Who We Are

We are a team of experienced professionals who are passionate about helping our clients succeed. We are committed to providing the highest quality services and maintaining the highest ethical standards. Our firm delivers unmatched Excellence, Experience, and Ethics.

E xcellence: We take pride in our reputation for providing superior legal services in a timely manner and at a fair price.

Our initial consultations are always free. If we can assist you in resolving your legal matter, we will explain to you the terms of our representation and will answer any questions you have about fees and expenses. If we take your case, you will be able to talk with us and to get answers about your case. You will not feel left out or in the dark. It is your case, and you will be in control.

Important decisions about settling your case or proceeding to trial will be made by you, in close consultation with us. You will always have the final decision. If a favorable result is obtained in your case, you will understand exactly when and how your case has been resolved.

E xperience: We have over 50 years of experience in litigating cases at the trial and appellate levels, from local Georgia courts to the U.S. Supreme Court.

When you need legal advice, you want to work with a firm that has the experience to get the results you need. Our attorneys have decades of experience in a wide range of legal practice areas, and we are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality legal representation possible.

We understand that legal matters can be complex and stressful. Our attorneys are here to guide you through the process every step of the way, and we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and interests.


E thics: A sense of professionalism and responsibility permeates our legal practice, from our interactions with our clients and other counsel to our engagement with our community.

Unlike many law firms, we do not spend thousand of dollars making empty promises in television, newspaper, and phone book advertisements. Instead of relying on ads, we rely almost exclusively of word of mouth from satisfied clients.

We understand that our clients are entrusting us with their most important matters, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We are committed to acting in their best interests at all times, and we will never compromise our ethical standards.

We believe in doing the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons.

Our Home

The Historic H. L. Smith House

Our offices are in the historic H. L. Smith house, located in the Murray Hill residential area of Dalton. Although the H. L. Smith house is now a modern professional office, we have devoted time and effort to making the property "homey" in keeping with the modified Georgian architecture of its period. We have selected interior colors, art, and furniture which are architecturally compatible.

H. L. Smith constructed the home from 1908 to 1911. The house is built on a foundation of solid rock.

Smith and Westcott Families

Mr. Smith was the first graduate of the "School of Technology of the University of Georgia in Atlanta", which is now known as Georgia Tech. We are thankful to the Alumni Office of Georgia Tech for providing us a replica of his diploma, which is located on a lower stair landing, together with a photograph of an automobile owned by Mr. Smith. This car, an Oldmobile, was the first car owned by a resident of Whitfield County, and was equipped with a "seatbelt" - a leather horse strap restraining the children in a rear-facing back seat. Undoubtedly, Mr. Smith drove his car around Dalton with his daughter Lulu (the late Lulu Westcott) enjoying the ride in the back.

The Smith and Westcott families are an integral part of the history of Dalton and Whitfield County. The Smith family manufactured duck cloth for the United States during the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II, and also for use in circus tents and revival tents and revival meetings. The Westcott family founded Cabin Craft, which was a predecessor of Shaw Industries.

Tourist House and Office

After H. L. Smith sold the house, the house was used in the 1930s as a "tourist home" on Peacock Alley. Later, it was used as a hospitality center for the carpet industry. In the 1990s, Lulu Westcott (by then over 90 years old) assisted us in locating our firm in this historic house. We are grateful to Lulu Westcott for her assistance, and to the Smith and Westcott families for their enduring impact on the Dalton and northwest Georgia textile and carpet industries.

In verdicts, judgments, and settlements in the past ten years

Combined years of legal experience