Clayton Franklin


Clayton Franklin joined Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles (SGWM) as an associate attorney in 2013. His principal areas of practice include commercial litigation, contract drafting and review, OSHA compliance, and real estate law. Mr. Franklin’s practice relates primarily to his as in-house counsel for Fieldale Farms Corporation.

Before working for Fieldale Farms Corporation and SGWM, Mr. Franklin worked for Breakfield and Associates in Gainesville, Georgia. After his first year of law school, Mr. Franklin was a summer law clerk at Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles. Following his second year of law school, Mr. Franklin served as a clerk to the Honorable Keith Blackwell, who has since been appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Mr. Franklin’s work with Justice Blackwell took place at the Court of Appeals of Georgia.


Professional Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia (all state trial courts)
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association
  • U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Safety and Health Committee

Community Involvement

  • Habersham United Way Board of Directors (2013–2017)
  • Leadership Habersham (2013–2014)
  • Young Harris College Young Alumni Council (2012–2018)
    • President (2016–2018)
  • Young Harris College Alumni Association Board of Directors (2018–Present)
  • Lake Burton Fun Run (2014–Present)
    • Chairman (2017–2019)
  • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce
  • Habersham County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2019-Present)


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