Mr. Harley has served as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous trials, appeals, arbitrations, mediations and other contested matters in state and federal courts in Georgia and elsewhere. He has had leadership roles in some of the most significant antitrust class actions filed in recent years, including those involving the bulk vitamins, polypropylene and nylon carpet, motorsports merchandise, carbon fiber, and food flavorings industries, and he presently serves as lead counsel in several major securities fraud class actions pending against large Atlanta corporations. He is proud to have assisted various courts and other entities with making cy pres distributions of unclaimed settlement benefits in several matters, including working with the Georgia Attorney General to distribute thousands of compact discs to Georgia’s public library systems.
Mr. Harley has presented materials at numerous class action and antitrust seminars. For instance, he chaired the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s Evidence seminar on October 6, 2000. He has made presentations on topics such as "International Cartels and Private Litigation", the relationship between criminal investigations and civil litigation, the “Class Action Fairness Act”, and "Recent Supreme Court Decisions and Their Impact on Securities Class Actions."
Mr. Harley grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended The Trinity and Westminster Schools. He received his B.A. degree from Duke University (1980) and his M.B.A. (1983) and J.D. (1986) degrees from Georgia State University. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Federal, American, and Atlanta Bar Associations; the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Lawyers' Club of Atlanta, and the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, of which he is also a Life Fellow. Mr. Harley is admitted to practice in all Georgia state trial and appellate courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and various other courts pro hac vice. His practice focuses on class, derivative, multi-plaintiff, and other complex litigation.