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Our Attorneys

The attorneys at Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles are leaders within the legal community, in Gainesville, across Georgia, and throughout the region. However, just as important, they are highly respected members of their local community, investing their time and resources in helping it grow and succeed. Professional and personal relationships are equally as important to us, and it shows in everything we do.

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.

Jerry A. Williams Retired Partner

Jerry Williams is a retired partner of SGWM.  For more than 40 years years, he worked closely with the attorneys at SGWM as the firm’s leading tax law expert.

Kelly Anne Miles

Kelly Anne Miles is skilled in all aspects of family law and is committed to giving clients the support they need in resolving legal issues related to families and the break-up or separation of family members. Ms. Miles has effectively represented clients for over three and a half decades in these types of cases.

Bradley J. Patten

Brad J. Patten joined Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles in 1989 and has an extensive background in bankruptcy and workers' compensation law. As a court-appointed Chapter 7 trustee since 1997, Mr. Patten works with debtors and creditors to guide them through the complex process of bankruptcy.

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, Jr.

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.

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 M. Dupree

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

Kellie R. 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.

Paralegals, Legal Assistants
& Office Staff

Teamwork, collaboration, and strong support are essential to maintaining our high standards for legal representation and customer service. That would be impossible without these folks.

Dana Smith

Front Desk

Denise Musso

Office Manager

Kathy K. Cronic

Certified Legal Assistant

Lisa M. Patterson

Real Estate Legal Assistant

Jacki S. Benefield

Family Law Legal Assistant

RoseMarie Pasterchick

Family Law Paralegal

Jill Ballard

Paralegal

Julie Jespersen

Paralegal

Lindsay Henry-Vickery

Paralegal

Karen Byers

Legal Assistant

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