Edward D. Tolley

Edward D. Tolley
Edward D.

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.

  • 95%
Current Employment Position
  • Partner
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
Other Affliations
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia, 1988 – Present
  • President, Georgia Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1985
  • Georgia Bar Foundation, 1985 – Present
  • State Bar of Georgia (Member)
  • Federal Bar Association (middle district) (Member)
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers (Member)
  • Western Circuit Bar Association (Past President)
  • Clarke County Board of Education (Past President)
  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia, 1975
    Juris Doctor
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1971
    B.B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1974
    M.B.A., Master of Business Administration
Past Positions
  • U.S. Army Reserve, Retired Officer
Honors & Designations
  • Georgia Super Lawyers List, 2005—2021
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

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