Frazier & Deeter’s Business Beat: John E. Hall, Jr. and Alex B. Kaufman, Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
John E. Hall, Jr. and Alex B. Kaufman, partners at Hall Booth Smith, PC, joined Roger Lusby and Donna Beatty from Frazier & Deeter to celebrate the opening of Hall Booth Smith’s new Alpharetta office, located in Avalon and sharing a floor with Frazier & Deeter. John and Alex discussed the unique way they serve their clients with a team model, what this move means for their firm, their excitement about being in Alpharetta, how this office helps attract talent to the firm, client success stories, and much more. Business Beat is presented by Alpharetta CPA firm Frazier & Deeter.
Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
Established in 1989, Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is a full-service law firm with six regional offices strategically located throughout Georgia, as well as offices in Birmingham, AL; Little Rock and Rogers, AR; Denver, CO; Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa, and West Palm Beach, FL; Missoula, MT; Asheville and Charlotte, NC; Saddle Brook, NJ; New York, NY; Oklahoma City, OK; Charleston, SC; and Memphis and Nashville, TN.
Experienced across a wide range of legal disciplines, HBS prides itself on providing knowledgeable, proactive, client-specific counsel to individuals, domestic and international corporations, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
At HBS they possess the legal knowledge, skill, and experience to meet our clients’ needs wherever they do business. HBS maintains the highest commitment to serve clients ethically and professionally by providing the highest quality legal representation.
John E. Hall, Jr, Partner, Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
John E. Hall, Jr. is one of the founding partners of Hall Booth Smith, and he is dedicated to making it the finest litigation firm in the Southeast.
John specializes in the defense of high exposure cases, including medical malpractice, batch claims, construction, commercial litigation, mass torts, transportation and products liability. During his legal career, he has tried more than 125 cases to resolution.
His expertise in high exposure birth trauma and catastrophic cases resulted in his being named National Counsel for several major insurance carriers. This National Counsel Program establishes a litigation approach, which enables a team of specialized attorneys to become involved and assist local counsel on high-exposure cases at all phases of the legal process.
John also maintains a robust corporate practice in International, International Trade and Finance, Arbitration/Mediation, Business Structures, Health Care and Commercial Litigation.
John is a former member of the Board of Directors of the USLAW Network, a premier organization of independent law firms with offices throughout the United States that provides high-quality legal services without unnecessary expense to clients.
He is actively involved in a number of professional organizations and is often invited to speak at industry gatherings and continuing legal education programs. In addition, he is closely involved in developing and providing educational materials to clients.
John serves as an Honorary Consul to the Country of Georgia and is Chairman of the Atlanta-Tbilisi Sister City Committee where he actively engages in developing international relationships between the state of Georgia and the country of Georgia.
Alex B. Kaufman, Partner, Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
Alex B. Kaufman is a Partner in our Atlanta office, and he is an experienced trial attorney who represents clients on business transactions, commercial matters, employment, and securities issues. He also counsels clients on government relations, employment issues, as well as corporate and franchise matters.
Before joining Hall Booth Smith, Alex was a partner at a national law firm and other Atlanta firms where he concentrated his practice on business law and business litigation as well as corporate matters and a wide range of employment and commercial disputes.
During law school, Alex served in Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s Office of Executive Counsel, and he held positions in the Appellate and Trial divisions of the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.
Alex’s wide-ranging work and internship experience include the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Affairs Division, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig L. Schwall, Sr.’s chambers, and The United States House of Representative’s Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee of Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
Alex is active in Republican politics and civic leadership and was honored to be the GOP’s nominee for State House District 51. Alex has served in several Republican Party leadership positions, including serving on the State Executive Committee as well as the Fulton Country and 6th Congressional District’s General Counsel. Alex has also worked on many political campaigns, including at the Presidential level.
Community involvement is important to Alex, and he has spent considerable time on the boards of many philanthropic and educational organizations including the Georgia Rotary Student Program, The Roswell Rotary Club, The Star House Foundation, The Emory University Annual Fund, The Roswell Arts Fund, and The Westminster Schools Young Alumni Council.
Alex is passionate about trial advocacy and for years has coached the Westminster Schools’ mock trial team as well as served as an adjunct faculty member at Emory School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Program – Trial Techniques.
Alex earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Emory University School of Law and has worked as an adjunct faculty member to teach courses on trial techniques. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Hamilton College and graduated with honors.
Frazier & Deeter
The Alpharetta office of Frazier & Deeter is home to a thriving CPA tax practice, a growing advisory practice and an Employee Benefit Plan Services group. CPAs and advisors in the Frazier & Deeter Alpharetta office serve clients across North Georgia and around the country with services such as personal tax planning, estate planning, business tax planning, business tax compliance, state and local tax planning, financial statement reviews, financial statement audits, employee benefit plan audits, internal audit outsourcing, cyber security, data privacy, SOX and other regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions and more. Alpharetta CPAs serve clients ranging from business owners and executives to large corporations.
Roger Lusby, host of Frazier & Deeter’s Business Beat, is an Alpharetta CPA and Alpharetta Office Managing Partner for Frazier & Deeter. He is also a member of the Tax Department in charge of coordinating tax and accounting services for our clientele. His responsibilities include a review of a variety of tax returns with an emphasis in the individual, estate, and corporate areas. Client assistance is also provided in the areas of financial planning, executive compensation and stock option planning, estate and succession planning, international planning (FBAR, SFOP), health care, real estate, manufacturing, technology, and service companies.
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