John K. Larkins Jr. (Retired)

John K. Larkins Jr.

John K. Larkins Jr.

Atlanta Georgia Internal Investigations AttorneyRetired

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: (404) 233-4171
Fax: (404) 261-2842

Concentration: Business Litigation and Arbitration; Appellate Practice; Internal Investigations; and Lawyer Professional Responsibility.

John Larkins is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (BA 1973) and the University of Georgia School of Law (JD 1976). Following graduation from law school, he practiced law in Athens, Georgia for 10 years. He was an instructor in legal research and writing at the University of Georgia School of Law (1977-78), and briefly served as judge pro hac vice of the county Probate Court. He joined the Atlanta law firm then known as Chilivis & Grindler in 1986, which later became Chilivis Cochran, Larkins & Bever LLP. Mr. Larkins is listed in both Best Lawyers In America (Business Litigation) and Georgia Super Lawyers and was named in Atlanta Magazine’s listing of “Best Lawyers in Atlanta” (Business Litigation). Mr. Larkins is the author of numerous publications, including the first treatise on general contract law in Georgia, Georgia Contracts: Law & Litigation, published by West.  Now in its second edition, the treatise has been cited frequently by courts.  He has chaired and spoken at several CLE Seminars on issues of corporate litigation, damages, deposition preparation and contract law. He has appeared in more than 50 appellate cases. In 2006, The Judicial Council of Georgia appointed Mr. Larkins to the Georgia Board of Court Reporting, and he chaired the Board for two years.  Mr. Larkins recently retired from the day-to-day practice of law.

Representative significant matters:

  • Represented Army lieutenant colonels in class action alleging reverse discrimination in termination, achieving a $50,274,000 settlement (Christian v. United States, 46 Fed. Cl. 793 (2000); 49 Fed. Cl. 720 (2001); 337 F.3d 1338 (Fed Cir. 2003))
  • Represented University of Georgia Research Foundation in fraud action involving patent license (Meadow River Lumber Co. v. University of Ga. Research Foundation, Inc., 233 Ga. App. 169, 503 S.E.2d 655 (1998).)
  • Represented several banks in litigation with Georgia Department of Revenue concerning unclaimed property regulations (Georgia Superior Court/Court of Appeals, First Union Nat. Bank of Ga. v. Collins, 221 Ga. App. 442 (1996))
  • Represented several State officials in litigation concerning retirement benefits from State of Georgia (Georgia Superior Court/Court of Appeals/Supreme Court, Evans v. Employees Retirement System of Georgia, 264 Ga. 729 (1994))
  • Represented major spring water producer and distributor in injunction against state regulations (Georgia Dept. of Agriculture v. Georgia Crown Distrib. Co. , 262 Ga. 761, 425 S.E. 2d 876 (1993).)
  • Represented major utilities in ad valorem tax litigation against State (various forums and Telecom* USA v. Collins, 260 Ga. 362, 393 S.E.2d 235) (1990)
  • Represented special litigation committee of NYSE Company regarding claims resulting from merger with another NYSE company
  • Represented shareholders in dissenters’ rights litigation, obtaining judgment in excess of $1.2 million (Georgia Superior Court)
  • Represented major law firms, attorneys, and judge in disciplinary, legal malpractice, and similar matters (various forums)

Representative Appellate Cases:

  • Mayfield v. Heiman, 317 Ga. App. 322 (2012)
  • Bd. of Regents v. Ambati, 299 Ga. App. 804 (2009)
  • Monroe County v. Ga. Power Co., 283 Ga. 12 (2008)
  • King v. Brock, 282 Ga. 56 (2007)

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Contract Litigation
  • Internal Investigations
  • Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1976
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1976
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2002


    • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
      • J. D. – 1976
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
    • B. A. – 1973

Published Works

Representative Cases


  • Program Chair, Georgia Contract Law and Litigation, ICLE, 2002 – 2013
  • Instructor, Legal Research and Writing, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Speaker, Corporate Litigation, Damages, Deposition Preparation and Contract Law, CLE

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America 2015 and 2017 (Commercial Litigation)
  • Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for in the practice area of Commercial Litigation
  • Rated AV Preeminent (Martindale-Hubbell), 1997 – 2013
  • Georgia’s Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), Atlanta Magazine, 2004 – 2016
  • Best Lawyers In America (Commercial Litigation), 1995 – 2013
  • Atlanta Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Atlanta (Business Litigation), 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, Member, 1976 – Present
  • Georgia Legal History Foundation
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member