ATLANTA (September 21, 2022) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Jacksonville Partner Richard Rivera has been appointed to serve as the Managing Director for Administration of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) for the 2022-23 bar year that commenced in August. The YLD is the ABA member group for attorneys who are early in their legal careers, either under 36 years old or admitted to practice for ten years or less, created to provide resources and opportunities for professional and personal growth. In his new role, Mr. Rivera is part of the senior leadership team, handling many aspects of the YLD’s administrative functions and serving as a manager of other YLD Directors and a member of the YLD’s Cabinet.
Mr. Rivera has been involved with and served the ABA YLD for many years, including chairing the YLD’s Litigation Committee for two years and serving as Director of Practice Services for two years. In 2017 and 2021, he received the ABA YLD Star of the Year Award for his dedication and work, including the creation of new programs for young lawyers and the development of the YLD’s five-year strategic plan. Mr. Rivera also serves on the Council of the ABA Litigation Section.
Mr. Rivera is a partner in SGR’s Jacksonville office and a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property practices. His litigation practice is focused on commercial litigation, with a special emphasis in defending actions brought under consumer protection statutes, such as the FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, and their state-level counterparts. Mr. Rivera’s intellectual property practice is concentrated in advising clients in matters involving intellectual property (trademark and copyright), compliance with state and federal laws governing sweepstakes and other promotional activities, software and internet technology, marketing, and licensing issues.
About American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
The Young Lawyers Division is the American Bar Association’s home for new attorneys, providing members tools to navigate the early years of a career, opportunities to build a national network of peers and mentors, and vital resources to help members grow personally and professionally. For more information, visit www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers.
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.