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Jun 18, 2024

SGR’s Construction Group Receives Nationwide Ranking in Chambers USA 2024 Guide

ATLANTA – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the Firm’s Construction Group has been awarded a nationwide ranking in the 2024 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. SGR’s Construction Group is one of only 28 firms nationwide to receive this ranking. The prestigious legal guide, published annually by London–based Chambers & Partners, identifies leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers researchers with thousands of attorneys and their clients. Feedback from SGR’s clients includes: “They advise on complex matters in a way that is easily understood and effective for… Read more


Jun 14, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Elects Dr. Judy Jarecki-Black and Moritz Masberg to the Firm’s Partnership

ATLANTA (June 14, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Judy Jarecki-Black and Moritz Masberg to its partnership, effective June 10, 2024. “We congratulate Judy and Moritz and welcome them to the Firm’s partnership,” said Stephen M. Forte, SGR’s managing partner and chair of the executive committee. “Each has built an extensive practice and their dedication to their clients in their respective areas of practice sets them apart. We look forward to their continued success.” Dr. Jarecki-Black is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice and leads the firm’s biotech and… Read more


Jun 11, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Attorneys Recognized on “IAM Patent 1000” List of World’s Leading Patent Professionals of 2024; SGR Recognized as a “Highly Recommended” Patent Firm in Georgia

ATLANTA (June 11, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that six SGR attorneys have been recognized on the IAM Patent 1000 List of World’s Leading Patent Professionals of 2024. Gregory J. Kirsch, Dr. Judy Jarecki-Black, William F. Long, Michael J. Riesen and Matthew P. Warenzak were recognized for their patent work in the state of Georgia, and Indhira A. LaPuma was recognized for her patent work in the state of Illinois. In addition, the firm has once again been recognized in the “highly recommended” category. IAM notes that the firm “demonstrates a blend of… Read more


Jun 6, 2024

42 SGR Attorneys and 19 SGR Practice Areas Recognized by Chambers USA 2024

ATLANTA (June 6, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the attorneys and practices recognized in the 2024 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The prestigious legal guide, published annually by London–based Chambers & Partners, identifies leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers researchers with thousands of attorneys and their clients. Chambers feedback from clients includes: “In every area of work, Smith, Gambrell & Russell has been impeccable in meeting our needs,” and “It’s a large firm fully equipped to handle all aspects of a business. You’re… Read more


Jun 5, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Recognized in The Top 50 Construction Law Firms of 2024 by Construction Executive Magazine

ATLANTA (June 5, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked 34th among the top 50 construction practices in the country by Construction Executive magazine in The Top 50 Construction Law Firms™ for 2024. “The group is proud to receive this recognition through a survey of our peers,” said Peter M. Crofton, Atlanta Section Head of the Construction Group. “We are committed to providing a high level of service to our construction industry clients and we are grateful for their continued partnership.” SGR’s Construction Group represents clients in all facets of… Read more


Jun 4, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell’s Sean T. Keely and Matthew J. O’Hara Named BTI Client Service All-Stars 2024

ATLANTA (June 4, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Sean T. Keely and Matthew J. O’Hara have been named BTI Client Service All-Stars 2024. BTI conducts the longest-running independent study to identify the attorneys top legal decision-makers say deliver the absolute best client service. “We congratulate Sean and Matt on this well-deserved recognition,” said Steven D. Pearson, Co-Head of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group. “Both have garnered outstanding results for their clients. We look forward to their continued contributions to the firm.” Keely is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and serves as… Read more


May 22, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell’s Mark Turnbull Named Recommended Advisor by Spear’s Legal Index 2024

ATLANTA (May 22, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Mark Turnbull has been listed as a Recommended adviser under the Aviation and Yachts Lawyers subcategory in the 2024 Spear’s Legal Index. “We congratulate Mark on this well-deserved recognition,” said Peter Barlow, Head of the Firm’s Global Transport Practice. “He is an integral member of our Global Transport Practice and his vast experience is an asset to our clients.” Turnbull is based in the London office of SGR and advises financial institutions, aircraft leasing companies, airlines, MROs and aviation industry participants on commercial and corporate… Read more


May 9, 2024

Three Smith Gambrell Russell Attorneys Named to Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance 2024 List

ATLANTA (May 9, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Partner Joseph T. McCullough IV, Partner Sean T. Keely and Of Counsel Thomas F. Bush have been named to the Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance 2024 list. WWL: Insurance & Reinsurance identifies the leading practitioners in the field worldwide. These individuals offer expert advice and contentious services on a broad range of issues, including transactional and regulatory matters, liability and coverage disputes. “The Firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group is a cornerstone of our litigation practice,” said Stephen M. Forte, SGR’s managing partner and… Read more


May 6, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell’s Daniel K. Bean Named Jacksonville Daily Record’s 2024 Lawyer of the Year

ATLANTA (May 6, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Counsel Daniel K. Bean was named Jacksonville Daily Record’s 2024 Lawyer of the Year at The Jacksonville Bar Association’s annual meeting and Law Day luncheon on May 1. Conferred annually since 1986 by The Jacksonville Bar Association and Jacksonville Daily Record, the Lawyer of the Year Award honors outstanding service to the community over and above the practice of law. “We salute Dan on this well-deserved honor,” said Steven E. Brust, Managing Partner of the Jacksonville office. “His commitment to serving the Jacksonville community… Read more


May 2, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell’s Mark Leventhal Named Airfinance Journal Rising Star

ATLANTA (May 2, 2024) – SGR is pleased to announce that Mark Leventhal has been named one of Airfinance Journal’s Rising Stars, one of only six practitioners worldwide to receive this honor. The publication noted that Leventhal’s extensive experience allows him to advise clients on all facets of aircraft financing and leasing transactions. Since 1979, Airfinance Journal has provided in-depth coverage of commercial aviation finance transactions and participants including manufacturers, air traffic management, leasing companies, airlines, airports, and more. The inaugural Rising Stars awards spotlights six exceptional Aviation finance lawyers around the world. “We salute Mark on this well-deserved recognition,” said… Read more