Brian R. Smith

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

Representative Experience

  • Representation of retail and office developers and landlords in the lease-up of complex mixed-use projects such as: Armour Yards (Atlanta), White Provision (Atlanta), Westside Urban Market (Atlanta), Stockyards Atlanta (Atlanta), Atlantic Station (Atlanta), Warehouse Row (Chattanooga), SkyHouse Portfolio (Nationally), 222 Second Avenue (Nashville), Inman Quarter (Atlanta), Complex (Atlanta), 75 Airline (Atlanta), Hanover Buckhead (Atlanta), Encore (Nashville), 999 Peachtree (Atlanta), and Metropolis (Atlanta).
  • Representation of various clients in complex, high-end, restaurant negotiations, including such notable restaurants as: The Farm House (Nashville), Empire State South (Atlanta), West Egg Café (Atlanta), Abattoir (Atlanta), Ormsby’s (Atlanta), The Optimist (Atlanta), Etch (Nashville), Garrido’s (Austin), MF Sushi (Atlanta), Bartaco (Atlanta), Cooks & Soldiers (Atlanta), Negril Village (Atlanta), Smokebelly (Atlanta), Sweet Auburn BBQ (Atlanta), The Southern Gentleman (Atlanta), Gypsy Kitchen (Atlanta), Bakersfield (Nashville), Two Ten Jack (Chattanooga), Tupelo Honey Café (Chattanooga), Ichiban (Atlanta), Beetlecat (Inman Park), World of Beer (Atlanta), Newk’s Express Café (Atlanta), Sweet Hut Bakery (Atlanta), Momma Goldberg’s Deli (Atlanta), The Big Ketch (Atlanta), Fado Irish Pub (Atlanta), Bread & Butterfly (Atlanta), Amer (Atlanta), Barcelona VinoTeca (Atlanta), Brash Coffee (Chattanooga), Corner Bakery Café (Atlanta), Perrine’s Wine Shop (Atlanta), Zoe’s Kitchen (Atlanta), Marcel (Atlanta), Hampton & Hudson (Atlanta), Revelator Coffee (Atlanta), Brash Coffee (Atlanta), Carolyn’s Gourmet Kitchen (Atlanta), Dtox Organic Juice and Junk (Atlanta), Stout Brothers (Atlanta), Cacao (Atlanta), Provenance (Raleigh), Sweet Auburn Seafood (Atlanta), Marco’s Pizza (Boca Raton), Freshii (Boca Raton), Herban Fix (Atlanta), Steadfast Coffee & Cocktails (Nashville), 42 & Lawrence (Raleigh), The Painted Duck (Atlanta), Rreal Tacos (Atlanta), Double Zero Napoletana (Atlanta), Skyline Park (Atlanta), Nine Mile Station (Atlanta), Tiff’s Treats (Atlanta), Bolay (West Palm Beach), Vitality Bowls (Atlanta), Fox Bros. BBQ (Atlanta), Wildleaf (Atlanta), Little Star Provisions (Atlanta), Iberian Pig (Atlanta), The Bold Monk (Atlanta), The Brass Tap (Ft. Lauderdale), Poke Perfect (Atlanta), Burgerim (Hallandale, FL), Dr. Limon (Hallandale, FL), Sr. Ceviche (Hallandale, FL), Doggi’s Arepa Bar (Hallandale, FL), Salata (Atlanta), Bar Mercado (Atlanta), Recess (Atlanta), The Deep End (Atlanta), Bar Americano (Atlanta), Donetto (Atlanta), Aziza (Atlanta), The Roebuck Room (Atlanta), JCT Kitchen and Bar (Atlanta), Taqueria Del Sol (Atlanta), Green Pheasant (Nashville), The Hampton Social (Nashville), Liberty Common (Nashville), Gezzo's West Coast Burritos (Atlanta), Lazy Betty (Atlanta), Aix (Atlanta), Tin Tin Wine Bar (Atlanta), Spice Market (Hallardale, FL), California BBQ (Miami, FL), Cold Beer (Atlanta), Shake Shack (Atlanta), yet-to-be named Billy Streck/Craig Richards restaurant at Lilli Midtown (Atlanta) and yet-to-be named restaurant by Storico Fresco (Atlanta).
  • Represented an institutional landlord, AIG Global Real Estate, in the leasing and property management of the Southeast’s largest mixed-used development comprising more than 500,000 square feet of retail space and multiple Class “A” office buildings.
  • Representation of institutional opportunistic real estate investment company in its acquisition, leasing, redevelopment and assemblage of multiple warehouse buildings into dynamic urban office district.
  • Representation of Jamestown Properties in retail and office leasing of complex mixed-use developments located throughout the Southeastern United States.
  • Representing PawnMart Inc., a Georgia-based chain of pawn shops with more than 30 locations, providing multiple services (real estate, corporate, litigation, zoning, intellectual property) with such representation including the leasing of retail stores and multiple asset purchase acquisitions of competing stores.  Representation led to successful sale of PawnMart, Inc., to national competitor Cash America in 2013.
  • Representation of Landlord in the leasing of approximately 40,000 square feet of high-end, urban-infill retail space located in the Inman Park neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Successful lease-up led to 2015 sale of the property for $72.5 Million, making the multi-family and retail project one of the most successful of its kind in Atlanta.
  • Represented Stafford Properties in connection with the leasing of 80,000 square feet of rooftop space on a Publix-anchored shopping center in Gainesville, Fl., for the installation of nearly 1,500 solar panels. The 350 kw system is the fourth (4th) largest rooftop solar facility in the State of Florida and provides electricity to Gainesville Regional Utilities, which buys the power under its feed-in-tariff program.
  • Representing two rapidly expanding “fast-casual” restaurant concepts, each with more than 150 locations.
  • Representing real estate developers in the purchase and sale of various retail shopping centers, outparcels and office buildings.