May 11, 2022

Smith Gambrell Russell Partner Emily Ward Elected Secretary of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Board of Directors

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ATLANTA (May 11, 2022) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce Partner Emily C. Ward has been elected secretary of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 Atlanta Bar year and will be installed during the Annual Meeting Breakfast on May 17. Previously, Ms. Ward was treasurer of the Board of Directors. As a partner in SGR’s Atlanta Litigation Practice, Ms. Ward concentrates on white-collar defense and civil litigation including healthcare, business, and environmental litigation, as well as administrative and regulatory matters. Along with her position on the Board of Directors, Ms. Ward… Read more


May 2, 2022

Smith Gambrell Russell Partner Roger Maldonado Announced as Member of New “Fareness” Blue-Ribbon Panel to Combat New York Public Transportation Fare Evasion

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ATLANTA (May 3, 2022) – Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Partner Roger Juan Maldonado has been invited to serve as a member of the new “Fareness” Blue-Ribbon Panel which has been created by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to develop fresh approaches to reducing fare evasion across the entire MTA system of subways, buses, commuter rails, bridges, and tunnels. Farebox and toll revenue account for 50% of the MTA’s operating budget, and in recent years, fare evasion has nearly tripled on the subway from about 3% to more than 12%. Members of… Read more


May 2, 2022

Smith Gambrell Russell Partner Emily Ward Recognized as a Georgia Legal Awards “On the Rise” Honoree for 2022 by the Daily Report

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ATLANTA (May 2, 2022) – Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce Partner Emily C. Ward has been recognized by the Daily Report as one of the honorees in the On the Rise category in the publication’s Georgia Legal Awards 2022. The On the Rise category recognizes Georgia’s most promising lawyers under the age of 40 as of June 1, 2022 as selected by the Daily Report with assistance from a panel of esteemed lawyers. The honorees are considered to be innovators in Georgia and are known for developing unique practice niches, amassing robust books of business,… Read more


Apr 28, 2022

SGR Partners Edward Pennington and John Pennington Named to 2022 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

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ATLANTA (April 28, 2022) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the two attorneys that have been selected to the 2022 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. The SGR attorney in the Washington, D.C. office selected to the 2022 Super Lawyers list and his specified area of practice: Edward A. Pennington (Intellectual Property Litigation) The SGR attorney in the Washington, D.C. office selected to the 2022 Rising Stars list and his specified area of practice: John P. Pennington (Civil Litigation) Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from… Read more


Apr 26, 2022

Smith Gambrell Russell Welcomes Veteran UK Aviation Finance Lawyer Adrian Beasley

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ATLANTA (April 26, 2022) – Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Adrian Beasley has joined the Firm’s Global Transport Practice as a Partner based in the London office. Adrian joins SGR from White & Case LLP where he was a member of the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group in London for more than two decades. Adrian advises clients on international asset finance and leasing transactions with a particular emphasis on the aviation industry, generally spanning multiple jurisdictions. His in-depth knowledge of transactions involving commercial aircraft includes ECA-supported financings, sale and leaseback transactions, operating… Read more


Apr 25, 2022

Smith Gambrell Russell Partner Emily Ward Honored with 2022 Young Alumnae of Excellence Award by University of Georgia School of Law

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ATLANTA (April 25, 2022) – Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Partner Emily C. Ward has been honored with the 2022 Young Alumnae of Excellence Award by the University of Georgia (UGA) School of Law. The award, given for outstanding dedication and service to the legal profession and the law school, was presented along with the three Distinguished Service Scroll Awards during the school’s Awards Dinner at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia on April 1. As a partner in SGR’s Atlanta Litigation Practice, Ms. Ward concentrates on white-collar defense and civil litigation including healthcare,… Read more


Apr 18, 2022

Smith Gambrell Russell Partner Tony Cochran Honored by Zaban Paradies Center for Lifetime of Service Benefitting Atlanta Homeless Couples

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ATLANTA (April 18, 2022) – Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Partner Anthony L. (Tony) Cochran has been honored for his lifetime of service to the Zaban Paradies Center (ZPC), which assists homeless couples obtain housing and employment. Mr. Cochran is a member of the ZPC Advisory Board and previously served over the past 25 years as the Center’s Chair, a Director, a Supervisor, and an all-night volunteer. The honor was presented to Mr. Cochran during the ZPC’s first annual fundraiser, Blue Jeans, Bow Ties, and Bling: A Celebration of ZPC Past, Present, and Future!… Read more


Mar 21, 2022

SGR’s Jim Bikoff, Bruce McDonald and Scott Woldow Recognized on “WTR 1000” List of World’s Leading Trademark Professionals of 2022; SGR Recognized as a Firm in Washington, D.C. Metro

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ATLANTA (March 21, 2022) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce Intellectual Property (IP) Partners James Bikoff, Bruce McDonald, and Scott Woldow have been recognized on World Trademark Review 1000 list (WTR 1000) of the world’s leading trademark professionals of 2022. Mr. Bikoff is recognized nationally and in the D.C. metro area, and Mr. McDonald and Mr. Woldow are recognized in the D.C. metro area. Additionally, SGR has been recognized bronze as a firm for prosecution and strategy and for enforcement and litigation in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Now in its eleventh year, the WTR… Read more


Mar 21, 2022

Smith Gambrell Russell Welcomes Tom Helm as Chief Marketing Officer

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ATLANTA (March 21, 2022) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Thomas C. Helm has joined the Firm as chief marketing officer (CMO). In this role, he leads a team responsible for driving the marketing and business development strategy for the Firm. For more than 20 years, Mr. Helm has worked in-house for commercial law firms in various senior marketing and business development roles. Most recently, he spent eight years leading the business development efforts for global law firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. “We are thrilled to welcome Tom as CMO,” said Stephen M…. Read more


Mar 17, 2022

SGR Partner Roger Maldonado Presented with Portrait as Past President of the New York City Bar Association

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Photo courtesy of New York City Bar Association ATLANTA (March 17, 2022) – Smith Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the unveiling of the commissioned portrait of New York Partner Roger Juan Maldonado to honor his service as the 68th president of the New York City Bar Association (City Bar) from May 2018 until May 2020. A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Maldonado was the City Bar’s first Hispanic president, and his portrait was painted by Carlos Castano, an award-winning Hispanic artist who has exhibited extensively in the New York area. The portrait was unveiled following the… Read more