Warren Tillery, Partner

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📍 McDonough Office

Practice Areas
Eminent Domain
Real Estate Litigation
Real Estate Closings
Local Government & Public Sector
Zoning and Land Use Law

Law School: Mercer University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2014
Undergraduate: University of Florida, BS in Journalism, cum laude, 2011


“For our first need for a legal representation we lucked out and chose Smith, Welch, Webb & White because we drove by their McDonough offices on a daily basis.
Warren Tillery and the rest of the SWW&W Team greeted us with a high level of professionalism and empathy followed up with excellent legal knowledge, counsel and commitment throughout the process to resolve our dispute with a third party (HOA / Easement issue)
We have already started pursuing other legal matters with SWW&W for other “life things” that we need legal counsel on (wills, etc.) … and know we know we are in good hands.
Smith, Welch, Webb & White will be our first stop for at legal counsel needs in the future.”

– Steve S. 


“Attorneys Grant E. McBride and Warren M. Tillery represented Eastminster School, Inc. in a property tax exemption dispute with the Rockdale County Board of Assessors. The case was complicated because the non-profit exemption the board granted our school when it opened 14 years ago was revoked when Eastminster school closed and then leased the facilities to another 501c3 non-profit school. The ownership of the land never changed, nor did the use of the facilities for a qualified 501c3 purpose. Our attorneys’ expertise, professionalism, and candor successfully gained reinstatement of the legal tax exemption for our property.
I especially appreciated the regular updates on the progress of our case and thorough research our attorneys provided. I was not aware of case law in Georgia that served as precedent for our situation, but our attorneys showed us several cases that applied to our specific circumstances. Their fees, work ethic, and transparency were beyond reproach. I offer my enthusiastic recommendation for their services.”

– Leon L. 

Warren Tillery
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Warren Tillery was born and raised in Florida. He first joined the firm as a law clerk in 2013. Since becoming an attorney in 2014, Warren has maintained a broad practice focused on real estate litigation and local government representation. He and his wife, Leslie, live in McDonough and are members of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church. They enjoy spending time with the dog, The Legal Beagle, being outdoors, and cooking.

Primary Practice and Focus

    • Represented property owners throughout Georgia in eminent domain proceedings, including assessor panels, special master proceedings, and declaration of taking methods. Visit our eminent domain page to view more information and results.
    • Represented property owners in a variety of other real estate matters, including boundary line disputes, code enforcement proceedings, contract claims, lien contests, partition actions, purchase and sale agreements, quiet title actions, tax appeals, and contested zoning, permitting, and variance proceedings.
    • Represented many major cities in connection with Service Delivery Strategy disputes, Local Option Sales Tax renegotiations, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proceedings, and other out-of-the ordinary matters as special counsel.
    • Represented other cities, counties, and governmental authorities as general counsel.
    • Represented corporate entities in contractual and transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions ranging from $1 million to $18 million.
    • Represented parties and amicus curiae in several reported appellate cases.

*Disclaimer: The results illustrated herein are not necessarily indicative of any particular outcome in the future. Legal matters can be very complex, and each issue requires analysis dependent on the particular set of facts present. Therefore, these illustrations are provided to show the types of cases handled and outcomes obtained by the attorney, but, of course, cannot mean the same outcomes will be obtained in different cases with possibly different facts in the future.

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, State Bar of Georgia, Local Government Continuing Legal Education Seminar (September 2022).
  • Presenter, State Bar of Georgia, Eminent Domain Section Annual Seminar (April 2022).
  • Presenter, State Bar of Georgia, Eminent Domain Section Annual Seminar (February 2020).
  • Presenter, Northeast Georgia Fire Investigator’s Association, Continuing Education (February 2020).
  • Presenter, State Bar of Georgia, Eminent Domain Section Annual Seminar (February 2019).
  • Presenter, State Bar of Georgia, Eminent Domain Section Annual Seminar (February 2018).

Published Papers

  • Eminent Domain in Light of the Landowner’s Bill of Rights and Private Property Protection Act of 2006, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Program Materials, September 2022.
  • Getting Design Changes; H. B. 1098 / O.C.G.A. § 32-3-3.2, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Program Materials, April 2022.
  • Pre-Condemnation Negotiations, Preparations, Summerour, and Set Asides, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Program Materials, February 2020.
  • Before the Courthouse: Information Gathering by Condemnees, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Program Materials, February 2019.
  • Discovery Motions in Eminent Domain Cases, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Program Materials, February 2018.
  • Saving Service Delivery: Thank you, Union Point, Ga., Georgia Municipal Association, Annual Convention, City Attorneys Seminar, 2018.
  • An Overview of the Service Delivery Act, Georgia Municipal Association, Annual Convention, City Attorneys Seminar, 2017.
  • Multiple Topics, Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC., Eminent Domain Blog

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Activities and Achievements

  • Eagle Scout
  • Soccer Referee (officiated collegiate, professional, and national team matches)
  • Vice Chairman, State Bar of Georgia’s Eminent Domain Section, 2023-2024
  • Member, Henry County Law Library Board of Trustees
  • State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyer’s Division Leadership Academy, 2019
  • Mercer Law Review
  • Mercer Advocacy Council
  • Order of Barristers