 eds.)
  • “The Georgia Open Records Act” (2015)
  • “Corporations and Elections After Citizens United” (ICLE 2011)
  • “The Work-Product Doctrine in Government Litigation and Its Application to Open Records Laws,” Government Attorneys Seminar (ICLE 2006)
  • “Federal Election-Year Dos and Don’ts for Corporations and Their Executives,” Corporate Counsel Institute (ICLE 2005)
  • “From Sindell to Street Pushers: Imposing Market Share Tort Liability on Illegal Drug Dealers,” 33 Ga. L. Rev. 315 (1998)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Bleckley Inn of Court

Rankings and Recognition

  • Selected as a Georgia Rising Star by Law and Politics Magazine and Atlanta Magazine (2009)

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2008-present
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2001-2007
  • Special Assistant and Political Director, Georgia Governor Zell Miller, 1993-1996
  • Campaign Aide, North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., 1991-1992
Clerkship
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Thomas W. Thrash, Jr., United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1999-2001

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Education

  • University of Georgia, J.D., cum laude, 1999
    Managing Editor, Georgia Law Review
  • Duke University, A.B., 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals