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J Rhea Tannehill Jr

Criminal defense Attorney at Oxford, MS

5.0   125 reviews

also known as Rhea Tannehill

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State MS
    Acquired 1996
    Status
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A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, J. Rhea Tannehill, Jr. has been practicing law in Oxford since 1996. Rhea worked in a firm representing individuals primarily in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense from 1996 until 2002.

In January 2003, Rhea ventured out on his own when he opened the Tannehill Law Firm, PLLC in Oxford. In his solo practice, Rhea successfully served individuals in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, collection law (creditors), family law, and wills and estate work. During this time, Rhea was also fortunate enough to be appointed as Legal Counsel for the Oxford Housing Authority and Mississippi Region II Housing Authority, both of whom he still represents today.

In January 2004, Jay P. Carmean and Rhea joined together to form Tannehill & Carmean, PLLC. Rhea and Jay's practice focuses largely on representing the rights of injured persons, criminal defense and collection law (creditors) in all State and Federal Courts in Mississippi. Rhea and Jay founded their firm with a common goal of providing a good service to their clients while maintaining a good working environment for themselves and their employees.

The fulfillment that comes from knowing that he helped someone is the reason Rhea primarily handles personal injury and criminal defense matters. Many people are quick to pass judgment on others they learn have been charged with a crime, but those same people are quick to look for the best legal representation they can find when they or someone in their family has been caught drinking and driving or worse. The same is true for personal injury cases. People often jeer at trial lawyers as "ambulance chasers," yet they are quick to call one if they or someone in their family is in a car wreck or feels they have been wronged in some way. Rhea's experience and success has allowed him to be recognized by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2009 and 2010 in the area of personal injury.

In addition to his civil practice, Rhea currently serves as school board attorney for North Panola and Municipal Court Judge of Sardis, Mississippi, where he previously served as Municipal Court Prosecutor.

Rhea is a native of Union, Mississippi, and a graduate of Union High School. His parents, Jack Rhea Tannehill and Jane Johnson owned and operated The Union Appeal, which is a weekly newspaper, while he was growing up. Rhea helped in the family business with the printing and distribution of the newspapers and other printed materials until he graduated from high school. Jack Tannehill still owns and operates The Newton County Appeal (the successor of The Union Appeal).

Rhea received a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration and Masters Degree in Education from the University of Mississippi in 1991 and 1992, respectively. While an undergraduate at the University of Mississippi, Rhea was elected President of the Associated Student Body and inducted into the Student Hall of Fame. Rhea was an active member of the Mississippi Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and served as Vice-President.

Rhea has served as a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard since 1992. He enlisted in Headquarters Battery, 4/114th Field Artillery of Newton, Mississippi as a cannon fire direction specialist, and did his basic training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Rhea stayed there until his unit transformed into Headquarters Battery, 1/204th Air Defense Artillery, and he served as a crewmember on the Avenger and Man Portable Air Defense System (Stinger Missile) Weapons Systems. In 1999, Rhea accepted a direct commission to First Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate Generals' Corps and went on to graduate from the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course (2001) and Judge Advocate Officer Advanced Course (2007).

Now serving in the rank of Major, Rhea is the Brigade Trial Counsel for the 168th Engineering Brigade in Vicksburg, Mississippi, which recently returned (December 2009) from a year long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Rhea was stationed at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan Rhea served as the only JAG Officer on Forward Operating Base Sharana and rendered legal assistance to all Soldiers, civilians and contractors on the FOB. Rhea also advises the Commanders within his Brigade on military justice and general legal matters. Rhea and his wife, Robyn, maintained a website during his deployment where they share photographs and their experiences at .

During his deployment to Afghanistan, Rhea was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge.

Rhea was also mobilized with the Mississippi Army National Guard in 2005 for almost two months with Headquarters Battery, 631st Field Artillery Brigade after Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast. His unit performed disaster relief and clean-up operations, and he was awarded the Mississippi Magnolia Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Mississippi Commendation Medal and the Mississippi Emergency Service Medal for his service.

During his 17 years of military service, Rhea has also been awarded the Mississippi War Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (2), Army Commendation Medal, Mississippi Commendation Medal (2) and the Mississippi Recruiting Medal.

Rhea has always been an active member of the The Mississippi Bar, Rhea served as President of the Young Lawyers' Division of the Mississippi Bar during 2006-2007, Second Vice-President of The Mississippi Bar in 2007-2008, Commissioner of The Mississippi Bar and Executive Committee of the Mississippi Bar from 2006-2008. Rhea previously served three years on The Mississippi Bar's Professional Responsibility Committee, and was honored to serve as Chairman his final year. Rhea is currently a member of The Mississippi Bar's Character and Fitness Committee, which he has been a member of for many years. Rhea has been honored to be selected to participate in the James O. Dukes Professionalism Program for first year law students at the University of Mississippi since its inception.

As a member of the Lafayette County Bar and the Tri-County Jr. Bar Associations, Rhea has served as President of both organizations.

Rhea has been active in the Oxford and Lafayette County communities through civic and community organizations including the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and the Oxford/Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce. Rhea is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette and former member of the Oxford/Lafayette County United Way Board of Directors.

Rhea is married to his best friend, the former Robyn McKenzie of Florence, Alabama, and they have three children, Maggie (11), Jack (8) and Molly Catherine (6) and two spoiled cats, Catfish and Hushpuppie. Robyn and Rhea are rabid Ole Miss Basketball Fans, enjoy watching their kids activities and drinking coffee or a cold beer on their back porch. The Tannehills are members of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Oxford, which is a church they help found and charter in 1995.

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A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, J. Rhea Tannehill, Jr. has been practicing law in Oxford since 1996.

Location

Tannehill Carmean & Mckenzie PLLC
829 N Lamar Blvd Ste 1
Oxford, MS, 38655-2858

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  125 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2024
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Great Lawyer
Rhea went above and beyond to help me and he has a great staff who is always responsive. I was also taken care of and everything went the best way possible in Pontotoc on top of Oxford.
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2024
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Starkville MS: DUI Case
I am currently a graduate student at Mississippi State University, and I was charged with a DUI in Starkville. I contacted Mr. Tannehill’s office, that I found online, the day after my arrest. He took care of EVERYTHING. All I had to do was show up to court and he got the charge DISMISSED! He kept up with me on the case, and I would recommend him to anyone fighting a case in the Starkville area!
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Posted by Robert | January 3, 2024
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Mr Rhea is the best in the business.
I was the unfortunate recipient of a borderline yet legally accused DUI. I knew immediately my first call would be Mr Tannehill. The dedication to his clients, the attention to detail by he and his entire staff, and his professional and caring personality are attributes I will always hold in high regard for this man. Rhea will sit with you and understand your life story then will formulate a plan to help you in your situation. The work Rhea did for me was a God send. The Good Lord knew who I needed to walk me through an extremely trying time in life and he gave me Rhea. I will FOREVER be in gratitude to this man and his entire staff. Much love and blessings to each of you!
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2023
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Thank you Rhea!
Bottom line: NO ATTORNEY WILL FIGHT FOR YOU LIKE RHEA TANNEHILL WILL, YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK! Due to a series of minor mistakes and misjudgments I had made, things were quickly blown out of proportion and snowballed later down the road. Facing severe legal punishment for a small laps in judgment I had my freedom, livelihood, career, and name on the line I was on the verge of losing everything. I knew I would not be able to take on the challenge I would have to face on my own. I was told by several friends to meet with Rhea Tannehill for legal representation. After meeting with Rhea it was clear he had a plan and there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Rhea represented me in court, in the end of it all the legal charges I was facing were dismissed. I firmly believe that this outcome was only achieved due to Rheas hard work and strategic planning. Words can not express how grateful I am for Rhea.
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Posted by Shannon | September 15, 2023
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My review
I would recommend Mr. Rhea Tannehill to anyone that’s needs a dependable lawyer . He kept me informed on any moves made in my case! All my charges were dismissed . He answered any questions or concerns I had promptly . I’d like to add that his firm also helped me with sone personal issues also . They were very concerned with my well being . I am very thankful for what they did for me !
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Posted by TL Ha | August 10, 2023
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The Best
I would definitely recommend Rhea Tannerhill to represent you in your case. I was in a situation where I felt all would be lost. My future,my reputation, my life. I hire Rhea and his staff. I had multiple offensives which would have destroyed me. Rhea was extremely Compassionate, caring and concerned. Keep in mind,he is straight forward and will tell you what's on his mind. His entire staff were extremely supportive and sympathetic. As the cases evolved, Rhea was highly professional, well prepared and fought for me. I was totally apprehensive in the beginning, but,he assured me to trust. He even questioned my trust in his ability. I was just terrified of what could happen. Well,not only did Rhea win my case,but ,all charges were dismissed. He saved my life. Never doubt his ability and skills. He's and his Staff are the Best in Mississippi. Thank you Rhea!
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2023
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HANDS DOWN AN EXCELLENT ATTORNEY AND FIRM!
As a retired Army 1st Sergeant I know a thing or two about Honor. Mr. Tannehill Law firm represented me for one of the most important issues in my life. The dedication and performance of not only Mr. Tannehill but all that his office employs is beyond 5 star rating. I would recommend his law firm to anyone in or around the Oxford Area for anything that is important. If you want a lawyer that will make sure you come out on the other side in the best possible condition, then there is no other law firm you should look for other than Mr. Tannehill and his firm! I am completely satisfied with their dedication and their commitment to their clients. When you hire his firm you will see you get his whole office and their loyalty to you and your case. What an amazing attorney and a great person! I will forever use Mr. Tannehill law firm for any issues in my future.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2023
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Highly Recommend
Rhea and his firm did an excellent job in representing my daughter in a case and we could not have been more happy with his professionalism and attention to the details of the case. I would highly recommend his firm.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2023
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The only lawyer I would hire in Oxford, MS.
Professional from the word go. The minute I called he was ready to set a meeting and get to work. On our first meeting he not only broke down my case with me but did his best to put me at ease and assured me everything would be just fine. While I didn’t believe him, everything turned out. He worked with diligence and with great communication to give me the best defense possible. Look no further.
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Posted by Victor | March 9, 2023
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DUI case
Mr. Rhea was awesome in my court case and his work is very professional and straight up with things that you need to do and know. So far a great lawyer.
Posted by Jason | January 29, 2023
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Awesome
Mr Tannehill was my lawyer on my case. Mr Tannehill n his team did a excellent job. They never one show dat they didn't believe in me. They did everything come to fight fa me. I am very grateful to have them work on my case
Posted by Kayla | January 29, 2023
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Amazing
I hired Mr Tannehill to represent me in my legal matter and he went above and beyond! He walked me through the whole process and made me feel so comfortable! He also taught me patience! I highly recommend him and his team!
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2022
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THANKFUL
I want to thank Rhea and his Team for all their help. Rhea and his team made sure we stayed informed and up to date with every issue during his time as our hired counsel. Thanks for the win Rhea
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2022
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Excellent Attorney!
Make sure you do the review for the law firm and don’t use it leave a name… or detailed information. Heck just copy and paste this below. ⬇️ Rhea Tannehill provided professional and invested time for my specific case, with the law firm. The atmosphere, from the moment I walked in was warm and inviting. My entire process was to my satisfaction. Please visit this law firm!
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2022
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Mr. Jones
Attorney Tannehill helped me through the toughest part of my life. My family and I were very stressed. We were also very unsure of how things would turn out for me as the case concluded. Attorney Tannehill address his 3 main goals for me in my case and at the end of the case, the goals were achieved. Tannehill is a very busy lawyer and we were not able to get with him all of the time. His paralegal was always there to talk to us and when you as able to get back to us he did as soon as he could! I am thankful for attorney Tannehill and his team!
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Posted by Anthony | April 29, 2022
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Very Professional And He Got My Charges Dismissed
I had a possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, paraphernalia, and expired registration charge. He was very professional throughout and was even able to get my possession charges dismissed. I only had to pay for my registration! I would highly recommend Mr. Tannehill!
Posted by Antonio | April 1, 2022
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Defense Attorney
From the very beginning my attorney listened and made sure he and I had an understanding of my situation. He gave excellent advice and was open to any suggestions. He explained everything in great detail. And he expressed his cares and concerns. He was completely transparent even when the conversations were tough. His knowledge of the process was extraordinary. I am very happy to have had him in my corner. I can't help but think his determination, reputation, ferocity, and ability were key factors in my success. I would choose him a thousand times. And I would recommend him to anyone that was serious about the success of their case.
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Posted by Jeffery | March 4, 2022
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A professional who truly cares about his clients
I hired Mr. Tannehill to represent me for a DUI charge. He treated me with respect. He was polite, professional and upfront about everything. As nervous as I was about my first DUI charge, I felt comfortable and confident that he would do all that he could to help me, and he did. We won our case!!! If ever I need an attorney again, I will put my trust in Mr. Tannehill.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2022
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Great Experience
I felt like my life was in the best hands. I was provided with all the information to understand what was happening, and throughout the whole process, I felt like more than a client -- I felt like a person. Rhea worked tirelessly to help me, and I am so grateful for everything he did!
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2022
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Excellent attorney
Rhea provided great advise and counsel from the beginning to the end of our process. HIs office is great support as well. I would highly recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Brigade Trial Counsel
  • United States Army
  • 2014 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Tannehill, Carmean & McKenzie, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Judge
  • Municipal Court of Sardis, Mississippi
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Panola County School Board
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Managing Partner
  • Tannehill & Carmean, PLLC
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Managing Partner
  • Tannehill Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Oxford Housing Authority
  • 2003 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Mississippi Region II Housing Authority
  • 2003 - 2014
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Municipal Court of Sardis, Mississippi
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Tollison Law Firm, P.A.
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Tollison Law Firm, P.A.
  • 1996 - 1999
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Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Mississippi
  • MA - Masters
  • 1992
  • University of Mississippi
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bailey Brake Farms, Inc. v. Trout et al., 116 So.3d 1064 (Miss. 2013)
  • Reversed and rendered.
  • Williams v. Toliver, 759 So.2d 1195 (Miss. 2000)
  • Reversed

Associations

  • Mississippi Army National Guard
  • BDE Judge Advocate General, 155th ABCT
  • 1992 - Present
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • Professional Responsibility Committee
  • N/A
  • Lafayette County Bar Association
  • President
  • N/A
  • Tri-County Jr. Bar Associations
  • President
  • N/A
  • Oxford/Lafayette County United Way
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
  • N/A
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • Second Vice-President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • President of Young Lawyers Division
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • Commissioner of The Mississippi Bar and Executive Committee
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • Character & Fitness Committee
  • 2001 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Fellow of the MS Bar
  • Mississippi Bar
  • 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • Outstanding Paralegal Community Service Award
  • University of Mississippi
  • 2006
  • James O. Dukes Professionalism Program
  • UM School of Law
  • N/A
  • Mississippi Emergency Service Medal for his service.
  • MS Army National Guard
  • N/A
  • Mississippi Commendation Medal
  • MS Army National Guard
  • N/A
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • MS Army National Guard
  • N/A
  • Mississippi Magnolia Medal
  • MS Army National Guard
  • N/A
  • Combat Action Badge
  • United States of America
  • N/A
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • United States of America
  • N/A
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal
  • United States of America
  • N/A
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • United States of America
  • N/A
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal,
  • United States of America
  • N/A
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • United States of America
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (10)
Endorse J
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I send all personal injury cases in Oxford to Rhea and have for 20 years, would not use anyone else."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Rhea on a litigation matter and he did an outstanding job. I endorse Rhea."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. I first met Rhea in 2006 when I decided to move to Oxford from the Mississippi Coast after Katrina. Before moving, I rented an office from Jay and his partner, Jay Carmean. On the days that I was in that office, I saw first hand how Rhea is dedicated to serving his clients. He has a tremendous reputation in our community and is considered one of the best lawyers in Oxford, regardless of the area of practice."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I give Rhea Tannehill the highest endorsement possible. He represented my nephew in a wrongful death case and got a result that was swift and extraordinary. He also showed genuine concern for my nephew and his family during the litigation and after. Rhea is an exceptional attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rhea without any reservation. I first met him when he was the President of the Young Lawyers Division of The Mississippi Bar. Rhea spoke at my own bar admission ceremony in Jackson. I was inspired by his motivation and drive to help real people, with real problems, in a very real atmosphere that we call the justice system. Through the years, I have seen him in court in Lafayette County and the surrounding areas. Rhea defends his clients with knowledge and zeal in a very, very tough environment to handle DUI and other criminal cases. He doesn't back down from standing up for the people that he assists, and that is one of most admirable traits that a real lawyer should have. Lance Mixon"
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhea is simply one of the best personal injury lawyers in North Mississippi. It is rare to find a lawyer with his combination of legal skill and care for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I hired Rhea as a local lawyer on a case from his jurisdiction. My practice takes me all over the country causing me to hire a local attorney frequently. I never expect anything from the local person. Their purpose is to get the court to allow me to practice outside my jurisdiction. My experience in Oxford was far from normal. Rhea was a bit expensive, but well worth it. He not only advised me as needed, but he affirmatively took the lead at an appropriate moment. My client's case ended in a wonderful manner thanks in large part to the efforts, talent and people skills of this most excellent lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rhea is a top notch, experienced and ethical attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhea is competent and trustworthy. When I need legal assistance in north Mississippi Rhea is the first person I consider. Rhea understands the law and, more important, he understands people and the process toward a favorable resolution. Rhea's clients know they receive excellent skills when they choose him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I referred the son of a long time and very important client of mine, who was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication. Rhea did an outstanding job in representing this young man and obtaining an unbelievably successful resolution. I recommend Rhea for all your criminal and general legal needs for not only your clients but for your family needs as well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rhea Tannehill is highly endorsed by myself and my firm. We worked with him on a DUI matter and received excellent results. Rhea is a true professional and showed great determination and tenacity in his work. I recommend Rhea for your criminal law needs. You will not be disappointed in the quality of service he provides."
Car accident Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am happy to endorse this lawyer. Rhea is smart, honest, hard working and will work to get you what you deserve. i have worked with Rhea on a number of cases and the results have always been excellent."
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Oxford Criminal defense Lawyer J Rhea Tannehill Jr
J Rhea Tannehill Jr
Criminal defense Attorney
Oxford, MS
Licensed for 27 years