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Bruce Smith

Bruce C. Smith

Phone: 404.504.7638
Fax: 404.365.9532

Bruce Smith is a senior partner and head of the firm’s Construction Law Practice.  Mr. Smith is also a senior member of the Environmental Practice Group. Mr. Smith’s practice encompasses the complete spectrum of construction and environmental matters and issues.  His practice focuses on the following aspects of construction and environmental law:  environmental due diligence and assessment; construction and environmental permits and entitlements; reviewing, drafting and negotiating all types design, engineering, procurement and construction contracts and environmental agreements, including government contracts for services and products; federal, state and local procurement matters; all construction and environmental aspects of Brownfield redevelopment and mixed-use development projects and advising on construction and environmental issues, disputes relating to all types of projects and contracts, including retail, residential, commercial, hospitality, resort, mixed-use, industrial, warehouse, Brownfield, infrastructure, utility, water, wastewater, transportation, roadway and airport facilities and projects.  Mr. Smith’s practice also embraces the design, development and construction of new, clean and/or renewable energy facilities and projects and other sustainable development projects.

Mr. Smith has served as an adjunct professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in construction law and is a recognized national speaker on a variety of construction and environmental topics.  Mr. Smith is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and is one of the Best Lawyers in America in Construction Law.  Mr. Smith has written numerous articles on construction and environmental topics and has appeared on local Atlanta television programs as a recognized commentator on both construction and environmental issues.

Representative Experience

  • Represented owner of the Atlanta Financial Center in Atlanta, Georgia, in drafting and negotiating design, engineering and construction contracts with local, state and federal entities involving the construction of a six-lane highway and rapid rail system beneath a multiple building high-rise office complex.
  • Represented general contractor in claims arising out of the design and construction of the Peachtree Center, Five Points, Georgia State, Midtown and Brookhaven MARTA Stations in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Represents major Atlanta-based hospital in drafting and negotiating design, engineering, consulting and construction contracts for the $1 billion expansion of its existing hospital campuses in Atlanta, Athens and Fayette County, Georgia.
  • Represents major Atlanta-based non-profit children’s hospital in drafting and negotiating design, engineering and construction contracts for the $2 billion expansion of existing hospital campuses in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Represented owner/developer of the Atlantic Station mixed-use project in Atlanta, Georgia (the largest mixed-use Brownfield redevelopment project in the U.S.) in drafting and negotiating multiple infrastructure, design, and construction contracts for conversion of former steel mill into 138 acre mixed use facility, and handled construction defect litigation for the project’s condominium units.
  • Represents national mixed use developer in the drafting and negotiation of design, engineering, consulting and construction contracts for $150 million Brownfield redevelopment project in midtown Atlanta, consisting of office, retail, parking and multifamily components.
  • Represented national multifamily residential real estate developer in construction defect litigation in Charleston, South Carolina, Tampa, Florida, and Miami, Florida.
  • Represented a major Florida-based resort owner/developer on claims involving the construction of an $80 million high-rise condominium/marina and resort project and a $70 million expansion of an existing destination luxury resort in Hammock Beach, Florida.
  • Represented international technology company in bid protest litigation successfully affirming $391 million contract award.
  • Represented national owner/developer of retail centers, luxury high-rise condominiums and mixed-use developments with regard to claims involving the design and construction of The Wharf at Orange Beach, Alabama (the largest mixed-use marina/resort development in the southeastern U.S.).


  • Selected, Best Lawyers, Construction Law, 2013 – 2024


  • Member, State Bar of Georgia, Construction Law and Environmental Law Sections
  • Arbitrator on the National Construction Industry Panel, American Arbitration Association, 1984 – 2014
  • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Member
    • Board of Directors, 1993 – 1998
    • Vice Chair, 1997
    • Environmental and Toxic Torts Section, 1997

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