AttorneyBritt | Lawyer Attorney CPA - I am a business lawyer and CPA with 29 years experience. I am licensed in both Texas and Georgia. I have spent 14 years as in-house General Counsel for entrepreneurial enterprises, and 15 years experience in private legal practice as a business lawyer. I have substantial experience in negotiating and reviewing contracts of all types, advising C Level executives, participating in board room activities, corporate governance, and managing outside counsel. As a CPA I worked for Ernst and Young (Chicago) and Price Waterhouse Coopers (Houston).
As a dual professional I understand the connections between minimizing risk, the costs associated with minimizing risk, and the need for legal counsel to manage enterprise risks within acceptable parameters while simultaneously supporting the overall growth and success of the organization as a whole. My understanding of necessary business operations and the parameters of a successful organization help make my contracts and transactional work superior to that of other attorneys.
I also support complex health care entity business structures for Stark Law, Anti-Kickback, Self-Referral, and Fee Splitting compliance.
I graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois (Accounting and Tax Law). I scored in the top 4% in the nation in passing the CPA exam. I am very intelligent, energetic, personable, and able to effectively communicate with all levels of personnel within an organization.
I strive to help my clients make informed decisions about their individual and business problems - “to make a difference in their world and make it a place that becomes a little bit easier and more profitable”.
Joined this Austin, Texas health care law firm to head their corporate, transactional, and estate planning group. As both a lawyer and Certified Public Accountant, I provide our clients with a truly multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to solving their personal, business, and estate planning problems. Serve the needs of the firm’s high wealth individual, business owner, and entrepreneurial clients, including help with their contracts, business structures and organization, estate planning, and asset protection. Examples of the types of work I regularly perform for clients include entity formation and restructuring; complex contracts, including: merger and acquisition agreements; employment agreements with noncompete and nonsolicitation provisions; shareholder, partnership, buy-sell, and operating agreements; and estate planning, wills, and trusts. The types of industries and organizations I regularly serve include: the medical practices of physicians, chiropractors, nurses, and therapists; various medical practice groups; home health agencies; various commercial sales and distribution enterprises; commercial real estate development, leasing, and management; franchise operations; and various other industrial and manufacturing companies.
Gary L. Britt, CPA, J.D. founded his Atlanta, Georgia law practice in October 2008 after spending over 25 years helping businesses, business owners, and other high income individuals manage, structure, and govern their business transactions and protect their assets (including filing and defending lawsuits as necessary). Mr. Britt has also helped his clients prepare for the succession of their privately held assets and businesses to subsequent generations of owners and managers. Mr. Britt provided service and consultation in such matters as the purchase or sale of a business; commercial real estate agreements and leases; employment contracts; buy-sell, shareholder, and partnership agreements; business entity formation, organization, and governance; licensing; business litigation; wills, trusts, and estate planning; asset protection; taxation; and representation before the IRS.
General Counsel for an entrepreneurial group of companies headquartered in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. These companies operate a consumer finance company handling “B” grade paper, a commercial real estate development company, a retail home appliance distributorship, two hotels, a restaurant, and a retail art gallery operation. My work included supervising and setting the strategy for handling various California and Georgia federal court legal actions. These lawsuits involved mounting a successful challenge to an adverse arbitration award, an ongoing dispute regarding a second arbitration procedure, appeals to the Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and two different intellectual property lawsuits involving copyright, trademark, cybersquatting, and unfair trade practices claims. Mr. Britt managed the outside counsel on these cases, dealt with insurers on coverage issues, and set litigation strategy and objectives. Outside counsel managed by Mr. Britt included Holland & Knight, Arnall, Golden, & Gregory, and Schreeder, Wheeler & Flint.
Stafford is a 350 million dollar diversified mini-conglomerate of companies that employs 600 people. Stafford operates six hotels, six restaurants, 2.2 million square feet of commercial real estate, an internet health plan application service provider, and eight agricultural and heavy equipment dealerships. As General Counsel Mr. Britt’s work involved all legal aspects of these diversified companies including, without limitation, preparing and/or reviewing purchase and sale agreements, leases, llc operating agreements, loan agreements, general corporate contracts, handling the corporate secretary function, selecting and managing outside counsel, and attending and giving counsel during regular and specially-called meetings of the shareholders and board of directors. Deals, loans, and investments for Stafford ranged in size from $2 million to $30 million with an average size in the $8 million range.
Vice-President and General Counsel for all companies comprising this group of “brother-sister” entities. Mr. Britt had primary responsibility for all legal planning and compliance, corporate contracts, management of outside counsel, banking, and other financing relationships, corporate governance, and strategic mergers and acquisitions. This conglomerate operated in a diverse set of markets ranging from temporary staffing solutions in light industrial markets of Georgia, Texas, California, and Arizona, to restaurants, brew-pubs, and small hotels in Georgia, to commercial real estate acquisition and development.
Reviewed, evaluated and drafted contract agreements, including licensing of proprietary seismic data, acquisitions and divestitures of subsidiary corporations, asset acquisitions and commercial real estate leases, joint venture and partnership agreements, and other contract matters. Provided consultation to the board of directors of one of the largest Ford Auto Dealerships in the USA. Conducted civil litigation of various types involving contractual disputes between various parties including the successful prosecution of a breach of contract (breach of seismic data licensing agreement) and a claim for wrongful disclosure of proprietary information against a Fortune 200 company that resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement to his client.
Involved in corporate auditing, accounting, and tax services at each of these companies.
Houston College of Law, Houston, Texas
Doctor of Jurisprudence, May, 1985. Licensed to practice law in both Georgia (‘00) and Texas (‘85). Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois (‘75) and Texas (‘78). Placed in the top 4% in the nation on the November, 1974 CPA exam.
DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
Bachelor of Science in Commerce, magna cum laude, June, 1974
Also subsequently completed the requirements for a Masters in Tax Law at DePaul University, 1977.