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Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles, P.A., is one of Gainesville’s most prominent general practice firms. Originally founded in 1928 by R. Wilson Smith, the firm has a proud history of providing sound legal advice to businesses and individuals across the state. Our clientele includes Fieldale Farms, one of the largest independent poultry producers in the world, BB&T, the 9th largest financial holding company in the United States; United Community Bank, one of Georgia's largest bank holding companies, and Georgia Power Company, the largest of five electric utilities that make up the Southern Company. 

Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles attorneys practice in the areas of:

We advise clients on:

  • Their choice of business entity
  • Capital formation and equity structures
  • Borrowing arrangements
  • Governance and management structures
  • Executive compensation and equity incentive arrangements
  • Mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations


We assist clients with the preparation of:

  • Joint venture agreements
  • Partnership and operating agreements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Employment and non-compete agreements
  • Agreements for the protection of confidential and proprietary information
  • Agreements for the licensing of technology and the distribution of goods


We assist clients with:

  • Shareholder and partnership rights & disputes
  • Officer and director liability
  • Insurance issues
  • Loan workouts
  • Business reorganizations
  • Indemnification and warranties
  • Licensing and leasing of products or services
  • Trade secrets
  • Employee and human resource issues
  • Licensing agreements