Brian R. Smith

171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363
404.873.7002 phone

Brian R. Smith is a partner in the Commercial Real Estate Practice Group. In addition to his general real estate practice, Mr. Smith has extensive experience in the negotiation of complex leasing transactions relating to retail, office and warehouse properties.

Mr. Smith focuses his leasing practice on the representation of large national and local retail, office and warehouse developers and owners, as well as local and national tenants. Mr. Smith is particularly well known for his work advising both landlord and tenant clients in the negotiation of high-end restaurant deals. In working with nationally-recognized chefs, restaurateurs, and their respective landlords, Mr. Smith has established a practice that has successfully advised best-in-class restaurants from letter of intent to opening night.

Mr. Smith is involved with various civic, arts and philanthropic causes. Mr. Smith serves as member of the Board of Directors of The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers' Foundation, and is the founder and a past President of its Junior Board. Mr. Smith founded and co-chaired the Junior Board’s successful BBQ Battle and Beertasting event, which, through its third year, has sold out in each instance and raised in excess of $100,000 for Atlanta Legal Aid and The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Mr. Smith also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Peachtree Battle Alliance, and is a member of the Class of 2006 Scholarship Committee for Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law.

Mr. Smith serves as the pro bono chair for the Firm and is also a member of the Firm’s Hiring Committee.