Aug 15, 2019

Best Lawyers® Recognizes 45 SGR Attorneys in 2020


ATLANTA (August 15, 2019) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that 45 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2020 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 11 additional selected in 2020. Four Partners, Dana G. Bradford II, Steven E. Brust, Adam J. Buss, and Jeffrey S. Tenen were recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.

The following SGR attorneys were selected in their respective practice areas for 2020:


Thomas H. Asselin (Construction Law)
John P. Bailey (Real Estate Law)
Alexander S. Clay (Real Estate Law)
Randall A. Constantine (Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Labor and Employment)
Peter M. Crofton (Construction Law)
Stephen M. Forte (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance)
Brian P. Hall (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
Amy Heppner (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
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 P. Monacell (Public Finance Law)
James H. Morgan, Jr. (Trusts and Estates)
Ansly P. Moyer (Public Finance Law)
Stephen E. O’Day (Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental)
Mark G. Pottorff (Real Estate Law)
Thomas W. Rhodes (Antitrust Law)
Leah Ward Sears (Appellate Practice; 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)


Dana G. Bradford II (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Insurance; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants* Lawyer of the Year)
Steven E. Brust (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Securities* Lawyer of the Year)
Adam J. Buss (Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law* Lawyer of the Year)
Melissa A. Dearing (Litigation – Labor and Employment)
Andrew J. Fawbush (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
Scott S. Gallagher (Commercial Litigation)
Karl B. Hanson, Jr. (Real Estate Law)
Patricia J. Hill (Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management)
John P. Marino (Litigation – Insurance)
James R. McCachren III (Commercial Litigation)
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)


Jeffrey S. Tenen (Corporate Law; Derivatives and Futures Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law; Transportation Law* Lawyer of the Year)

New York

Dana Mark (Trusts and Estates)

Washington, D.C.

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

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