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John Sillay

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John Sillay is originally from Marietta, Georgia. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and then moved to Macon to attend the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 2013. While at Mercer University, John worked part-time for the legal department of a large community bank headquartered in Macon.

After graduating law school, John served as in-house counsel for this community bank and transitioned to private practice in 2016. Prior to joining Adams │ Hemingway, John was an Associate at James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP, focusing his practice on providing financial institutions and other businesses with robust legal services with respect to mergers and acquisitions, litigation, real estate, finance, corporate governance, and navigating the regulatory landscape. John has extensive experience working with executive management, front-line staff, and other business advisors to ensure that his clients are able to mitigate risk while continuing to provide exemplary service to their customers.

John is an active member of the community banking industry and has published many articles and presented on a variety of topics affecting banks and other businesses, including trademarks, website ADA compliance, Georgia’s Power of Attorney Act, Cybersecurity, Bank Secrecy Act Compliance, and E-SIGN/Uniform Electronic Transactions Act Compliance.

As an Eagle Scout and Sewanee graduate, John loves the outdoors. John also enjoys reading, playing golf, and spending time with his daughter, Willa.

Professional Organizations/Activities

  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Macon Bar Association
  • Boy Scouts of America, Central Georgia Council


  • Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University (J.D., 2013)
  • University of the South (B.A., Philosophy, 2010)


  • Georgia, 2013
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia