Below you'll find the latest news and events happening with Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC. Click any of the headings to read more.

January 2019


collage13 Leadership Forsyth held its annual fundraiser last Saturday, and Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC was proud to be a sponsor of this fun event! Our attendees clearly had a great time in the photo booth while the event offered tastings of wine and craft beer as well as delicious appetizers from Bite. Local businesses also donated some amazing items for a silent auction!

Leadership Forsyth is a local organization whose goal is to broaden the volunteer leadership base, identify and train future leaders, and promote a network of informed, motivated community leaders. For more information:

collage12Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC was pleased to be a sponsor of "State of the City│Roswell │2019"! (From L-R) Ethan Underwood, Lauren Giles, Brian Hansford and Deborah Swofford joined more than 250 business, civic and elected leaders from Roswell and around the metro area to celebrate the economic development successes from the past year, look ahead to the future, and hear a State of the City update from Mayor Lori Henry.


collage11Nothing Bundt Cakes and North GA Running Co., a client of Miles Hansford & Tallant's, are sponsoring the 2019 "Run Your Bundts Off!" 5K and Baby Bundt Run. It will be held on Sunday, March 3 rd at the Forsyth Conference Center, and the beneficiary of the run this year is Literacy Forsyth.

The mission of Literacy Forsyth is to provide family literacy services that educate, build self-sufficiency, and strengthen our community's economic base. Molly Anderson, a Senior Associate here at Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, is on the Board of Literacy Forsyth currently serving as treasurer.

For more information on the run:




Lauren Giles recently reached her 10th year in the practice of law!

Congratulations Lauren!

collage9Yesterday marked the first Board meeting for the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce, and our very own Kevin J. McDonough began his second year serving as Chairman! Since the inception of the Chamber in 1954, the purpose has remained the same: increase prosperity and promote a better community life for all. The organization continues to be the leader in economic development, advocacy on issues of interest to business, and engaging business leaders to ensure the long-term economic health of the community. As Chairman, Kevin wrote an annual letter which is summed up with one sentence: "Outstanding communities and economies do not develop by chance."

The rest of the Chairman's letter can be read here:

Thank you for serving our community, Kevin!


Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is excited to announce that our very own Kevin J. Tallant has been asked to be the caller at the Forsyth County Spelling Bee! It is being held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Denmark High School auditorium.

We hope to see you there!



Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is pleased to announce Molly M. Anderson has been promoted to Senior Associate! Her practice focuses on civil litigation, corporate and business representation, estate planning and local government law. Molly currently serves as the Chief Solicitor for the City of Cumming Municipal Court. She lives in Cumming with her husband and two children.




Jonathan C. Beard has been promoted to Senior Associate at Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC! His primary practice areas include corporate general counsel, business formation, contracts, land use and zoning and commercial closings as well as drafting wills and other estate documents. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife, Kaylen, and their daughter Caroline.




Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is pleased to announce Deborah Anice Swofford has been promoted to Partner! Her primary practice areas are family law and criminal defense; however, she also handles general civil litigation matters and is a certified civil and family law mediator. Deborah is passionate about engaging in her local communities and enjoys running, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.


December 2018


Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC enjoyed a holiday lunch to celebrate the season at Casa Nuova in Alpharetta.

The restaurant, owned by Tony & Maria Fundora, serves true "farm-to-table" food from the Fundora family farm, and we enjoyed a variety of Italian classics along with a decadent assortment of desserts. Our annual White Elephant gift exchange proved to be quite interesting and fun as some of us have definitely mastered the art of buying the "perfect" gift! And, finally, we took the afternoon off to spend a little extra time with family and friends or maybe even do some last-minute Christmas shopping...

collage6Miles Hansford and Tallant, LLC was happy to host the Roswell Women's Success Network holiday gathering at our new Roswell location. WSN is a weekly women's networking group committed to the success of its members through referrals, leads, business mentoring and fellowship.

A great time was had by all!

ChristmasMiles Hansford & Tallant, LLC was pleased to be a sponsor of the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission Annual Meeting held on December 7th at the Dillard House Conference Center. The GMRC is a state agency fostering development, planning, and service provision for a thirteen-county area in North Georgia.

Attending the 56th annual meeting and awards dinner with their spouses were Kevin & Heather Tallant, Jonah & Jaclyn Howell, Matt & Molly Anderson and Cameron & Kelly Kline.

A great time was had by all!

Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC was excited to participate in the Forsyth County Schools Middle School College & Career

collage5Fair held last Friday at the Forsyth Conference Center. The goal of the conference was to help 8 th-grade students explore business/industry opportunities and choose a career pathway that fits their unique needs, interests and talents. With approximately 4,000 students in attendance throughout the day, our attorneys were available to answer questions about their profession as well as give lessons on how to fold our MHT fans...they were clearly a conversation starter!


Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is very pleased to announce another new attorney has joined our firm! Alex Myers was sworn in by the Honorable Clint Bearden, Judge of the Dawson County Superior Court, with his wife Audra (Vaughters) Myers by his side and our own Dana Miles in the courtroom.

collage4Alex graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He attended Georgia Southern University and obtained his Master's degree in Healthcare Administration. Following graduate school, Alex attended Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia, for his juris doctor. There he became a published author and member of the Mercer Law Review and graduated magna cum laude.

In addition to practicing law, Alex enjoys devoting time to family and friends, traveling with his wife, and going to Georgia football games.



Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is excited to announce Cameron Kline has joined the firm! Honorable Jeffrey S. Bagley, Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Forsyth County, held a swearing in ceremony for law school graduates who recently passed the Bar.

Cameron is originally from Woodstock, Georgia and graduated with a BA from Georgia College and State University in 2015 where he majored in History and minored in Political Science.


He received his JD from Georgia State University College of Law. Along with his JD, Cameron also earned a Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law by focusing his studies on these areas during his legal education. During law school, he served as an Urban Fellow in the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, both competed and coached for Moot Court teams, and served as a Pupil in the Bleckley Inn of Court during his third year.

In his spare time, Cameron enjoys Atlanta sports and spending time with his wife, Kelly, and their dog Maddox.



Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is pleased to announce the opening of its second location in Historic Roswell! The Gilbert House was built circa 1854 and is located at 38 Sloan Street, just off Roswell Square. This beautiful old home will be used for meetings and conferences and offers a convenient location for our clients in the northern metro area. While this new location is by appointment only, our main office in Cumming is open daily, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cumming Music Festival The first-ever City of Cumming Music Festival was a huge success, and Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC was happy to be a part of it. We hope you stopped by to see us and picked up an MHT fan, coozie or phone wallet...needless to say the fans were VERY popular as it was hot!!! A big "THANK YOU" to Mayor Troy Brumbalow and the City Council Members as well as 37 Main for putting together such a great show. We look forward to more events like this in the community as it looks like a great time was had by all!


Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC congratulates its own, attorney Molly Anderson, for graduating from this year's Leadership Forsyth program! Created in 1989 by community leaders seeking a foundation of leadership for Forsyth County, the program has graduated over 800 participants. The vision of Leadership Forsyth is to engage, develop and sustain a network of effective leaders who address challenges that impact our community. Congratulations Molly!


Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC was proud to be a sponsor of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce annual State of the County event at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. The event's keynote speakers were Forsyth County Commission Chairman Todd Levent, Ann Crow, chairwoman of the Forsyth County Board of Education, and Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC's own Kevin J. McDonough, the Chairman of the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber of Commerce


Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC was excited to hold their firm social after hours at the new coffeehouse and bar in town, Community Cup, especially since it's right across the street from our office! We enjoyed some great appetizers, fantastic signature coffee drinks and even tasted some craft beer and exceptional wine. Welcome to the neighborhood!


On May 4th, Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC was thrilled to attend the first "Food Truck Fridays" in downtown Cumming! School Street in front of the Cumming Playhouse was closed down from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the food trucks, music, and an art exhibit at the Brannon-Heard House. A great way to start the weekend with family and friends!

dswaffordMiles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is pleased to announce that our very own, attorney Deborah Swofford, has been named an Ambassador for the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce. The Ambassador Team is a group of volunteer members who welcome, guide and mentor new members into the Chamber. Congratulations Deborah!


Kevin J. McDonough, a partner at Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, was recently elected Chairman of the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce. Since its inception in 1954, the organization continues to be a leader in economic development, advocacy on issues of interest to business and engaging business leaders to ensure the long term economic health of our community. Congratulations Kevin!

The luck of the Irish was with Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC at our after-hours celebration of St. Patrick's Day! We enjoyed good food, good conversation, and of course, GREEN punch!


Attorney Named to 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers List

We are pleased to announce that KEVIN J. TALLANT, a founding partner at Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, has been selected to the 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers list for his expertise in Estate & Trust Litigation. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the state.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes:

  • Peer nominations
  • Independent research by Super Lawyers
  • Evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys


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Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2018 ShamRockin' for a Cure being held on March 24th at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. Money raised at the 10th annual "Party with a Purpose" supports the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improving the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately finding a cure!

Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC attorneys Ethan Underwood and Lauren Giles successfully argued and won their tax appeal cases against Hall County before the Supreme Court of Georgia. Congratulations to our clients! Read the full article here.


Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC surprised attorney Jonah Howell with a baby shower! He and his wife are expecting their first child, due the first week in February...which really means any day now. We can't wait to meet the newest addition to the MHT family! Congratulations Jonah and Jaclyn!


2018...a New Year and a New Look!!!

It's out with the old and in with the new at Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC! We brightened and lightened our lobby and conference center adding our "MHT Blue" on the walls and splashes of it on the floor and in our beautiful new décor. Our decorator, Susan Chupp, did a fabulous job!

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New Managing Partner

Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is pleased to announce Brian A. Hansford as its new Managing Partner. Brian is a founding partner of the firm and succeeds Dana B. Miles who served as managing partner from 2010-2017. Brian will maintain his criminal defense practice while serving as the firm's managing partner. We look forward to a great 2018 with Brian's leadership and guidance of the firm!


New Partner

Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is pleased to announce Lauren C. Giles has been named a Partner in the firm. A graduate of Clemson University and the University of Georgia School of Law, Lauren joined the firm as an associate in 2009. Her primary practice areas include land use and real estate, landlord/tenant issues, civil and probate litigation and estate planning. Congratulations Lauren!


Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is thrilled that its client, Meating Street BBQ, has opened its much-anticipated bricks & mortar location at 1294 Alpharetta St. Roswell, GA 30075. Brisket, Ribs, Pulled Pork, Beef Ribs, Turkey and Sausage! Meating Street BBQ makes all its own sides, sauces, and rubs using recipes crafted by Brian Keenan. Check out the menu here.


Where are musicians performing in my area? And in this cashless society, how do I tip them? Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is excited to assist Cenzit, LLC in the launch of its new APP, ShowMaster. Available in the App Store. See more here.


Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC was excited to once again sponsor the 5th Annual Five Points Challenge 5K in Cumming, Georgia on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The race, hosted by Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, Inc. and Friends of Tony, supports and brings awareness to childhood cancer, environmental education, and Atlanta's Shepherd Center.


Pictured: Attorney Wendy Kraby's son, who has been running the race since he was 5 years old, finally -- at age 10 -- won his age division. Congratulations!

Ethan Underwood and Josh Scoggins, Partners in the Land Use and Zoning practice group at Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, held a seminar titled Land Use for the Commercial Real Estate Professional for agents at Berkshire Hathaway's Forsyth County office. Topics covered the rezoning and entitlement process, variances, moratoria, vested rights and acquisition of development permits. With constant changes being made by many local governments to their various development codes, Ethan and Josh were able to shed some light on many of the changes, procedures and policies impacting real estate development in Forsyth County, Georgia and were able help better equip local real estate agents in assisting their clients with navigating these processes.

Ethan & Josh

Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is once again proud to sponsor the annual Five Points Challenge 5K which benefits Reaping Nature (Environmental Education for Children, Adults & Communities) and Friends of Tony (Childhood cancer). Benefiting organizations include CHOA, CURE, Keep Forsyth County Beautiful and the Shepherd Center.

Race starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 4 at the Windermere Lodge.

Five Points Challenge 5K

August 2017

Jonah Howell of Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC was just inducted into North Forsyth-400 Rotary Club by the District Governor of 6910! Congratulations Jonah!

 Jonah Howell of Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC was just inducted into North Forsyth-400 Rotary Club

July 2017 - Forsyth County Bar Association's Summer Party.

Our attorneys and their families attended the Forsyth County Bar summer gathering at The Reid Barn in Cumming, GA.

forsyth county bar

June 2017

Talk of the TableOur client, Talk of the Table, made a visit to our office for a wine and cheese tasting with the whole firm! You can visit the wine shop at The Collection, in Forsyth County.

March, 2017

Kevin Tallant has been named 2017 Super Lawyer for Estate and Trust Litigation
Kevin McDonoughhas been named 2017 Rising Star for Business/Corporate Law

December 13, 2016

Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC recently welcomed up and coming attorney, Jonah B. Howell, after recently passing the Georgia bar. Jonah was sworn in by Judge Jeffery Bagley, Chief Judge of Forsyth County Superior Court.

Jonah Swearing InMr. Howell graduated from Kennesaw State University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Legal Studies. He attended the University of Georgia School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor. He was active in the Federalist Society, participated in the Business Law Clinic where he assisted local small business owners with various legal issues, and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Click here to find out more information about  Jonah B. Howell.

November 19, 2016


Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is pleased to once again sponsor the Five Points Challenge 5K to benefit Friends of Tony and Reaping Nature. The 4 th Annual 5k will be held on Saturday, November 19th at the Windermere Lodge in Cumming, GA. For more information or to register please go to: and help us support our local community!


June 17, 2016

Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is welcoming Attorney Kevin McDonough and Attorney Deborah Anice Swofford effective August 1st. The joint forces allow us to expand our practice areas and to proudly announce mediation services across the legal landscape.

March 4, 2016
Kevin Tallant has been named a "Rising Star" in Estate & Trust Litigation by Georgia Super Lawyers.

January 4, 2016

Kevin J. Tallant Appointed as an Associate Magistrate
Kevin Tallant, one of our founding partners, has recently been sworn in as an associate magistrate for Forsyth County!

November 7, 2015
3rd Annual 5 Points Challenge 5k
Miles Hansford & Tallant is once again sponsoring the Five Points Challenge 5k! Click to find out more.

October 29, 2015
Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC Welcomes Jennifer S. Ray
Jennifer S. Ray
is an attorney specializing in civil & business litigation and criminal defense.

August 19, 2015
Miles Hansford & Tallant Attends Forsyth Business Expo
On Thursday, August 13th, the attorneys at Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC participated in the annual Forsyth County Business Expo.

June 16, 2015
Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC Welcomes New Attorney, Jonathan C. Beard
Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is proud to welcome Jonathan C. Beard to their team of talented attorneys.

April 8, 2015
MHT Participates in Preparing to Protect

February 2, 2015
Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC Welcomes Two New Partners
Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC recently welcomed two additional partners, attorneys Ethan Underwood and Joshua Scoggins.

June 18, 2014
Forsyth County Courthouse Time-lapse

June 18, 2014
2nd Annual Five Points Challenge 5K

June 18, 2014
Brian Hansford for Judge of the Municipal Court of Roswell

May 7, 2014
The Liberty Bell Award

May 1, 2014
Happy One Year Anniversary to Talk of the Table!

May 1, 2014
Law Day 2014

May 1, 2014
Attorney Molly Anderson Named Member of the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts Organization

March 31, 2014
Lanier Forsyth Rotary Club's 1st Annual Kentucky Derby Day Fundraiser
Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC is a proud sponsor of the Lanier Forsyth Rotary Club's 1st Annual Kentucky Derby Day Fundraiser.

March 25, 2014
Kevin J. Tallant Named to Foundation Board

October 28, 2013
Five Points Challenge 5K!

October 1, 2013
Partner Kevin Tallant Elected President of the Forsyth County Bar Association

April 11, 2012
The Atlanta Journal Constitution calls Dana Miles One of Forsyth's Most Prominent Attorneys

April 11, 2012
Kevin J. Tallant - Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star