Jeffrey M. Smith: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jeffrey M. Smith

Principal Shareholder
Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Securities
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Entertainment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
Contact InfoTelephone: 678.553.2333
Fax: 678.553.2212
University University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1966-1967; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolUniversity of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1973 President
Admitted1973, Georgia

Professional & Community Involvement
•Sole Financial Sponsor, Harvard Thai Studies Lecture Series, named in honor of former Harvard Professor, Stanley J. Tambiah, 2013
•Pro Bono General Counsel
•National Association of Chinese Americans, 2010-Present
•Atlanta Community Food Bank, 1989-2009
•Georgia March of Dimes, 1994-1997
•Ronald McDonald House (Children's Oncology Services of Georgia, Inc.), 1990-1995
•Georgia Heart Association, 1978-1989
•Atlanta Association for Retarded Citizens, 1979-1982
•Appointed, State Bar of Georgia Continuing Lawyer Competency Commission, 2009-Present
•Pro Bono Arbitrator, State Bar of Georgia, 1990-Present
•Member, Consultative Group, American Law Institute, Restatement of the Law-The Law Governing Lawyers, 1986-Present
•Appointed Chairperson, Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Professionalism, Ethics and Malpractice Seminar, 1984-Present
•Board of Directors, UNICEF (USA), 2007-2009
•Board of Directors, Atlanta Community Food Bank, 2007-2009
•Co-Chairperson, Atlanta Policeman's Ball, 2008
•Pro Bono English Instructor, Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, India, 2003-2004
•Member, ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence, 1993-1995
•Chairperson, 1985-1987, Member, 1981-1985, ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability
•Chairperson, 1983-1984, Vice-Chairperson, 1979-1983, ABA Torts and Insurance Practice Section
•Vice-Chairperson, General Practice Section Professional Liability Committee, 1980-1982
Teaching Experience

Jeffrey Smith has lectured on the subjects of entertainment and securities as well as legal and accounting malpractice at 18 universities, including full semester courses at Duke, Emory and Vanderbilt. He has also lectured on the subjects of securities, legal and accounting malpractice at more than 200 major seminars, in 37 American states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and in 10 countries, including seminars for the Securities and Exchange Commission, National Association of Securities Dealers, and the American Arbitration Association.

•Central University of Finance and Economics : Honorary Professor and Guest Lecturer, Securities Law and Legal Opinions, Beijing, China, 2008-Present
•Harvard Asia Center and Harvard East Asian Legal Studies: Guest Lecturer, The Evolution of East Asian Intellectual Property Law Through the Lens of Chinese Trademark Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 2014
•Southwestern University of Finance and Economics: Guest Lecturer, United States Income Tax History and Teaching English Strategically, Public Finance Department, Chengdu, China, 2013
•Suzhou Institute: Guest Lecturer, Securities Regulation, Suzhou, China, 2009
•Suzhou University, School of Business: Guest Lecturer, Securities Law, Beijing, China, 2009
•Shanghai University School of Business: Guest Lecturer, Securities Law and Legal Opinions, Shanghai, China, 2008
•University of Georgia, Terry School of Business: Guest Lecturer, Implementing New Business Plans, Athens, GA, 2002-2007
•Emory University School of Business: Guest Lecturer, Personal Finance and Investing, Atlanta, GA, 2004
•Institute of Buddhist Dialectics: Pro Bono English Instructor, Dharamsala, IN, 2003
•Duke University, Fuqua School of Business: Faculty Leader, Post Graduate Education: Managing the Corporate Legal Department, Durham, NC, 1992 and 1993
•Duke University School of Law: Lecturer in Law, Legal Profession, 1976-1977 and 1990; Guest Lecturer, Legal Ethics, Durham, NC, 1979-1980, 1986-1987, and 1992
•Vanderbilt University School of Law: Lecturer in Law, Litigation Under the Federal Securities Laws, 1977-1978 and Profession of Law, 1977-1981; Guest Lecturer, Nashville, TN, 1981-1982 and 1988-1989
•Emory University School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Professional Liability of Attorneys and Accountants, 1976-1977; Guest Lecturer, 1978-1979; Adjunct Professor, Emory University School of Law, Law Office Management, 1981-1982; Instructor, Emory University School of Law, Emory Summer Program for Lawyers: Law Office Management, Atlanta, GA, June 15-19, 1981

BornJuly 9, 1947

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Press Releases

02.27.15 43 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed in 2015 Edition of Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine

09.02.14 17 Greenberg Traurig Atlanta Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America

05.28.14 Greenberg Traurig's Jeff Smith Co-Authors Three-Volume Treatise Titled “Legal Opinions in Business Transactions”

03.27.14 Greenberg Traurig Has the Most Attorneys Listed in the Top 100 List of the 2014 Edition of Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine

08.20.13 4 Greenberg Traurig Atlanta Attorneys Listed as “Lawyers of the Year” in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

08.15.13 20 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 'Lawyers of the Year' by Best Lawyers in America

05.02.13 40 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed in 2013 Edition of Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine

09.25.12 15 Greenberg Traurig Atlanta Attorneys Listed in 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

04.26.12 19 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2012 Edition of Georgia Super Lawyers

05.11.10 Twenty Seven Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named in the 2010 Edition of Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Significant Representations;Represented leading entertainers and entertainment companies, including casinos, themed restaurants and hotels, computer game companies, record companies, and publishing companies in various securities, trademark-licensing and other financial transactions, including joint ventures, in which clients have included: Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, Michael Jackson Estate, Magic Johnson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Isaac Hayes Estate, Def Leppard, Margaritaville Enterprises, Bob Marley Estate, Bret Michaels, Matt and Dean Serletic, Raine Group, George Strait, Justin Timberlake and Virgin Gaming. Represented sports-related individuals and entities, including Magic Johnson, Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno, ESPN Fantasy Sports Founder Matthew Berry, the National Basketball Association and various entertainers connected with sports, such as naming rights to the Miami Dolphins Stadium for Jimmy Buffett's LandShark Lager. Participated in traditional and nontraditional movie transactions, including: Negotiation of documents for the Drumline; Negotiation of the documents for the Being Bobby Brown reality television show; and Renting Seaside, Florida to Paramount Pictures for the movie entitled The Truman Show. Represented broker-dealers, including Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., FirsTrust (China) and Bear Stearns & Co., Inc.; corporations in securities matters, including General Steel Holdings, Inc. (China), SGOCO Limited (China); and Tri-Tech Holdings, Inc. (China), insurers in securities matters, including Swiss Re and the Travelers; insurers, including Travelers, as well as banks and other companies involving directors and officers liability; law firms and accounting firms, including Deloitte & Touche LLP, in securities, quality control and ethics matters. Mediated and arbitrated in the areas of securities, legal malpractice and accounting malpractice. Provided expert witness services in securities and legal malpractice matters for plaintiffs and defendants, including for the FDIC and formerly for the RTC.

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Jeffrey M. Smith

3333 Piedmont Road NE, Suite 2500
AtlantaGA 30305


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