Gregory R.Hanthorn (Greg)

Of Counsel

Atlanta + 1.404.581.8425

For more than 35 years, Greg Hanthorn has successfully tried disputes ranging from multimonth jury and bench trials to "no discovery" arbitrations. Greg has extensive experience in the alphabet soup of consumer class actions (including TCPA, FDCPA, RICO, ERISA, FCRA, and hybrid TILA/usury cases) and in major product liability, federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, and leveraged buyout fraud litigation.

Greg represented the estate of Margaret Mitchell's brother in recovering unique papers concerning the book and movie Gone with the Wind. He obtained a permanent injunction against union organizers who were demonstrating against a property owner hosting events during the Democratic National Convention, and he achieved trial court and appellate victories clarifying the duties owed by individual and professional fiduciaries. In the product liability arena, Greg represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a four-month jury trial in Shelby County, Tennessee (defense verdict) and has represented other manufacturers of products ranging from complex medical devices to respirators used by workers in manufacturing operations.

Greg is a member and past co-chair of the Federal Practice Task Force of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and is also a past chair of the Litigation Section's Ethics and Professionalism Committee. He is a past president of the Lamar Inn of Court, where he remains on the executive committee, a past member of Berry College's board of visitors and of the board of advisors of the Besharat Arts Foundation, and a past chair of the board of directors of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company.


  • Cardinal Health obtains dismissal of suit alleging pharmaceutical companies contributed to "epidemic of prescription drug abuse"Jones Day client Cardinal Health, Inc. obtained dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Fulton County, Georgia that alleged Cardinal Health and other pharmaceutical distribution companies were to blame for a growing prescription-drug epidemic.
  • Experian prevails in 11th Circuit appeal in one of first applications of Safeco to Fair Credit Reporting Act caseJones Day represented Experian Information Solutions, Inc. in this putative nationwide class action seeking up to $3 billion in statutory damages based on allegations that Experian willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA").
  • Executor disputes sale involving papers from "Gone With the Wind" book and movieJones Day represented SunTrust Bank, Atlanta as the Executor of the Estate of Margaret Mitchell's brother when unique correspondence and papers involving the book and movie "Gone With the Wind" were offered for sale by a broker who purchased the papers from a party claiming his father had discovered the papers among auctioned property in the 1970s.
  • SunTrust partial summary judgment victory in fiduciary lawsuit expanded to full victory by court of appealsJones Day represented SunTrust Bank, NA in a fiduciary lawsuit at trial court and on appeal.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • December 20, 2019
      Civil Trial From Start to Finish, speaker, National Business Institute
    • October 16, 2019
      Ethical Problems Associated With Paying for Litigation, panelist, Financial Poise Webinar
    • August 22, 2019
      Taking and Defending Depositions of In-House Counsel: Strategic, Substantive, and Ethical Considerations, Strafford Webinar
    • May 3, 2019
      Changes in Rule 30(b)(6) and Best Practice, panelist, American Bar Association Section of Litigation & Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division Section Annual Conference
    • December 17, 2018
      Detecting Bias: Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 8.4(g) Viewed Through the Lens of Sherlock Holmes Movies, Celesq
    • December 21, 2017
      Ethics and on Re-Cross and Re-Direct Techniques, Ultimate Guide to Expert Witnesses Seminar, National Business Institute
    • December 21, 2017
      Ethics and Re-Cross and Re-Direct Techniques, Ultimate Guide to Expert Witnesses seminar, National Business Institute
    • September 14, 2017
      Alas, Poor Lawyers: Actors and Panelists Present a Guided Tour Via Shakespeare of Public Perception of Lawyers, panel moderator, Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention
    • May 3, 2017
      Beyond Sherlock Holmes: Ethics and Inferences in Light of Amended Model Rule 8.4(g), panel moderator, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Conference
    • January 13, 2017
      Sherlock Holmes and Ethical Rules Addressing Discrimination: A Cinematic Journey, Jones Day CLE Academy
    • September 7, 2016
      Class Action Waivers and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Proposed Rule, presentation to the Dispute Resolution Section of the Atlanta Bar Association
    • August 5, 2016
      Thou Poisonous Bunch-Back'd Toad: The Ethics of Insults, panel moderator, American Bar Association Annual Meeting.
    • May 10, 2016
      Taking Rule 30(b)(6) Corporate Depositions: Should the 45-Year-Old Rule Be Changed, panelist, American Bar Association Section of Litigation program
    • April 15, 2016
      Taking Rule 30(b)(6) Corporate Depositions: Should the 45-Year-Old Rule be Changed?, panelist, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Conference
    • February 22, 2016
      When Technologies Collide: Professionalism in a Digital Age, Jones Day CLE Academy
    • December 4, 2015
      Hello "Proportionality," Goodbye "Reasonably Calculated" CLE, moderator, Rules Amendment Road Show, Section of Litigation of American Bar Association and Duke Law School
    • November 20, 2015
      "Rule 26 Changes" and "Following the Proportionality Standard During Discovery," panelist, Discovery Under the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure seminar, National Business Institute
    • February 19, 2015
      Ethics Begin at Home - Ethical Issues Facing In-House Counsel, Jones Day Atlanta 2015 CLE Academy
    • January 20, 2015
      Acting Professionally - Ethical and Professionalism Issues Presented in the Plays of William Shakespeare. moderator, Federal Bar Association CLE
    • February 27, 2014
      Everything You Don't Know About E-Discovery (But Wish You Did), National Business Institute
    • October 9, 2013
      The New Normal of Consumer Finance Regulation and Compliance: Significant Trends for the Second Half of 2013
    • August 8, 2013
      Acting Professionally -- A Dramatic Guided Tour to the Perceptions of Law as a Profession as Shown in the Plays of William Shakespeare and How Ethical and Professional Conduct Will Improve Upon Those Perceptions, moderator, American Bar Association 2013 Annual Meeting
    • June 13, 2013
      Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the "Rambo" Litigator, NBI Seminar
    • June 11, 2013
      CFPB Update: An Agency Begins to Find Its Regulatory Voice
    • February 12, 2013
      CFPB Update: Enforcement Priorities and Best Practices Before an Evolving Bureau
    • Annually since 2004
      Kessler-Eidson Program For Trial Techniques, Emory School of Law, guest faculty
    • December 14, 2012
      Cross Examination and Redirect Examination: Focus on Experts and Evidence; NBI Seminar on Advanced Trial Tactics
    • April 20, 2012
      Ethics Surrounding Attorneys' Fees: How to Agree to Them, Collect Them, Keep Them, and Persuasively Seek Them as Sanctions, panelist, American Bar Association Litigation Section Annual Conference
    • February 29, 2012
      How Many Hats Can One Lawyer Wear?, Jones Day Atlanta CLE
    • October 27, 2011
      Dodd-Frank Past, Present and Future: An Analysis of the Year's Most Important Changes, the Roll-Out of the CFPB, and Which Regulations Will Impact Consumer Finance Litigators in the Next Year, panelist, American Conference Institute's 12th National Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation
    • March 23, 2011
      May It Please the Court, NBI Seminar on Effective Case Presentation at Trial
    • June 25, 2010
      Common Dirty Litigation Tactics and How to Combat Them, NBI Seminar on Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal With the "Rambo" Litigator
    • April 23, 2010
      The Ethics of Web 2.0, moderator, Panel Discussion at Litigation Section Annual Conference for American Bar Association
    • March 3, 2010
      Professionalism in a Digital Age, Jones Day Atlanta Office CLE Academy
    • March 3, 2010
      Ethical Developments Regarding the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine, Including the Overlay Presented by Bankruptcy Proceedings, Jones Day Atlanta Office CLE Academy
    • September 30, 2009
      Litigation and Dispute Resolution Issues in Federal and State Court Settings, National Business Institute's Program on Rules of Evidence, Rules of Procedure: State vs. Federal
    • March 4, 2009
      Ethics: Pitfalls and Bear Traps for Businesses to Avoid in Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege (and Related Updates), Jones Day Atlanta Office CLE Academy
    • March 4, 2009
      Professionalism: Taking the Tide at the Flood -- The Public Perception of Lawyers From Shakespeare's Time to Ours (Part Two), Jones Day Atlanta Office CLE Academy
    • January 12, 2009
      Ethical Considerations in Connections With Condominium Development and Homeowners' Associations and Dispute Resolution Techniques and Claims Involving Owners, Developers, and Homeowners' Associations, National Business Institute's Legal Aspects of Condominium Development and Homeowners' Associations Program
    • January 12, 2009
      Claims Involving Owners, Developers, and Homeowners' Associations, National Business Institute's Legal Aspects of Condominium Development and Homeowners' Associations Program
    • March 6, 2008
      Attorney-Client Privilege Developments of Which Every In-House Counsel Should Be Aware and Professionalism - Turning the Tide on Public Perception of Lawyers, Jones Day Atlanta Office CLE Academy
    • February 9, 2007
      Much Ado About Merritt -- A Safe Harbor for Fiduciaries and a Return to Traditional Duty Analyses, copresenter, 52nd Annual Meeting of the Estate Planning Institute of Georgia
    • January 22, 2006
      January 8, 2006
      The Moral Responsibility of Presenting The Merchant of Venice in the 21st Century, panelist, New American Shakespeare Tavern
    • Annually since 2005
      Group Leader for Orientation to Professionalism Program at Emory University School of Law, sponsored by the Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism
    • October 23, 2003
      Basics of Residential Lending in Georgia and Recent Developments, in conjunction with Basics of Consumer Credit in the New Millenium program, sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia
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