J. D. Humphries III

J. D. Humphries III

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Recognized since 2008

Atlanta, Georgia

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Construction Law

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

Litigation - Construction

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J.D. Humphries was Executive Member of the Atlanta office until 2012. He has substantial experience in addressing and resolving problems and issues through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. While a member of our Construction Service Group and working with general contractors, subcontractors, and developers, Mr. Humphries has served as corporate counsel and business advisor to numerous clients and has significant transactional, real estate and probate experience. He has both created corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, family partnerships and dealt with control and management disputes arising from such entities. He has represented various banks on numerous issues, and has dealt with fiduciary duty claim arising from a position held such as trustee, executor, director, or partner. He has assisted resolution of partnership disputes involving various issues. His litigation and business practice have interfaced with organized labor as well as probate litigation, employment issues, including restrictive covenants. He has litigated securities and anti-trust issues.

Contact & Links


  • 1105 West Peachtree Street N.E., Suite 1000
    Atlanta, GA 30309


  • English


  • Washington and Lee University , BA, graduated 1966

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, State Bar of Georgia
  • Florida, The Florida Bar
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia - Member
  • Associated General Contractors of America - Member
  • Atlanta Bar Assocation - Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association - Member
  • Georgia Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Lawyer's Club of Atlanta - Member
  • Old Warhorse Lawyer's Club - Member
  • State Bar of Georgia - Member
  • The Florida Bar - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated
  • Super Lawyers (2005-09, 2012)
  • Super Lawyer 2013
  • Past President Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Past President Legal Aid Society of Atlanta, Inc.

"J.D. Humphries is without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable attorneys that I have ever worked with. His broad base of knowledge has proven very beneficial. He has regularly assisted us on projects including Trademark Protection, Mergers and Acquisitions, Contract Law, Human Resource Counseling and Litigation. He is very thorough and can communicate the finer points of the law and associated options to a "layman" so that our management can make well informed decisions. He is very responsive and most times will respond to our questions or issues within hours. On a personal note, his many years of business experience have also provided a "clear path" through our fast growth with the acquisition of 3 companies in 3 years. He has proven to be a good mentor for me and I trust his judgment without question."

"J.D. Humphries has represented my construction company for over 10 years. He has always been professional, knowledgeable, and prompt. J.D. "gets it" when I explain how things happen in the construction world and that is tremendously helpful in making our case regardless of the matter at hand. J. D. is worth any price. I continue to call on him with my legal needs and have recommended him to friends."

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