Grant E. Schnell

Associate
Grant E. Schnell

Overview

Grant E. Schnell is an attorney in the firm's Litigation Section. He is experienced in handling civil commercial and arbitration matters throughout the country, advising on business disputes, contract litigation, business torts, trade secret and noncompete litigation, director and officer disputes, disputes between competitors, and general fiduciary and business disputes. Mr. Schnell is based in Holland & Knight's Atlanta office.

Mr. Schnell is well versed in complex litigation matters for the insurance and banking industries; securities actions initiated under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; commercial claims such as breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, and unfair and deceptive trade practices; and various statutory consumer claims such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). He also is experienced in managing discovery in complex civil litigation matters involving multiple claims and parties.

Additionally, Mr. Schnell practices in the areas of state and local government procurement, government contracts, bid proposals, bid protests and procurement appeals. He is well versed in representing local, national and international businesses that interact with states and local governmental entities in the fields of transportation, technology, healthcare and food services. Mr. Schnell has extensive experience prosecuting and defending bid protests and bid proposals in these fields.

Mr. Schnell's recent representative engagements include:

  • successfully defended an officer and director of a publically traded company against allegations of securities violations made under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
  • tried an arbitration case to final decision after week-long hearing on breach of representation and warranty claims arising out of asset purchase agreement 
  • member of trial team that obtained a preliminary injunction to prevent a former senior executive from working for a direct competitor in first case decided under the Georgia Trade Secrets Act to explicitly apply the "inevitable disclosure" principle
  • tried multiple arbitration cases to final decision involving consumer claims that a national telecommunications client violated Georgia's Fair Business Practices Act
  • successfully tried multiple cases to favorable final judgment for a multinational e-commerce firm client
  • obtained a substantial victory for a client securing a $25 million contract in a bid protest raised by a competitor after formal hearing in front of the deputy commissioner of Georgia's Department of Administrative Services
  • successfully obtained a summary judgment in trial court in favor of a hospital client against claims that it violated Georgia's Hospital Acquisition Act
  • represented a publically traded company in uncovering claims of potential fraud in the amount of approximately $70 million through formal and informal discovery across multiple jurisdictions
  • represented a multinational conveyor belt manufacturer and successfully negotiated a favorable resolution in complex civil dispute with a competitor

Mr. Schnell dedicates part of his practice to doing pro bono work. He has worked on multiple cases with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), which is the leading organization for the protection of children who enter the U.S. immigration system as unaccompanied minors. He also has served with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF), which helps connect attorneys to low-income families to assist with their basic civil legal needs.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Schnell served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Anne C. Conway of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

During law school, Mr. Schnell served as th editor-in-chief of the University of Florida's Journal of Technology Law & Policy. He also was a student member of the Gerald T. Bennett Inn of Court and the University of Florida Levin College of Law Faculty Appointments Committee.

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Central Florida, B.A., Digital Media, cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • Georgia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • All State Courts in Georgia
Memberships
  • USA Roller Sports, Bylaws Committee, 2017; Board of Directors, 2015
  • United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete Advisory Council, 2015
  • Florida Blue Key
  • College Leadership Florida, Class XIII
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2017-2019
  • Order of the Coif
  • Book Award: Evidence, University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Journal of Technology Law & Policy, Best Case Comment: "Court 'Opts Out' of Google Books Settlement," 2011

Publications