Aug 15, 2016

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 24 SGR Attorneys in 2017

ATLANTA (August 15, 2016) – Law firm Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that 24 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, the leading peer-review-based directory of legal practitioners.

In addition to the 24 attorneys included in this year’s edition, Gregory J. Kirsch, Kristen M. Lewis and Kathryn M. Zickert received the Lawyer of the Year designation.

The following SGR attorneys were selected in their respective practice areas for 2017:


Thomas H. Asselin (Construction Law)

Stephen M. Forte (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance)

J.D. Humphries III (Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Construction)

Gregory J. Kirsch (Patent Law)

Kristen M. Lewis (Trusts and Estates)

Dale Lischer (Litigation – Intellectual Property; Patent Law)

J. Rodgers Lunsford III (Litigation – Intellectual Property; Trademark Law)

Joseph C. Mandarino (Tax Law)

James H. Morgan, Jr. (Trusts and Estates)

Stephen E. O’Day (Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental)

Mark G. Pottorff (Real Estate Law)

Thomas W. Rhodes (Antitrust Law)

John H. Spillman (Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law)

Richard W. Stephens (Real Estate Law)

Andrew M. Thompson (Environmental Law)

Dennis J. Webb, Jr. (Insurance Law)

Kathryn M. Zickert (Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning)


Andrew J. Fawbush (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)

Karl B. Hanson, Jr. (Real Estate Law)

Patricia J. Hill (Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management)

James B. Porter (Real Estate Law)

Alan S. Wachs (Insurance Law)

New York

Dana Mark (Trusts and Estates)

Washington, DC

Thomas G. Wiseman (Biotechnology Law)

About Best Lawyers

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. More than 55,000 leading attorneys cast more than 6.7 million detailed evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on our lists.

About Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

SGR is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s 200 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, construction and employment law. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Jacksonville, New York, Washington, D.C. and Frankfurt, Germany.

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