Gainesville native Rustin L. Smith is a partner in the firm’s civil litigation group whose practice focuses on disputes in real estate, business, debt collection, employment, and insurance matters. He has argued cases as lead counsel before the Georgia Supreme Court, Superior Court, State 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, received the Venture Capital Dean’s Award, competed in Emory’s Goizueta Business School Real Estate Competition, and was recommended for the Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Scholarship. During law school, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the General Counsel, the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, and property law professor Jonathan Nash. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, Mr. Smith was introduced to trial practice during college while working at the Hall County District Attorney’s Office.
Devoted to his hometown, Mr. Smith completed the Chamber’s Leadership Hall County program, was elected Jaycee of the Year, and served on the boards of the Gainesville Jaycees and the Georgia Jaycees. Mr. Smith currently serves on the boards of Family Promise of Hall County and Three Dimensional Life. Mr. Smith was recently selected for the 2016 Leadership Academy for the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia.