Rustin L. Smith

Gainesville native Rustin L. Smith joined the firm’s civil litigation group in 2010 as an associate attorney. His practice focuses on real estate, business, debt collection, employment, and insurance disputes. He has argued cases as lead counsel before the Georgia Supreme Court, Superior Court, Magistrate Court, and Department of Labor Appeals Tribunal. 


A graduate of the Emory University School of Law, Mr. Smith was named to the Dean's List, and received the Venture Capital Dean’s Award. He also competed in Emory’s Goizueta Business School Real Estate Competition, and was recommended for the Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Scholarship.


While interning for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel, he resolved matters involving land management, title defects, loan collections, and probate issues. Mr. Smith also challenged government regulatory actions and environmental law violations as student attorney for the Ted Turner Environmental Law Clinic.


A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, Mr. Smith was introduced to trial practice both during and after college while working at the Hall County District Attorney’s Office.


Devoted to his hometown, he completed the Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Hall County program, was elected Jaycee of the Year, and serves on the boards of the Gainesville Jaycees, Family Promise of Hall County, and Three Dimensional Life.