Leaders Then - Leaders Now
"From its inception to today, Smith Currie has demonstrated its commitment to the highest levels of service and leadership to the construction and government contracting industries."
From the first day Maynard Smith, Overton Currie, and Reginald Hancock opened the doors to Smith Currie & Hancock, they established a culture of leadership and focused legal counsel. Their focused practices resulted in a natural opportunity to share the knowledge they obtained through their experiences with practitioners throughout the construction and government contracting industries. Our founders realized that the demands of industry leaders and managers in those industries would continuously evolve.
During the firm's early years, our three founders developed a series of seminars and lectures to help industry leaders build their businesses. Our founders also initiated a culture of sharing information through published articles in trade industry newsletters and regional and national publications. Overton Currie lectured at hundreds of local, regional and national trade association events and met one-on-one with construction professionals to educate them on changes in construction legislation and case law. In 1971, Overton was elected by his peers to serve as chairman of the American Bar Association (ABA) Public Contract Law Section. Years later, he joined fellow national practitioners in founding the American College of Construction Lawyers and served as its first president.
Subsequent generations of Smith Currie attorneys have continued our founders' leadership philosophy. In 1983, Tom Abernathy followed in Overton Currie's footsteps by being elected to serve as chairman of the ABA Public Contract Law section. In 1991, our then-managing partner, Luther House, served as chairman of the ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry. In 2003, Hugh Bell became the third Smith Currie attorney honored with election to chairman of the Public Contract Law section of the ABA.
Smith Currie's commitment to leading through published works also continues today. Our well-known treatise, Common Sense Construction Law, is now in its 4th Edition. Our other treatise, Federal Government Construction Contracts, first published in 2008, is now already in its 2nd Edition. In 2010, Ernest Brown published another treatise entitled California Infrastructure Projects. In addition to books, Smith Currie regularly publishes three separate newsletters regarding recent developments that impact the industries we serve. On March 19, 2012, Smith Currie proudly launched CommonSenseContractLaw.com, a legal "blog" that provides us with the ability to publish objective articles on the most current industry topics and concerns faster than ever before.
Our commitment to industry leadership and service is reflected in our active participation in numerous industry organizations. Tom Kelleher has served in numerous capacities with the Associated General Contractors of America and, in March 2010, received its distinguished "Coin" award for his extraordinary service. Our current managing partner, Bob Chambers, serves as counsel to the Georgia Highway Contractors Association. Phil Beck serves on the national AGC Board of Directors, is the Vice Chair of the ConsensusDOCs Content Advisory Council, and will serve as the 2013 AGC Chair of the AGC Contract Documents Forum. Charles Surasky has served on the Boards of Directors for the National Utility Contractors Association and the Georgia Utility Contractors Association. Ernest C. Brown has served as Chairman of the Legal Advisory Committee and a Director of the Joint Engineering Division of the AGC of California. Eric Nelson served as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Construction Division-Subcontracting Sub-Committee. Charlie Rogers serves on the Steering Committee for Division 5 of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and is the Chair of the AGC Contract Documents Committee that is drafting a ConsensusDOCS Design Professional-Consultant Agreement. Hugh Bell has been appointed by the American Bar Association (ABA) Board of Governors to represent it on the American Arbitration Association’s National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee. Brian Wolf is serving on the Boards of Directors of the ABC - Florida East Coast Chapter and the ABC of Florida. Lisa Colon Heron is President of the Caribbean Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Minority Contractors, Southeast Florida Chapter. Doug Tabeling is the 2012-2013 Chairman of the AGC Georgia Young Leadership Program. Hugh Bell and Garrett Miller serve as Vice Chairmen of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the ABA Public Contract Law Section. Many other of the firm’s attorneys regularly give their time and knowledge to a host of construction and government contracting trade associations.
From its inception to today, Smith Currie has demonstrated its commitment to the highest levels of service and leadership to the construction and government contracting industries. We take great pride in our reputation as Leaders Then - Leaders Now.