Managing Partner: Stephen M. Forte
Since its inception in 1893, the lawyers at Smith, Gambrell & Russell have emphasized providing exceptional value to clients across a wide range of legal disciplines. Today, the firm serves corporate counsel and executives across the globe with offices in Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Jacksonville, FL, London, UK, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, Munich, Germany, New York, NY, Southampton, UK, and Washington, DC. SGR’s attorneys offer clients guidance in specific areas of law and deliver specialized levels of legal service within those areas. A dedicated group of 250 attorneys and 200 support personnel serves the needs of clients with expert legal counsel, responsiveness, value, skill and professionalism.
Main Areas of Practice:
General corporate, securities and taxation; general commercial and civil litigation; construction, public contracts, and suretyship law; commercial real estate; environmental; intellectual property; international; employee benefits and executive compensation.
SGR has one of the longest standing aviation practices in the US and has been widely known for its aviation law expertise since the 1920s.The firm represented Eastern Airlines from its inception in 1927 to its merger with Texas Air Corporation in 1986. SGR now represents lessors, financiers, aircraft owners and other airlines in their domestic and international aircraft transactions, including direct purchases, sales and sale and leasebacks with various kinds of debt financing and leveraged and operating leases.
Contact: Peter Barlow
SGR’s bankruptcy practice is one of the leading bankruptcy practices in the Southeastern US, having extensive experience in non-judicial financial reorganization and bankruptcy representation of creditor and equity committees, secured and unsecured creditors, equity security holders, indenture trustees, debtors and purchasers of insolvent companies.
Contact: Brian Hall
SGR’s corporate practice assists clients in a variety of industries in all aspects of their business operations and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. Clients range from large publicly-held corporations to small closely held companies and include general and limited partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies and sole proprietorships.
Contact: Tom Hong
SGR’s intellectual property practice counsels clients on how to protect their intellectual property and on strategies to develop complete intellectual property portfolios. They advise on the patentability of inventions and the availability of trademarks and service marks, and prosecute applications for patents and registration of trademarks, service marks and copyrights. The team also litigates intellectual property and unfair competition disputes and assists in the transfer, and licensing of intellectual property and technology, including transfers in mergers and acquisitions.
Contact: Gregory J. Kirsch
The firm has a large international practice that assists non-US companies in establishing and maintaining operations in the US. The firm also provides counsel to domestic entities seeking to expand operations internationally.
Contact: Hans-Michael Kraus
SGR’s litigation practice is quite varied, and litigators handle cases ranging from bet-the-company matters in antitrust, securities and complex business disputes, including class action and major product liability cases, to litigation in specialized areas involving construction, real estate and disputes involving financial institutions and public companies. A significant number of cases are international in scope.
Contact: Edward D. Burch, Jr
Serving clients in the real estate industry and also those engaged in real estate transactions incidental to other businesses, SGR’s real estate practice has a broad base of experience relating to acquisitions, development, financing, ownership, management, leasing and dispositions of various types of commercial real estate. Clients include commercial banks and other institutional lenders, investment banks and conduits, institutional investors, public and private companies, landlords and tenants and commercial developers.
Contact: Stephen W. O’Connell
Lawyers in SGR’s environmental practice represent clients in connection with toxic tort litigation, environmental clean up litigation, enforcement actions, hazardous waste cleanups and landfill issues and regularly advise clients on environmental aspects of business and financial transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions and real estate transactions. This group also counsels clients on sustainability issues, offering an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to addressing a wide range of ‘green’ issues. Clients include manufacturers, oil companies, hazardous materials transporters, real estate developers, lenders, chemical companies, insurance companies, municipalities and numerous other types of businesses, individuals and institutions.
Contact: Stephen E. O’Day
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation:
SGR’s employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA litigation practice assists clients in every aspect of employee benefits and executive compensation, including day-to-day consulting; designing benefit plans and drafting plan documents; assisting with plan operations and corrections; providing training to fiduciary committees and benefit teams; performing vendor searches; and helping resolve conflicts through negotiations, claims procedures and litigation.
Contacts: Andrew Fawbush; Don Mazursky
Aircastle Limited; Avianca Airlines; Blue Bird Body Co.; GEICO; Gerdau Ameristeel, Inc.; Innospec Inc.; The Quikrete Companies, Inc.; Republic National Distributing Company; The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta; SunTrust Banks Inc.