G. Douglas Dillard
Attorney

Doug Dillard is one of Georgia’s most accomplished zoning and land use attorneys. He has helped clients for more than four decades resolve matters involving zoning, planning, land use, local government law, annexation and land use litigation. His experience with land use issues include complex zoning changes, special use permit applications, site plan reviews, subdivisions, easements, covenants, litigation and appeals. Doug has litigated and won many of the landmark zoning cases decided by the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He also has worked proactively with local government officials, civic associations and business organizations to draft ordinances, statutes and local legislation as it affects land use.

Best Lawyers’ included Doug in its Georgia Best Lawyers list for 2016 – 2018 and named him Lawyer of the Year for Land Use Litigation in 2014 and 2018. His peers included him in the Georgia Top Lawyers list for 2016, which was published in the Atlanta Journal Constitu-tion. Martindale-Hubbell awarded him the highest preeminent rating, and from 2012 -2018 named him a Georgia Top Rated Lawyer for Zoning, Planning and Land Use. Doug is currently listed in the Best Lawyers in Georgia as published in the Wall Street Journal and Lawyers of Distinction 2018. Before joining Pursley Friese Torgrimson as a partner in 2015, Doug served as a partner with Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco. Previously, he practiced with Dillard & Galloway, LLC for 14 years, and formerly with Peterson Dillard Young Self Asselin and Powell. He is a co-author of Zoning and Land Use in Georgia, a reference book for Georgia’s zoning and land use laws, and the only book of its kind in Georgia.

Publications featuring his legal articles include Georgia State University Law Review, The Atlanta Lawyer and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. The Journal of Applied Real Estate Analysis includes him on their Editorial Advisory Board. His experience with land use issues include complex zoning changes, special use permit applications, site plan reviews, subdivisions, easements, covenants, litigation and appeals. Doug has litigated and won many of the landmark zoning cases decided by the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He also has worked proactively with local government officials, civic associations and business organizations to draft ordinances, statutes and local legislation as it affects land use.

Doug actively promotes land development approval processes and regulations that support green building, affordable housing, and smart growth principles. He has served on the Mixed Income Communities Initiative for the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership to promote, create and preserve mixed-income communities in the greater Atlanta Region.

To view Doug’s Lawyers of Distinction profile please click here.

Practice Areas
  • Zoning/Land Use
  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation

Admissions
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education
  • J.D., Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, 1967
  • B.A., Furman University, 1964
Recognition
  • Georgia’s Best Lawyers by Best Lawyers in America (2016)
  • Georgia Top Lawyers, a peer-ranking published in the AJC (2016)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2015)
  • Lawyer of the Year for Zoning/Land Use, Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Georgia Top Rated Lawyer for Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Martindale Hubbell, 2012
  • AV Overall Peer Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • AV Preeminent Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale Hubbell
Affiliations Legal
  • American Judicature Society
  • Decatur-DeKalb Bar Association
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • The American Judicature Society
Real Estate/Business
  • Atlanta Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • American Planning Association
  • Atlanta Regional Commission Land Use (Coordinating Committe)
  • Council for Quality Growth (Board of Directors)
  • DRI Technical Advisory Group
  • Georgia Planning Association
  • Georgia Quality Growth Partnership (Executive Committee)
  • Georgia Regional Transportation Authority
  • Journal of Applied Real Estate Analysis (Editorial Advisory Board)
  • Leadership Georgia
  • Leadership DeKalb
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (Quality Growth Legal and Technical Committee Co-chairman)
  • Urban Land Institute