Jeffrey M. Smith - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Jeffrey M. Smith

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Areas of Concentration

  • Entertainment law
  • Securities
  • Legal malpractice

University of MalayaBA 1967University of Minnesota Law SchoolJ.D. 1973

Case History

Significant Representations

  • Represented leading entertainers and entertainment companies, including casinos, themed restaurants and hotels, computer game companies, record companies, and publishing companies in various securities, trademark-licensing and other financial transactions, including joint ventures, in which clients have included: Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, Michael Jackson Estate, Magic Johnson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Def Leppard, Margaritaville Enterprises, Bob Marley Estate, Bret Michaels, Matt and Dean Serletic, George Strait, Justin Timberlake and Virgin Gaming.
  • Represented sports-related individuals and entities, including Magic Johnson, Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno, the National Basketball Association and various entertainers connected with sports, such as naming rights to the Miami Dolphins Stadium for Jimmy Buffett's LandShark Lager.
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  • Participated in traditional and nontraditional movie transactions, including:
    • Negotiation of documents for the "Drumline";
    • Negotiation of the documents for the "Being Bobby Brown" reality television show; and
    • Renting Seaside, Florida to Paramount Pictures for the movie entitled "The Truman Show."
  • Represented broker-dealers, including Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., FirsTrust (China) and Bear Stearns & Co., Inc.; corporations and securities matters, including General Steel Holdings, Inc. (China) and SGOCO Limited (China); insurers in securities matters, including Swiss Re and the Travelers; insurers, including Travelers, as well as banks and other companies involving directors and officers liability; law firms and accounting firms, including Deloitte & Touche LLP, in securities, quality control and ethics matters.
  • Mediated and arbitrated in the areas of securities, legal malpractice and accounting malpractice.
  • Provided expert witness services in securities and legal malpractice matters for plaintiffs and defendants, including for the FDIC and formerly for the RTC.

Client Comments

"Jeff Smith is the co-author of the authoritative West treatise in the field of Legal Malpractice. I use him in the most difficult and complex cases and he delivers tangible results."

Office Location

Terminus 200, Suite 2500
3333 Piedmont Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the Atlanta Metro Area
Jeffrey M. Smith has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs