& 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Hear What Our Clients Have to Say
“ Kubota's relationship with Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles spans many years, with the firm providing timely and cost-effective legal advice on a broad range of legal matters, not only here in the State of Georgia but nationally and even internationally. Their team of experienced attorneys always pride themselves on producing high quality work and providing us with a trusted source of counsel with their vast range of expertise. We truly cherish both our personal and professional relationships with the members of this firm and we consider them valuable members of our Kubota family.
- Phil Sutton, Vice President, Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation
“ It has been a true pleasure and trusting experience, we have enjoyed in our professional business experience with Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles, P.A.
On a business and personal level, the professionalism, experience level, and sound advice we have received, has allowed us to make the best-informed decisions, with a comfort level that is very satisfying.
We highly recommend Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles, P.A. 5-STARS.
- Joe Bova, Choice Equipment Company Inc.
“ Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles has been handling legal matters for Fieldale for over 30 years. We first hired them to defend a truck wreck. We now use the firm to manage a variety of legal issues, including corporate and real estate transactions, vehicle accidents, and commercial litigation. They deliver exceptional results and add value to our company.
- Tom Hensley, President, Fieldale Farms Corporation
“ We were referred to Smith, Gilliam, Williams and Miles by a friend, specifically to Mr. Keith Whitaker. We were in need of operating agreements and buy/sell agreements for our two businesses. Keith was professional, thorough, and not only handled everything we needed efficiently, but also made us feel like we weren't just clients but part of their family. We would highly recommend this firm for any legal needs you may have.
- Jack Nolan/Jamie Allred, Owners, Fortify Kitchen and Bar and Fortify Pi