Oct 10, 2018

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Honored with Namesake Suite at Emory Law School


ATLANTA (October 10, 2018) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized by Emory University School of Law through the new Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP Suite in the Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy. The honor was bestowed upon SGR in recognition of the firm’s contribution to the university during the law school’s centennial year. The official dedication ceremony and reception was held on October 1 with remarks by Interim Dean James Hughes, along with Emory Law alumni SGR Managing Partner Steve Forte and Partner John Ethridge.

In long term partnership with Emory Law, SGR has continued to support 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. Additionally, Gambrell Drive is named for him. SGR is proud of the legacy left by Mr. Gambrell, who was a proponent of pro bono activities and founder of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in 1924, serving as president for almost two decades.

With a 125-year history, SGR counts Emory Law among one of its most influential partnerships. Thirty percent of SGR attorneys are graduates of Emory Law. In addition, several of the firm’s partners serve as Emory Law adjunct professors.

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 Emory School of Law’s Center for Professional Development & Career Strategy
The Center for Professional Development & Career Strategy serves as the professional link among students, alumni, and employers, coordinating a full range of services for the employment search process. Beginning with the first year of study, our staff provides one-on-one advising appointments, training on job search skills, educational programming about the wide range of career paths available to Emory Law students, and development of career resource materials. We work closely with employers to introduce them to our highly skilled graduates and create networking opportunities that transition students into their chosen career paths.

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

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