Jack B. Albanese is Counsel in both the Corporate and the Labor and Employment Practices of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP where his main practice concentrates in the areas of labor law and aviation law.
He has not only represented airlines in aviation labor matters, but has also represented clients in airline mergers and acquisitions, privatization of national carriers, Air Freedom rights including Fifth Freedom, purchase and sale of aircraft, lease purchase and leasing of commercial aircraft, financing activities for used aircraft, financing for start up airlines and joint venture agreements with domestic and foreign companies.
Mr. Albanese’s experience touches a wide range of industries including airlines, transportation, financial and investment banking, broadcasting, cable, telecommunications, newspapers, commercial printing, construction, food and dairy manufacturers/processors/distributors, convenience stores, hospitality, health care, general manufacturing, retail establishments including grocery, and a variety of service industries.
Mr. Albanese had practiced in the area of employment, labor law, litigation, aviation and corporate law for a leading Southeastern law firm prior to joining SGR. Mr. Albanese has counseled clients in numerous issues involving labor and employment law. From 1983-1984, he served as Chief Counsel to the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for supervising a staff of 40 attorneys who prepared decisions of the NLRB. Mr. Albanese has prepared training programs concerning effective supervision and fair employment practices. He has also lectured extensively throughout the country on labor and employment related issues. Further, he assisted clients by developing employee handbooks, non-compete agreements and employee contracts.
Mr. Albanese is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. He has been admitted in Ohio and Tennessee and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Albanese received his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in 1972. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in 1969.
Mr. Albanese has been involved in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Atlanta, as well as other charities and foundations.