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About me

I was born and raised in Valdosta, GA.  I have lived here all my life.  I have been a lawyer since 1988 and I have been practicing in the law firm of Closson, Bass and Tomberlin since 1991.

In my personal life, I enjoy live music, travel, football, and fishing.

I only practice criminal defense for people charged with crimes and workers' compensation for people injured at work.  I handle no other types of cases as I choose to limit my practice in order to be as proficient and effective as possible in the types of law I do practice.  I want to be the best attorney possible in the areas I  practice. 


I offer free consultations on any case and you are under no obligation to me if you simply wish to meet with me and discuss your case in order to determine whether you wish to hire me to represent you.  I would never ask you to buy a car without test driving it and I would never ask you to put your very serious problem in my hands without first talking to me to find out what i can do for you.


If you are injured at work or charged with a crime, please contact me and we will schedule a time to meet and discuss your case.


I look forward to meeting with you in the future if you have the unfornate circumstance of either being arrested or injured at work.


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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%



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Contact info

Closson, Bass & Tomberlin

PO Box 159
Valdosta, GA, 31601


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198807/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerClosson, Bass & Tomberlin1992 - Present
Assistant AttorneyClarke County Solicitor's Office1989 - 1991
Law ClerkSouth Georgia Judicial Circuit1988 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Injured Workers AdvocatesMember2014 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws - Legal CommitteeLegal Committee Member2001 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1991 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice President1999 - 2000
Valdosta Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident1995 - 1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Valdosta State CollegePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Workers Compensation SectionRecent Case Law Developments in Workers Compensation2016