Practice Areas

Smith Conerly brings to bear extensive experience in assisting commercial clients of all sizes in organizing, structuring, and planning business ventures in a broad range of industries throughout the United States. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you select the appropriate entity type, execute a capitalization plan, negotiate and review contracts, evaluate executive compensation and retention plans and employee benefits, and navigate complex mergers and acquisitions. When the time comes, we can also assist you with succession planning.


Our commercial real estate practice has significant experience and expertise representing developers of residential and commercial development projects, including conventional, HUD, and SBA financed apartments, hotels, shopping centers, day-care facilities, age-restricted and assisted living facilities, medical offices, residential and commercial condominiums (new construction and conversion), and large-scale residential subdivisions.

We understand no business operates free of adversity. The litigators at Smith Conerly have successfully represented clients in hundreds of disputes involving contracts, construction, environmental and local land use, condemnation, creditor-debtor, landlord-tenant, insurance, and countless other commercial disputes. Smith Conerly makes regular appearances in both state and federal courts and has extensive experience at both the trial and appellate levels.

For more then ten years, Smith Conerly has served as the City Attorneys for the City of Carrollton. In addition, Smith Conerly represents the Carrollton Housing Authority and has provided counseling to Carroll County, Paulding County, the City of Cedartown, and numerous other local governments and governmental entities. Smith Conerly also represents clients in zoning, land use, and permitting matters before local governments and has done so throughout the Metro-Atlanta area, including the cities of Atlanta, Hapeville, Newnan, Douglasville, Cartersville, and Canton and before the Boards of Commissioners in Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb, and Cherokee counties.

Smith Conerly also has a comprehensive bankruptcy practice, representing debtors and creditors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases. Significantly, Smith Conerly is one of few firms outside of Atlanta consistently and successfully representing debtors in Chapter 11 cases from Rome to Columbus. Smith Conerly has appeared in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia and routinely appears in the Newnan, Atlanta, and Rome divisions of the latter. Smith Conerly represents clients in both the underlying bankruptcy as well as related adversary proceedings.

Smith Conerly’s attorneys also practice in the following areas:

  • Appellate Litigation

  • Banking & Bank Formation

  • Bankruptcy, Workouts & Reorganization

  • Business Formation

  • Commercial Lending

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums & Development

  • Condemnation

  • Construction Law & Litigation

  • Contract Law & Litigation

  • Corporate and Business Transactions

  • Corporate Finance

  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

  • Environmental Compliance, Permitting, Transactions & Litigation

  • Exempt Organizations

  • Insurance Litigation

  • Labor & Employment Law & Litigation

  • Land Use, Planning & Zoning

  • Local Government Law

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Securities & Capital Formation

  • Taxation

  • Toxic Torts

  • Wealth Planning