Protecting your innovations and intellectual property is essential. Just as important, introducing them into the marketplace properly can be a delicate and complicated process. SGWM can help you take each step and handle each transaction with confidence.
How We Can Help You
For nearly a century, clients have been turning to Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles for trusted legal counsel during some of the biggest moments in their lives. We’ve been there to offer peace of mind and to celebrate their personal victories and business successes – and we always will be.
That consistent dependability, reputation for excellence, and commitment to investing in the future have earned us honors and accolades in Gainesville, throughout Georgia, and across the Southeast. You’ll find us on the boards of many worthy causes and professional organizations, enhancing not only our industry but our community as well. So, whether you are a large company with complex legal needs or an individual who is looking for exceptional legal counsel, turn to someone you can trust.
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.
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.
Keith J. Whitaker
Keith J. Whitaker joined SGWM in 2007. His areas of practice include real estate transactions and litigation, general civil litigation, adoption, contract disputes, personal injury claims, business law, and 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
“ 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
“ 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
“ 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.