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.
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 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's areas of practice include general civil litigation, business litigation, wills and trusts, and general estate planning.
Hear What Our Clients Have to Say
“ 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
“ 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.
“ 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
“ As a client, I proudly recommend Bill Rhoads. I trust him with all my legal matters. I have had the pleasure of working with Bill personally and professionally. I always recommend Bill to assist my clients. His down- to-earth, real-world approach always makes me feel comfortable that my legal matters are being handled competently and with care. Bill is always responsive. Always meticulous. Always willing to take the time to explain things. His legal acumen and insight have been instrumental in assisting me and my clients with our legal issues.
- Samuel Latimer, CPA, Rushton and Company, LLC
“ 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