Smith, Gambrell & Russell: John C. Ethridge, Jr. Partner | Corporate Practice


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About Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP Learn more about John C. Ethridge, Jr. John C. Ethridge, Jr. is a Partner in the Corporate Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. [TRANSCRIPT] I think I decided to practice law, largely, because of family tradition. My family is coming from a long line of lawyers dating back to many, many generations. My mother graduated from law school in 1948, so she was a very early woman lawyer, and then came to Atlanta to work. Then, my father graduated from law school in the 1950s. So it was a lawyer family. However, my parents were also businesspeople, and they were interested in the exploring of opportunities. So I was given the choice to do whatever I wanted to, but I was encouraged to go to law school as a great learning experience. I actually thought I would go to law school and become an accountant. That was my undergraduate degree. Or I thought that I might own a business, but when I came to Smith, Gambrell, & Russell and started practicing law, I really enjoyed working with our clients. I enjoyed the client people that I met, and I enjoyed the camaraderie of working with a very smart and electric group of people who could not just talk about the law but a lot of other things. It just became a passion. The firm was founded in 1893 and has been in continuous operation since then. While I can't tell you that anyone is still today that was here in 1893, I can tell you there are many people who've had long, successful careers here who enjoyed working together. So providing good service for your clients is a function, not just of knowledge, but how you interact with people that you work with. I think that Smith, Gambrell, & Russell's still feels like a family business. We still feel some obligation to our clients to provide a good product, and we still enjoy the practice of law. Smith, Gambrell, & Russell Lawyers are here to serve, and we look forward to working with each of the clients, meeting new people. It is a great aspect and privilege of the practice of law to meet new people and to assist them as they work through their problems and helping them achieve their goals. About Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP SGR is a full-service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s more than 200 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, construction, and employment law. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Jacksonville, London, Munich, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.

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