Kevin A. Gooch is a top-notch transactional attorney who balances the demands of servicing clients in the Fortune 500 with his passion for mentoring and ensuring that young people have access to quality educational opportunities. Kevin handles all types of general corporate matters, but has developed an expertise in negotiating and documenting large debt transactions on behalf of financial institutions or corporate borrowers depending on the transaction. Over the course of his career, Kevin has closed loan transactions and restructurings worth over $20.0 billion.
Kevin received his A.A. from Oxford College of Emory University and his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Emory University. He later received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served as 1L Class President and Student Bar Association President. Upon graduating from law school, Kevin began his career as a corporate lawyer with a focus on securities, internal investigations and compliance at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. After more than 2 years at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Kevin moved to Alston & Bird LLP and began to focus on finance transactions. Kevin spent more than a decade in the highly-touted Finance Group at Alston & Bird LLP. In 2017, during his third year as a partner in the Finance Group at Alston & Bird LLP, Kevin decided to move his practice to a much larger platform at DLA Piper LLP (US).
At the office, Kevin represents clients throughout the Fortune 500 like Wells Fargo, Sally Beauty and others. He presents his clients with an innovative approach that focuses on value-added results and efficiency. He has developed a 7-figure book of business in each of his first three years as a partner. In an effort to give back to the legal profession, Kevin currently teaches a class on Commercial Lending and another class on Deal Skills at Emory University School of Law.
When away from the office, Kevin is focused on community service and improving the lives of those around him. He recently completed a 2-year term as the President of the Emerging 100 of Atlanta (a young professional’s auxiliary of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.). In this capacity, he reinforced the organization’s focus on mentoring high school students at The B.E.S.T. Academy High School at Benjamin S. Carson (“BEST Academy”) and college students that comprise the Atlanta chapter of the Collegiate 100. Under Kevin’s leadership, each member of the Emerging 100 had a mentee at BEST Academy and in the Collegiate 100. Additionally, under Kevin’s leadership, the organization hosted the Inaugural Emerging Leaders Awards where 5 deserving students were awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships. At the Second Annual Emerging Leaders Awards, the organization awarded $30,000 to 6 deserving students. The organization also hosted an annual Career Development Workshop for the Collegiate 100 and Financial Fitness Boot Camp in partnership with Wells Fargo Bank along with several other community service activities at BEST Academy and in the greater Atlanta community. Kevin is continuing his service to this community as the youngest member of the 2015 Class of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. He was recently asked to serve as co-chair of the Emerging 100 Taskforce of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., which is tasked with rolling out Emerging 100 chapters across the country.
In addition to his service to the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Kevin is a member of the Board of Counselors of Oxford College of Emory University. The Board of Counselors advises the Dean of Oxford College on various issues facing the college. Additionally, Kevin has served as the youngest member on the Board of Visitors of the University of Georgia School of Law, which advises the Dean of UGA Law on various issues facing the law school.
Kevin is currently a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2017, which is a year-long leadership training program targeting the future leaders of the State of Georgia, as well as the Atlanta Resource Foundation Fellowship Program, which is designed to give community leaders resources to make a lasting impact on the Atlanta community. He is serving on the Board of Directors of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) in an effort to expand legal education opportunities to minority, low-income and disadvantaged groups. Kevin is also a member of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association and Atlanta Bar Association. He counsels numerous non-profit organizations in the Atlanta area on various legal issues, including Washington Street Community Center, Inc. and The MarShon Brooks Foundation, Inc. Kevin was also a member of the Outstanding Atlanta Class of 2014 and the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2013.
During his career, Kevin has received a host of awards for his professional accomplishments and community service. Over the course of the last three years, Kevin received the National Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division Advocacy and Leadership Award, which recognizes one lawyer in the country for their work in the profession and the community. In 2015, Kevin received the Alston & Bird LLP Diversity Leadership Award for his exemplary commitment to the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts and the Emerging 100 of Atlanta’s Mentor of the Year award was named the “Kevin A. Gooch Mentor of the Year Award”. Additionally, Kevin has been recognized as “40 Under 40” by (i) Georgia Trend magazine, (ii) UGA Alumni Association, (iii) Atlanta Business Chronicle, (iv) the Fulton County Daily Report, (v) National Bar Association and (vi) American Bar Association. Kevin also received the Hyatt Regency Herald Award for his work in the Atlanta community. Kevin currently serves on the Decide DeKalb Development Authority.
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Former Diversity Committee Member; Former Chair of the Diversity Committee Subcommittee on Business Development; and Former Member of Hiring Committee.
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