Aug 18, 2022

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 91 SGR Attorneys in 2023 Edition


ATLANTA (August 18, 2022) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that 91 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2023 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 by Best Lawyers® each year.

Best Lawyers has earned the respect of the profession, the media and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries. For the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, more than 12.2 million votes were analyzed to identify the top legal talent, as identified by their peers. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

The following SGR attorneys were named to 2023 The Best Lawyers in America list in their respective practice areas:


Ronald E. Barab (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
Thomas D. Bever (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation: Criminal Defense: White-Collar)
Elizabeth G. Borland (Litigation – Intellectual Property)
Benjamin J. Brooks (Banking and Finance Law; Public Finance Law)
Edward D. Burch, Jr. (Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Real Estate)
David J. Burge (Commercial Finance Law; Real Estate Law)
Scott D. Cahalan (Construction Law; Litigation – Construction)
Matthew W. Clarke (Cannabis Law; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment)
Alexander S. Clay (Real Estate Law)
Anthony L. Cochran (Administrative/Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar)
Randall A. Constantine (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law* Lawyer of the Year; Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Labor and Employment)
Peter M. Crofton (Construction Law* Lawyer of the Year; Energy Law; Litigation – Construction)
Gardner Culpepper III (Commercial Litigation)
Mark C. de St. Aubin (Construction Law; Litigation – Construction)
Michael Eber (Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort/Class Actions – Defendants)
Marcia M. Ernst (Commercial Litigation)
John C. Ethridge, Jr. (Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
Stephen M. Forte (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance)
Lori A. Gelchion (Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law)
Brian P. Hall (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Finance)
Edward J. Hardin (Corporate Governance; Corporate Law)
Michael F. Holbein (Commercial Litigation)
Phillip E. Hoover (Environmental Law)
J.D. Humphries III (Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Construction)
Robert C. Hussle (Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law)
Judy Jarecki-Black (Patent Law)
Alex Khoury (Commercial Litigation; Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law)
Gregory J. Kirsch (Litigation – Patent; Patent Law)
Dan F. Laney (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Securities)
Dale Lischer (Litigation – Intellectual Property; Patent Law)
Brett Lockwood (Information Technology Law* Lawyer of the Year; Privacy and Data Security Law; Technology Law)
William F. Long (Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; Technology Law)
Joseph C. Mandarino (Tax Law)
Jonathan M. Minnen (Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships))
James H. Morgan, Jr. (Trusts and Estates)
Ansly P. Moyer (Public Finance Law)
David Newman (Commercial Litigation)
Stephen E. O’Day (Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental)
Everett Peaden (Tax Law)
Mark G. Pottorff (Real Estate Law; Timber Law)
Robert B. Remar (Administrative/Regulatory Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; First Amendment Law; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy))
Thomas W. Rhodes (Antitrust Law)
Darren G. Rowles (Construction Law)
Arthur Jay Schwartz (Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law)
Leah Ward Sears (Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Mediation)
Julie A. Sebastian (Corporate Law)
Richard H. Sinkfield (Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation – Securities; Mediation; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants)
Gregory K. Smith (Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; International Arbitration – Commercial; Litigation – Construction)
John H. Spillman (Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Venture Capital Law)
Thomas A. Spillman (Real Estate Law)
Richard W. Stephens (Real Estate Law)
Andrew M. Thompson (Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental)
David G. Thunhorst (Corporate Governance; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law)
Matthew P. Warenzak (Litigation – Intellectual Property; Trademark Law)
Laura L. Wartner (Tax Law)
Edward H. Wasmuth, Jr. (Commercial Litigation; Ethics and Professionals Responsibility Law)
Daniel D. Zegura (Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Labor and Employment)
Kathryn M. Zickert (Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning)


Jason P. Huff (Equipment Finance Law)


James R. Figliulo (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Securities)
Peter A. Silverman (Commercial Litigation)


Jill F. Bechtold (Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants)
Dana G. Bradford II (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Insurance*Lawyer of the Year; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
Steven E. Brust (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Securities* Lawyer of the Year)
Adam J. Buss (Corporate Governance Law* Lawyer of the Year; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
Lisa Carrasco (Tax Law)
Edward K. Cottrell (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Insurance)
Melissa A. Dearing (Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment)
Brandon C. Dodd (Corporate Law; Real Estate Law)
Andrew J. Fawbush (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
Scott S. Gallagher (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Real Estate)
Thomas E. Gibbs (Corporate Law; Insurance Law)
Patricia J. Hill (Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management)
John P. Marino (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Insurance)
James R. McCachren III (Commercial Litigation)
James B. Porter (Real Estate Law)
Katharine F. Rowe (Advertising Law; Copyright Law; Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television; Entertainment Law – Music; Trademark Law)
Alan S. Wachs (Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Intellectual Property)

Los Angeles

Patrick J. Cain (Employment Law – Management; Trusts and Estates)
John D. Pettker (Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates)


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

New York

Neal T. Dorman (Trusts and Estates)
Roger Juan Maldonado (Litigation – Intellectual Property)
Dana L. Mark (Trusts and Estates)
Victor M. Metsch (Litigation – Real Estate)
John T. Van Der Tuin (Litigation – Real Estate)
Russell Wolfson (Construction Law)
Svetlana Zagorina (Trusts and Estates)

Washington, D.C.

John P. Moy (Patent Law)
Christopher J. Schulte (Employment Law; Litigation – Labor and Employment)
Thomas G. Wiseman (Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice)

Seven partners, Adam J. Buss, Dana G. Bradford II, Steven E. Brust, Peter M. Crofton, Randall A. Constantine, Brett Lockwood, and Jeffrey S. Tenen were also recognized by Best Lawyers as 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas. Additionally, 18 attorneys were named to 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in their respective practice areas in the category’s third year.

About Best Lawyers®
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About Smith Gambrell Russell
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 270 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, Charlotte, Chicago, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.

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