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Roxann Smithers
Roxann Smithers

Roxann Smithers

Roxann Smithers 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 business, and entrepreneurship in general.  As a former Trustee, Roxann was part of the Entrepreneurship Ministry at Providence Missionary Baptist Church.  She serves as a mentor with the Emory Business School Accelerator Start: ME.  Roxann has provided legal education content to various organizations including, the SBA, 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 GA Reg. 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 is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.   She serves on the Editorial Board of the State Bar Journal.  Roxann served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Children’s Burial Assistance, Inc. and Secretary for the Smyrna Rotary Club.  She serves on the Board of Directors of ProLiteracy and the Atlanta Bar Dispute Resolution Section.

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.

ADR Experience

Roxann has more than 22 years of experience as a litigator and business attorney.  She has successfully represented clients is countless mediations and arbitrations.  Roxann brings all of those 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.

Approach

Smithers Law Group, LLC, Your Trusted 360° General Counsel® offers knowledgeable mediation services for business owners, their customers, and vendors.  Whether you: (1) are looking to settle litigation focused on a business dispute, (2) want to resolve a dispute before going to court, (3) address an internal management conflict, or (4) iron out the final details of a new venture it is wise to engage a mediator with a proven track record in business law and litigation.

Roxann S. Smithers, Esq. is a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.  She brings almost twenty years of experience ushering matters through every stage of a legal dispute—from claim investigation, to demand, to alternative dispute resolution, and jury trial.  When not litigating matters, Roxann provides corporate law services to clients, including contract negotiation, business venture structure, and corporate governance.

SLG is innovating the mediation process.

  • Specialized services for business disputes and deals.
  • Flat rate pricing.  Parties can plan ahead with no surprise bills after your session.
  • Virtual Sessions.  Save time and money on travel.  Convenient scheduling for the parties.
  • Block Scheduling.  Book a half day for internal disputes.  Book a full day for adversarial or litigation matters.

 

Education

Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY                                        Juris Doctorate May 2002

Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, NY                             Bachelor of Arts May 1999

Areas Of Practice

  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Online Civil
  • Online Mediation

Additional Services

  • Counselor
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Ombuds
  • Representational Lawyer

Fees and Provisos

TIME DURATION VIRTUAL/BUSINESS HOURS RATE IN-PERSON/AFTER HOURS PREMIUM
Half-Day 4 hours $1,000 (2 parties) / $1,200 (3+ parties) add $200 (2 parties) / $300 (3+ parties)
Full-Day 8 hours $2,000 (2 parties) / $2,400 (3+ parties) add $200 (2 parties) / $300 (3+ parties)
Admin/Prep Fee $200 (2 parties) / $300 (3+ parties) $200 (2 parties) / $300 (3+ parties)

* There is no refund for mediation sessions that are cancelled by the parties less than 2 days before the original session date. There is a 50% refund for mediation sessions that are cancelled 5-7 days before the original session date. Mediations that ae cancelled 8 or more days in advance of the original session date will warrant a full refund less the Administrative Fee. If you request to reschedule your mediation less than 2 days before the session, the parties will be charged an additional Administrative Fee.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Awards

  • Georgia Lawyer Rising Star 2012, 2014-2016
  • 2016 Alumni Medalist, Columbia University

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys

Publications & Presentations

  • Equal Construction Record, Columnist 2007-2009
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