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Email: vstephens@smf-law.com
Phone: (678) 207-2075

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Practice Area
County/Municipal Government

M. Van Stephens, II

Van Stephens brings over 38 years of local government and litigation experience to our firm. He has worked in virtually all aspects of local government law from annexation to zoning. He most recently represented Gwinnett County for over 26 years during a period of unprecedented growth that saw Gwinnett become the state’s second most populous county.

He has experience creating new and innovative organizations for community development such as community improvement districts, tax allocation districts, and an urban redevelopment agency. Van has also been involved in the planning and development of major regional economic projects such as the Mall of Georgia and the Infinite Energy Center. A frequent seminar speaker on local government topics, he has represented Georgia counties in the formation of state legislation applicable to all local governments in Georgia.

As a former partner in the law firm of McNally, Fox, Cameron & Stephens in Fayetteville, Ga., Van developed a litigation practice that spanned a wide variety of areas. He has argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Court of Appeals of Georgia, and his cases have resulted in many reported appellate decisions on issues important to county governments.

Van is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, and he was chosen as an editor of the Law Review of the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University. He also holds a Certificate of Local Government Management from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Professional and Community Recognition

A Georgia native, Van has shown a commitment to giving back to local communities. In Hall County, he has coached numerous football, basketball, and baseball teams, and he has served as the President of the West Hall High School Booster Club. He has also served as a deacon of the Flat Creek Baptist Church, where he headed a lakeside ministry. Van is a past President of the Fayette County Bar Association, and he has appeared on Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s “The Layman’s Lawyer” providing a look at how the law affects everyday life. Van and his wife Karen have one son, Eric.

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