Jun 4, 2019

SGR Recognized as a 2019 Am Law 200 Firm for Fifth Year in a Row; Advances Six Spots

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ATLANTA (June 4, 2019) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized by The American Lawyer as a 2019 Am Law 200 firm for the fifth year in a row. Once again, SGR improved its standing on the list, advancing six spots from 2018, as a result of the firm’s continuing growth and increase in revenue. SGR is one of only four Atlanta-based firms that placed in the “Am Law Second Hundred.” Ranked by gross revenue, the Am Law 200 is a diverse group of law firms throughout the country that… Read more


May 30, 2019

SGR Attorneys Named to 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

ATLANTA (May 30, 2019) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the attorneys that have been selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists for Florida. The SGR attorney in the Jacksonville office selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers list and his specified area of practice: Dana G. Bradford II (Civil Litigation: Defense) The SGR attorneys in the Jacksonville office selected to 2019 Rising Stars and their specified areas of practice: James H. Cummings (General Litigation) Yash B. Dave (Employment & Labor) Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding… Read more


May 29, 2019

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Partner Michael Regan Appointed Chair of New York City Bar Association’s Council on Judicial Administration

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ATLANTA (May 29, 2019) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that firm Partner Michael Regan has been appointed Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s (City Bar’s) Council on Judicial Administration. Mr. Regan succeeds the Honorable Carolyn Demarest (Ret.), formerly the Presiding Justice of the Commercial Division in Kings County. The Council on Judicial Administration coordinates the work of several of the City Bar’s court committees on issues that impact New York’s state and federal courts. Recent issues addressed by the Council include the judiciary budget and proposals to restructure/streamline the state-court system. The… Read more


May 20, 2019

SGR Partner Justice Leah Ward Sears Appointed Chair of City of Atlanta Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust

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ATLANTA (May 20, 2019) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Partner Justice Leah Ward Sears (Ret.) has been appointed by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to chair the City of Atlanta Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust. The task force was designed to evaluate the city government’s ethics, transparency and compliance guidelines, present its findings, and make recommendations for improvement. The 13-member task force is comprised of individuals who were formerly prosecutors, judges or local lawmakers, along with members of the academic community and Atlanta residents. Justice Sears is among the six members… Read more


May 16, 2019

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Represents Big V Property Group in Acquisition of Westside Centre Shopping Center in Alabama for $35.9 Million, its Largest Acquisition to Date

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ATLANTA (May 16, 2019) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the firm served as legal counsel to Big V Property Group (BVPG) in its recent $35.9 million shopping center acquisition of Westside Centre in Huntsville, Alabama. This is the New York-based investment management company’s largest acquisition to date. Westside Centre is located along the University Drive retail corridor in Huntsville, Alabama. At 655,638 square feet, the shopping center is shadow-anchored by Super Target with national tenants including Big Lots, Stein Mart, Tuesday Morning, PetSmart, Ross Dress for Less, Shoe Carnival, and Party City. Additionally, the… Read more


Apr 25, 2019

Chambers USA Guide 2019 Recognizes 13 SGR Attorneys and 6 SGR Practice Areas Among the Best in the Country

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ATLANTA (April 25, 2019) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the attorneys and practices selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The prestigious legal guide, published annually by London-based Chambers & Partners, identifies leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers researchers with thousands of attorneys and their clients. Chambers USA recognized SGR in following six practice areas, as noted, in Georgia or USA – Nationwide: Environment – Georgia (Band 3) Transportation: Aviation: Finance – USA – Nationwide (Band 4) Construction – Georgia… Read more


Apr 23, 2019

Smith, Gambrell & Russell and IP Attorneys, Thomas Wiseman and Michael Riesen, Recognized by USPTO with 2018 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificates

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ATLANTA (April 23, 2019) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with a 2018 Patent Pro Bono Law Firm and Corporate Achievement Certificate. Additionally, two of SGR’s Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys, Thomas Wiseman and Michael Riesen, have been individually recognized with 2018 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificates. The Achievement Certificates are presented in recognition of individuals who reported 50 or more hours of patent pro bono service to a regional patent pro bono program. The goal of the Patent Pro Bono… Read more


Apr 19, 2019

SGR Attorneys Named to 2019 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers List

ATLANTA (April 19, 2019) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the two attorneys that have been selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers list for Washington, D.C. The SGR attorneys in the Washington, D.C. office selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers list and their specified area of practice: Edward A. Pennington (Intellectual Property Litigation and Intellectual Property) Scott Woldow (Intellectual Property) Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are… Read more


Apr 8, 2019

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Welcomes 2 Intellectual Property Attorneys, Michael Riesen and Indhira LaPuma

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ATLANTA (April 8, 2019) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the addition of Partner Michael Riesen and Counsel Indhira LaPuma to the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice in the Atlanta office. “SGR is excited to welcome Mike and Indhira to the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice,” said Greg Kirsch, Head of the firm’s IP Department. “Mike and Indhira both add extensive patent and technical expertise to our large and growing IP group, along with creative approaches to practice management and automation. They bring with them an impressive roster of clients, from small start-ups to well-known technology… Read more


Apr 11, 2019

Smith, Gambrell & Russell IP Partner Matthew Warenzak Named to UGA’s IDEA Board

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ATLANTA (April 11, 2019) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that firm partner Matthew Warenzak has been named to UGA’s Innovation District External Advisory (IDEA) Board. The IDEA Board was formed to ensure that as the university’s future Innovation District is developed, the initiative incorporates input from the local business community and private sector. As UGA’s campus of the future, the Innovation District will make the university a more powerful driver of economic development in Georgia due to its integrated facilities which will offer spaces and amenities designed to inspire collaboration, discovery, innovation, and entrepreneurship…. Read more