Hillary S. Stringfellow
Partner - Hillary Smith Stringfellow practices in the firm’s trust and estates practice group and is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell. Her practice includes all aspects of estate and trust planning for families and individuals of all backgrounds and resources, including tax planning for high net worth individuals, family businesses, and special needs individuals. Additionally, Mrs. Stringfellow works with estate and trust administration for fiduciaries, beneficiaries and others involved with the process. Also, she works with families and individuals planning for incapacity and those with special needs in all facets of guardianships and conservatorships of minors and adults. Hillary also works in the firm’s corporate practice group assisting for-profit and non-profit corporations with formation, transactions and governance, and she has focused her practice on all phases of tax-exempt organizations.
Mrs. Stringfellow received her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law where she served on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. After graduation she clerked for the Honorable Duross Fitzpatrick in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. She is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the Fiduciary Section of the Georgia Bar, and the Brunswick Bar Association. Hillary is the chair of the Fiduciary Law Section and a member of the Section Legislative Committee. Hillary chaired the 2015 Fiduciary Law Institute and the 2014 Estate Planning Institute on behalf of the Fiduciary Law Section for the Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars as well as speaking on estate planning and administration for non-lawyer groups. She is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and has previously been recognized by the Georgia Super Lawyers in the Trust and Estate practice group.
Hillary Stringfellow is the chair of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly the State Ethics Commission) having been twice appointed to this commission by House Speaker David Ralston. Previously, she served on the Governor’s Judicial Nominating Commission and Commission on Agricultural Education, having been appointed to both by Governor Sonny Perdue. She is a member of the State Bar Investment Committee.
Active in the community, Hillary is the President of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. She is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, having chaired the special events committee and a former member of the Board of Directors at CASA Glynn. She is also a current member of the ethics committee for the Southeast Georgia Health System, a member of the state sponsors board for the Georgia FFA Foundation, and a member of the Professional Advisors Counsel for the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. Previously, Hillary served as an officer of the Auxiliary of the Hospice of the Golden Isles and she is a past chair of the American Cancer Society Victory Gala. She and her family are members of the St. Simons Presbyterian Church where Hillary has served as Ruling Elder.
Mrs. Stringfellow graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in applied economics. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the Blue Key National Honor Society, AGHON and served as the 1998 National FFA President. She is married to Horace Stringfellow, V (“Bud”) and they have two sons, Ace and Hank.