In the News (2013)

The Real Deal reported the Dermont Company’s sale of a four-building multi-family portfolio in Inwood to Doug Eisenberg of A&E Real Estate on December 24th. Steve O’Connell and Ben Gorelick represented the Dermot Company in this transaction. To read the full article, click here.


The Jacksonville Business Chronicle named Smith, Gambrell & Russell in its “Year in Review: Most Awkward Story of the Year” for the hiring of 11 Fowler White attorneys. Steve Brust was quoted in the December 19th article. To read the full article, click here.


Scott Woldow authored an article for the International Trademark Association Bulletin on December 15th entitled, “INTA Responds to USPTO Request for Comments on Goods/Services ID Amendments Due to Technology Evolution.”  To read the full article, click here.


Smith, Gambrell & Russell was mentioned in a December 12th article on SNL Bank and Thrift Daily regarding its participation in SunTrust’s sale of RidgeWorth Capital Management.


Steve Rossum was featured in the “Newsmakers” section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution on December 8th for his role as CEO of the new SGR Aviation Consulting.


On December 9th, Elizabeth Borland was recognized in the Atlanta Business Chronicle for her inclusion in the inaugural list of the “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property.  To view the article, click here.


Managing Intellectual Property named Elizabeth Borland  to the inaugural list of the “Top 250 Women in IP.” To view the full list, click here. To view SGR’s press release, click here.


On December 5th, the Jacksonville Business Journal published an article that referenced the annual “Party Poopers” client alert authored by SGR’s employment counsel. To read the full article, click here.


The Daily Report published an article on November 27th featuring Steve Rossum and the launch of SGR Aviation Consulting. To view SGR’s press release, click here.


Don Mitchell was quoted in the September/October edition of Airline Economics in an article entitled “American Airlines-US Airways reach a settlement with the DOJ.” To read the full article, click here.


Laura Miller Andrew was interviewed by News 4 Jax on November 15th both on air and in print regarding recent Affordable Care Act developments.


Smith, Gambrell & Russell was named among the “Best Law Firms” for 2014 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in 20 practice areas, doubling last year’s number of rankings and including six “Tier 1” rankings. To view the rankings, click here. To view SGR’s press release, click here.


Pat Hill and Nick Andrews were quoted in an NBCNews article on October 26th regarding the debate over guns in the workplace. To read the full article, click here.


On October 28th, Employee Benefit News published an article authored by Kate Bongiovanni entitled “HHS issues model HIPAA notices of privacy practices.”


CRE-sources recognized Smith, Gambrell & Russell on October 22nd for its sponsorship of the 6th annual Global Diversity Summit. To read the full article, click here.


Don Mitchell authored an article in the September/October edition of Jetrader entitled “The Import of Export” covering a dispute between Delta Air Lines and Ex-Im Bank.  To read the magazine, click here.


The Jacksonville Daily Record recognized Smith, Gambrell & Russell on September 23rd for its sponsorship of the reinstated annual “Tee It Up” for Charity Golf Tournament. To read the article, click here.


On September 11th,  Laura Miller Andrew served as a panelist for the 7th annual Caring Community Conference and discussed the Affordable Care Act.


Steve O’Day was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on September 8th for an article on the debate over the expansion of solar energy in Georgia.


On September 6th, Employee Benefit News published an article authored by  Kate Bongiovanni entitled “HHS clarifies ‘religious employer’ rules.”


On August 15th, Smith, Gambrell & Russell was featured on Citybizlist Atlanta and Citybizlist South Florida for having 20 attorneys listed as The Best Lawyers in America 2014.


The Jacksonville Business Journal also recognized Smith, Gambrell & Russell  as part of their August 21st article “Jacksonville Has Some of the Best Lawyers in America.”


Smith, Gambrell & Russell was listed in an August 23rd Digital Journal article regarding Best Attorneys Online choosing the 30 top trademark legal firms for the month of August 2013.


On July 30th, Ed PenningtonJohn Moy and Chad Jackson were mentioned in a Law360 article entitled, “Online Gift Card Swaps Are Patentable, Cardpool Claims” regarding recent litigation on alleged patent infringement.


ACQ Magazine named Smith, Gambrell & Russell on their Global Awards 2013 for “Antitrust Law Firm of the Year,” “Banking and Finance Law Firm of the Year,” “Construction Law Firm of the Year,” “Corporate/M&A Law Firm of the Year,” “IP Law Firm of the Year,” and “Real Estate Law Firm of the Year.”


Smith, Gambrell & Russell represented Global Axcess Corp in an asset purchase agreement entered into with Financial Consulting & Trading International, Inc. on August 6th. The acquisition has been actively covered by The Sacramento Bee, SNL Financial, and SelfServiceWorld.comBrian Hall was quoted on the same matter in the Jacksonville Business Journal.


On July 12th, the Society for Human Resource Management published an article on recent health care developments that referenced a client alert authored by SGR’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Counsel.


Chris FitzPatrick was recognized in “The Tan Sheet” on July 15th for his presentation on the FTC’s monitoring of claims by advertisements on dietary supplements.


The Jacksonville Business Journal has actively covered Smith, Gambrell & Russell’s addition of 11 new attorneys in the Jacksonville office.


Law360 also featured Smith, Gambrell & Russell on July 26th for its growth in Jacksonville, quoting Steve Brust and mentioning all 11 new attorneys by name.  


Eliot Zuckerman was quoted in The New York Times article “The Clincher, Also Known as Closing” on July 25th.


Best Attorneys Online ranked Smith, Gambrell & Russell on their 2013 Top 30 lists for the “Best Corporate Lawyers” and the “Best Labor and Employment Lawyers” in the United States.


Pete Barlow, Don MitchellTom Stalzer and Howard Turner were listed in the Aviation edition of Expert Guides – The World’s Finest Lawyers Chosen by their Peers.


Jim Middleton, who represented Florida Public Utilities in a dispute with the City of Fernandina Beach over a waste site, was quoted in the June 25th Fernandina Observer article entitled, “Garbage in, garbage out…for $700,000.” In addition, he was quoted in the June 28th Fernandina Beach News Leader article on the same matter entitled, “City gives FPU new deal to pay for tainted site.”


Hong Wills, Crystal Cook, and Deana Ahn were named to the inaugural Hot List of Lawyers of Color (LOC). The list is comprised of 100 early- to mid-career minority attorneys under 40 who are excelling in the legal profession. To view SGR’s press release, click here.


Steve O’Day was featured in the “Who’s Who” of Sustainability, a list of 50 experts in the sustainability industry published by the Atlanta Business Chronicle on June 21st.


Tracey Daniels was quoted in the June 21st New York Times Real Estate Q&A section, in which she answered a question on buying a tenant-occupied condo.


Pete Barlow was quoted in the June 28th Associated Press article “Tiny Allegiant Air Thrives on Low Costs, High Fees” regarding how it has remained profitable.


On July 1, The Florida Bar News reported the addition of ten new attorneys to the Smith, Gambrell & Russell Jacksonville office.


GlobalAtlanta.com mentioned Jonathan Minnen on July 1st for his new role as secretary of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region.


Jonathan Minnen and David Newman were featured as guest authors in the legal newsletter “Law & News” published by Eitan, Mehulal & Sadot, an Interlex member in Israel.


Smith, Gambrell & Russell is launching two new blogs: Health Care Updates, managed by Laura Andrew, and Construction Law Updates, managed by Mark de St. Aubin. To view the blogs, click on the respective links.


Employee Benefit News published an article authored by Kate Bongiovanni entitled, “Open for questions: Federal agencies release a slew of health reform FAQs.”


Smith, Gambrell & Russell’s addition of ten new attorneys from Fowler White was featured in the City Notes section of The Daily Record.


The Wall Street Journal published an article on April 26th regarding J.C. Penney pledging stores for a $1.75 billion loan; David Burge is serving as Georgia counsel for J.C. Penney in this matter.


was quoted in a May 24th Atlanta Business Chronicle article on the ramifications of the West, Texas plant explosion as it relates to OSHA claims and inspections.


The New York Times featured a quote from Tim Bumann in its May 26th article entitled “Gun Makers Saw No Role in Curbing Improper  Sales.”


Brett Lockwood was quoted in a Medical Office Today article on “The Most Common HIPAA Violations and How to Avoid Them” published on May 30th.


Smith, Gambrell & Russell was featured in a June 5th Daily Report survey on summer associates. Sherri Knight was quoted in the story, which provides detail on the various summer associate programs in Atlanta.


Dana Bradford was mentioned in a Law360 article on May 10 entitled, “Fla. Court Throws Out $17M Award Against Big Tobacco.” The article reported that a Florida appeals court reversed a $16.8 million judgment against Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for the family of a woman who died of smoking-related diseases, ruling a trial court had prematurely declared her a member of the landmark Engle class action.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an article by Laura Andrew entitled, “Health care reform forces employers to ‘Play or Pay.’”


Joyce Klemmer attended the Intellectual Property SpringPosium held at Barnsley Gardens, which was featured in The Atlanta Lawyer May 2013 publication.


Kathy Zickert was quoted in a Rockdale Citizen article entitled, “Litigation threatened over housing for mentally ill.”


On May 21, Compliance Week quoted Laura Andrew in an article entitled, “Healthcare Companies Struggling Still With Sunshine Act Compliance.”


Scott Cahalan was quoted in an article in The Augusta Chronicle on May 10 discussing contract conflicts in the $900 million dispute over the addition of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtl.


The Atlanta Business Chronicle featured Laura Andrew in its May 10 article, “Obamacare forces ‘pay or play’ decisions.”


Employee Benefit News published an article authored by Kate Bongiovanni entitled, “Contraceptive coverage mandate clarified.”


Law 360 reported the filing of a complaint by client, Jack Braha, in the New York Supreme Court against Steven Ancona and certain limited liability companies alleging fraudulent conveyance of two properties. This new action arises out of another pending lawsuit between the parties concerning ownership of a building in the Flatiron District and the parties’ respective obligations under a 35-year triple-net-lease. In that case, our client prevailed on liability and the Court is scheduling a trial on damages. Edward White and Michael Regan are handling the case.


Greg Kirsch was quoted in a Daily Report article entitled, “The lateral affair: It’s more than a casual romance.”


Gregory J. Kirsch, a partner in SGR’s Atlanta office and Head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice, is a contributing author to a new book being published by the American Bar Association (ABA), on the subject of bioinformatics law.  Bioinformatics is the application of computer and information technology to the study and analysis of genetics and other biological structures and processes.  The new book, entitled “Bioinformatics Law: Legal Issues for Computational Biology in the Post-Genome Era,” covers various legal issues relating to this technology, including intellectual property, licensing, privacy, collaborations, technical standards, and data ownership.  Mr. Kirsch is the co-author of Chapter Five on software patent law.


Paul Sowell was quoted in the Wall Street Journal  article entitled “Is the Next Generation Prepared to Fly High?”


Ed Wasmuth’s “Georgia Appellate Developments” blog launch was mentioned in the “Talk of the Town” section of Attorney at Law Magazine.


Hong Wills spoke at the International Women’s Day Celebration at Georgia’s State Capitol on March 8. The event, organized by the Georgia Commission on Women, was featured on Channel 2’s People 2 People.


Kate Bongiovanni authored an Employee Benefits News article, published March 1, on new health care regulations that increase rewards for wellness programs.


Law360 and Thomson Reuters News & Insight featured Smith, Gambrell & Russell for its representation of Development Specialists Inc., which is seeking funds from the bankrupt law firm, Coudert Brothers, as the administrator of its estate.  John McCarthy represents DSI in this potentially precedent-setting case.


Greg Kirsch was mentioned in the Daily Report on March 6th for his new role as the head of SGR’s Intellectual Property Practice.


Steve O’Day was quoted in a March 8th Atlanta Business Chronicle article discussing a new water regulation bill.


The March/April 2013 issue of Simply Buckhead magazine featured Hong Wills in an article entitled “Exploring Buckhead’s Neighborhoods: How Buckhead was and will be built”.


Steve O’Day was a featured panel moderator on the topic of Georgia’s solar future at the 2013 Greenprints Conference.


Steve Forte was quoted in the Daily Report article entitled “Smith Gambrell: 2012 was year of investment,” which was published on March 11th.


Victor Metsch authored an article entitled, “The First Department’s Jan. 29 ‘spoliation trifecta’,” which was published on March 11th by Thomson Reuters News & Insight.


Smith, Gambrell & Russell launched the “Georgia Appellate Developments” blog, which is managed by Ed Wasmuth.  To view the press release, click here.


The Atlanta Business Chronicle featured David Burge in its “People in the News” section on February 4th for his recent election as National Representative to the Atlanta Area Boy Scout Council.


Steve O’Day authored an article entitled “Municipal Water Supply and ‘Smart Water Grid Services’” published on February 7th for the Georgia Municipal Association.


Andy Fawbush was featured in the Fall 2012 UF Law Magazine’s Annual Report issue for receiving the inaugural S. Austin Peele Distinguished Service Award.


Don Mitchell authored an article entitled, “Catching the Spirit: Airline Ancillary Fees Under Attack” which was published in the January/February 2013 issue of Jetrader magazine.


On January 28th, Victor Metsch and Donald Rosenthal served as “Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States” panel members in a final round of the National Moot Court Competition.

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