Wiley Ellis
Senior Counsel

Mr. Ellis, a founding partner of the firm, has broad business and estate planning experience in a wide range of matters, including business formations, contract negotiation, estate planning and administration of collective bargaining agreements and multi-employer benefit plans.

Mr. Ellis is a member of the bars of Georgia and North Carolina.

Mr. Ellis has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating.


  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Emory University (A.B., 1962)
    University of Virginia (LL.B., 1965; LL.M., Taxation, 1966)

Selected Experience

  • Co-founder, chairman, director and general counsel of The Savannah Bancorp, Inc. and The Savannah Bank, N.A., now a part of South State Bank.
  • Now, or formerly, general counsel to Colonial Group, Chemtall Incorporated, Morris Newspaper Corporation, Palmer & Cay, Inc., and Georgia Stevedore Association; Co-counsel, GSA/ILA Welfare Fund and SAENC/ILA Vacation & Holiday Fund.

Civic Involvement (now or formerly)

  • Historic Savannah Foundation, President
  • Bethesda Home for Boys, President
  • The Hodge Foundation, Chairman
  • Savannah Benevolent Association, President
  • Wormsloe Foundation, Director
  • University of Georgia Press Advisory Board Member
  • Chatham Club, President