Michael L. Smith

Airport Senior Deputy General Manager

Michael L. Smith is the airport senior deputy general manager. He manages the department’s day-to-day functions, including commercial operations, planning and development, finance, procurement and IT.

Mr. Smith has nearly two decades of municipal government experience, having served 17 years with the City of Atlanta as a senior assistant city attorney. During that time, he practiced all aspects of local government law, including litigation, contracts, property use and development, business and employment issues.

He also served as Atlanta’s lead counsel representing the Department of Aviation. He was responsible for negotiating agreements related to the airlines and other airport tenants. He played a key role in preparing intergovernmental agreements with surrounding jurisdictions to implement airport projects such as the fifth runway.

Before joining the Hartsfield-Jackson team, Mr. Smith was a private practice attorney specializing in local government law, airport and aviation matters. He served as county attorney in Clayton County and also held positions with Delta Air Lines.

Mr. Smith began his legal career as law clerk for the Honorable Clarence Cooper, a former judge in Fulton County Superior Court.

A native Atlantan, Mr. Smith earned a political science degree from Duke University and a law degree from North Carolina Central University.