James G. Killough

Location: Metro Atlanta, and Coastal Golden Isles Georgia
Phone: 404-467-8700 | 404-803-4559 
(Cell) 912 580 6296  – Common voicemail for all numbers
Fax: 866-692-1634
Email: E-mail Me

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Contracts and Transactions
  • Business Litigation in State and Federal Courts
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • State and Federal Income Tax Controversies
  • Sales and Use Tax Controversies
  • Payroll Tax Controversies
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Wills and Probate Administration
  • Trusts and Trust Administration

Litigation Percentage

  • 30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1981
  • Georgia, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1974
  • Georgia Tax Tribunal, 2013
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2005
  • Ad Hoc admissions CA, IL, KS, NY, OH and PA


  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • LL.M. [Taxation] – 1989
  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. – 1970
    • Honors: Order of the Coif – Bryan Honor Society
    • Law Review: Journal of Public Law
    • Georgia State Bar Journal, Author: Student Case Notes, 1969
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
    • A.B. – 1965 [English major, Naval Science minor]

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • FINRA Arbitration Regular, Injunctive Relief and Large and Complex Case Pools, Public Member
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Atlanta Tax Forum
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • The Florida Bar
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Old War Horse Lawyers Club
  • Glynn County Bar Association
  • Sandy Springs Bar Association


  • Director and General Counsel Stone Mountain Scottish Highland Games – a 501(c) charitable entity

Focus – Mission Statement

I am continuing my practice as a solo practitioner in order to focus full attention on resolving the concerns and problems of selected Clients rather than expand my practice and delegate responsibilities to others. Every Client is entitled to, and receives, my personal attention and best effort to reach a prompt and practical resolution of matters for reasonable fees.

My approach is pragmatic, intuitive and practical. If you retain me, you get me. If I need assistance I can utilize resources available at SynerG Law Group or from other professional colleagues selected based on their abilities and availabilities, unrelated to my personal profit and overhead considerations.

I avoid the tag of “specialist” as I avoid a narrow focus on problems and solutions – I respect the adage that “To a hammer, everything is a nail” and believe the “butterfly effect” is real – all actions have consequences which can only be anticipated through a broad based analysis and experience. If I form your business for you or develop a strategy to resolve your problems I will be considering all of the things I know can go wrong. If I’m litigating your tax or business or estate dispute, it’s with knowledge and experience of how businesses should work and how they do work.

As a matter of Professional Responsibility I respond to all legitimate inquiries and if I am unable to provide services you require I will try to identify for you others who may be able so to do.

Recent Results

Most recently, with assistance from a colleague at SynerG, I obtained an arbitration damages award in excess of $750,000 for a small regional sales and distribution organization against a national telecommunications distributor based on breach of contract.


“Jim combines vast experience with true proficiencies in trial practice and business-related financial and operational matters.”

“Through the years, Jim has bailed me out of numerous situations where, had it been someone with a lesser ability, my business could have suffered financially.

“The main thing Jim has going for him, beside intelligence and basic gut feeling for the law and how it works, is that he talks to clients on terms they can readily understand without having to take a crash course in the law.

“When working with Jim, intelligent decisions can be made that a client can feel good and confident making….”

In fact a substantial portion of my business has come from referrals by other attorneys with whom I previously practiced, and in some case personally represented, and other satisfied clients.