Elliott Blackburn Meet Our Attorneys

Walter Elliott

Walter’s practice includes a wide variety of civil and business litigation as well as appellate practice. Walter’s experience representing clients before Georgia and federal appellate courts earned him the Georgia Supreme Court’s “Amicus Curiae” award for outstanding contribution to the practice of law. 

Walter Elliott is the head of the firm’s Local Government Law practice group. Walter has extensive experience representing local governments throughout Georgia. Walter has represented numerous counties in Georgia on matters such as Service Delivery Strategy, Local Option Sales Tax, and tax appeals. Walter is the County Attorney for Lowndes County and a former president of the County Attorney’s Section of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

Walter joined the firm in 1993 after being a litigation partner for the Atlanta firm of Alston & Bird, where he practiced from 1982 to 1993.


University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 1982)
Dartmouth College (A.B. 1979)

Jim Elliott

Jim Elliott is the head of the firm’s Mediation practice group. He has successfully assisted hundreds of parties in reaching settlements in a wide variety of cases including automobile and tractor trailer accidents, premises liability, employment discrimination, catastrophic injury and wrongful death, contract and commercial disputes, insurance coverage, local government and products liability claims.

Jim is also a member of the firm’s Local Government Law practice group. Jim has represented counties and law enforcement agencies throughout Georgia in a wide variety of matters. Jim also represents local governments on behalf of ACCG-IRMA.

Prior to joining Elliott Blackburn Jim served as partner in the Savannah law firm now known as Ellis Painter.


University of Georgia School of Law (J.D. 1985)
Davidson College (B.A. 1982) 

Will Elliott

Will Elliott is a member of the firm’s Local Government Law practice group. His practice includes general local government litigation and tax appeals litigation. He has represented Boards of Tax Assessors throughout Georgia in complex tax appeal litigation cases. He has also represented counties in a wide variety of matters including Service Delivery Strategy negotiations and disputes. Will serves as the County Prosecutor in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court where he prosecutes county ordinance violations.


Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D. 2013)
Wake Forest University (B.A. cum laude, 2010)

Hansell Watt

Hansell Watt is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Local Government, and Mediation practice groups. He has extensive litigation experience in the areas of personal injury, automobile and tractor trailer accidents, premises liability, employment litigation, construction litigation, local government and municipal law, commercial and business litigation, agriculture litigation, and appellate litigation. Hansell is a certified mediator specializing in mediating personal injury cases. 

Hansell is Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV® Preeminent™.

Hansell is a native of Thomasville, Georgia. Prior to moving to Valdosta in 2006, Hansell practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia with Troutman Sanders, LLP.  Hansell has served on the board of directors for a number of local non-profit organizations, and in his free time, Hansell enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.


Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University (J.D., cum laude 2004)
Rhodes College (B.A. 2000)

Jimmy Miller

Jimmy’s primary practice areas include commercial litigation, business and corporate transactions, secured lending, real estate, and local government law. Jimmy has been practicing law in Valdosta since 2010. Prior to that, Jimmy spent more than four years as an associate at Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, where he represented banks and other institutional lenders in secured lending transactions.

Jimmy is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Valdosta Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all Georgia state courts, the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Middle, Southern, and Northern Districts of Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

In 2013, Jimmy’s legal peers selected him for inclusion in Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2013 Legal Elite as one of Georgia’s top-rated attorneys. In 2014, Jimmy was selected to participate in the Georgia Trial Lawyer Association’s Leadership Education & Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program. Jimmy has previously served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.


University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2005)
Washington and Lee University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2002)

Tom Gooding

Tom is Of Counsel at Elliott Blackburn. His practice includes general commercial law, focusing on business formations, acquisitions and divestitures, commercial finance, real estate, and other commercial law matters. Tom is an experienced local government lawyer and has represented counties in all types of commercial and real estate transactions.

Tom formerly served as General Counsel and as part of the executive management team of a major international chemical company. Prior to that, Tom was a partner at Atlanta based Kilpatrick Stockton LLP (now Kilpatrick Townsend) where he practiced from 1981 to 1997.

Tom is a Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV® Preeminent™ attorney. Tom is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Florida Bar, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Tulane University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1981)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.B.A. 1976)
Florida State University (B.S. 1974)