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Andrew Z. Smith

Andrew Z. Smith has experience handling complex commercial litigation and business disputes, as well as data and privacy protection issues, products liability, and insurance coverage litigation. His experience extends to both state and federal courts and involves all phases of a dispute, including pre-litigation, discovery, trial and appeal. Andrew also has broad experience in electronic discovery, including advising clients regarding legal hold obligations to assisting with collection, search and production of data. Additionally, he has experience with litigation counseling, including security preparedness and data breach response coverage.

Andrew is passionate about serving his community, and does so through board positions, advocacy for underserved populations, and pro bono work. Within the firm, Andrew serves as Pro Bono Chair of the Atlanta office’s Associate Committee, a role he has held since 2018. His pro bono works includes helping members of the transgender community petition for legal name changes and volunteering with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation (AVLF) where he sits on the Leadership Council. In addition, Andrew has positions with several organizations, including: sitting on the Board of Trustees for Quality Care for Children, serving on the Young Alumni/Alumna Committee for University of Georgia Law School, and serving on the Atlanta Leadership Committee for Lambda Legal.

Concentrations

  • Commercial litigation
  • Contract disputes and business torts
  • Pharmaceutical, medical device & health care litigation
  • Product liability litigation
  • Insurance coverage litigation

Expertise

Erfahrung

  • Assisted members of the transgender community to petition for legal name changes.
  • Represented tenants to address rent, premises and conditions issues.
  • Helped a juvenile from Guatemala seek special juvenile immigration status.
  • Assisted an organization in creating liability waivers for an afterschool program.
  • Advised a LGBT homeless youth shelter regarding labor and employment issues.
  • Obtained unanimous jury verdict as first-chair for real estate company asserting breach of contract claims against former tenant. 
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice for financial institution alleged to have violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Defended pharmaceutical and medical device company in mass tort litigation.
  • Represented school system against retaliation claim brought by former employee under the whistleblower statute. After two-week trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.
  • Represented real estate developer in breach of contract action seeking unpaid rent, utilities, and attorneys’ fees.
  • Obtained settlement in complex contract and business dispute for a logistics company.
  • Firefighter, Berlin Township Fire Department, 2012-2014
  • Middle School English Language Arts Interventionist and Athletic Director, National Heritage Academies, 2013-2014
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Richard Smoak, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2015
  • Legislative Intern for State Senator Thomas Casperson, State of Michigan Senate, 2012

Anerkennung durch den Markt

  • Selected, Simply Buckhead, "Rising Stars," 2020
  • Recipient, Greenberg Traurig Pro Bono Awards, Honorable Mention, 2019
  • Recipient, Georgia Bar Journal’s “Pro Bono All-Star,” 2019
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Regional Litigation Department of the Year - Georgia,” 2018
  • Leadership Council Member, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, 2020-Present
  • Barrister, Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court, 2019-Present 
  • Member, Young Alumni/Alumnae Committee (YAAC), University of Georgia School of Law, 2019-Present 
  • Member, Lambda Legal, Atlanta Leadership Committee, 2019-Present
  • Board of Trustees, Quality Care for Children, 2019-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2017-Present
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia, 2017-Present
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, 2017-Present
  • Participant, OutLeadership’s OutNEXT Summit, 2017
  • Member, Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, 2015-Present
  • Member, National LGBT Bar Association, 2017-Present
  • Executive Chair (Fundraising) and Team Leader, ServiceJuris, 2016-Present
  • Pro Bono Chair, Greenberg Traurig Atlanta Associate Committee, 2018-Present
  • Volunteer, AVLF Saturday Lawyer Program, 2016-Present
  • Instructor, “Lawyer for a Day” Program, 2017-Present
  • Mentor, UGA Law Alumni/Student Program, 2017-Present
  • Judge, Various Moot Court/Mock Trial State & National Competitions, 2017-Present

Ausbildung

Akademische Ausbildung
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law, 2017
    • Executive Articles Editor, Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law
    • Member, National Order of the Barristers
    • Winner, Herman E. Talmadge Moot Court Competition, Advocate
    • Pupil, Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court
    • Executive Chair, Moot Court Team
    • Member, Mock Trial Team
  • B.A., Political Science Pre-Law, with honors, Michigan State University, 2012
    • Minor in Philosophy and Law
    • President, Circle K International
    • Michigan State Men’s Volleyball
Zulassung
  • Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit