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I grew up in Covington County and worked my way through Troy State University graduating with a degree in economics.  I worked in a local manufacturing plant for three years and was then accepted to law school at the University of Alabama.  I worked my way through law school and then opened my own law practice in Andalusia, AL.  I have always possessed a strong work ethic and this is what I will bring to my representation of you.


I specialize in Criminal Defense, Social Security Disability and Personal Injury cases. If you or a loved one has been arrested don’t let someone else choose your lawyer for you. Choose a lawyer that will fight to defend your rights. I can represent you in all criminal cases including possession of marijuana, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, theft, robbery, assault, domestic violence, murder and all other felonies and misdemeanors. 

Are you hurt, sick or have a mental illness and are unable to work. I will guide you through the social security and disability process to get the benefits you deserve. I am able to handle social security cases and disability claims from start to finish. If you have been denied coverage, let us fight for you.

If you or a loved one has been injured and you believe someone else is at fault, it’s imperative to seek quality, personalized legal counsel. I have over 10 years of personal injury experience. I will work tirelessly on your case, handling every aspect, insuring that you will receive the compensation you deserve.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    16 years
  2. Social Security: 25%
    11 years
  3. Car Accident: 25%
    16 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Po Box 1054
109 South Cotton St.
Andalusia, AL, 36420-1221


ALAuthorized to practice law200008/13/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAIOCLA2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2016
10 Best Client SatisfactionAIOCLA2015
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
10 Best Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDepartment of Human Resources2016 - Present
Town Prosecuting AttorneyRed Level, AL Municipal Court2015 - Present
Municipal JudgeTown of Castleberry, AL2014 - Present
Prosecuting AttorneyLockhart, AL Municipal Court2011 - Present
Public DefenderGantt, AL Municipal Court2006 - Present
OwnerRod Sylvester, Attorney at Law P.C.2001 - Present
Interim Probate JudgeCovington County, AL2016 - 2016
Public DefenderLockhart, AL Municipal Court2005 - 2011
Public DefenderRed Level, AL Municipal Court2005 - 2015
Public DefenderCity Of River Falls2002 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Distinguished CounselMember2015 - Present
Straugh Letterman ClubMember2014 - Present
American Institute of Criminal Law AttorneysMember2014 - Present
Alabama Volunteer Lawyers ProgramMember2012 - Present
Local Indigent Defense CounselMember2011 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesMember2008 - Present
Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Covington County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Alabama State BarMember2000 - Present
Covington County Bar AssociationFormer President2006 - 2007
Covington County Bar AssociationVice President2005 - 2006
Covington County Bar AssociationPast Secretary/Treasurer2004 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Not Guilty 15 Counts of Rape and Sexual AbuseNot Guilty on all counts
Not Guilty Robbery and KidnappingNot guilty on all counts
Rape Case DismissedCharges dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Alabama School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Troy University (main campus)EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1994