Corporate Ethics Aren't Going Anywhere

John Sandy Smith
Atlanta, GA

Justice & Law Business


John Sandy Smith
Senior Attorney
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Sandy Smith gives excellent, candid interviews on corporate ethics, preventing and fighting fraud and corruption, and the importance of a strong company or nonprofit board. He can also address business trends, deals and transactions such as large mergers and acquisitions. He's also very good on education-related topics from elementary school to the university level.
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Atlanta, GA 30363
Terri Thornton
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Sandy Smith is a member of Womble Carlyle’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group. As a “deal attorney,” he has a diverse national practice managing, negotiating, and completing corporate and financial transactions for private and public businesses in industries including technology, manufacturing and distribution, healthcare, staffing, retail and service, hospitality and restaurant, venture/investment and holding companies. Areas of skill include:

  • Corporate transactions including mergers and acquisition
  • Board advice and corporate governance 
  • Public offerings and follow-on transactions 
  • Prospectuses, offering memoranda and proxy statements 
  • Venture, investment and holding company formation, investments and  regulation 
  • Spin-offs and roll-ups 
  • International transactions 
  • Going private transactions 
  • Workouts and reorganizations 
  • Employment agreements (including golden parachute agreements), severance, stock option and other incentive plans 
  • Investment advisor and company formation and regulation 
  • Money management and broker-dealer requirements 
  • Immigration law

Board and Educational Experience

Sandy is on the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University, Odyssey, the Paideia School, The National Kidney Foundation of Georgia, Prevent Blindness Georgia and The Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. Sandy is a member of the MBA Advisory Board and has served as lecturer and executive in residence at The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He also served on the Presidents’ Counsel of the Woodruff Arts Center, Alumni Board of Governors at The Westminster Schools, and Leadership Atlanta. 


Sandy and wife Maria Susana Gancedo and their children like to travel particularly to South America, where Susi grew up and Sandy’s business takes him. Personal interests include golf, music, fly fishing, architecture and the outdoors. 

Professional Activities 

Bar Associations: State Bar of Georgia; Washington D.C. Bar Association, American Bar Association. 


B.A., 1978, Religious Studies and English with Honors in Humanities, Stanford 

University; M.B.A., 1981, The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College

J.D., 1984, Duke University

Story Pitch

Corporate Openness Important, Despite Criticism
The abundant criticism of Hewlett-Packard for demanding CEO Mark Hurd’s resignation sends the wrong message to other corporate boards that may faces crises in the future.
Recent Publications/Appearances

INTERVIEWS/PUBLISHED WORKS: September 29, 2011 "Womble Carlyle to Open Silicon Valley Office This Weekend"

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dec. 19, 2010 "Consumers’ Info Valuable: Companies Shouldn’t Be Only Ones to Benefit from Personal, Private Data"

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sept. 26, 2010 "Murkiness of Openness: H-P Controversy shows how tricky corporate transparency can be."

Corporate Compliance Insights May 2010 "The Globalization of Governance" 

AJC June 17, 2010 "Summer program puts kids on path to college.

"The Public Trust Doctrine and National Audubon Society v. Superior Court: A Hard Case Makes Bad Law, or the Consistent Evolution of California Water Rights," 6 Glendale Law Review 201, 1984.


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