Jim Coyle

General Counsel

I have known the McKibbon family my entire life, so the opportunity to join this first class organization had to be explored, and I’m most fortunate to be a part of it.

Jim believes that the beauty of traveling lies in getting out of your comfort zone and being open to experiencing things from a new perspective. It’s a philosophy that extends to his personal life and his career — when Jim was presented with the opportunity to shift gears from a fifteen-year legal career in private practice to an exciting new career path with McKibbon, he was on board immediately. The challenge of applying his skillset to the business world has been one of the biggest thrills of his career thus far. Jim lends legal support to all aspects of McKibbon Hospitality, as he is involved in new entity formation, new hotel development structure, construction issues, commercial real estate and land use issues, leases, new and existing hotel financing, hotel compliance with federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, human resource issues, state and local alcohol licensing issues, litigation support and dispute resolution, contract negotiation and drafting, and non-profit and charitable giving.

He tries to instill a sense of adventure and commitment in his three boys, spending all of his free time with them, whether he’s watching them play sports, fishing with them, or simply enjoying their company at home. Outside the boardroom, he’s involved in the local community in the areas of youth sports, education and various other philanthropic pursuits, from coaching to serving on the boards of directors for these organizations.


McKibbon Hospitality, 2016-Present

  • General Counsel

Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP, 2001-2015

  • Partner


  • Georgia Trend Super Lawyer, 2014
  • Gainesville/Hall County Young Man of the Year, 2012
  • Leadership Hall County Graduate, 2003


  • Lakeview Academy Board of Trustees
  • Lanier Soccer Association Vice-Chairman
  • Greenspace Committee for te Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Vision 2030

Phone(770) 534-3381