Brooks Stillwell became City Attorney of Savannah, Georgia on November 1, 2012. He also maintains a private practice, concentrating in the areas of commercial real estate, business litigation, and bankruptcy/workouts.

Stillwell practiced law at HunterMaclean, the largest firm in Georgia outside of Atlanta, for 41 years. He resigned from the firm to accept his appointment as City Attorney.

Stillwell has extensive experience representing major national real estate clients in commercial real estate development, including public-private partnerships, land acquisition, planning and zoning, industrial development, and governmental relations. He also has substantial experience in business litigation, including contract disputes and business breakups. He has represented both debtors and creditors in distressed real estate workout matters. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law and Real Estate Litigation.

He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a past chair of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He is a past president of the Savannah Bar Association.

Stillwell is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Georgia, and all Georgia courts.

He has authored several articles and has been a speaker at numerous seminars on real estate and environmental law. Some of his topics have included: “Public-Private Development in Historic Savannah” at the International Municipal Lawyers’ Association and “Achieving No Net Loss: The Future of National Wetlands Policy” at the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Stillwell was an alderman of the City of Savannah from 1974 to 1991 and served as mayor pro tem of Savannah from 1990 to 1991. He is a former chair of the Chatham County Board of Elections. He is a former board member of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Governor’s Advisory Council on Coastal Zone Management, the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Coastal Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America, and Savannah Country Day School.

He is currently on the board of directors of World Trade Center Savannah, and The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, which provides support to the families of deceased police, firefighters and other first responders who are killed in the line of duty in the Savannah region.

He graduated with a B.A., cum laude, from Wake Forest University in 1968 and with a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1971.