Hospitality Leader fact sheet

Steven (Steve) W. Smith

Steven W. Smith

Steve is Senior Vice President & General Counsel, the Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). He is responsible for the management of the IHG Legal Department in the Americas region.

Since 1992, Steve has served in a variety of legal capacities of increasing responsibility at IHG, having a diverse background in commercial law, including the legal aspects of hotel franchising, development and operation, contracts, corporate, finance, employment and real estate. Prior to assuming his current role, Steve held the position of vice president & associate general counsel at IHG.

An experienced business attorney, Steve began private practice in 1982 at Alston & Bird law firm in Atlanta, eventually joining IHG in 1992 following tenures at Holt, Ney, Zatcoff & Wasserman and The Portman Companies, an architectural and real estate development firm.

Steve is an active member of various professional organizations including the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Steve received both his bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and master’s degree in political science from Emory University and his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, in 1982, from the University of Georgia Law School, where he was inducted upon graduation as a member of the legal honor society Order of the Coif.

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