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General Civil Litigation

Central to the practice of Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles is representing individuals and businesses in civil and commercial litigation. The firm represents parties in a wide array of civil disputes, from contract and real estate disputes to cases regarding shareholder rights, unfair competition, intellectual property, and trade disputes, for which it draws upon its breadth of litigation experience in both federal and state courts.

How We Can Help You

Our firm has enjoyed long-term relationships with businesses like Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat processors, and Fieldale Farms Corporation, a family-owned business that has grown to become one of the largest independent poultry processors in the world.

Our civil attorneys serve as counsel to businesses of all sizes, as well as individuals, through both the litigation process and alternative dispute resolution. The firm also regularly serves as local counsel to businesses throughout the nation with litigation pending in both North Georgia and the Atlanta metropolitan area.

The firm maintains an active practice in the appellate courts, both state and federal. Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles also assists other attorneys who desire support in the appellate process.

Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles maintains a policy of vigorously and professionally representing its clients, seeking the best possible outcome under a plan for the efficient resolution of civil suits.

Our Attorneys

John H. Smith

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

Steven P. 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.

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.

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.

Daniel Dupree

Daniel Dupree's areas of practice include general civil litigation, business litigation, wills and trusts, and general estate planning.

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