After 44 years of practicing law and 41 years with Capell & Howard, attorney K. Palmer Smith has announced her plans to retire from the firm and its commercial real estate practice. Effective May 1, 2017, Palmer will assume the role of an of counsel attorney, remaining with the firm but trading in her current position as a shareholder.
Since joining the firm in 1976, Palmer has almost exclusively spent her tenure practicing commercial real estate law — routinely representing clients in the acquiring, developing, financing and selling of their sites for offices, apartments, hotels, motels, planned unit developments, shopping centers, and timber and farm tracts.
Over Palmer’s many years of experience, she has been named Best Lawyers Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” for Montgomery and annually listed in the Best Lawyers “Women in the Law” and the Best Lawyers in America publications for her proficiency in the real estate legal arena. Additionally, she has been awarded the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible rating bestowed on an attorney by his or her peers.
Aside from practicing law, Palmer has served on numerous civic boards — including the Alabama Dance Theatre, Lighthouse, Regional Council of Alcohol, YMCA Youth Legislature, Junior League of Montgomery and St. Margaret’s Hospital Advisory Board — and served on the board of Montgomery Christian School, as its president for two years and as a member since 2009.
Palmer has also remained active in her parish church, where she has served as a member of the vestry, junior and senior warden, a member of the parish counsel, president of the parish counsel, a Sunday school teacher, an acolyte trainer, a youth advisor and a delegate to the Diocesan Convention.
Assisting Palmer and her clients as she transitions out of her shareholder position will be the remaining members of Capell & Howard’s commercial real estate section, which will consist of Shapard “Shap” D. Ashley, David B. Hughes, Robert “Bob” T. Meadows III, Robert “Bobby” D. Rives and Lee “Russ” M. Russell Jr.