ATLANTA (November 18, 2022) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Partner Edward J. (“Jack”) Hardin has been recognized in Georgia Trend’s inaugural “Georgia 500,” a list of Georgia’s most influential leaders of 2022. Mr. Hardin was selected due to his 54-year legal career in professional services. Additionally, he was honored as founder and board chair of the Gateway Center, an Atlanta homeless services center which serves between 6,000 and 10,000 people a year.
In addition to his leadership with the Gateway Center, Mr. Hardin serves the community at large as the chairman of the Fulton County Board of Health, co-chair of the Regional Commission on Homelessness, and president of the Georgia Legal Services Foundation. Further, he is a member of the boards of Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and Partners for Home, Inc., as well as vice chairman of the board of Georgia Works! Inc., a residential workforce program for the chronically homeless and a non-profit affordable housing provider. Mr. Hardin is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Hardin has been the recipient of numerous legal awards, such as Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite and Chambers USA, and countless community service awards, including the 2022 Buckhead Rotary Club’s Annual Rev. Robert Ross Johnson Humanitarian Award; the 2019 Mercy Moves through Me Award; the 2018 Ben F. Johnson, Jr. Public Service Award; 2018 Heroes, Saints and Legends Award; and the 2018 VEO Hero Impact Award from the Veterans Empowerment Organization.
Mr. Hardin is a partner in SGR’s Corporate Practice specializing in corporate law and governance, as well as banking and financial institutional law. He is also currently Chairman of the Board of Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT). After 50 years as the founding partner of Rogers & Hardin, Mr. Hardin joined SGR as a result of the combination of the two law firms in January 2022.
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