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E. Kendrick Smith (Ken)


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  • The University of Georgia (J.D. 1981; Georgia Law Review); University of North Carolina (B.A. 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

With 36 years of practice, Ken Smith is one of Georgia's most recognized and experienced multistate tax litigation attorneys. He also handles complex commercial and constitutional controversies throughout the U.S and has extensive lead experience handling appeals and administrative hearings.

On multistate tax litigation matters, Ken has been lead counsel for such diverse clients as AGL Resources, Cardinal Health, Caterpillar, Cessna Aircraft, Delta Airlines, Expedia, FedEx Ground, FleetCor Technologies, General Electric, Haverty Furniture, HealthSouth, Kroger, Lowe's Corp., MeadWestvaco, Piedmont Green Power, QuikTrip, and Verizon.

Ken also has successfully challenged state and federal laws and regulations on constitutional and administrative grounds, defended against class actions in Georgia and Florida, and handled high-profile trademark and copyright disputes. He frequently publishes and lectures on litigation, negotiation, and tax strategies to businesses and trade organizations throughout the U.S.

Ken is part of the 2013 and 2014 Georgia "General Litigation Department of the Year," awarded by The Daily Report. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for both commercial litigation and tax controversy (2009-2018), selected as the 2015 tax litigation "Lawyer of the Year" for Georgia, and identified by Chambers USA (2008-2017) as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" ("an excellent litigator," "highly effective trial skills," "very focused on and responsive to his client's needs"). Ken has been honored as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" every year since 2004 and serves as a "Master" in the Lumpkin Inn of Court.

A fifth generation Atlantan, Ken also serves on and chairs numerous civic and nonprofit boards.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2018)

    Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and tax controversy (2009-2018), including 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for litigation and tax controversy

    Georgia Super Lawyers (2004-2018)

    Corporate INTL 2017 Global Awards, Multi-State Tax Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Georgia
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