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Dec 6, 2023

Smith Gambrell Russell Grows Patent Practice with Hire of Coulter ‘Coby’ Henry and Jerry Liu in Atlanta

SGR Grows Patent Practice with Hire of Coulter ‘Coby’ Henry and Jerry Liu in Atlanta

ATLANTA (December 6, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the latest expansion of its Intellectual Property (IP) Practice in the Atlanta office with the addition of Coulter ‘Coby’ Henry as a patent attorney and Jerry Liu as a patent technical advisor. Gregory J. Kirsch, partner and head of the SGR IP Department, expressed his enthusiasm for the new additions, saying, “We are pleased to welcome both Coby and Jerry to the Atlanta Intellectual Property Practice. Their wealth of patent experience and technical expertise will undoubtedly enhance our patent law capabilities and strengthen our commitment… Read more


Nov 27, 2023

Smith Gambrell Russell Represents Utility Associates, Inc. in Majority Investment from Greater Sum Ventures

Smith Gambrell Russell Represents Utility Associates, Inc. in Majority Investment from Greater Sum Ventures

ATLANTA (November 27, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the Firm served as legal counsel to Utility Associates, Inc., a frontline professional digital systems provider, in a majority investment funding agreement with Greater Sum Ventures (GSV), an entrepreneurial family office and growth equity firm. The funding from GSV will provide additional capital that will be used to increase Utility’s investment in innovation and help further accelerate its growth. Founded in 2000, Utility delivers digital systems for public agencies that depend on speed, accuracy, transparency, and easy-to-access data. The Decatur, Georgia-based company meets the… Read more


Nov 2, 2023

Best Lawyers® Recognizes SGR on the 2024 Best Law Firms® List

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ATLANTA (November 2, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the Firm has again been named to the 2024 Best Lawyers® list of Best Law Firms® ranked nationally and in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Tampa, and Washington, D.C., including 53 “Tier 1” rankings. For this 14th Edition, SGR has been honored with elevated tier status and additional recognition in several practice areas. The 2024 rankings are based on Best Law Firms’ proven methodology that relies on qualitative and quantitative data on legal skillset, achievements, and client successes collected… Read more


Nov 2, 2023

3 Smith Gambrell Russell Partners Selected to the 2023 “Georgia 500” by Georgia Trend Magazine

ATLANTA (November 2, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that partners Edward “Jack” Hardin, Stephen M. Forte, and Justice Leah Ward Sears have been recognized in Georgia Trend’s second edition of the “Georgia 500,” a list of Georgia’s most influential leaders of 2023, in the Professional Services category. SGR is the only law firm to have three honorees included on the list. Distinguishing this list from other Georgia Trend superlative categories, the Georgia 500 focuses on the leaders in economic development and local investment who are driving Georgia’s growth. Steve Forte is SGR’s managing… Read more


Nov 1, 2023

Smith Gambrell Russell Grows Los Angeles Office with Hire of Seasoned Corporate Partner Peter Rho

SGR Grows Los Angeles Office with Hire of Seasoned Corporate Partner Peter Rho

ATLANTA (November 1, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Peter Rho has joined the Firm as partner in the Los Angeles office and as head of the Korea Practice. Most recently, Mr. Rho was a shareholder with Buchalter where he was a member of the Corporate Practice and chair of the Korea Practice. According to Patrick Cain, managing partner of SGR’s Los Angeles office, “Peter helps deepen SGR’s corporate expertise in Los Angeles, and he also will be instrumental in building our Korea Practice across the Firm. That he is personally engaging and… Read more


Oct 26, 2023

Smith Gambrell Russell New York Partner Dana Mark Recognized with the John P. Cooney, Jr. Award from the Inner-City Scholarship Fund

New York Partner Dana Mark Recognized with the John P. Conney, Jr. Award

ATLANTA (October 26, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that New York Partner Dana Mark has been recognized with the John P. Cooney, Jr. Award for Mentorship and Community Involvement from the Inner-City Scholarship Fund (Inner-City). Ms. Mark was presented with the award in recognition of her involvement with New York’s St. Jean Baptiste High School, as an alumna and a member of its board of trustees, along with her success in the legal profession. Ms. Mark’s John P. Cooney, Jr. Award for Mentorship and Community Involvement was presented during the 34th Annual Saint… Read more


Oct 25, 2023

Smith Gambrell Russell Partner Erin McAdams Franzblau Installed as 2023-2024 President-Elect of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

ATLANTA (October 25, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Partner Erin McAdams Franzblau has been installed as president-elect of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) for the 2023-2024 term. Ms. McAdams Franzblau was elected and installed during the annual meeting of the Federal Bar Association’s Chicago Chapter on October 25. She was most recently Chicago Chapter vice president and has also previously served as treasurer, executive board member, and programming committee co-chair. Ms. McAdams Franzblau is a partner in SGR’s Litigation Practice. She litigates employment matters, counsels employers on nearly… Read more


Oct 23, 2023

8 Smith Gambrell Russell Attorneys Appointed to INTA Committees for 2024-2025

ATLANTA (October 23, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the eight firm Intellectual Property attorneys who have been appointed to International Trademark Association (INTA) committees for the 2024-2025 term. INTA appoints committee volunteers to carry out trademark-related initiatives and programs. Committee members fulfill their responsibilities by promptly and thoughtfully completing their committee’s mission statement. The following SGR Intellectual Property Practice attorneys will begin service to their respective committees beginning January 1, 2024: James Bikoff, a partner in SGR’s Washington, D.C. office, has been selected to serve as a member of the Legislation and Regulation… Read more


Oct 20, 2023

Smith Gambrell Russell New York Attorney Victor Metsch Receives NYS Courts Office for Justice Initiatives’ Access to Justice Pro Bono Award

ATLANTA (October 20, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that New York attorney Victor M. Metsch has received the NYS Courts Office for Justice Initiatives’ Access to Justice Pro Bono Award for his outstanding work and dedicated service in the Civil Court Volunteer Lawyer Project. Mr. Metsch was presented with his award during a ceremony on October 19 held in celebration of National Pro Bono Week. As a member of SGR’s Litigation Department, Victor Metsch focuses primarily in the area of commercial dispute resolution, which includes arbitration, mediation, appeals work, and litigation in the Federal, State and… Read more


Oct 19, 2023

Smith Gambrell Russell’s Global Transport Practice and Partners Recognized Among the Best by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK for 2024

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ATLANTA (October 19, 2023) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the Firm’s 2024 Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK rankings. Partner Adrian Beasley has been selected for inclusion in the 2024 edition of Chambers UK Guide, ranked in Band 3 in Asset Finance: Aviation Finance. For The Legal 500 UK 2024, SGR’s Global Transport Practice has been recognized in Tier Five in London for Transport Finance & Leasing. Additionally for The Legal 500 UK 2024 in Finance: Transport Finance & Leasing, Adrian is recognized as a Leading Individual, along with Individual Mentions for Partners… Read more