The Firm

Since Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP began practicing law in 1893, we have pursued a vision of building one of the country’s premier full-service business firms. Today we serve corporate counsel and corporations across the globe from offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Frankfurt, Germany; Jacksonville, Florida; New York, New York and Washington, D.C.

Our attorneys are focused in primary disciplines featuring more than 45 specialized practice areas. Our clients welcome guidance in specific areas of law and value attorneys who can deliver specialized levels of legal service within those areas.

Our goal is to provide swift, expert and cost-effective legal support to our clients. With 120 years of experience practicing law across the globe, we have developed a practice designed to get your business done quickly and efficiently while assigning the right talent to give you the help you need.

We look forward to serving you with expert legal counsel, responsiveness, skill and professionalism.

The History of SGR

When the founders of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP began practicing law in 1893, they did so with a commitment to excellence, which has become the firm’s tradition.

We are proud of the industry and community accomplishments that the many members of SGR have achieved over the years. This value continues to grow stronger as new chapters of history are being written on Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.

timeline
  • 1893 – Alexander & Victor Smith form a partnership known as Alexander & Victor Smith
  • 1896 – E. Smythe Gambrell is born
  • 1909 – Alex Smith Jr. joins Smith, Hammond, & Smith
  • 1913 – Victor L. Smith brings famous opera star Enrico Caruso and the Metropolitan Opera to Atlanta
  • 1923 – Alexander Wyly Smith, III is born
  • 1927 – E. Smythe Gambrell begins representing Eastern Airlines
  • 1939 – E. Smythe Gambrell becomes a partner in Gambrell & White
  • 1948 – Harold L. Russell is named partner in Gambrell, Harlan, Barwick & White
  • 1949 – Alexander Wyly Smith, III joins the Firm of Smith, Partridge, Field & Doremus
  • 1955 – E. Smythe Gambrell serves as president of the American Bar Association
  • 1962 – The Smith, Field, Ringel, Martin & Carr Firm represents some Air France passengers in one of the world’s worst air disasters. The Gambrell, Harlen, Russell, Move & Richardson Firm represented Air France in the same tragic event.
  • 1966 – The Smith, Ringel, Martin & Lowe Firm merges with Cohen, Kohler, Barnwell & Chambers
  • 1973 – Gambrell Hall opens at Emory University in Atlanta
  • 1984 – Smith, Cohen, Ringel, Kohler & Martin merges with Gambrell & Russell
  • 1985 – The Firm institutes the Smith, Gambrell & Russell Law Student Scholarship at The University of Georgia
  • 1989 – The Firm institutes the Smith, Gambrell & Russell Law Student Scholarship at Emory University
  • 1986 – E. Smythe Gambrell dies
  • 1991 – The Firm moves into the new Promenade office tower in Atlanta
  • 1999 – The Firm opens an office in Washington, DC
  • 2000 – The Firm expands an office in Jacksonville
  • 2002 – The Firm adds Zoning, Planning and Land Use Practice Area
  • 2005 – Jacksonville Office enters Top 10 Law Firms List
  • 2006 – Frankfurt, Germany Office is opened
  • 2008 – New York, New York Office is opened

Affiliations

SGR networks with a variety of important legal organizations. We are proud to both enhance and draw from the resources these provide.
SGR’s Professional Legal & Business/Civic Organizations


Office Locations

We proudly serve corporate counsel and corporations across the globe from offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Frankfurt, Germany; Jacksonville, Florida; New York, New York and Washington, DC. We look forward to serving you with expert legal counsel, responsiveness, skill and professionalism.

  • Atlanta, GA

    Promenade, Suite 3100
    1230 Peachtree Street N.E.
    Atlanta, GA 30309 USA
    404-815-3500

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  • Austin, TX

    100 Congress Avenue
    Suite 2000
    Austin, TX 78701 USA
    512-498-7617

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  • Frankfurt, Germany

    Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
    Taunus Tower
    Mergenthalerallee 73-75
    D-65760 Eschborn Germany
    
+49 (0)6196- 76114 777

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  • Jacksonville, FL

    Bank of America Tower
    50 N. Laura Street, Suite 2600
    Jacksonville, FL 32202 USA
    904-598-6100

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  • New York, NY

    1301 Avenue of the Americas
    21st Floor
    New York, NY 10019 USA
    212-907-9700

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  • Washington, D.C.

    1055 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
    Suite 400
    Washington, DC 20007 USA
    202-263-4300

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Bar Admissions

Interlex and Bridge Group Member Firms

SGR is a world renowned law firm. Our individual attorneys and their affiliates are admitted to practice in 37 of the United States and over 40 countries around the world.

Admissions by Location

Affiliation Links

The Interlex Group
The Bridge Group


Diversity

SGR is actively committed to diversity in recruiting, retention and advancement of all professionals and support staff.

At Smith, Gambrell & Russell, we recognize that attracting the widest array of talent enhances our ability to serve our clients and our communities. We are dedicated to providing a work environment where each person is valued for his or her perspectives, skills and talents, is treated respectfully, is able to communicate openly and is encouraged to develop to his or her full potential as a contributor to the success of the firm and the communities we serve.

Among the principles that guide SGR’s approach to diversity management is our recognition that diversity management is simply the right thing to do. In addition, diversity not only enhances our work environment, but also gives us a competitive edge.

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Childcare Center

Bright Beginnings Childcare Center

Bright Beginnings, a childcare center for children of SGR employees is conveniently located just a few blocks from SGR’s Midtown Atlanta office.

Operated by Bright Horizons Family Solutions — the world’s leading provider of employer-sponsored quality childcare — the center is offered to SGR employees at very affordable rates (or steeply discounted).

“We know how important it is for working parents to have dependable and high-quality childcare,” says SGR’s managing partner Steve Forte. “Bright Beginnings demonstrates our firm’s commitment to work-life balance.”

Bright Beginnings can support 120 children ranging in age from infant to pre-kindergarten. There is also space available for school-aged children during holidays and over the summer break.

For more information or to contact Bright Beginnings, call them at 404-815-0023 or email brightbeginnings@brighthorizons.com.

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Pro Bono

SGR is very concerned about the community and the people therein. From the very beginning, pro bono activities have been an integral part of our culture. We collaborate with various not-for-profit organizations to impact the lives of so many in need. Not only does society as a whole benefit, but our lives are enriched, as well.

E. Smythe Gambrell, our name partner, founded the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in 1924 and served as its president for almost two decades. His spirit continues to inspire our pro bono activities eight decades later.

As the Firm grew through the 20th century, our practice of law continued to focus on serving those in need. In recent years, we have reviewed and refreshed our commitment throughout the organization. Staff members and summer associates alike enjoy being a part of the community by reaching out to those less fortunate.

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SGRow

An affinity group committed to the advancement of professional women. SGRow recognizes the importance of retaining women in the workplace, fostering stronger relationships, and providing added value to its business and social communities. For the firm’s women attorneys, SGRow focuses on mentoring and providing resources to hone the skills necessary for career advancement. For the firm’s women clients, contacts and friends, SGRow aims to create opportunities to network and programs to educated about important legal and social issues.

American Business Women’s Day

2014 / 2015 / 2016

Women’s History Month

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