Richard T. Hills

Helping financial institutions reach their goals is the singular focus of Richard Hills’ legal practice. Whether representing a de novo community bank or a well-established bank holding company with regional operations, Richard has earned a reputation for his ability to solve problems for financial services clients with unique needs and specific strategic objectives.

Over a legal career spanning nearly two decades, Richard has played a critical role in helping financial services clients grow through mergers and acquisitions, stock and debt offerings and other capital raising activities. Richard assists financial institutions with corporate formations and restructurings, recapitalizations, corporate governance, and a host of complex regulatory issues. He also has extensive experience representing financial institutions in examinations, investigations and enforcement proceedings before federal and state financial institution regulatory agencies. Richard also represents public and private trust companies in Tennessee in the organizational process and in connection with ongoing operational matters.

Prior to joining Waller in 2014, Richard was a partner in the Financial Institutions Team of Womble Carlyle’s Capital Markets Business Group in Atlanta.


  • Member, American Bankers Association
  • Member, Georgia Bankers Association
  • Member, North Carolina Bankers Association
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee, Georgia and American Bar Associations

Prior Affiliations

  • Partner, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, Atlanta, Ga., 2007-2014
  • Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, MagnetBank, Atlanta, Ga., 2005-2007
  • Associate, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, Atlanta, Ga., 1996-2005


  • J.D., cum laude, Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, 1996
    • Dean’s List
    • Mercer Law Review
    • Editor, International Law Journal
    • Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Writing
  • B.A., Davidson College, 1992

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Georgia

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When he is not practicing law, Richard is an avid reader who enjoys books of all types, especially history and biographies. He particularly enjoys spending time with his two teenage sons and, when time permits, attempting to improve his struggling golf game.