In the News (2010)

Bobby Schwartz was quoted in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about the recent naming of Kessel D. Stelling, Jr. as permanent president and CEO of Synovus.


Steve Forte was listed in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2010 Who’s Who in Law & Accounting. To see the full list, click here.


Dana Bradford was mentioned in a story on Law.com regarding the representation of Philip Morris in two legal victories. The same story was also published in the Broward Daily Business Review, the Miami Daily Business Review and the Palm Beach Daily Business Review.


Bobby Schwartz was quoted in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about real estate developer Thomas D. Reese who, as founding investor and board chairman of the failed Southern Community Bank, was borrowing money from the bank to finance many now-deserted real estate ventures. Bobby was also quoted in another Atlanta Journal-Constitution article regarding the changed relationship between Georgia banks and developers/builders resulting from the recent real estate and banking crisis.


Laura Andrew authored an article entitled, “Health Care Reform: Generate Positive Goodwill Through Required Health Care Reform Communications,” which was published in the September/October 2010 issue of Business to Business.


Bobby Schwartz was quoted in a Bank Investment Consultant article which covers the possible effects of threatened information disclosure on financial institutions.


Florian Stamm was quoted in a GlobalAtlanta.com article regarding new job creation by Germany’s U.S. subsidiaries and its effect on the Southeast’s economic recovery.


Laura Wartner authored an article entitled, “Taking Advantage of Estate Tax Repeal without Dying,” which was published in the November/December 2010 issue of Business to Business.


Don Mitchell authored an article entitled, “A Matter of Trust,” which was published in the November/December 2010 issue of Jetrader magazine.


Steve O’Day was mentioned in a Georgia Tech School of Public Policy blog regarding a new environmental law and policy course that he is co-teaching with Kenneth Strassner, Vice President (retired), Kimberly-Clark Corp.


Don Mitchell authored an article entitled “Legal Issues Clouded by Ash” published in the July/August 2010 issue of Jetrader magazine by the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading.


Bill Barron was quoted in an AmLaw Daily article in which he discusses the representation of Spain in a lawsuit involving a Camille Pissarro masterpiece confiscated from its owner by a Nazi official in 1939.


Bobby Schwartz was quoted in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article covering possible bank mergers throughout Georgia. The forecasted deals would mean fewer, but stronger banking options for consumers.


Michael Kraus was mentioned in a story on GlobalAtlanta.com about his collaboration with Indian businessman D.V. Venkatagiri. Venkatagiri recently started a consulting initiative focused on facilitating business between the U.S. and India.


Smith, Gambrell, & Russell was mentioned in a Law360 article regarding Gerdau Ameristeel’s $165 million acquisition of TAMCO, a California-based mini-mill. The SGR team representing Gerdau included Jay Schwartz, Julie Sebastian, David Santi, Andy Fawbush, Lisa Carrasco, Matt Clarke, Phillip Hoover and Tom Hong.


Andy Thompson was quoted in a Law360 article pertaining to a federal judge’s decision to throw out a toxic tort suit brought against SGR client Alcoa Inc. The plaintiffs lacked scientific evidence to support their claims of exposure to hazardous substances while working for Lockheed Martin Corp.


Ed Burch was quoted in an Atlanta Business Chronicle story about the implications of the possible outcomes for Georgia Supreme Court case U.S. Bank National Association v. Gordon, Trustee.


Don Mitchell authored an article entitled “Is That a Lawsuit in Your Luggage?” published in the September/October 2010 issue of Jetrader magazine by the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading.


Bobby Schwartz was recently quoted in an Atlanta Business Chronicle story covering a bill introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives which, if passed, would bring state laws regarding lending limits to a single borrower into alignment with the National Bank Act. To read the full article, click here.


Mac Young and associates Jonathan Gallant and Eugene Bryant were mentioned recently in the Daily Report’s Deal Watch. They represented Atlanta-based Place Properties in a joint venture to capitalize Place’s military housing division, Place Base Housing.


The addition of Andrew Fawbush to the Jacksonville office was featured in an article in Law360 entitled “Dewey Partner Joins Smith Gambrell In Jacksonville” and was also mentioned in the business section of The Florida Times-Union.


David Burge was featured on myFOX Atlanta in regards to the foreclosure and auction of the Country Club of the South. To view the full video, click here. He was also mentioned in an Atlanta Business Chronicle article entitled “Mansion on Peachtree sold at auction. ” The posh Mansion on Peachtree hotel, a prestige property with investors including high-powered Atlanta developer John Williams, was purchased in a foreclosure auction by one of our clients, iStar Tara LLC.

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