Aug 15, 2018

Best Lawyers in America© Recognizes 34 SGR Attorneys in 2019

ATLANTA (August 15, 2018) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that 34 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, the leading peer-review-based directory of legal practitioners. SGR has continued to increase the number of firm attorneys recognized each year, with seven additional selected in 2019. Three Partners, Dana G. Bradford II, Leah Ward Sears, and Kathryn M. Zickert, were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.

The following SGR attorneys were selected in their respective practice areas for 2019:


Thomas H. Asselin (Construction Law)
Peter M. Crofton (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)
Brett Lockwood (Technology Law)
William F. Long (Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent)
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)
Leah Ward Sears (Appellate Practice* Lawyer of the Year; Commercial Litigation)
John H. Spillman (Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
Richard W. Stephens (Real Estate Law)
Andrew M. Thompson (Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental)
Edward H. Wasmuth, Jr. (Commercial Litigation)
Dennis J. Webb, Jr. (Insurance Law)
Kathryn M. Zickert (Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning* Lawyer of the Year)


Dana G. Bradford II (Litigation – Insurance* Lawyer of the Year)
Steven E. Brust (Commercial Litigation)
Adam J. Buss (Corporate Law)
Andrew J. Fawbush (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
Karl B. Hanson, Jr. (Real Estate Law)
Patricia J. Hill (Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management)
John P. Marino (Litigation – Insurance)
James B. Porter (Real Estate Law)
Alan S. Wachs (Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Intellectual Property)

Los Angeles

John D. Pettker (Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates)

New York

Dana Mark (Trusts and Estates)

Washington, DC

Thomas G. Wiseman (Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice)

About Best Lawyers®
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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 more than 220 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, construction and employment law. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.

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