Edward D. Tolley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Athens, GA

Cook & Tolley LLP
 | 304 East Washington Street, Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706-549-6111
Fax: 706-548-0956
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Edward Tolley is a renowned criminal defense attorney, a crack civil and business litigator, a leading authority on the law and legal ethics, and an active community leader.

    As a criminal attorney, Edward often represents defendants in high-profile cases.   From murder to racketeering, business fraud, environmental, and domestic terrorism cases, Edward’s career has covered the spectrum of state and federal criminal cases.  Over the years, he has succeeded in helping several clients avoid the death penalty.

    As a civil litigator, Edward has won multi-million-dollar judgments in business and contract disputes and substantial settlements for plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases.  Known for being a quick study, Edward often is associated into cases by lawyers with a niche practice to help litigate their clients’ cases.  Like his criminal cases, Edward’s civil cases have covered the spectrum, recently including business, intellectual property, and securities disputes.

    Edward is a frequent lecturer at continuing education programs, on various topics in the law and professional ethics.  He has an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

    Edward also is a past president of the Clarke County Board of Education and a retired officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

    Edward attended the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor in Business Administration in 1971 and a Master of Business Administration in 1974. He went on to receive a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1975.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Criminal Defense
    • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents


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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021

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    About Edward Tolley

    Admitted: 1975, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: http://www.cooktolley.com/attorneys/edward-tolley/


    • AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
    • Georgia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Clarke County Board of Education, Past President

    Educational Background:

    • Masters of Business Administration, University of Georgia, 1974
    • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Georgia, 1971
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    Office Location for Edward D. Tolley

    304 East Washington Street
    Athens, GA 30601

    Phone: 706-549-6111

    Fax: 706-548-0956

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    Last Updated: 9/3/2020

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