Jack B. Albanese is Counsel in the Corporate Section and the Labor and Employment Section of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, where his main practice concentrates on labor law and aviation law. He has not only represented airlines in aviation labor matters, but has been involved in representation of clients in airline mergers and acquisitions, privatization of national carriers, Air Freedom rights including Fifth Freedom Rights, purchase and sale of aircraft, lease purchase and leasing of commercial aircraft, financing for used aircraft and startup airlines, and joint venture agreements with domestic and foreign companies.
A member of the State Bar of Georgia, Mr. Albanese is also a member of the Tennessee Bar and the Ohio Bar. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Mr. Albanese practiced in the area of employment, labor law, litigation, aviation and corporate law for a leading Southeastern law firm prior to joining Smith Gambrell. Mr. Albanese has counseled clients in numerous issues involving labor and employment law. From 1983-84, he served as Chief Counsel to the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington DC, where he supervised a staff of 40 attorneys responsible for the preparation of the decisions of the NLRB. Mr. Albanese has prepared supervisory training programs using fair employment practices and has lectured throughout the country on labor/employment issues. He has assisted clients developing employee manuals, non-compete agreements and employee contracts.
Mr. Albanese’s experience touches a variety of industries, including airlines, transportation, financial and investment banking, broadcasting, cable, telecommunications, newspapers, commercial printing, construction, food manufacturers, processors and distributors, convenience stores, hospitality, health care, general manufacturing, retail establishments including grocery, and service industries.
Mr. Albanese received his JD from Emory University School of Law in 1972. He earned a BS degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in 1969. He has volunteered for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and other charities.