Hap Smith

Hap Smith

Hap Smith is a longtime Marietta attorney who began practicing law in 1976 in Marietta. For more than 40 years Hap’s law firm, Smith, Tumlin, McCurley & Patrick, P.C., has been a leading transactional law firm in the Marietta and Cobb County real estate industry and one of the top agents in the Georgia title insurance industry.  The firm has closed more than $3 billion in commercial and residential transactions.

Hap Smith specializes in corporate, banking and real estate matters as a transactional attorney. He is a lifelong resident of Marietta, a 1968 honor graduate of Marietta High School who graduated from the University of Georgia for his undergraduate (B.B.A./Finance, 1972) and legal studies (J. D., 1976). While at the university, Hap was a member of Phi Delta Phi, a scholastic fraternity and graduated with honors in 1972. He joined Don Smith and Gary Eubanks in the practice of law after his graduation from the University of Georgia Law School in 1976.

Although Hap’s experience includes many areas from trial work to corporate work, he has developed a specialty in financial transactions, including complex real estate matters, business acquisitions and corporate asset-based financing. He represents well over 100 lenders for loan transactions and provides representation for some of the largest real estate developers in Cobb County. Hap is one of the few local attorneys with the expertise to handle sophisticated and complex real estate transactions, including IRC Section 1031 tax deferred exchanges, commercial transactions and subdivision acquisition and development. Under his direction, Smith, Eubanks, Smith & Tumlin, P.C. has closed over $3.0 Billion in commercial and real estate transactions.

During his legal career, he has donated more than $500,000 in free legal work to indigent clients, numerous churches and non-profit organizations in Cobb County and to the School Board and local governments. He has raised more than $100,000 for the Marietta Schools Foundation.

Hap was named 1998 Marietta Citizen of the Year by the Marietta Division of the Chamber of Commerce; 1999 Cobb County Citizen of the Year and the 1999 Distinguished Alumnus of Marietta High School by the Marietta Schools Foundation and Alumni Society.

Hap is a past president of the Cobb County Bar Association, leading an organization of over 800 local attorneys. He served as the president of the Cobb Younger Lawyers Section in 1980 and has previously served as secretary and as a trustee of the Association. He also served as statewide chairman of the 1996 campaign committee of Georgia Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines, and served as campaign chairman for Marietta Mayor Ansley Meaders during her first two successful elections. He is the former chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Marietta Housing Authority where he was a commissioner for ten years and is a passionate advocate for substantial improvement to low income housing and for positive and dramatic redevelopment within the community.

Hap is deeply involved in the Marietta community and the Marietta City Schools, having served on numerous committees including the 21st Century Needs Assessment Committee (as chairman); the Marietta Schools Foundation (past president); Marietta Touchdown Club (past president); Woods/Wilkins Collabora­tive; Safe School Collaborative and on three community support groups for the passage of previous school bond issues. His favorite volunteer job since 1988 has been to serve as “Voice of the Blue Devils” as the public address announcer for home football games.

At the turn of the century Hap crafted and proposed the original idea to build a new Marietta High School, a campus complex which was named one of the top five high school facilities in the nation when it opened in 2001.

Hap is a past chairman of the trustees of the Noonday Baptist Association and is a past president of the Marietta Metro Rotary Club, a former director of the Cobb/Marietta Girls Club and Kennestone Hospice. He has been a board member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and is an alumnus of Leadership Cobb. A member of First Baptist Church in Marietta, Hap has served as chairman of the Deacon Body, Sunday School Superintendent and chairman of Trustees. He has taught and been a mentor to high school students for over thirty years.

Hap and Donna were married in 1973 and are the parents of Whit, a Cobb County Developer; Natalie, a landscape architect in Athens; and Erin, an elementary school teacher.  They currently have nine grandsons and two granddaughters.