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Brian Chiles Tevis

Criminal defense Attorney at Atlanta, GA

4.6   19 reviews

also known as Brian Tevis

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2008
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I have handled over a thousand Felony cases ranging from theft and drug cases to armed robbery, aggravated assault, and murder. I have represented clients at every stage of the criminal justice process from First Appearance and bond hearings to motions and trial.

    17 years, 1,200 cases

  2. Personal injury
    Serious Personal Injury, Auto Accident, Negligence

    14 years

Attorney Brian Tevis aggressively defends clients charged with serious felonies (Murder, Armed Robbery, Drug Trafficking, Aggravated Assault, Felony Drug Possession and  Distribution, etc.) as well as misdemeanor offenses like assault, battery, theft, shoplifting, and simple possession of marijuana.  You can expect to be informed and have regular contact with Attorney Tevis as he works with you to attack the State's case throughout the entire process from your initial bond hearing to trial.


Brian graduated from the University of Georgia and later obtained his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University's School of Law.  Upon returning to Georgia he began working for the Public Defender's Office in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit defending clients charged with serious crimes at the felony level.  During his time as a Public Defender, Brian represented more than a thousand clients who were charged with felonies ranging from theft and drug charges all the way up to armed robbery, rape, and murder.


After leaving the PD's office for private practice in 2010, Brian handled all of the criminal defense cases with his law firm in addition to expanding into family law/divorce, contracts cases, general litigation, and personal injury.  Having practiced in countless jurisdictions across the state of Georgia, Brian gained invaluable experience and knowledge of various court personnel and procedures as well as getting to know a lot of the prosecutors along the way.


Brian returned to his home in Atlanta in 2012 and started his own practice.  His primary focus is still criminal defense with some personal injury, but he still takes clients on a case by case basis in family law/divorce/child support, contract disputes, and general litigation.


When he's not busy fighting for his clients and ensuring they get the best possible representation under the law, He enjoys tailgating at Georgia games, watching SEC games, brewing beer, traveling, hiking/camping, brushing up on the latest changes in the law, and reading a lot of books.

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The Tevis Law Firm, LLC.
101 Marietta Street NW
Suite 3325
Atlanta, GA, 30303

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4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Heather | August 15, 2023
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Excellent Lawyer
Brian is an excellent lawyer who gets the job done! He is straightforward, accessible, and understands how stressful these situations can be. His expertise, compassion, ethics and thoroughness make him a gem in the field.
Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2022
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Great Attorney
Brian did a great job on my case and delivered an excellent result. He is no-nonsense, explains the options clearly, and provides excellent guidance and counsel. I would highly recommend Brian for any case.
Posted by Linda williams | January 30, 2022
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Criminal Case
Brian Tevis is a wonderful Attorney . When I first met him I knew he was the one . Attorney Tevis represented my Grandson Christopher on a very serious case. Throughout the duration of the case I was able to reach out to him. Attorney Tevis was always straight forward professional and compassionate. I thank God for him he gave my grandson a second chance at life. You won’t go wrong if he is your Attorney. May God bless him and and his family. Thank you Attorney Tevis for going that extra mile not only as an Attorney but as a compassionate human being . Sincerely, Linda Williams
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Posted by Tiffany | January 28, 2022
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A-1 Attorney
6 hours ago Brian Tevis goes above and beyond for his clients and I can truly say it was pure joy having him as my sons attorney. He’s not only extremely professional he’s kind and he truly wants the best for his clients. They are not just a paycheck to him. He worked tirelessly on my sons case and it showed in the outcome and I can truly say he did his homework. If you or someone you know is in need of an attorney that will truly care about his clients and fight for the best outcome for them then look no further than Tevis Law Firm, LLC. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for fighting for my son and for fighting for him to get a second chance at what could have been a 30 year prison sentence on a violent charge. He received house arrest and probation which is a huge blessing. God Bless Brian Tevis.
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Posted by Christopher Marshall | January 28, 2022
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Best Lawyer In Georgia
I was facing 30 years for 3 violent offenses and he got me 6 months house arrest with probation the results speak for themselves you’d be foolish to look elsewhere
Posted by richard | July 17, 2019
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The best criminal lawyer, the best Trial Lawyer
It is purely my luck and honor to hire Mr.Tevis. He truly saved my life and my family. I can not say anything but appreciation. Mr. Tevis is the best criminal lawyer, the best civil case lawyer and most important, he is the best trial lawyer. He is honest and is a man with integrity.I am so, so, so lucky to find Mr. Tevis. He solved both my civil and criminal case, first he worked so hard to deal with police dept to get my car back and he did it. With the time close to court date, I felt so anxious because I do not have much option, I am an immigrant and even without jail time, I will not be able to stay with my family anymore. I thought how it is possible to fight against the whole police dept and the law system. Police has every evidence against me, I almost have no chance but plea guilty. Mr.Tevis inspired me with the word "fight". He investigated my case carefully in detail , discussed with me in all aspects , sometime, he even replied my email at 2:00AM. Then he found the weakness from the charge and other issues from the evidence. Before court day, Mr.Tevis told me in detail what will happen in trial court and details what should I perform. As Mr.Tevis said, Gwinnett court is the hard place to deal with. On the trial day, Mr.Tevis prepared so well and intensely fight with prosecutor from choosing the jurors to close statement. I found out the prosecutor has no room to negotiate, the judge is completely on their side. But Mr. Tevis used his eloquent technique and his intense knowledge of law to dominate the court and jurors and eventually, we won this case. Even the staffs working on the court want his contact and everyone said that is an excellent debate. When we finished the court, I asked him why he did not charge me as much as other lawyers, Mr.Tevis said: "Have a good life".
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Posted by Kathryn | October 17, 2018
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Last Minute Life Saver!!
Mr. Tevis is literally a true life saver! I was arrested on a felony charge and was represented by a different attorney. The charge was ridiculous and yet the DA wanted me to serve one year in prison and four years on felony probation! My original attorney did nothing but insist I accept a guilty plea. I refused I could not accept a felony under any circumstance because it would ruin my future and prevent me from achieving my goal of teaching underprivileged children in Atl. Less than 15 hours before I was set to go to court and either accept a guilty plea or be prepared to take the case to trial I referred to Mr.Tevis. He immediately contacted me and I explained my situation. He was extremely professional over the phone and after a brief conversation I decided to hire him. I met him outside the courtroom minutes before court was set to begin. I could immediately tell he is highly respected in Fulton County. He sat with me and my family and explained all of my options. He broke it down in real english not legal jargon attorneys use. After going back and forth with the DA...Mr. Tevis was able to get my felony criminal damage of property in 2nd degree charge dropped down to misdemeanor disorderly conduct!!! Which, for someone who has quite an extensive criminal history in Fulton County is HUGE bc the DA was adamant about making an example out of me despite the fact that I've completely changed my life around! Because of Mr. Tevis's experience and willingness to fight for me....I am now able to say I have NEVER been convicted of a felony and more importantly I can achieve my dreams!!! I would highly recommend Mr. Tevis and wish I would have met him years ago! For an attorney to respond to someone's call only hours before trial was set to begin is amazing.....and on top of that to have him get my charge reduced to a mere disorderly conduct charge is almost unheard of! THANK YOU MR. TEVIS!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Melony Bagla | October 17, 2016
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arm robbery charge
hello my name is melony bagla my son had a arm robbery charge pending on him since 2014 and i hired brian tevis and he worked on my son case the hold time up until the day of the trial September 27,2016 and brian tevis did such an amazing job on my son case the jury's took only 20min for a verdict and it was "NOT GUILTY" as a mother i felt amazing knowing that my son was coming home with me and that my attorney brian tevis prove that my son didn't do this and with brian tevis hard work and dedication my son didn't have to serve 10yrs of his life in prison and i myself as a mother recommend brian tevis as your attorney cause he listen and show dedication and is a very hard worker when it comes down to his cases he takes it very serious and that's why I'm sooo happy that i hired brian tevis cause he's the "BEST" and we as the Bagla family thank you so much.. Melony
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2015
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Great Criminal Defense Attorney !!
Brian Tevis is a great criminal defense attorney. He kept my husband informed every step of the way and was upfront with what to expect and would be facing. He was able to get a very serious charge thrown out and no jail time for the other. Brian is very trustworthy and the best lawyer anyone can have. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by keith | December 24, 2014
I must say I was a little worry when this case came up... but the more I discussed this case with Mr. Chiles I felt better going into the court room , and when I got there I was more sure of his knowledge of the Law .. I was more than happy to walk and I mean walk away with my out come . others that came with out a Lawyer out come was not that great .. I would recommend Mr. Chiles to anyone who needed a Atty. Worth every Dollar .............. cause he saved me TIME......
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Posted by Lemel | December 17, 2014
Brian is a great lawyer and I recommend to anyone that needs a great criminal defense attorney. Brian handled 2 cases for me and I was satisfied with both outcomes, one case being dismissed. He kept me up to date and stayed in contact like a good attorney should. Choose Brian Tevis!!! Thumbs up!!!
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2014
Hands down the best lawyer in Georgia
First and foremost, I have to say that I honestly do not know what I would have done had I not had Brian as my attorney. It was the first time I had ever faced any sort of legal trouble and I was calling every lawyer in Atlanta I could find on Google, but being that it was so late in the evening, none of the lawyers I contacted ever returned my call that night, except for Brian. After informing him of the situation that I was facing he immediately explained, based on his extensive experience, what the limitations of the law were and completely put my mind at ease. He answered every question that I could possibly throw at him while constantly reinforcing that the situation would be OK. At all my hearings Brian walked me through the legal process step by step. The judge's respect for Brian was very apparent, and it was with this respect that Brian was able to gain consensus with the judge to help sway the ADA to rule in my favor. Thanks to Brian I was able to keep my record clean so that I can now move forward from that mistake in my life. His legal experience and knowledge is second to none and I honestly would trust him over any attorney in Georgia. His professionalism and demeanor in the courtroom is what separates him for all of the other average attorneys in Atlanta. I highly recommend Brian to anyone who needs legal representation.
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Posted by Jane | February 6, 2014
Great Attorney.
Great Attorney. He handled a case for me and always kept me up to date and was very trustworthy and when my case was prolonged month after month he was there and had the answers I needed.And my case got dropped last week thanks to Brian as he was there from start to finish.He is a great Attorney.Would recommend him too anyone needing criminal defense Attorney.
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Posted by C. KELLY | January 14, 2014
Lawyer of the Year!
Hands down Mr. Tevis is one of the best go to lawyers since Johnny Cochran. Very knowledgeable, trust worthy,keeps you informed and fights to the end. Very reasonable price wise. He is worth every penny. I was facing 3yrs for 3 felonies and a misdemeanor. Mr. Tevis with his wonderful lawyer skills filed a motion to suppress because the officers did not follow proper procedure. My case was dismissed via email . Nolle Prosequi. So if you need help in a case he should be the first person you contact.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2012
Excellent attorney
Brian provided me legal support with a child support adjustment case. He was great to work with, always very responsive, engaged and available. His attitude was consistently to walk the extra mile for the client while presenting a balanced and fair perspective on the case. Highly recommended.
Posted by mrscamacaro | August 28, 2012
Brian Tevis goes the extra mile
Brian Tevis goes the extra mile. He is very professional and does what he says he'll do. On my trial he and his partner came to represent my case. Therefore, I had a legal team representing me and they knew their stuff. Brian was not intimidated by the atitude from the DA's office. During one hearing, I could see the respect on the Judge's face as he listened to Brian speak. That made my confidence in Brian even stronger. Brian came to see me many times while I was incarcerated. If you have ever been incarcerated, you know how much that means. My family lives out-of-state and Brian was the contact between us. Brian explained every step of the process and sometimes had to re-explain it to me several times. The outcome of my case was nothing short of a miracle. Thank you Mr. Tevis for the part you played. I was facing 25 years in prison but 8 months later I am walking on a beach in Florida, kissing my grandbabies, and truely grateful that God brought this law firm into my life.
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Posted by Aleshia Rogers | December 2, 2011
Family Case
Very knowledgeable, worked hard on every aspect of the case. I would recommend and use again.
Posted by Kisler Oglesby | August 18, 2023
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Never been so disappointed‼️‼️
This man was paid 50k to defend my son at trial… A few days before trial… He pressured my son into taking a life sentence “PLEA” deal‼️ When weeks before he told me he had evidence my son wasn’t the shooter… Hiring him is the worst decision I ever made in life‼️
Response from Brian Tevis August 21, 2023
We understand and are sorry you are not pleased with the outcome of your son's case. We strive for the utmost client satisfaction in every case. Whether to accept a plea or not is solely up to the defendant. The lawyer has no say in the matter. As you know, in the years prior to our representation, his co-defendants, and others, cooperated with the State and agreed to testify against him. Their testimony, along with the other evidence against him, was likely a strong factor in why he decided to accept the State's offer rather than proceed to trial and risk life without parole. Because I still represent your son in a pending matter it would not be appropriate to discuss the specifics of the case in a public forum. Please feel free to contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns.
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Posted by Dernard Carter | August 18, 2023
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Worst lawyer hands down
Don't let these reviews fool you I'm here to tell you the truth brian tevis is the worst lawyers I have seen hands down I know public defenders that work harder than him we gave him 50k for a life sentence PLEA deal, and brian with evidence could prove my brother was not the shooter
Response from Brian Tevis August 21, 2023
This is the same case/review as above. As I have discussed with you previously, after discussing the strengths/weaknesses of the evidence in any case, and the State's offer, with a defendant, whether to accept a plea or not is solely up to the defendant. As you know, in the years prior to our representation, his co-defendants, and others, cooperated with the State and agreed to testify against him. Their testimony that he was the shooter, along with the other evidence against him (which we are currently court-ordered not to release), as well as the informants and witnesses claiming he had taken credit for the shooting, etc. were likely a strong factor in why he decided to accept the State's offer rather than proceed to trial and risk life without parole. The plea transcript, which lays out the state's evidence and the informants' testimony, is available in the clerk's office, as is the letter from the co-defendant to the DA explaining that he wanted to cooperate with them. Because I still represent your brother in a pending matter it would not be appropriate to discuss any non-public specifics of the case in a public forum. Please feel free to contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns.
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  • Contingency 33%-33%
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Tevis Law Firm, LLC.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Duke and Tevis, LLC.
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Office of the Public Defender Atlanta Judicial Circuit
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Clinic Student
  • U.S. Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Intern
  • Office of the District Attorney
  • 2006 - 2006
  • MIS Computer Systems Supervisor
  • Scientific Games International
  • 2002 - 2004
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  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defese Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Completion
  • 2014
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Nuts & Bolts of Family Law
  • CLE
  • 2012
  • DUI Boot Camp
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2011
  • Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2010
  • Wake Forest University
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Georgia
  • Bachelor's of Business Administration
  • 2002
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. RM - Shoplifting Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • State v. JB
  • Dismissed
  • Gang Charges DISMISSED
  • Gang / Rico case DISMISSED
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  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Co-Chair 2019 GACDL Winter Seminar
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Co-Chairperson of the GACDL Winter Conference January 2019
  • 2018 - 2019
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division, Criminal Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Strikeforce Award
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top-Rated Lawyer
  • AVVO
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Excellence for the Future - Trial Practice
  • CALI
  • 2007
  • “Most Outstanding Advocate”
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Award
  • 2007
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  • Wake Forest University School of Law Moot Court Problem Book Volume XXIV
  • "United States v. Cash" - Whether prosecution under the International Terrorist Fundraising Prohibition of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 requires specific intent and whether the statute is unconstitutionally vague.
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • True Crime
  • 2019
  • Criminal Justice Course
  • Using Motions to Win Your Case
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (12)
Endorse Brian
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Other
"I have known Mr. Tevis for nearly a decade. During this time, I have seen him outwit, outmatch, outperform, and generally dominate his adversaries. Mr. Tevis has a passion for the law and represents his clients with zeal. He is a man of integrity and outstanding character. Most importantly, however, he has an uncanny ability to sway judges and juries. I have endorsed Mr. Tevis in the practice of Criminal Law. However, I endorse Mr. Tevis in each field he currently practices, as well as any new field he wished to embark upon. As I have inferred, Mr. Tevis possesses a unique passion for the law that elevates him where others falter. I am fully confident and entirely satisfied that Mr. Tevis has the ability to enter new fields of law with the finesse of a seasoned practitioner."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Mr. Tevis for three years. I watched him try cases, argue motions, and fight for his clients. He is creative, persistant, and effective in his approach, and I never saw one client who was unhappy with his representation. He is a talented litigator and a fantastic criminal defense attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse this lawyer. Mr. Tevis is an excellent attorney and I would not hesitate to hire him to represent me."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer for criminal defense matters"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Brian is a knowledgeable, hard working attorney who fights for his clients' rights. He's also a good guy who builds quality relationships with prosecutors, and that plays a huge role in getting good deals for clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Tevis and I were co-counsel on an armed robbery case. Brian was very effective from the beginning. During the preliminary hearing he cross the lead investigator and had him to admit on the stand that our clients were innocent! I endorse this Lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian Tevis is a smart, passionate lawyer who knows the ins and out of criminal defense through years of practice. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Friend
"I fully endorse Brian Tevis as a civil and criminal lawyer. I have seen Brian in action many times in court. He has always clearly demonstrated a firm knowledge of the law, a clear way to communicate with judges and opposing counsel, and is widely known for his professionalism and high level of competence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is an extremely motivated and hard working attorney. He has the intelligence, knowledge and passion to win any case. He is a rising star in criminal defense."
Family Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Other
"Brian Tevis is a lawyer that I go to advice for. He has a great passion for his clients and a great knowledge of how to get the job done for you in Family Law or Criminal Law. Not only is he smart enough to graduate from a top law school, he also has a great personality to go with it,"
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian is a tremendously talented attorney. He has the gift of explaining complex legal terms and concepts in a simple manner and is extremely gifted when it comes to writing and arguing motions in court. He represents his clients with passion and skill. I endorse Brian without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a passionate advocate for his clients. Anyone who has Brian defending them in Court is lucky to have such a skilled attorney by their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is the true definition of zealous advocate. Mr. Tevis works tirelessly from bond hearing, through preliminary hearings, through long investigations, motions hearings, voir dire, as well as through trial and appeal. He has handled every type of case there is and he can confidently and competently defend your Constitutional Rights. Mr. Tevis is not afraid of hard work, long hours, or fighting it out in court. His confidence and class shine in a courtroom, as is evident by the command he has over a jury. Regardless of the complexity of the case, I would trust Mr. Tevis with my life and my liberty. He will fight, and will get the best possible resolution."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a zealous and hard-working attorney. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian Tevis is a superb attorney who thinks outside of the box and provides quality representation. I'd recommend him to handle any criminal matter."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly recommend this attorney. I worked alongside him and his law firm partner briefly on a breach of contract matter, and I was impressed with his knowledge and expertise. I know him to be very diligent, and willing to go the extra mile for his clients. You are in good hands with him."
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