Jun 9, 2022

Smith Gambrell Russell Earns Top Honors in Emory University School of Law’s Annual EmoryLaw@Work Campaign


ATLANTA (June 9, 2022) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the Firm has been named the 2022 winner of Emory University School of Law’s annual EmoryLaw@Work Campaign in the large category for attaining the highest participation rate of gift giving by its Emory Law School alumni. From January 1 through April 30, EmoryLaw@Work challenges participating law firms to encourage the firm’s alumni colleagues to make a donation, or “gift,” to the Law School Fund of Excellence with the goal of 100% alumni participation. Participating firms are categorized into three challenge groups of small, medium and large based on the number of Emory Law alumni in the firm. The winners, those that achieved the highest alumni participation rate in each category, were announced at the Alumni Awards ceremony on May 20 during Emory Law Alumni Weekend. SGR Partner and Emory University School of Law graduate John Ethridge accepted the award on behalf of the Firm.

For more than 20 years, the EmoryLaw@Work program’s mission has been to strengthen relationships with its alumni by connecting with them through workplaces and law firms. Partnerships with participating law firms help the law school remain relevant for alumni, keep pace with economic trends, and stay abreast of contemporary legal practice. The gifts made support Emory law students by providing funding for scholarships, academic programs and initiatives, faculty support and research, student organizations and activities, professional development and career services, and public interest programs. This year’s campaign raised nearly $140,000 from just under 130 gifts.

SGR counts Emory Law among one of its most influential long-term partnerships, and the Firm has continually supported the university through its contributions in the spirit of name partner E. Smythe Gambrell. Mr. Gambrell served on Emory’s law faculty in the late 1920s and 1930s while also practicing law in Atlanta. In memory of his parents, he provided the lead gift for the building that houses the law school, known as Gambrell Hall, which opened in 1973, and Gambrell Drive is named for him. In 2018, the Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP Suite in the Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy was dedicated in recognition of the Firm’s contribution to the university during the law school’s centennial year. One third of SGR attorneys are graduates of Emory Law, and several of the Firm’s partners serve as Emory Law adjunct professors.

For more information on the EmoryLaw@Work Campaign, please click here.

About Emory University School of Law
Emory Law is a top-ranked law school offering a practical, disciplined approach to the study of law. We are known for: faculty who are experts in their respective areas of law and dynamic teachers in the classroom, a rigorous curriculum attuned to the needs of the legal profession, countless opportunities for experiential learning through externships, clinics, and simulation course, and an environment of support and cooperation that encourages challenging the status quo. For more information, visit

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 270 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, construction, employment law, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.

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