Dec 7, 2023

Meredith Zadnichek

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As the director of attorney professional development & integration, Meredith works closely with firm leadership to design and implement innovative programs and policies to attract, develop, engage, and retain legal talent. She is responsible for attorney training and professional development initiatives, including attorney orientation, integration, continuing legal education, mentoring, coaching, and performance management. Prior to SGR, Meredith led the professional development team at a national firm focused on labor and employment.  Before transitioning to professional development, Meredith spent more than a decade in legal recruiting. Meredith is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), the Professional… Read more

Feb 10, 2016

Jeffrey L. Bash

Jeff Bash

As COO, Jeff is responsible for the firm’s administrative and business operations.  As both a visionary and analytical leader, Jeff works closely with the Managing Partner, Executive Committee members and Practice Group Leaders on strategic planning and Firm policy issues. In addition, he leads a talented team of senior business professionals in human resources, marketing & business development, accounting & finance, information technology, and library services. Jeff held senior leadership roles in law firms for more than 25 years, providing strategic guidance and leadership to firm leaders, lawyers, and all levels of staff.  During his career he has launched offices… Read more

Dec 10, 2018

Carrie Armistead

Carrie joined SGR in 2018 and brings several years of legal research experience as well as a background in public librarianship, training, and nonprofit research to her role as Director of Library Services. Carrie is responsible for management of all aspects of library services across all firm offices including legal and non-legal research services, competitive intelligence, new business intake research, orientation and ongoing training in research resources. Carrie continually evaluates the library’s collection and monitors the availability of new resources to ensure that she and her staff are providing the most efficient, cost-effective research assistance for the firm. Carrie holds… Read more

Feb 28, 2022

Thomas C. Helm

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As CMO, Tom is responsible for driving the marketing and business development strategy for the Firm. Tom has worked in-house at commercial law firms for over 20 years. Prior to joining SGR, he held senior marketing and business development roles for an Am Law 100 firm and two regional law firms. Throughout his career, Tom has launched integrated marketing and communications campaigns, instituted business development coaching and training programs for lawyers and marketing professionals, played an integral role in a global law firm merger, and led a number of other strategic projects. Prior to working in the legal industry, Tom… Read more

Jul 19, 2012

Sherri M. Knight


Sherri M. Knight has been involved with legal recruiting for over 22 years. Her career at Smith, Gambrell & Russell began over 27 years ago. During her 27 years, she has held many different administrative positions including staff, secretarial, law librarian and marketing coordinator before becoming the Director of Professional Recruiting. Ms. Knight has served on many firm committees including those dedicated to attracting the best law students and laterals, and recommending associates to become partners. She is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s legal hiring including law student recruiting, summer programs, lateral and paralegal hiring. Ms. Knight lives… Read more

Jul 19, 2012

Daniel B. Rhinehart

Danny Rhinehart is the Firm’s Chief Information Officer. He is a multi-faceted business leader with three decades of legal industry experience, including leadership as a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for some of the largest U.S. law firms. His expertise spans legal technology, cybersecurity and data privacy, mergers and acquisitions, process improvement, information governance, emerging technologies, and knowledge management, providing a comprehensive understanding of the industry. In collaboration with the firm’s COO and other senior executives, Danny has successfully built, developed, and led IT teams that significantly enhance client services, increase productivity and efficiency,… Read more

Jun 27, 2022

Robert A. Rees, Jr.

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Robert oversees all aspects of human resources, its practices, and operations including: strategic business advisor to firm management, staff performance and compensation management, compliance and employee relations, and administration and management of the Firm’s 401(k) retirement savings plan and insurance programs. He works closely with the managing partner, COO, executive committee members, practice group leaders, and business services leadership on strategic planning and Firm policy issues. Robert has over 25 years of progressive HR leadership experience in multiple countries and industries. His experience in global HR operations includes total rewards programs, global mobility, scalability, and… Read more

Jul 19, 2012

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor joined Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP in 2001. During his 18-year career, Mr. Taylor’s records management experience includes the banking and hospitality industry. As Director, Records and Information Governance, he leads a team that is responsible for records, conflicts, and new business intake.