Robert B.


With a love of estate planning that goes back to his years in law school, Rob Smith has spent more than 30 years guiding clients in the complex transactions and tax consequences of wealth transfer planning, business succession and charitable transfers. Rob provides sophisticated advice and strategy to help families and closely held businesses avoid or reduce taxes through the preparation of wills, trusts, lifetime gifts, redemptions, family partnerships, insurance trusts, prenuptial agreements, powers of attorney and agreements among business owners.

Rob guides tax exempt institutions, including charitable organizations and pension funds, regarding the tax efficiencies and consequences of their investments, including especially their real estate investments. He advises clients on the creation and administration of charitable exempt organizations, including private foundations, operating foundations, supporting organizations and publicly supported entities.

Rob also represents clients in interactions and controversies with the Internal Revenue Service.

In addition to his practice at Sutherland, Rob was a professor of law at the University of Denver College of Law and Graduate Tax Program from 1991 to 1998 and also a visiting professor at both the University of Florida College of Law and Graduate Tax Program and at Hastings College of the Law. He taught estate planning, estate and gift taxation, income taxation, trusts and estates, property and other courses.

Awards and Rankings

Recipient, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s S. Phillip Heiner Award for pro bono and community service (2010)

Professional Activities

Member, Taxation and Real Property Probate and Trusts Sections, American Bar Association
Former Chair and Co-chair, Important Developments Subcommittee, Estate and Gift Tax Committee, American Bar Association
Member, Fiduciary Law and Taxation Section, State Bar of Georgia

  • LL.M., University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, Member, Duke Law Journal, Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Western Kentucky University
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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