Corporate Law

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP assists businesses in implementing plans for all aspects of their operations and commercial transactions. Our clients range from large publicly-held corporations to middle-market enterprises to small closely-held companies, including multi-generational family businesses. For all of them, we offer full-service legal advice to help them achieve their full potential. We represent both general and limited partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies and businesses operating as sole proprietorships throughout their entire life cycle, including acquisitive growth strategies and exits.

Our legal team includes former CEOs, business executives and general counsel, allowing us to bring business experience to our legal solutions across a wide variety of industries. They include:

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Privacy and Data Security Compliance
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Furniture
  • Healthcare
  • Home improvement / Hardware
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Instrumentation
  • Investment banking / Underwriting firms
  • Medical devices
  • Mobile communications
  • Nonprofit, religious & community organizations
  • Paper products
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Steel
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Textiles
  • Timber
  • Transportation

The diverse nature of the businesses we represent provides us with a broad range of experience. We use that experience to evaluate business opportunities and complex problems while implementing innovative, practical solutions to help our clients achieve their business objectives.

Many of our clients are well established in their respective business endeavors, and our corporate attorneys are active in helping management implement long-term plans and achieve short-term objectives. We have extensive experience in preparing and negotiating all forms of commercial agreements, including supply arrangements, leases, financing documents, sales, and purchase agreements, distributorship and franchise agreements, software development agreements and software and technology licensing agreements.

SGR’s Corporate Law practice is prepared to advise on creative compensation arrangements for directors, officers, and employees, providing appropriate incentives while containing costs within desirable levels. We also assist clients in complying with the increasingly complex regulatory environment in which they operate. Our corporate law attorneys are trained to help establish new businesses by defining and structuring the form in which a business should be operated; preparing and filing appropriate documents organizing the business entity; preparing agreements between the owners of businesses, setting forth the terms and conditions for the ownership and operation of the business and the disposition of the owners’ respective interests in the business; and assisting clients in obtaining operating capital and securing the permits, licenses and other forms of governmental approval necessary for ongoing operations.

Advising clients on general business law issues as they seek to achieve their objectives frequently raises numerous legal issues in more specialized legal disciplines. Our corporate law attorneys are attuned to the need to involve tax, environmental, antitrust and litigation specialists in appropriate circumstances, particularly where complex business transactions are involved. This interdisciplinary approach allows us to maximize our extensive expertise in many areas in a cost-effective manner for our clients.


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