Attorneys

Experience

Christopher “Smitty” Smith is a partner in the Savannah office and the team leader of the logistics practice group. Smitty has a wide range of experience in business law and focuses his practice on logistics litigation, insurance coverage, construction law, and contract drafting. He represents businesses and individuals in matters ranging from physician recruiting agreements to covenants not to compete. From breach of contract to chemical plant explosions, he has litigated complex cases from Georgia to California.

A member of the Savannah Bar, the Georgia Bar, and the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia, Smitty has served as a board member of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers and as president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Savannah Bar. He currently serves on the State Bar of Georgia’s Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for District 1. Smitty is the recipient of Awards of Achievement from both the American Bar Association and Georgia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Divisions. Admitted to practice since 1999, he has argued cases in State, Superior, and Federal District Court and in front of the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. Smitty has served as an expert witness in the area of complex litigation attorney’s fees and is a registered mediator.

Smitty has tried numerous cases to a jury verdict and was nominated to American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2012. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been named one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite as well as a top attorney by Savannah Magazine. He is a graduate of both Leadership Savannah and the State Bar of Georgia’s Leadership Academy.

Active in the community, Smitty has served on the board of the Boys & Girls Club, the Next Generation Advisory Board of Memorial Hospital, and as vice president of the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation. He has taught for Junior Achievement and coached high school teams in the Georgia Mock Trial Tournament. In the past, he has been an active member of the William Jay Society and the Thirteenth Colony Society. A volunteer lawyer for military families as part of Project Lamplighter, Smitty worked with the youth group at Christ the King Cathedral. He also served on the Friends Committee of Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital and volunteered as a resume writer and job coach at Atlanta’s Union Mission.

A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Smitty played football and lacrosse while serving as the president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. In law school at the University of Georgia, he served on the editorial board for the Journal of International and Comparative Law and was a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association National Mock Trial Team. Smitty is proud to call Savannah home, where he resides with his wife and two children.

Representative Engagements

  • Lead counsel in physician recruiting agreement arbitration between rural hospital and M.D. who moved out of geographic practice area
  • Trial counsel for turbine industry clients in multi-million dollar non-compete dispute
  • Trial counsel for worldwide chemical company in catastrophic plant explosion involving proprietary fertilizer formula
  • Trial counsel for hospital tenant in commercial lease case in Buckhead, Georgia, regarding a waiver of late penalties
  • Drafted real estate purchase agreement, physician employee contracts, and stock purchase agreement for physician’s group
  • Acted as insurance coverage counsel for contractor in fuel spill with environmental and professional liability policies

Recognition

American Board of Trial Advocates

The American Board of Trial Advocates is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA works to uphold the jury system by educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury.

Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite

Georgia Trend Magazine’s annual listing of Georgia’s top attorneys, selected by their peers. The list includes eight practice areas: business law; personal injury litigation; criminal law; labor and employment; taxes, estates and trusts; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; family law; and general practice/trial law.

Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2005, 2007, 2009-2013

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

The Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.


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Publications & Presentations

Publications

Blockchain and Logistics

In this article for Savannah Morning News, attorney Christopher “Smitty” Smith explains how blockchain technology is changing the logistics industry.

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The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Container Weight Verification Requirement: An Update

Implementation of the recent SOLAS regulations regarding Verified Gross Mass (VGM) has been a weighty issue for the maritime industry. Attorneys Colin McRae and Chris “Smitty” Smith discuss the challenges behind implementation.

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Savannah Logistics Lunch Focuses on Technology and Transportation

The 2016 Savannah Logistics Lunch will take place on July 21 at the Armstrong Center. Co-presented by the Center of Innovation for Logistics and HunterMaclean, this event will explore Technology and Transportation.

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Navigating the Fine Print of Construction Contracts

As business in Savannah continues to grow, Christopher “Smitty” Smith discusses the importance of carefully examining construction contracts in this article for Business in Savannah.

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News

25 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 25 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020.

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Six HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2018 Georgia Trend Legal Elite

Six HunterMaclean attorneys were recently recognized as 2018 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend. Legal Elite is compiled by attorneys submitting their nominations through the publication’s website, and the listing is determined solely by attorneys’ votes.

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23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Best Lawyers is an annual publication that recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

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Nine HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2017 Georgia Trend Legal Elite

HunterMaclean is honored to announce that nine attorneys were recently recognized as 2017 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend.

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23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys for significant achievements in their area of practice.

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SMN: Logistics Summit Puts Savannah in Spotlight

HunterMaclean partner Christopher “Smitty” Smith speaks with Mary Carr Mayle of the Savannah Morning News about this year’s Georgia Logistics Summit.

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21 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 21 attorneys were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Best Lawyers, which is published annually in almost 70 countries, recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

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Second Annual Savannah Logistics Lunch Highlights Technology in Transportation

The Savannah Logistics Lunch, co-presented by the Center of Innovation for Logistics and HunterMaclean, was held on Thursday, July 21, at the Armstrong Center. With an audience of over 300, the second annual event was at full capacity.

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BiS: PortSide: Luncheon celebrates logistics industry

The Second Annual Savannah Logistics Lunch on Technology and Transportation took place Thursday, July 21 at the Armstrong Center. Mary Carr Mayle covered the event for Business in Savannah.

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Savannah CEO: Growth Year for HunterMaclean

HunterMaclean had an unusual number of awards, events, and attorney announcements in 2015, particularly as the year wrapped up. Savannah CEO interviewed the firm’s managing partner, Frank Macgill, to find out more.

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Attorneys Christopher H. Smith, Francesca Macchiaverna, and Patrick L. Barkley join HunterMaclean

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that the firm’s Savannah office has welcomed three new attorneys: Christopher H. “Smitty” Smith, Francesca Macchiaverna, and Patrick L. Barkley.

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