Founded by former Superior Court Judge Gus Elliott and the late Oris Blackburn, the firm has a long tradition of integrity and excellence.
Our attorneys have over 75 years of combined experience providing exceptional legal representation to businesses, individuals and local governments. Our experienced trial lawyers represent clients in civil litigation in state and federal courts. They serve as strong advocates and work diligently to favorably resolve court cases in an honest and ethical manner. Our commercial lawyers have over 30 years of experience serving as outside and in-house counsel to business clients in a broad range of areas, including business formations and general representation, acquisitions and divestitures, real estate, and finance. Our lawyers focus on timely, cost-effective legal solutions. Elliott, Blackburn & Gooding works with its clients to provide the highest quality of legal representation in South Georgia. We achieve success by committing the firm's resources to help resolve your unique issues and will pursue your legal goals in a cost effective, ethical, and diligent manner. We are unique among South Georgia law firms in that each of our active partners previously practiced with major law firms, including two lawyers who were partners with national law firms.
3016 North Patterson Street
Valdosta GA 31602
Our business lawyers are counselors and advisors to clients starting new ventures or expanding existing ones.
We work as part of the management team to provide solutions for clients' business needs, including forming corporations, limited liability companies, or limited partnerships. We also provide guidance to existing businesses that are bringing in new owners, transitioning to the next generation, or are selling the business. We draft and negotiate shareholders agreements, buy-sell and cross-purchase agreements, financing arrangements, and employment and non-competition agreements. Business Acquisitions & Divestitures We assist sellers and purchasers of businesses throughout the entire phase of the acquisition process, from the negotiation and preparation of letters of intent, to purchase and sale documents, financing arrangements, and closing of the transaction. Our commercial attorneys regularly serve as Georgia counsel for multi-state transactions, providing assistance with Georgia law and regulatory requirements, as well as providing legal opinions.
Walter Elliott has been a member of the firm's litigation and appellate practice team since joining the firm in 1993. His practice covers a wide variety of litigation including civil and business litigation. Walter is also the County Attorney for Lowndes County, Georgia.
Walter's experience representing clients before Georgia and federal appellate courts earned him the Georgia Supreme Court's "Amicus Curiae" award for outstanding contribution to the practice of law. He has also served as president of the Valdosta Bar Association and president of the County Attorney's Section of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.
Water received an A.B. cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1979 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1982. Walter joined the firm in 1993 after being a litigation partner for the Atlanta firm of Alston & Bird, where he practiced from 1982 to 1993.
In addition to his law practice, Walter has also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Valwood School, President of the Valdosta Rotary Club, an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, and trustee of Presbyterian Homes of Georgia. Walter resides in Valdosta, Ga. with his wife, Laura. They have three children, Will, John and Eliza.
University of Virginia School of Law