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Apr 26, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Adds Four Attorneys to Firm’s New York Office

ATLANTA (April 26, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce its continued strategic growth with the arrival of four attorneys to the Firm’s New York office. Through a combination with H. Roske & Associates LLP, Henry Roske joins the Firm as partner and Moritz Masberg joins as Counsel in the Corporate and German Practice Groups. They are joined separately by partner Shane O’Neill, and Counsel Deborah Korman, who joins SGR from Ingram LLP as New York-based members of the Real Estate Group. “As we continue our strategic growth, we are focusing our efforts both domestically… Read more


Apr 17, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Welcomes Former City of Jacksonville Deputy General Counsel Lawsikia J. Hodges

ATLANTA (April 17, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Lawsikia J. Hodges has joined the Firm as Counsel in the Jacksonville office and a member of the Real Estate Group. Ms. Hodges will also be leading the Jacksonville office’s Governmental Affairs practice. Ms. Hodges previously served as the Deputy General Counsel of the Government Operations Department for the City of Jacksonville, where she provided government operations and transactional counsel to the mayor’s office, the 19 member Jacksonville City Council, executive branch department directors and chiefs, constitutional officers, independent authorities, and City boards and… Read more


Feb 27, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Client Granted Acquittal on Clean Water Act Conspiracy Charge by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

SGR Client Granted Acquittal on Clean Water Act Conspiracy Charge by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

ATLANTA (February 27, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to share that in a criminal environmental prosecution in a two-week jury trial defended by SGR, among others, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi granted a judgment of acquittal on the Clean Water Act conspiracy charge and one other substantive Clean Water Act charge at the close of the Government’s case. Before trial, the trial court dismissed a third Clean Water Act charge following a Daubert hearing on a motion in limine. After three days of deliberations, the Jury found SGR’s client… Read more


Feb 15, 2024

SGR’s Jim Bikoff, Bruce McDonald and Scott Woldow Recognized on “WTR 1000” List of World’s Leading Trademark Professionals of 2024; SGR Recognized as a Firm in Washington, D.C. Metro

PR SGR’s Jim Bikoff, Bruce McDonald and Scott Woldow Recognized on “WTR 1000” List of World’s Leading Trademark Professionals of 2024; SGR Recognized as a Firm in Washington, D.C. Metro

ATLANTA (February 15, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Intellectual Property Partners James Bikoff, Bruce McDonald and Scott Woldow have been recognized on the World Trademark Review 1000 list (WTR 1000) of the world’s leading trademark professionals of 2024. Mr. Bikoff is recognized as a “Recommended Individual” nationally, and Mr. McDonald and Mr. Woldow are recognized as “Recommended Individuals” in the D.C. metro area. SGR also received bronze recognition as a firm for prosecution and strategy and for enforcement and litigation in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Now in its fourteenth edition, the… Read more


Feb 14, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Advises Entek Solutions on Successful Sale to PremiStar

ATLANTA (February 14, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the Firm advised Engineered Technical Services, Inc. and its affiliated entity Engineered Comfort Services, Inc. (collectively referred to as “Entek Solutions”), in a successful sale to PremiStar, a portfolio company of Partners Group. Headquartered in Buford, GA, Entek Solutions provides HVAC and Energy Services to a wide array of commercial clients that include corporate offices, retail facilities, university campuses, healthcare settings, industrial and manufacturing companies throughout the United States. PremiStar is a national industry-leading HVAC, plumbing and building automation service provider headquartered in Deerfield,… Read more


Feb 13, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Advises Heramba on Successful Completion of the Acquisition of Kiepe Electric from Knorr-Bremse

SGR Advises Heramba on Successful Completion of the Acquisition of Kiepe Electric from Knorr-Bremse

ATLANTA (February 13, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the Firm advised Heramba GmbH on structuring, negotiation and acquisition of Kiepe Electric GmbH, Düsseldorf, and Kiepe Electric, LLC, Alpharetta, GA from Knorr-Bremse. Kiepe Electric GmbH is a German manufacturer of electrical traction equipment for trams, trolleybuses other road and rail transport vehicles, as well as air-conditioning and heating systems, and conveyor device components. The company has 550 employees and revenues of more than 140m EUR. The SGR legal team included Dr. Stefan Buske, a Partner in the Corporate Practice Group located in the… Read more


Feb 5, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Continues Strategic Growth with Third Combination in Last Two Years

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (February 5, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) today announced the continuation of its aggressive strategic growth initiative through a combination with Jacksonville, Fla.-based ABL Law. The combination expands the firm’s Litigation and Corporate Practices in the Jacksonville market, adding counsel Daniel Bean, Karen Bowden and Stacy Scaldo, and associates Jackie Van Laningham and Tucker Pryor. SGR has expanded strategically in recent years within the U.S. and internationally through multiple firm combinations, the addition of new practices, strategic hires, and the openings of five new offices. Most recently SGR combined with Freeborn & Peters LLP in… Read more


Jan 30, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Named One of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms to Work For

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Named one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms to Work For

ATLANTA (January 30, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the Firm has been named one of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Companies to Work For: Law Firms”, 2024. “We are extremely proud to be recognized as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms to Work For,” said Stephen M. Forte, SGR’s managing partner and chair of the executive committee. “SGR’s culture has been the cornerstone of the success and growth of our firm.  This recognition is a testament to our people and the commitment each person makes in fulfilling… Read more


Jan 23, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Welcomes Christopher Smith to International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Group

Smith Gambrell Russell Welcomes Christopher Smith to International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Group

ATLANTA (January 23, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Christopher Smith has joined the Firm as Counsel in the Atlanta office as part of the International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Group. Mr. Smith has over a decade of experience representing businesses in their cross-border commercial and investment disputes. He joins SGR from King & Spalding LLP (K&S), where he practiced for nine years in Atlanta and Paris, France. Fluent in German, Mr. Smith has represented clients in international commercial and investment treaty disputes across North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Smith routinely achieves… Read more


Jan 17, 2024

Smith Gambrell Russell Launches International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice

International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice

ATLANTA (January 17, 2024) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that it has created a new International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice, formed by the consolidation of its international arbitration and other international dispute resolution matters under a single umbrella. The move is part of a firmwide effort to provide high-quality, efficient client service following last year’s combination with Freeborn & Peters. SGR combined with Freeborn on April 1, 2023. Prior to that, Freeborn maintained a dedicated international arbitration practice, which had extensive experience representing domestic and international ceding companies and reinsurers in international arbitrations…. Read more