Attorney - Rush S. Smith, Jr.


Rush S. Smith, Jr.
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6937
F: 678-539-1517
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Mr. Smith has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for legal ability and ethics for more than 20 years. He has been listed for the past six years as one of Georgia's "Super Lawyers" by Atlanta Magazine in a peer-reviewed selection process utilized around the country as well as in its Corporate Counsel edition.

He currently chairs the firm's Professional Liability Practice Group and served as chair of the USLaw Professional Liability Practice Group from 2005-2007. He is a frequent speaker assisting the Georgia Bar's Institute for Continuing Legal Education, state and national professional associations' continuing education programs, and risk management seminars across the state.

Practice Areas

Professional Malpractice and Ethics

Mr. Smith's practice includes the representation of attorneys in legal malpractice claims ranging from securities issues to alleged attorney fraud. He has specialized experience in representing attorneys in cases brought by bankruptcy trustees as they attempt to marshal debtors' assets. Additionally, he represents professionals sued for negligence, fraud and fiduciary breaches in nearly every other area of professional practice. His practice includes the defense of organizations sued for criminal or civil misconduct of its employees including counseling centers and churches. His special understanding of the difficulties involved in representing directors and officers with varying degrees of interest and dedication to the defense has led to his successful representation of D&O claims in a variety of corporate environments including health care organizations.


Law Emory University, J.D., 1978
Undergraduate Universitaet Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, 1969-1970
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. Physics, 1972


State of Georgia (all State and Superior Courts; Georgia Court of Appeals; Georgia Supreme Court)
U.S. District Courts (Northern and Middle Districts)
Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals


"Malpractice Avoidance"; Speaker, 4/29/99, West Central Georgia Regional Hospital, "Ethics & the Mental Health Professional"

Speaker, 2/26/99, Southern Council of Optometrists, Medico-Legal Panel

Chair, State Bar of Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Psychiatric Malpractice Seminar, 9/24/98, "Mental Health Professionals and Malpractice"

"Grand Rounds Ethics Conference - Termination of Life Support." Lecture, September, 1989; Northside Hospital Medical Staff, Atlanta


AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, since 1989

Super Lawyers 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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