G. Douglas Dillard

Doug Dillard is one of Georgia’s most accomplished zoning and land use attorneys. He has helped clients for more than five 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.

The variety of Doug’s clients range from commercial and retail developers, mixed-use, residential, industrial, religious institutions, and others.  He has been active in the community and politics since his childhood which has led to lasting relationships that help his clients.

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

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

  • J.D., Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, 1967
  • B.A., Furman University, 1964
  • 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