Super Lawyers Magazine named Roxann Smithers a 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Georgia Rising Star.
Roxann is Your Trust 360° General Counsel. Roxann has a passion for working with entrepreneurs and business owners. She developed a nationwide practice that focuses on providing clients with the expertise, quality, and tailored legal services of Big Law for the benefit of Small and Medium size businesses. Roxann’s practice includes Business Law, Dispute Resolution, and General Counsel Services.
As a Business Attorney, Roxann regularly advises clients in corporate matters involved with running their business. That includes advising clients during contract drafting, reviews and negotiation (both private and public contracts). Roxann works with clients who seek to purchase a business, sell their business as part of an exit planning strategy, or grow their business through investors and third-party financing.
In terms of Dispute Resolution, Roxann has an expertise in tackling matters in multiple state and federal jurisdictions across the country, including, breach of contract, enforcement of business covenants (competition, solicitation, and confidentiality), payment actions, and general business disputes. Roxann is well poised to draft a contract, mediate it, arbitrate it or litigate it. She has a specific background in premise liability defense.
As General Counsel, Roxann routinely advises clients in various aspects of their businesses including formations, deal negotiations, property acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, and compliance investigations. She ushers clients through partner exits, i.e. business divorces. Additionally, Roxann serves as general counsel on court appointed receiverships. She has a specific background with the construction industry.
Finally, Roxann brings all of the legal skills to bear as a mediator focused on business matters exclusively. Roxann ushers parties through the resolution of business litigation, internal management disputes, and the last mile of business venture negotiations.
Roxann has a mission to educate business owners about the legal issues that impact their ventures every day. She is the co-founder of The SORS Collective, a roundtable group of business owners who are seeking to build profitable and sustainable businesses to provide wealth for themselves, their families and others. Roxann is a founding member of the ATL Small Business Mastermind Forum, a collective of professional services providers and community-based small business organizations. Roxann regularly speaks before business associations, seminar groups, and conference audiences on the law, its impact on your business, and entrepreneurship in general. As a former Trustee, Roxann is part of the Entrepreneurship Ministry at Providence Missionary Baptists Church. She serves as a mentor with the Emory Business School Accelerator Start: ME. Roxann has provided legal education content to various organizations dedicated to the service of entrepreneurs and business owners including, the Small Business Administration, Club E Atlanta, and Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs.
A native of Akron, OH, Roxann earned a B.A. in African-American Studies (Political Science focus) and a J.D. from Columbia University. 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. She remains a member of the Associations and Clubs Committee.
Roxann is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. Roxann served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Children’s Burial Assistance, Inc. and Secretary for the Smyrna Rotary Club.
In her spare time, Roxann is an avid golfer, tennis player, swimmer, and kickboxing student who enjoys travel, literature and retail therapy. She is the proud parent of a lovable (to most people) dog, Owen.
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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