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Business Transactions
& Corporate Law

Relying on the different specialties of our attorneys, we assist clients with real estate purchases, financing, employment concerns, insurance, trademarks, and copyrights through licensing and other contractual agreements. Also, we skillfully navigate the key governmental and tax requirements, financial systems for payroll, workers’ compensation insurance, or other elements of the law that dramatically impact business success.

Who We Represent

For decades, businesses throughout Georgia have counted on Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles as their attorneys for business litigation. Our business attorneys regularly serve as local counsel for large businesses throughout the country. We also partner with start-up and emerging businesses as well as established and mature companies in planning and protecting the success of the company.

Civil
Litigation

SGWM provides exceptional representation in a variety of civil disputes, from contract and real estate disputes to cases regarding shareholder rights, unfair competition, intellectual property, and trade disputes.

Real Estate
Law

Real estate law has been part of SGWM from the beginning. Our attorneys are well-versed in North Georgia’s real estate market and the complex laws that affect residential and commercial transactions, especially zoning and eminent domain.

Industries We Serve

The industries we represent are as diverse as our community. We work with major corporations as well as small businesses, adjusting our approach and building our team to meet the specific needs of the company.

Manufacturing
 

The manufacturing industry is no stranger to change. For decades, our attorneys have helped manufacturing and industrial companies with everything from operational issues to more advanced transactions that are crucial to their success.

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Technology
 

Protecting your innovations and intellectual property is essential. Just as important, introducing them into the marketplace properly can be a delicate and complex process. SGWM can help you take each step and handle each transaction with confidence.

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Agribusiness
 

Agribusiness is as diverse and vibrant as ever, but it's also facing challenges. From regulatory compliance and lawsuits to consumer preferences, agricultural producers must navigate a unique landscape. Our attorneys have the experience and insight to show the way.

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Transportation
& Logistics

Whether you are a business or an individual, a collision involving a tractor-trailer often has catastrophic consequences. SGWM has been defending vehicle accidents involving passenger and commercial motor vehicles for more than 30 years.

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Our Attorneys

John H. Smith

Gainesville native, John H. Smith, is an experienced attorney who concentrates his practice in land/real estate transactions, zoning, eminent domain, wills, trusts and estates, probate, and land litigation.

Steven P. Gilliam

Steven P. Gilliam is a respected trial attorney who represents commercial clients in complex litigation, corporate, zoning and eminent domain, banking, and transactional law.

M. Tyler Smith

M. Tyler Smith's practice includes business law and litigation. He prepares business agreements, including employment and non-compete agreements, as well as confidentiality and shareholder agreements.

R. Brent Hatcher

R. Brent Hatcher, Jr. joined SGWM in 2004 after practicing for five years at a major Atlanta law firm. His practice areas include general civil litigation, commercial and business litigation, real property litigation, appellate litigation, and personal injury.

Keith J. Whitaker

Keith J. Whitaker joined SGWM in 2007. His areas of practice include business transactions and corporate law, litigation, real estate transactions, and will and estate planning.

Bill Rhoads

Bill Rhoads joined SGWM as an associate attorney in 2009 and was named as a member of the firm in 2016. His primary areas of practice include general estate planning, wills and trusts, business transactions, and providing tax advice for clients.

Kellie Sellers

Kellie Sellers joined Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles as an associate attorney in 2020. Her areas of practice include general estate planning, wills and trusts, business transactions, tax law, and adoptions.

Clayton Franklin

Clayton Franklin joined SGWM as an associate attorney in 2013. His practice includes general civil litigation, business litigation, commercial transactions, OSHA compliance, and real estate law. Currently, he serves as in-house counsel for Fieldale Farms Corporation.

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