"Despite our continued growth and change, each succeeding generation of Smith Currie attorneys has remained steadfast in our commitment to superior client service and knowledge of the ever-changing laws that govern our core practice areas."
When Maynard Smith, Overton Currie, and Reginald Hancock mailed this announcement of their founding of Smith, Currie & Hancock on October 1, 1965, it is doubtful they knew that their collaboration would result in of one of the nation’s most recognized specialty practice law firms. Initially formed as a labor and employment practice, the firm operated out of the Fulton National Bank Building in downtown Atlanta. Soon thereafter, our founding partners identified a lack of focused legal services to individuals in the construction and government contract industries. That discovery resulted in Smith Currie becoming a "boutique" law firm long before the term became commonplace.
Maynard Smith was the first of only four managing partners in the firm's history, serving in that role from 1965 to 1972. In 1970, Smith Currie conducted its first construction law update seminar to educate clients on recent developments and trends in the law. The initial program was a tremendous success and is now an annual two-day event held in March.
Luther House took over the firm's leadership in 1973 and, incredibly, served as the managing partner for the next 23 years. Early in his long tenure, Smith Currie's rapid growth required a move from the Fulton National Bank Building to the Harris Tower in Peachtree Center in 1977.
In 1997, Tom Kelleher was elected as the firm's third managing partner and remained in that role for the next decade. That same year, Smith Currie published Common Sense Construction Law, one of the first legal treatises dedicated solely to construction law.
Another first came in 1999, when the firm opened an office in Charlotte, North Carolina -- its first office outside of Atlanta. In January 2001, the Atlanta-based law firm of Smith & Fleming joined Smith Currie to further expand its construction and government contracting practices. That same month, the Florida-based law firm of Cummings & Synder, P.A. joined Smith Currie, bringing with it an office in Ft. Lauderdale. The firm concluded an incredible 2001 with the publishing of the 2nd edition of Common Sense Construction Law.
In 2005, Smith Currie moved its Atlanta office to its current location on the 26th and 27th floors of the Marquis One Tower in Peachtree Center. Later that same year, Smith Currie published the 3rd edition of Common Sense Construction Law.
On January 1, 2007, Bob Chambers became the firm's fourth managing partner, a role he continues to serve today. A few months later, the firm opened an office in Washington, D.C. to serve our clients' growing need for federal contracting counsel in the nation's capital. In 2008, the firm published a second treatise dedicated to government contracting titled Federal Government Construction Contracts. The publishing of the fourth and current edition of Common Sense Construction Law followed in 2009.
Despite the fall-out from the recent “Great Recession,” Smith Currie has continued its tradition of selective growth and service to the industries we serve. To assist the industry in understanding the seismic changes brought on by the recession and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the firm published the 2nd edition of Federal Government Contracts in 2010 -- a publication that earned the endorsement of the AGC of America.
On October 1, 2011, the law firm of Ernest Brown and Company (with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles) joined Smith Currie, thereby completing the firm's reach to the West Coast. The addition gave the firm a wealth of construction knowledge and experience, particularly in the areas of public works projects, contract management, and related litigation.
Smith Currie began 2012 with another expansion when the Washington, D.C. firm of Saltman & Stevens P.C. joined our ranks. The addition of this well-respected firm expanded our existing government contracts practice by adding specialized experience in the areas of concessioner contracts, timber contracts, and environmental law.
Despite our continued growth and change, each succeeding generation of Smith Currie attorneys has remained steadfast in our commitment to superior client service and knowledge of the ever-changing laws that govern our core practice areas. We look forward to October 1, 2015 when we will proudly celebrate Smith Currie's 50th Anniversary with those who have helped us to become the firm we are today.