Aug 17, 2023

The Best Lawyers in America® Recognizes 102 SGR Attorneys in 2024 Edition


ATLANTA (August 17, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that 102 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2024 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.

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. For the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, more than 13.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 76,000 leading lawyers included in the milestone 30th edition.

The following SGR attorneys were named to 2024 The Best Lawyers in America list in their respective practice areas, listed by city:

Ronald E. Barab (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
Jason S. Bell (Commercial Litigation)
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; Insurance Law; 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; Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Labor and Employment)
Peter M. Crofton (Construction Law; Litigation – Construction)
S. Gardner Culpepper III (Commercial Litigation)
Sharon Duvall (Real Estate Law)
Michael L. Eber (Commercial Litigation)
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* Lawyer of the Year; 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)
Robert C. Hussle (Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law* Lawyer of the Year)
Judy de León Jarecki-Black (Patent Law)
Alex Khoury (Commercial Litigation)
Teri King (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
Gregory J. Kirsch (Litigation – Patent; Patent Law)
Dan F. Laney (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Securities)
Dale Lischer (Copyright Law; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Patent Law)
Brett Lockwood (Information Technology Law; Privacy and Data Security Law; Technology Law)
William F. Long (Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; Technology Law)
Joseph C. Mandarino (Tax Law)
Don A. Mazursky (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
James H. Morgan, Jr. (Trusts and Estates)
David Newman (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Securities)
Stephen E. O’Day (Energy Law; Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental)
M. Everett Peaden (Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Tax Law)
Mark G. Pottorff (Real Estate Law)
Robert B. Remar (Administrative/Regulatory Law* Lawyer of the Year; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; First Amendment Law; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy))
Thomas W. Rhodes (Antitrust Law)
Michael J. Riesen (Litigation – Intellectual Property)
Darren G. Rowles (Construction Law)
Arthur Jay Schwartz (Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; 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)
Thomas A. Spillman (Real Estate Law)
Richard W. Stephens (Real Estate Law)
Andrew M. Thompson (Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental)
David G. Thunhorst (Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law)
Matthew P. Warenzak (Litigation – Intellectual Property; Trademark Law)
Laura L. Wartner (Tax Law; Trusts and Estates)
Edward H. Wasmuth, Jr. (Commercial Litigation; Ethics and Professionals Responsibility Law)
Dennis J. Webb, Jr. (Land Use and Zoning 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. Blair (Trademark Law)

Jason P. Huff (Equipment Finance Law)

Mitchell A. Carrel (Land Use and Zoning Law)
Jeffery M. Cross (Antitrust Law)
James R. Figliulo (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Securities)
Erin McAdams Franzblau (Employment Law – Management)
Andrew L. Goldstein (Copyright Law; Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television)
Joseph T. McCullough IV (Insurance Law)
Michael A. Moynihan (Real Estate Law)
Steven D. Pearson (Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Insurance)
Jordan H. Peters (Real Estate Law)
Peter A. Silverman (Commercial Litigation)
Richard J. Traub (Real Estate Law)
Michael D. Whitty (Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; Trusts and Estates)

Dana G. Bradford II (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Insurance; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
Steven E. Brust (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Securities)
Adam J. Buss (Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
Lisa Carrasco (Tax Law)
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 (Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Insurance Law)
Patricia J. Hill (Employment Law – Management)
James R. McCachren III (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Intellectual Property)
James B. Porter (Corporate Law; 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 (Trusts and Estates)
John D. Pettker (Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates)

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

New York
Neal T. Dorman (Trusts and Estates)
James Lotito (Litigation – Construction)
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)

Springfield, IL
Roger H. Bickel (Government Relations Practice)

Tampa, FL
Jason P. Stearns (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent)
Robert A. Stines (Commercial Litigation)

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

Four partners, Lori Gelchion, Robert Hussle, Robert Remar, and Jeffrey S. Tenen were also recognized by Best Lawyers as 2024 “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas. Additionally, 23 attorneys were named to 2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America in their respective practice areas in the category’s fourth year.

About Best Lawyers®
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers recognitions are compiled based on an exhaustive Purely Peer Review® evaluation. More than 123,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received more than 20 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. Visit for more information.

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 nearly 400 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 50 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, insurance/reinsurance, construction, employment law, international, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has 14 domestic and international offices, including Atlanta; Austin; Charlotte; Chicago; Jacksonville, FL; London; Los Angeles; Miami; Munich; New York; Southampton; Springfield, IL; Tampa, FL; and Washington, D.C.

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