Steven P. Gilliam

Steven P. Gilliam

Attorney Steven Gilliam

Steve Gilliam is a respected trial attorney who represents commercial clients in complex litigation, corporate, banking and transactional law.

Mr. Gilliam’s list of clients includes regional and national businesses in banking, manufacturing, and the poultry industry. He has litigated cases not only in Georgia, but also in Alabama, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, South Carolina and Texas.

A significant portion of Mr. Gilliam’s practice involves real estate and eminent domain litigation. He is also experienced in commercial real estate development and management, including land acquisition, leasing, sales activities and zoning.

Voted Gainesville Rotary’s “Man of the Year” in 1996, a “Super Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine since its inception in 2004, and Super Lawyer nationally in the Corporate Counsel Edition, Mr. Gilliam is a respected presenter of legal and business litigation seminars and workshops for attorneys throughout the Southeast. He is listed in Who’s Who in the American Law, Who’s Who in America, and is a member of Gridiron Secret Society. He has also been recognized in the National Super Lawyers Business Edition and National Corporate Counsel Edition for Business Litigation. Furthermore, he has also been recognized by Lexis Nexis and Martindale Hubbell in Legal Leaders: Georgia's Top Rated Lawyer's Magazine.

He has served as Chair of numerous community service agency boards, including United Way of Hall County, Rehabilitation Industries, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Elachee Nature Science Center, Hall County Needs Assessment Task Force, Gainesville State College Foundation, and Quality Growth Council.

He has been President of the Chattahoochee Country Club and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Rabun Gap Nacoochee School.

Firm History:
Joined firm in 1974


UGA School of Law, 1974
  • cum laude

University of Georgia, B.B.A., Economics

Professional Admissions:

  • State of Georgia, including all US District Courts, all State Superior Courts, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 11th Circuit
  • US Supreme Court

Professional Organizations:

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia:
    • Chair, Professionalism Committee (1996-2000)
    • General Practice and Trial Section Member
    • Eminent Domain Section Member
  • Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association
    •    Secretary-Treasurer (1976-1980)
    •    President (1982-83)
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Old Warhorse Lawyers Club
  • Appointed by Chief Justice Robert Benham to the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Public Trust and Confidence in the Courts of Georgia
  • Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court, Master
  • Super Lawyers, National Business Litigation Edition (2011 - Present)
  • The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel (2013 - Present)

Civic Involvement:

  • Eagle Ranch
    • Board of Directors (2015 - Present)
    • Chair, 2019
  • Young Life of Hall County, Advisory Council (1976-2000)
  • Leadership Georgia 1988, Board of Trustees (1989-1991)
  • Gainesville Hall County Girls Club, Inc. (1976-1981), Board Chair 1979
  • Gainesville Jaycees Young, Man of the Year 1983
  • Chattahoochee Country Club
    •    Board of Governors (1987–1990)
    •    President 1989
  • United Way of Hall County 1976-1985
    •    Campaign Chair 1983
    •    President (1984-85)
  • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Chairman (1998-99)
  • Gainesville Rotary Club, Man of the Year 1996
  • Community Hero Torchbearer 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games
  • UGA Law School Alumni Council, (2000-08; 2012-2014), President (2007-08)
  • Elachee Nature Science Center (1998 - Present), Chair (2003-04)
  • Gainesville State College Foundation (1984-87)
    • Chair 1987
    • Honorary Life Trustee 1996
  • Rabun Gap Nacoochee School (1999-2010; 2012 - Present), Chair (2006-09)
  • Chicopee Areas Woods Park Commission (2011- Present), Secretary (2012-Present)
  • Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority (2013 - Present)