In the News (2009)

 

Den Webb was featured in Heneghan’s Dunwoody Blog discussing the Marist School expansion to the DeKalb Community Council. To view the videos, click here.


Michael Kraus and Tom Hong were quoted in an article on the newsmax website. The article discussed how Michael helped WEFA Group, a leading European manufacturer of extrusion tools based in Singen, acquire Hydro Aluminum Cedar Tools in Cedar Springs, Michigan.


Bobby Schwartz has been quoted in three recent Atlanta Business Chronicle articles. The December 4 article, “Chase looks to grow commercial biz” discusses JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s growth strategy of targeting Atlanta’s middle-market businesses. From the November 27, 2009 edition, “Big 3 won’t buy failed banks” covers possible scenarios for the cleanup of Georgia’s failed banks and “Commercial RE slowdown bodes ill for banks” details the historically high commercial real estate loan exposure risk for banks. Bobby was also featured in a WSB – TV news story on Georgia bank failures.


David Brecher was recently quoted in the business section of The Florida Times-Union article entitled, “A worn shoe’s best friend: Cobblers hang in amid recession.” The article discusses how, despite tough economic times, people are starting to use cobblers more often.


Florian Stamm was quoted in a Rome News-Tribune article entitled, “About 125 participants hear about alternative fuels at Innovation Conference.” In the article, Florian discussed the history and irony of the alternative fuel industry and what German firms can bring to the Georgian economy.


John Ethridge was recently elected as the 2009 Foundation Chair of the Wesley Woods Board at Emory University. John’s election is published on the Emory University website, here. The Foundation of Wesley Woods is the connection point between the generosity of supporters in the community, and the practical, life-changing work for which Wesley Woods is respected and renowned.


Jay Schwartz was recently featured in a Law360 article. His Q & A session covered a range of topics from his practice to advice would he give a young lawyer interested in getting into your practice area.


On November 18, 2009, Business to Business magazine brought together an expert panel of sustainability leaders from major companies in Atlanta to discuss the impact of sustainability on companies across the globe and its importance to their customers and their bottom line. Steve O’Day served as moderator of the panel of experts from GE Energy, The Home Depot, and The Coca-Cola Company. Click here to listen to an audio recording of the event.


Don Mitchell was quoted in an article in the WSJ. The article discussed how Delta Air Lines Inc. is in preliminary talks to buy a stake in financially strapped Japan Airlines Corp. and what risks that may mean for Delta.


Matt Clarke was recently quoted in a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, regarding the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, posing problems for corporate human resources departments.


Michael Kraus and Tom Hong were quoted in an article on the newsmax website. The article discussed how Michael helped WEFA Group, a leading European manufacturer of extrusion tools based in Singen, acquire Hydro Aluminum Cedar Tools in Cedar Springs, Michigan.


Bobby Schwartz has been quoted in three recent Atlanta Business Chronicle articles. The December 4 article, “Chase looks to grow commercial biz” discusses JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s growth strategy of targeting Atlanta’s middle-market businesses. From the November 27, 2009 edition, “Big 3 won’t buy failed banks” covers possible scenarios for the cleanup of Georgia’s failed banks and “Commercial RE slowdown bodes ill for banks” details the historically high commercial real estate loan exposure risk for banks. Bobby was also featured in a WSB – TV news story on Georgia bank failures.


David Brecher was recently quoted in the business section of The Florida Times-Union article entitled, “A worn shoe’s best friend: Cobblers hang in amid recession.” The article discusses how, despite tough economic times, people are starting to use cobblers more often.


Florian Stamm was quoted in a Rome News-Tribune article entitled, “About 125 participants hear about alternative fuels at Innovation Conference.” In the article, Florian discussed the history and irony of the alternative fuel industry and what German firms can bring to the Georgian economy.


John Ethridge was recently elected as the 2009 Foundation Chair of the Wesley Woods Board at Emory University. John’s election is published on the Emory University website, here. The Foundation of Wesley Woods is the connection point between the generosity of supporters in the community, and the practical, life-changing work for which Wesley Woods is respected and renowned.


Jay Schwartz was recently featured in a Law360 article. His Q & A session covered a range of topics from his practice to advice would he give a young lawyer interested in getting into your practice area.


On November 18, 2009, Business to Business magazine brought together an expert panel of sustainability leaders from major companies in Atlanta to discuss the impact of sustainability on companies across the globe and its importance to their customers and their bottom line. Steve O’Day served as moderator of the panel of experts from GE Energy, The Home Depot, and The Coca-Cola Company. Click here to listen to an audio recording of the event.


Don Mitchell was quoted in an article in the WSJ. The article discussed how Delta Air Lines Inc. is in preliminary talks to buy a stake in financially strapped Japan Airlines Corp. and what risks that may mean for Delta.


Matt Clarke was recently quoted in a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, regarding the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, posing problems for corporate human resources departments.


Bobby Schwartz was quoted in a September 27, 2009 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article which discusses troubled Georgia banks drafting big names to their boards.


Sean Altschul was quoted in the September 25, 2009  issue of The New York Times in the Q + A article, “In the Hot Seat Over Air-Conditioning.”


Global Atlanta covered SGR’s participation in the briefing and reception on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 with Austria’s ambassador to the U.S., Christian Prosl.


Steve O’Day was quoted in an Atlanta Business Chronicle article discussing the Atlanta Sustainable Building Ordinance and what that will mean for Atlanta and businesses.


Pat Hill co-authored an article for Employment Law360 recently. The article discusses sexual harassment in the workplace; where it’s been and where it is going.


Bill Barron was recently referred to in an article in the The AmLaw Litigation Daily, regarding his Nazi Art Litigation case going to trial.


Anton Mertens was recently quoted in an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The article discussed how local companies are seeking legal advice to ensure they are compliant in their hiring practices and documentation of employees.


Bobby Schwartz was recently quoted in a story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle from the August 21, 2009 edition, regarding the FDIC’s plans to hire former employees of failed banks.


Recently, in several different publications including FOXBusiness, Innospec Inc. (Nasdaq:IOSP) announced that Robert Paller has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective November 1, 2009.


Jim Monacell was recently quoted in an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The article discussed how Georgia’s public colleges and universities are slashing their budgets and furloughing employees while money is still flowing in from the bond market for big-ticket buildings for state schools.


Bobby Schwartz was quoted in two recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution articles: one which discussed how new federal audits are shedding some bad light onto some of the failed Georgia banks’ questionable practices and the other which covered the efforts Federal and state regulators have undertaken to put as many as one-third of Georgia’s 300 banks under intensified monitoring and recovery plans.


Tom Rhodes was quoted in a recently published Atlanta Journal Constitution article discussing the facts behind the BCS and whether it is fair and in compliance with antitrust laws.


Jonathan Minnen was mentioned in a dBusinessNews.com article announcing the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce’s selection of its


Bobby Schwartz was recently seen on WSB-TV discussing the bank failures in Georgia. He was also quoted in a CNNMoney.com article discussing why bad loans weren’t the only contributing factor in the latest batch of bank failures.


Jim Monacell was recently quoted in an article in the Dunwoody Crier. The article discusses how DeKalb County is seeking out recommendations from county commissioners and other experts on how to use $90.8 million in Recovery Zone Bonds.


Steve O’Day co-authored article, “Are Foresters Ready for the BioFuels Industry?”, was recently published in Evergreen magazine.


Bobby Schwartz was recently quoted in CNBC.com article which discusses the policy debate over the bank stress tests and the mechanics of the TARP program.


Roy Kozupsky’s article, “Ultimate Estate Plan Challenge: How much is enough?”, was recently published in the Coaches Corner section of Affluent Magazine. To read the full article, click here. He was also quoted in an InvestmentNews.com article that discussed how a widow’s needs are overlooked by advisors and in a USA Today article commenting on Michael Jackson’s estate.


Last week, Tom King was quoted in an SNL Financial story covering the Metro Atlanta bank failures and the likely continuation of this trend.


Pete Barlow was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article that addressed the shortage of pre-delivery financing which could force more order delays for Airbus and Boeing Co. He was also quoted in an articles from the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press referring to Boeing and Qantas Airways.


Scott Cahalan was quoted in a recent ERN.com article about the recent change in how general contractors and subcontractors are getting paid due to the economy.


John Spillman was quoted in a May 2009 Franchise Times article regarding the turbulence occurring between the franchisees of SGR client Bennigan’s and their new owner.


Recently in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bobby Schwartz was quoted in a story on Georgia’s small, community-based banks preparing for a wave of lawsuits stemming from the bank failures and how a board member of a small bank could be held personally liable for a bank’s demise.


Jonathan Minnen was quoted in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article discussing how the state of the economy has put a strain on businesses, but has opened the door for attorneys to discuss alternative fee arrangements with their clients.


SGR has been ranked as a top trademark filer on the CSC® Trademark Insider® report for 2008. These annual rankings are determined by the total number of new trademark applications filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office during the 2008 calendar year. To view the entire 2008 CSC Trademark Insider rankings, click here.


Steve O’Day and Josie Nackers recently co-authored an article in the prestigious Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. Their article, “Wars Between the States in the 21st Century: Water Law in an Era of Scarcity,” appears in volume 10, issue 2.


Jay Schwartz was quoted and David Santi, David Burge and Phillip Hoover, Laura Andrew, Julie Sebastian, Kathryn Bongiovanni, Emily Cacioppo and Jessica Clay were recognized in the May 13 Daily Report “Deal Watch” section for their handling of Atlanta Equity’s recent acquisition of Richmond Cold Storage Company, Inc.


Don Mitchell was quoted in a Travel Weekly article discussing the repercussions of a swine flu epidemic and how the travel industry is preparing.


SGR was featured in the March 10th Daily Report “Deal Watch” column in an article entitled “Smith Gambrell attorneys advising on Bennigan’s franchise dispute.”


Drew Slone and Andy Patterson’s $314.5M bond deal was highlighted in a May 5 Bond Buyer article.


Bobby Schwartz was quoted in two recent news stories on the banking industry: a CNBC.com story which covers why big U.S. banks might be headed for extinction and an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article discussing the growing issues security banks face in these difficult economic times.


Don Mitchell was quoted recently in The Sunday Paper in an article discussing the swine flu and its effects on the world population. Don spoke on how difficult it would be for an airline passenger to prove that they contracted an illness from an infected passenger while traveling on an plane.


Andy Thompson was mentioned in an April 30th Forsyth News article that provided an update on steps being taken in regards to the city of Cumming construction site that is in apparent violation of state and federal Clean Water laws. SGR’s client, the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, first alerted Georgia EPD to the construction site.


Andy Thompson was recently mentioned in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article which discusses a city of Cumming construction site that is in apparent violation of state and federal Clean Water laws. SGR’s client, the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, first alerted Georgia EPD to the construction site.


Mac Young and Jonathan Gallant were recognized in the April 24, 2009 Daily Report Deal Watch section for their handling of the sale of $100 million in tax-exempt bonds to finance a new on-campus housing facility at Georgia Gwinnett College. The sale was on behalf of Place Enterprises Development, an affiliate of Place Properties. Mac Young also helped Place Properties arrange a $154.6 million financing deal for the construction of off-campus housing projects across the U.S.


Mark Pottorff and Sharon Duvall were recognized in the April 10-16, 2009 Atlanta Business Chronicle Dealmakers section for their participation in handling a $1.71 billion dollar transaction between TimberStar and Hancock Timber Resource Group.


Steve O’Day was recently quoted in a Daily Report article which discusses the growing trend of climate change-related claims and how mediation may be a preferred method of resolution.


On April 7, 2009, Michael Kraus was mentioned in a Global Atlanta article covering the Southeast U.S. auto suppliers conference taking place in Hanover, Germany this week. Michael will present a case study on auto plant construction.


The March 19, 2009 issue of the Daily Report’s Deal Watch highlighted Ben Brooks’ and Jim Monacell’s work on two pending sales of municipal bonds by Georgia government entities.


The March 2009 issue of Atlanta Woman magazine features an article entitled “If Not Now, When?” highlighting a recent roundtable discussion on the growing sustainability movement with Steve O’Day as the panel moderator.


SGR was featured in the March 10th Daily Report “Deal Watch” column in an article entitled “Smith Gambrell attorneys advising on Bennigan’s franchise dispute.” SGR represents Bennigan’s Franchise Co. in a dispute with its former franchisees caused by a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The franchisees allege that SGR’s client reneged on its promise to market the Bennigan’s brand. John Spillman, Jason Bell and John Autry were mentioned in the article.


Kristen Lewis was quoted in an article in the February issue of Atlanta Woman magazine on issues relating to estate settlement and a service that helps families to successfully complete the process.


Bobby Schwartz was quoted in a CNBC.com story on Friday covering the challenges the Obama administration is facing with the US bank bailout.


In Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bobby Schwartz was quoted in a story on the state of Georgia’s new bank market and the difficulties banks are having raising startup capital and receiving approval from federal regulators.


Bobby Schwartz was quoted in a CNBC.com story which covers the bank stress test to be administered by the Treasury to provide a clear estimate of a bank’s capital needs.


Bobby Schwartz was quoted on February 10, 2009 in an AP article which details reaction to the Obama administration bank bailout plan.


SGR’s involvement in the deal for client Nihon Kohden Corporation to acquire Neurotronics Inc. was highlighted, as well as the attorneys who worked on it, in the February 3rd posting on the Daily Report Deal Watch.


Sean Altschul was quoted in the January 21, 2009  issue of The New York Times in the Q + A article, “Overcharged for Power for 45 Years.”


Banking and Finance attorney Bobby Schwartz was quoted in Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a story which discusses the attraction of Georgia’s failed banks to out-of-state institutions, who see the financial crisis as an inexpensive way to enter the state’s lucrative market.


 

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