With a practice that focuses on government and governmental entities, Robert Highsmith was a strong candidate for the position of outside general counsel to MARTA. And the fact that he’s a lifelong Georgian who cares deeply about the future of Atlanta and the metro transit system’s role in shaping it just sealed the deal.

After longtime outside GC Charles Pursley retired from the role earlier this year, the board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority tapped Highsmith, a partner at Holland & Knight, to take over—just as the city is embarking on the largest MARTA funding expansion in the transit authority’s 42-year history.

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