Michael J. Ernst

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Michael Ernst heads both SCE's Business Litigation and Employment Law practice groups. Mr. Ernst's practice includes business litigation and employment litigation, involving banking litigation, workouts, fraud, business torts, contract disputes, securities arbitration, financial services litigation, commercial transactions and other business matters. He is an experienced litigator who represents business clients throughout the United States before trial and appellate courts in both state and federal court. Mr. Ernst also handles mediation and arbitration disputes, including securities arbitration before FINRA. He also handles traditional labor matters and union campaigns for management. Mr. Ernst joined SCE in 1989, after practicing for several years with a national employment law firm in Atlanta. He is a frequent speaker on business law, employment law, and trial law topics, and is a member of the America Bar Association Advisory Panel. Mr. Ernst is active in a number of legal industry and banking industry associations.  He is involved with charitable and community organizations in various capacities --  as a leader, a “pro bono” provider of legal services, and a hands-on volunteer. Over the past decade, Mr. Ernst has been continually recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of “Georgia's Legal Elite: The State's Most Effective Lawyers” in the areas of labor and employment law and business litigation.  He is also consistently recognized as a “Super Lawyer®” by Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine and Atlanta Magazine in the area of business litigation.  Mr. Ernst has also been consistently honored as a “Top Rated Lawyer®” by ALM. He is rated “AV® Preeminent®” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given by the legal industry's premier peer-review rating system.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law and Litigation
  • Employment Law and Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Creditor and Loan Workouts
  • Banking Law
  • Financial Services Litigation and FINRA Arbitration
  • Appellate Practice
  • Franchise Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. – 1987
    • Honors: School of Law Scholar
    • Honors: Tuition Equalization Scholar
    • Honors: First Year Class President
    • Honors: Student Bar Association Governing Board (1984-85)
    • Honors: Mock Trial Board Member
    • Honors: ATLA Mock Trial National Team Member (Regional Finalist, 1987)
    • Honors: Who's Who Among American Law Students
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
    • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) – 1984
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Business Administration
    • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi
    • Honors: Foundation Scholar
    • Honors: "Outstanding Student of the Year," Department of Government (1984)
    • Honors: National Truman Scholar Nominee
    • Honors: National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist
    • Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha
    • Honors: Sigma Tau Pi
    • Honors: Gamma Beta Phi

Honors and Awards

  • Rated “AV® Preeminent®” by Martindale-Hubbell, the Highest Rating Given
  • “Georgia's Legal Elite: The State's Most Effective Lawyers” by Georgia Trend Magazine: Labor and Employment Law
  • “Georgia's Legal Elite: The State's Most Effective Lawyers” by Georgia Trend Magazine: Business Litigation
  • “Super Lawyer®” by Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine and Atlanta Magazine: Business Litigation
  • “Super Lawyers Business Edition” by Super Lawyers Magazine: Business Litigation
  • “Top Rated Lawyer®” by ALM
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • Outstanding Young Men of America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Bar Association: Advisory Panel Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association: Litigation Section Board of Directors (2000-01; 2001–02)
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Sandy Springs Bar Association
  • Community Bankers Association of Georgia: Associate Member; Advisory Council Member
  • Georgia Bankers Association: Associate Member; Bank Counsel Section Member
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Areas Served

From our office in Atlanta, Georgia, Stokes Carmichael & Ernst LLP provides quality legal representation to business clients throughout the State of Georgia, the Southeastern United States, and the Country. Let SCE put The Power of Legal Knowledge® to work for you.

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