Feb 21, 2017

SGR Attorneys Named to 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

ATLANTA (February 21, 2017) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that 12 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2017 Super Lawyers list and six of the firm’s attorneys were named to the 2017 Rising Stars list for Georgia.

The SGR attorneys in the Atlanta office selected to 2017 Super Lawyers and their specified areas of practice are:

Edward D. Burch, Jr. (Business Litigation)

Matthew W. Clarke (Employment & Labor)

Stephen M. Forte (Business Litigation)

Gregory J. Kirsch (Intellectual Property)

Kristen M. Lewis (Estate Planning & Probate)

J. Rodgers Lunsford III (Intellectual Property Litigation)

James P. Monacell (Government Finance)

David M. Moore (Environmental)

James H. Morgan, Jr. (Estate Planning & Probate)

Aasia Mustakeem (Real Estate)

Stephen E. O’Day (Environmental)

Leah Ward Sears (Appellate)*

*Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice and SGR Partner Leah Ward Sears was featured in the cover article for the Super Lawyers Magazine issue where she and six other top attorneys and judges discuss building their legal careers in Atlanta during the civil rights movement.

The SGR attorneys in the Atlanta office selected to 2017 Rising Stars and their specified areas of practice are:

Harrison Anthony (Employment Litigation)

Eugene D. Bryant (Real Estate)

Darren Rowles (Construction Litigation)

Nicholas Rueter (Mergers & Acquisitions)

Wm. Parker Sanders (Business Litigation)

John F. Weeks IV (Business Litigation)

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 made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit For more information, visit

About Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

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 more than 200 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, construction and employment law. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Jacksonville, London, Munich, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.

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