Sep 7, 2022

Smith Gambrell Russell Partners Recognized in IFLR1000 Leading Lawyers for 2022


ATLANTA (September 7, 2022) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that partners Jay Schwartz, John Spillman, Tom Hong, and Julie Sebastian once again have been recognized in the IFLR1000 Leading Lawyers for 2022 within the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Private Equity and Restructuring and Insolvency rankings. Recognized for their work in Corporate and M&A in Georgia, Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Spillman earned the “Highly Regarded” ranking, and Ms. Sebastian earned the “Notable Practitioner” ranking. Mr. Hong earned the “Rising Star” ranking for his work in both Corporate and M&A and Banking and Finance in Georgia. SGR is recognized as a firm in M&A in Georgia.

Now in its 32nd addition, IFLR1000 publishes more than 750 practice area law firm rankings and more than 20,000 lawyer ratings across more than 235 national and regional jurisdictions globally. The IFLR1000 has been producing legal market intelligence since 1990 and remains the only international legal market research brand focused on ranking law firms and lawyers on the basis of financial and corporate transactional work.

Jay Schwartz is a Partner in the Corporate Practice of SGR. In his practice, he has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, finance, securities, commercial leasing, and technology. Mr. Schwartz has an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America®, and Super Lawyers and listed in The Legal 500 U.S. Edition and Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite.

John Spillman is a Partner in SGR‘s Corporate Practice. He counsels clients on corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, emerging company issues and international transactions. Mr. Spillman has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and has an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Tom Hong is a Partner in and Head of SGR‘s Corporate Practice and serves as the Firm’s Finance Partner. He concentrates his practice on corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, cross-border structuring, joint ventures, venture capital transactions, and general international business matters. Mr. Hong has extensive experience assisting clients with Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and related transactional antitrust issues.

Julie Sebastian is a Partner in the Corporate Practice of SGR and chairs the Firm’s Diversity Council. She has substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Ms. Sebastian has represented both publicly and privately held companies and has worked with companies in a wide range of industries, including construction, heavy metals manufacturing and technology. She is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®

To view SGR’s recognized attorneys, click HERE.

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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