Super Lawyers Magazine named Roxann Smithers a 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Georgia Rising Star.
Roxann has developed a nationwide practice that focuses on working with owners, suppliers, general contractors, and subcontractors of all sizes at different stages of the construction process. She regularly advises clients during contract reviews and negotiation (both private and public contracts), lien/bond claims and dispute resolution. As part of her practice, she served as regional outside counsel for a Fortune 100 construction company representing the company in various capacities as a general contractor, subcontractor, and supplier in more than 13 states.
Roxann has an expertise in litigating matters in multiple state and federal jurisdictions across the country, including breach of contract and collection actions.
Roxann also represents hospitality providers and other property owners in premise liability litigation within the state of Georgia. She has successfully represented clients before magistrate, state/superior and federal courts, including the Georgia Court of Appeals against slip/fall, malicious prosecution, food borne illness and personal injury claims.
Finally, Roxann routinely advises clients in various aspects of their businesses including contract negotiations, property acquisitions, diversity/harassment training, bylaws compliance, and customer complaint investigation. She serves as general counsel and second chair on court appointed receiverships.
A native of Akron, OH, Roxann earned a B.A. in African-American Studies and a J.D. from Columbia University.
She is admitted to practice in Georgia and is admitted to practice before all Georgia state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
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Roxann is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.
She served as President of the Columbia Club of Atlanta for seven years. She remains on the board as the Georgia Regional Chair for the Alumni Representative Committee. Roxann served on the Board of Directors for the Columbia University Alumni Association and the Columbia College Alumni Association. Remains a member of the Associations and Clubs Committee.
Roxann served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Children’s Burial Assistance, Inc.
Roxann was a Trustee of Providence Missionary Baptist Church. In her spare time, Roxann is an avid golfer, tennis player, and swimmer who enjoys travel, literature and retail therapy.
She is the proud parent of a lovable (to most people) dog, Owen.
A Vietnam Veteran Remembers Coming Home
With Memorial Day just behind us and Independence Day coming up, we bring you the story of 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran Henry Smithers. Although Smithers was drafted in the early years of the war, he ultimately volunteered to serve. In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, he quietly reflects on his life and time in the military with his daughter, Roxann Smithers. This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps Booth.
1. “A Primer for Contract Reviews”, Equal Construction Record, July 2007, 1B
2. “Protecting Your Right to Payment: Part One Liens”, Equal Construction Record, July 2007, 5B
3. “Protecting Your Right to Payment: Part Two Bonds”, Equal Construction Record, September 2007, 1B
4. “Securing Your Payment Rights: Part Three Georgia Prompt Pay Act”, Equal Construction Record, November 2007, 2B
6. “Why Lawyers Love Paper”, Equal Construction Record, November 2007, 5B
7. “Understanding Your Rights to Government Records”, Equal Construction Record, February 2008, 1B
8. “Understanding Pay If Paid Provisions” Equal Construction Record, March 2008, 1B
9. “The Case of the Missing Bond and Avoiding the Contractors Sandwich”, Equal Construction Record, July 2008, 1C
10. “A Day Late and a Dollar Short: A Guide to Liquidated Damages”, Equal Construction Record, November 2008, 1C
11. “Mitigation of Damages” Equal Construction Record, February 2009, 1C
13. “The Legal Affect of Lien Waivers”, Equal Construction Record, April 2009, 2C
14. “The Accidental Amendment”, Equal Construction Record, June 2009, 2C
15. “Be Careful Before You Terminate”, Equal Construction Record, July/August 2009, 1C