SGR Adds Global Transport Practice Attorneys to New Miami Office



Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP opened its 10th office located in Miami. The office will be led by well-known Global Transport attorney Jeffrey S. Tenen, partner. Israel I. Sanchez, partner, and Ellen H. Fontanella, counsel, have also joined SGR’s the Miami Global Transport Practice. All three come from Greenberg Traurig in Miami where Tenen and Sanchez were partners heading the Global Aircraft & Equipment Finance and Leasing Practice.

“This elite team of highly regarded lawyers fits perfectly with our global platform in aviation and the broader international transportation sectors,” said Stephen M. Forte, SGR’s chairman and managing partner. “Miami is our 10th office location and second in the state of Florida. We seek to capitalize on the city’s international accessibility and diverse business climate.”

Led by Tenen, Sanchez and Fontanella, the new Miami location will focus on global transport services, one of SGR’s largest and longest standing practices. Since its inception, the firm’s Global Transport Group has broadened its industry representation beyond airlines to include railroads, operating lessors, financiers, aviation equipment owners, managers and investors, aviation joint ventures and joint venture partners, maintenance repair and overhaul facilities, and aircraft teardown/part-out companies.

The practice recently expanded with the addition of a well-seasoned team of aviation lawyers based in two new offices in the UK, along with additional experienced aviation and transportation attorneys in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. With the addition of Tenen, Sanchez and Fontanella, SGR’s Global Transport Practice now has approximately 30 attorneys globally.

As partner in SGR’s Global Transport Practice, Tenen’s primary areas of practice are aircraft finance and leasing, cross-border structured lending and asset-based financing transactions, aviation, and international business and commercial transactions. He was previously with Greenberg Traurig where he chaired the firm’s Global Aircraft & Equipment Finance and Leasing Practice. Tenen has practiced law for more than 30 years and is well recognized in the industry. His honors include Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal, The Best Lawyers in America, and The Legal 500, among many others.

Sanchez, partner in SGR’s Global Transport Practice, focuses his practice in the areas of aviation and aircraft finance, leasing, structured finance and mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, he was with Greenberg Traurig in the Global Aircraft & Equipment Finance and Leasing Practice. Sanchez has been recognized with numerous accolades including Who’s Who Legal and The Legal 500.
Fontanella is counsel in SGR’s Global Transport Practice where her focus is representing airlines in connection with the acquisition, leasing and financing of air transport and corporate aircraft and other equipment. She was previously with Greenberg Traurig. Fontanella is barred in New York and Brazil.

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