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Smith Moore Leatherwood Expands with Five New Attorneys in Atlanta

Smith Moore Leatherwood Expands with Five New Attorneys in Atlanta


November 1, 2011

Addition Continues 2011 Firm-Wide Strategic Growth

Atlanta, Ga. – Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP continues to strengthen its presence in the Southeast with the addition of five new attorneys to its Atlanta office. Robert B. Wedge; G. Marshall Kent, Jr.; R. Milton Crouch; Jason A. Cooper; and Tracy A. Marion have joined the firm, which also has offices in Charleston and Greenville, S.C. and Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington, N.C. The attorneys joining Smith Moore Leatherwood were most recently with Shapiro Fussell Wedge & Martin, LLP in Atlanta.

"This thoughtful expansion of our office brings skills that broaden and enhance the firm's existing strengths," said Larry Myers, Partner in Charge of the firm's Atlanta office. "The new attorneys bring a wide range of litigation capabilities, such as construction litigation and professional liability, as well as estate planning, taxation, bankruptcy and financial services capabilities. We're growing in ways that are meaningful to our clients."

"I have known and worked with many of the Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys for years, both personally and professionally," said Bob Wedge, partner at the firm. "Over the years, my colleagues and I have come to know the culture and reputation of the firm as one that we respect and admire. I am certain that our integration into the firm will be seamless, allowing our focus to remain on the challenges faced by our clients."

This announcement comes on the heels of additional 2011 firm growth across Southeast, including the opening of a new office in Charleston, S.C. and the addition of J. Clinton Wimbish, John P. Zimmer and Andrew T. Spence to bolster the firm's Intellectual Property practice in Charlotte, N.C.

"2011 has already brought much strategic growth to Smith Moore Leatherwood with the opening of our seventh office and the growth of our IP practice," said Rob Marcus, Chairman of the firm's Management Committee. "We continuously look for growth opportunities in all offices, but any expansion must make strategic sense for the firm as a whole. When top talent becomes available or when we can draw them to our firm, we consider whether our clients need the services they can provide. In all of these cases, our growth has been smart and deliberate and has made for a more robust firm overall."

Robert B. Wedge – Partner
An Atlanta native with a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the University of Georgia, Wedge has developed and built a broad litigation practice which includes: construction and commercial litigation; professional liability actions, principally involving attorneys, architects and engineers; insurance coverage litigation; and personal injury and wrongful death actions. He has a large number of reported state and federal appellate decisions in these areas. Wedge is also an experienced and active mediator of large commercial, construction and professional liability cases. He has served on a number of committees of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association and was Chair of the ADR Section of the Atlanta Bar Association for 2010-11. Wedge is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and is a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.

G. Marshall Kent, Jr. – Partner
Born in Columbia, S.C. and raised in Lancaster, Pa., Marshall is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College. He received his law and M.B.A. degrees, as well as an L.L.M. in taxation, from Emory University. Kent concentrates his practice in the areas of creditor/debtor rights and corporate, commercial and bankruptcy litigation. He also regularly advises clients with respect to a variety of general corporate matters. His clients include individuals and small businesses, as well as general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. Kent is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and Mississippi, the American and Atlanta Bar Associations, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He is past President of the Northside Kiwanis Club.

R. Milton Crouch – Of Counsel
Crouch received his undergraduate and law degrees, as well as an L.L.M. in taxation, from Emory University. He practices in the areas of federal taxation, corporate and business counseling, trusts and estates, charitable giving, compensation and employee benefits, and mergers and acquisitions.

Jason A. Cooper – Of Counsel
Cooper received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Alabama and his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. His practice includes commercial and construction litigation in state and federal courts, as well as the arbitration and mediation of these matters. He represents design professionals, contractors and subcontractors, and is experienced in extra-contractual claims between parties involved in construction projects and claims relating to insurance coverage for construction failures and defects. Cooper is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and Florida, and is an associate member of the Consulting Engineers Council-Georgia.

Tracy A. Marion – Associate
Marion received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Georgia State University and his law degree cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he was a member of the Law Review. Prior to attending law school, he worked in the financial services industry. Marion's practice focuses on commercial and construction litigation, as well as cases involving restructuring, insolvency and adversarial bankruptcy matters. He also works in the corporate area, and has experience in mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and stock and asset purchase transactions.

For more information, contact:
Liz Lineback (lizl@hughesagency.org)
Brandy Humphries (brandyh@hughesagency.org)
864.271.0718

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