Feb 18, 2021

SGR’s Jim Bikoff and Bruce McDonald Recognized on World Trademark Review’s “WTR 1000” List of World’s Leading Trademark Professionals of 2021; SGR Recognized as a Firm in Washington, D.C. Metro

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ATLANTA (February 18, 2021) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce Partners James Bikoff and Bruce McDonald have been recognized on World Trademark Review 1000 list (WTR 1000) of the world’s leading trademark professionals of 2021. Additionally, SGR has been recognized as a firm for enforcement and litigation in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Now in its eleventh year, the WTR 1000 shines a spotlight on the firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this critical area of legal practice. The WTR 1000 remains the only standalone publication to recommend individual practitioners and their firms… Read more


Feb 12, 2021

SGR Attorneys Named to 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers List

ATLANTA (February 12, 2021) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys have been selected to the 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. The SGR attorneys in the Atlanta office selected to the 2021 Super Lawyers list and their specified areas of practice: Thomas D. Bever (Criminal Defense: White Collar) Edward D. Burch, Jr. (Business Litigation) Matthew W. Clarke (Employment & Labor) Anthony L. Cochran (Business Litigation) Randall Constantine (Employee Benefits)… Read more


Jan 28, 2021

SGR Partner Justice Leah Ward Sears Selected to 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

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ATLANTA (January 28, 2021) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Partner Justice Leah Ward Sears (Ret.) has been selected to the 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, an annual elite list distinction in the legal profession covering the best of the best in all practice areas. This year’s list, which is 40 percent female and 25 percent inclusive, includes plaintiffs’ lawyers, voting rights advocates, litigators and dealmakers. The 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America will be published in Lawdragon Magazine in the fall. A retired Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice, Justice Sears… Read more


Jan 21, 2021

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Welcomes Partner Matthew Leigh, Growing the Firm’s London Global Transport Practice

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ATLANTA (January 22, 2021) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the addition of Partner Matthew Leigh to the firm’s Global Transport Practice in London effective January 25, 2021. He joins SGR from Hogan Lovells where he was a member of the Corporate & Finance Practice. With extensive experience in aviation finance, Mr. Leigh grows the firm’s UK office. Mr. Leigh focuses on structured asset finance and leasing, acting on behalf of banks, financial institutions, lessors, and operators in a range of jurisdictions. He has substantial experience with big-ticket cross border transactions, with a particular focus… Read more


Jan 21, 2021

SGR Partner, Linda Koffman, Named to 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers List

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ATLANTA (January 21, 2021) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the attorney that has been selected to the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. The SGR attorney in the Los Angeles office selected to the 2021 Super Lawyers list and her specified area of practice: Linda S. Koffman (Real Estate) Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas… Read more


Jan 15, 2021

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Represents Flip Electronics in Deal with O2 Investment Partners

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ATLANTA (January 15, 2021) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the firm served as legal counsel to Flip Electronics, LLC (Flip), an authorized specialty distributor of electronic components, in its investment transaction with O2 Investment Partners (O2), a Midwestern private equity firm. O2’s significant investment will help finance the continued aggressive expansion of Flip’s robust platform. Flip is the third platform investment for O2’s most recent fund, O2 Investment Partners Fund III. Based in Roswell, Georgia, Flip Electronics serves as a critical supply chain partner to both electronic component manufacturers and end customers across… Read more


Jan 1, 2021

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Elects 6 Attorneys to Partnership

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ATLANTA (January 1, 2021) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the addition of Susan C. Atkinson, James P. Lambe, Matthew D. Moore, John P. Pennington, Richard D. Rivera, and Ariane J. Smith to its partnership effective January 1, 2021. “SGR is pleased to elevate six deserving attorneys to partner,” said Stephen Forte, SGR’s chairman and managing partner. “They exhibit the highest level of commitment to serving our clients, and we are proud of their contributions to the success of the firm.” Susan Atkinson is a partner in the Atlanta Health Care Practice. Her practice is… Read more


Dec 8, 2020

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Welcomes Partner Linda Koffman, Growing the Firm’s Real Estate Practice

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ATLANTA (December 8, 2020) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the addition of Linda S. Koffman to the firm’s Real Estate Practice in Los Angeles. She joins SGR from Gipson Hoffman & Pancione where she was a member of the Real Estate Practice. With extensive experience in real estate law, Ms. Koffman grows SGR’s Real Estate Practice. As a Partner in SGR’s Los Angeles Real Estate Practice, Ms. Koffman concentrates in structuring, documenting and closing a variety of complex real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and real estate secured financing for all major… Read more


Dec 1, 2020

SGR Partner Gregory Smith Selected as Georgia Trend’s 2020 Legal Elite

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ATLANTA (December 1, 2020) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the Partner Greg Smith has once again been recognized as Georgia Trend’s 2020 Legal Elite. The Legal Elite is a list of Georgia’s top attorneys in the state selected from 16 different practice areas, as nominated and chosen by their peers. Mr. Smith is a partner in SGR’s Construction and Government Contracts practices. His focus is in all areas of construction law, government procurement, and contract law, which consists of dispute resolution and litigation, counseling in contracting issues, counseling in government procurement, and the drafting,… Read more


Nov 19, 2020

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Welcomes Partner Michael Holbein to Bankruptcy Practice

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ATLANTA (November 19, 2020) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the addition of Partner Michael F. Holbein to the firm’s Finance, Banking & Restructuring Practice in Atlanta.  Mr. Holbein boosts the firm’s established Bankruptcy practice group. He joins SGR from Arnall Golden Gregory LLP where he was a partner with the bankruptcy and financial restructuring group and a member of the logistics and transportation industry team. As a partner in SGR’s Finance, Banking & Restructuring Practice, Mr. Holbein advises financially distressed businesses and individuals in transactions, including debt restructuring, asset purchases, and bankruptcy alternatives. He… Read more