Pete Wellborn
Pete Wellborn
Wellborn poses with wife Susan and daughter Maggie in June 2006 after a Final Four appearance in the state championship tournament.
Pete Wellborn
Dubbed the “Spammer Hammer” in media coverage of his legal victories, Wellborn posed for this tongue-in-cheek picture for “Spam Kings,” a 2004 book by Brian McWilliams.

Paul F. ("Pete") Wellborn III Direct Dial: 404-815-0098Email: pete@wellbornlaw.com

AT A GLANCE

  • “Attorney of the Year” Award (Lawyers Weekly – Top Ten U.S. Attorneys)
  • “Elite Attorney” (Georgia Trend Magazine) (Top 5% of all GA Attorneys)
  • “Super Lawyer” (Atlanta Magazine)
  • “AV” Rating (Martindale Hubbell) (Highest Rating Possible – Ability & Ethics)
  • Technology Law Advisor to Governor Sonny Perdue and the late Senator Paul Coverdell
  • Case victories featured in/on the Wall St. Journal, CNN, and 60 Minutes II
  • J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) from Mercer University (5th in graduating class)
  • B.S. (With Honors) in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Tech
  • Two decades of experience handling a wide array of commercial litigation cases and matters

PRACTICE DESCRIPTION

Wellborn, the founding partner of Wellborn & Wallace, LLC, is one of the most well-known attorneys in the United States. Wellborn’s law practice and legal victories have received worldwide publicity, including cover stories in the Wall Street Journal, Boardwatch magazine, and Lawyers Weekly.

Prior to establishing the Firm, Wellborn was a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory (“AGG”), a 150 person multi-discipline firm in Atlanta. In 1998, at the age of just 34 years, Wellborn was named head of AGG’s Internet Law practice group (“INTECH”), making him one of the youngest big-firm department heads in Georgia history. In 2000, he was tapped to head up the entire Technology Law practice group, overseeing the Internet Law, Intellectual Property, Venture Capital, Corporate Technology, Corporate Litigation, and Telecommunications groups. Wellborn’s pre-Firm practice also included three years as a construction law litigator at Smith Currie & Hancock, four years as a medical malpractice defense litigator at Alston & Bird, and two years as a technology law litigator at Hunton & Williams.

On April 2, 2001 (his 37th birthday), Wellborn founded The Wellborn Firm, LLC. With the later addition of fellow Georgia Tech graduate Kelly Wallace, that firm would grow to become Wellborn & Wallace, LLC.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES AND MATTERS

In 1998, on behalf of ISP EarthLink, Inc., Wellborn obtained a $2 million judgment against Cyber Promotions, shutting down what was, at the time, the most prolific sender of commercial e-mails in the world. In 2000, he obtained landmark spam-related victories in which all ISP's and Internet users worldwide (rather than only the plaintiff) were protected as express third-party beneficiaries from the future misconduct of the defendant spammers. In July 2002, he obtained a $25 million judgment and his trademark “global injunction” against K.C. Smith (aka “the Genghis Spammer”), a Tennessee man engaged in massive identify theft and credit card fraud via the Internet. In May 2003, Wellborn obtained a $17 million judgment and global injunction against Howard Carmack (aka “the Buffalo Spammer”), a New York man also engaged in Internet-related crimes. Due in substantial part to Wellborn’s work, the Buffalo Spammer was arrested for and convicted of spam-related charges in New York. Wellborn was also lead counsel for the plaintiff in one of the largest “slip-and-fall settlements” in Georgia history.

EDUCATION

J.D., magna cum laude, Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 1989

  • Law Review (Class Rank:5th)
  • Moot Court Board
  • Member, National Moot Court Team
  • Member, Intrastate Moot Court Team (School’s Top Team)
  • Order of Barristers (Honor Society)
  • Brainerd Currie Society (Honor Society)
  • Estes Award (School’s Outstanding Appellate Advocate)
  • Justice, Honor Court

B.S. in Information and Computer Science, with honors, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1986

  • President’s Scholar
  • Dean’s List
  • Secretary, Gamma Beta Phi
  • Member, Phi Eta Sigma
  • Justice, Undergraduate Judicial Board
  • NCAA Football