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J. Michael Bass

Criminal defense Attorney at Valdosta, GA

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About J.

Learn J.’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I represent criminal defendants on all types of criminal charges in Georgia courts throughout South Georgia. Cases include drug offenses, DUI, violent crimes, sexual assault and other such cases, and property crimes such as burglary and theft.

    34 years

  2. Workers compensation
    50%
    I represent injured workers in the Georgia Workers' Compensation system. I fight to get all the benefits available including medical treatment and income benefits if you are held out of work due to your injury. I also am a certified mediator.

    34 years

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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Location

Closson, Bass & Tomberlin
PO Box 159
Valdosta, GA, 31601

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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2021
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Highly Recommend
Mr. Bass was kind, compassionate and professional. He was extremely responsive (no matter what time we had an inquiry). He was able to thoroughly explain and navigate every part of the process so that we felt comfortable with what was being done. Not only did he work to get us the most favorable outcome legally, he also took a personal interest in making sure that we were cared for throughout the process. I would highly recommend him!
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Posted by Dawn | December 9, 2021
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Criminal Defense Attorney
I hired Mr Bass to handle my sons drug charge case and his VOP. Mr. Bass went above and beyond with helping him. The case had some twists and turns and he was very informative and gave him the best possible outcome we could have asked for. He was always available when we called or he would promptly return calls. He is truly available when needed. I am hiring him to settle something previous for my son and I will recommend him to anyone that needs an amazing attorney. If you or someone you live are going through an unfortunate situation, please call Mr Bass, you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Nick | May 16, 2021
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Clear and helpful navigation through a difficult situation
Mr. Bass not only accepted my case immediately during my first panicky phone call, but also guided me through and kept me at ease throughout my case and thereafter with a wealth of helpful advice, insight, and service. Mike was able to steer my case clear of a worst-case scenario, for certain. Incredibly helpful.
Posted by Rich | January 21, 2021
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Outstanding legal representation
I cannot compliment our lawyer, Mr. J. Michael Bass, enough for his professionalism and the courtesies he extended my family, as he recently represented us. His years of experience, down-home manners, and genuine enthusiasm were of great comfort during a most difficult time. He and Ms. Heather were always available to calm our anxieties as we faced a felony charge amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Bass succeeded in having our charges dismissed and allowed us to get on with our lives. In closing I would highly recommend Mr. Bass to my family and friends. Thank you Mr. Bass
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Posted by Calvina | November 8, 2018
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Doesn’t get no better!!
Mr. Bass is very professional. In a worksman comp case the terminology could be very confusing. Mr. Bass always broke everything down so that I could understand things. He also made sure I had the best care from the best doctors. Thank you for your help and knowledge!
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2017
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Very Happy I hired J Michael Bass
I was facing two ugly misdemeanors and J Michael Bass had my case dismissed less than two weeks upon hiring him. He was very professional and got to work immediately. His staff was always very helpful and kept in touch throughout. I would recommend J Michael Bass to everyone, Awesome job!!
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2016
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Wonderful Attorney
I was referred to this attorney by a friend, and was told he was the best around. Our first consultation was great. They spoke with us for two hours about everything we needed to do and what our rights were. We were told at that time that we did not need a lawyer, however we could contact them at any time with questions free of charge. Later in the year we did in fact have to hire them to handle our workers comp case. Mike himself stayed in constant contact with me about every part of the process. He and his office have been wonderful to work with and we're very prompt in returning calls. It has been a pleasure to work with Mike and his staff during the entire process. It was truly worth every penny!
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Posted by Gary | November 15, 2016
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J. Michael Bass, Valdosta, Ga.
We used Mike to represent a family member. We were completely satisfied with his service and that of the firm. We would highly recommend Mike to anyone. G.L. Webb
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2016
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The Best
Michael Bass worked my case over 10 years ago. He was helpful, answered every question that I had-and in terms that I understood, and helped me feel at ease in a time where I was panicked. The result of my case was better than I could have ever imagined and gave me hope for the future. Move forward to 11 years later. I called him with a question about my case. He returned my call immediately, helped answer all of my questions, and gave me the advice that I needed. I am truly thankful for him.
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Posted by Carla | May 3, 2016
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One of a Kind
Mike Bass knows his stuff when it comes to Workers Comp! His extensive knowledge and experience outshines the rest! In the beginning I was terrified to even think about filing Workers Comp much less contacting a lawyer but I'm so thankful I did! Mike sat me down and gave me a complete overview of how it all worked in the beginning. One of the things he stressed was how critical picking a Dr is in a Workers Comp case. I realized in 1 phone call with my company that I was in over my head applying for Workers Comp with no help. I was also suffering from the injury so I felt bad & I didn't have the strength to fight for myself. After listening to him, I immediately gave Mike the reigns to handle my case from go. I can't explain how much worry & stress came off my chest and shoulders re: workers comp. Since he took over I was able to rest & get well. Mike had my back like he will have yours. One of the first things I noticed about him was his passion for what he does. He truly cares about people especially when they are being taken advantage of. Another thing I noticed was how thorough he was. He doesn't miss a beat. Even when he listens to you his wheels are turning. He's not only very knowledgable about the law, he also has a high level of knowledge regarding injuries which surprised me. One thing you observe when you first meet him is how personable & professional he is. He handles his cases the same way. I watched his interaction with all involved and I was so impressed how professionally he represented me. He made a believer out of me when it comes to trusting a lawyer to handle my case. For those who still aren't sure, make an appointment to speak with him. Your first consultation is free so you owe it to yourself to listen to what he has to say. You have nothing to lose. I'm so thankful for all he has done for me. Hiring Mike to represent me was the best decision I have ever made.
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Posted by Brad | April 30, 2016
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Great Lawyer
Mike was excellent in handling my misdemeanor marijuana possession case. He ended up being able to get me a pre-trial diversion which resulted in only 3 months of probation when there was original talk of 1 year. Would recommend his services to others.
Posted by Buddy | March 1, 2016
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Mike Bass took charge
Mike Bass took over my case after a T.V. advertised law firm left me hanging right before a major hearing in my case. Mike took my case and ran with it and most importantly won it! He kept me up to date and treated me as if I was his only client. I cannot give a higher recommendation. Thank you to Mike, Heather, Brenda, and Yvonne!
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Posted by Davelyn | January 27, 2016
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Client
Mr.Bass was hired to defend my husband back in 2015.I highly recommend him to anyone that needs a Great Lawyer.He did a wonderful job on my husband case n we were very impressed with him.He always called kept me updated and returned calls asap.Thanks for ur wonderful work Mr.Bass
Posted by Jon | November 22, 2015
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Awesome workers comp lawyer
I am a long time client of Mr. Bass. From the beginning, he has been very professional and informative in regards to dealing with my workers compensation case. I have been a client of his for approximately 15 years. He handled the initial litigation and has since helped me numerous times, deal with an insurance company that just does not want to pay for my medical treatment. The most recent has been just this year, He is professional, gracious, very knowledgeable and aggressively gives the opposing side all he has in order to win/settle the case for you. I have nothing but respect for this man and his office staff. They are wonderful and I rest easy knowing that if any problems arise again, J. Michael Bass will be there, on my side.
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Posted by Donald | November 13, 2015
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Great Attorney
I hired Mike Bass to represent me in a criminal case and I'm here to yell you he went to work asap and kept me updated on everything. I felt like he was open minded and very trust worthy. I highly recommend using Mike Bass and would use him again.
Posted by Lynda | November 12, 2015
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AWESOME JOB
Mike Bass was hired to defend my son and we hired him on a Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning he was already traveling and gathering info. I was so impressed with Mike's loyalty to us in this rough time in our lives. If you want an attorney who will go above and beyond for you then you should consider calling and sitting down and taking with Mike Bass. Thank you Mike!!
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Posted by Teresa | November 3, 2015
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Highly recommended
I would highly recommend Michael Bass for a criminal attorney. He is professional, dependable., reliable and not judgmental he kept me up to date on everything that was going on with my case
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2015
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Highly Recommended
Mr. Bass was my attorney for my Worker's Comp case. He always kept us well informed on the progress of the case and explained everything that was going on. He is very easy to talk to, and understands the spot that we were in, due to the injury. Highly recommended.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Closson, Bass & Tomberlin
  • 1992 - Present
  • Assistant Attorney
  • Clarke County Solicitor's Office
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Law Clerk
  • South Georgia Judicial Circuit
  • 1988 - 1989

Education

  • University of Georgia
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Valdosta State College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Associations

  • Georgia Injured Workers Advocates
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws - Legal Committee
  • Legal Committee Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Vice President
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Valdosta Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 1995 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Workers Compensation Section
  • Recent Case Law Developments in Workers Compensation
  • 2016

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