Jan 5, 2022

Smith Gambrell Russell Elects Ellen Fontanella and Emily Ward to the Firm’s Partnership

2022 Partnership

ATLANTA (January 5, 2022) – Smith Gambrell Russell (SGR) is pleased to announce the addition of Ellen H. Fontanella and Emily C. Ward to its partnership effective January 1, 2022.

“The Partnership is pleased to announce that Ellen and Emily have been elected as partners of the firm,” said Stephen M. Forte, SGR’s chairman and managing partner. “Both women have made significant contributions in key strategic practice areas and are deserving of this recognition.”

Ellen Fontanella is a member of the firm’s Global Transport Practice based in Miami. She represents airlines in connection with the acquisition, leasing and financing of air transport and corporate aircraft and other equipment. Ms. Fontanella is also responsible for drafting corporate documents for the airlines, supervising and managing Latin American outside counsel on various transactions, as well as drafting corporate governance and transactional documents for the airlines.

Emily Ward is a member of SGR’s Atlanta Litigation and White Collar Law practices. Her practice is concentrated in white collar defense and civil litigation, including health care, business, and environmental litigation, as well as administrative and regulatory matters. Ms. Ward is also active within the American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, and Atlanta Bar Association, where she has served in various leadership positions and as a member of several committees.

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, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.

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