Ellen S.
Smith
Counsel

404.853.8583

With insight gained from in-house legal work in the hospitality industry, Ellen Smith is an integral member of Sutherland’s Real Estate Practice Group. Formerly a senior attorney at InterContinental Hotels Group in Atlanta, Ellen’s practice focuses on the hospitality industry, institutional investment, development and finance. She is also a participant in Sutherland’s Brazil Initiative. From September to December 2010, she worked on real estate and hospitality matters as visiting counsel in the law firm of TozziniFreire Advogados in São Paulo, Brazil.

While at InterContinental, Ellen worked on development, acquisitions, joint ventures and management agreements for the InterContinental and Crowne Plaza brands in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean region. She also helped with several major hotel renovation and refurbishment projects for the InterContinental brand, as well as with the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the company’s properties.

Selected Experience

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of real estate (2010)

Named as an Outstanding Volunteer for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity’s First 25 Years (June 8, 2008)

Recipient, Inspire by Example National Volunteer Week Certificate of Appreciation, Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network (2005)

Professional Activities

Member, American Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, Urban Land Institute
Pro Bono Representation, Trust for Public Land, Atlanta, Georgia (2007–present)
Pro Bono Representation, The South Fork Conservancy, Atlanta, Georgia (2012-present)

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Sweet Briar College, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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