About the law firm

Our offices are housed in one of the city’s most historic buildings. Erected in 1861, the building originally housed the Pioneer Hook & Ladder Company No. 1, a volunteer fire brigade, and Pioneer Hose Reel Company No. 5, a horse-drawn fire wagon. The building later served as the city’s fire department and the Dixie Hotel. Our law firm purchased and painstakingly preserved and adapted the building as law offices in the 1970s.
Cook & Tolley, LLP is a premiere small law firm specializing in high-stakes litigation and complex cases. We were founded in 1964 by J. Vincent Cook. Ever since then, we have pursued the best results for our clients, being specialists in particular areas of the law while still being able to meet the general needs of our clients.

With over 50 years in existence, Cook & Tolley, LLP, is known throughout Georgia for handling clients’ needs with excellence. We have kept our firm small enough to provide personal, one-on-one attention to our clients, yet big enough to offer a range of services.

Clients trust us with the most serious situations in their lives. Wrongful death, permanent catastrophic injury, high profile criminal charges, and divorce are just some of the matters we handle on a daily basis. While handling such crises, though, we also help to make our clients’ futures more secure through our real estate, business, and estate planning services.

We listen to our clients’ needs and make sure those needs get met. We are very accustomed to speaking up for clients whose opponents are better funded or more powerful than our clients are. We provide strength that you otherwise would not have.

In other words, we are experienced, respected, and tough.


Our lawyers handle cases all over Georgia while being proud to call Athens home.  Our firm is located in historic downtown Athens, directly across from the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse and three blocks from the University of Georgia campus.

Being based in a smaller, thriving town helps us relate to our clients’ needs throughout Georgia. We understand the demands of urban life, and we know how to communicate with rural Georgians.

We are problem solvers. Please let us know how we can help solve your problems in any of the following areas:

  • Medical malpractice – speaking the language of medicine and the language of law fluently to pursue justice when a healthcare professional breaks your trust.
  • Nursing home neglect – getting to the root of why your loved one was injured or killed in a nursing home.
  • Premises liability – holding a store or landowner accountable when its unsafe premises cause you to slip and fall, trip and fall, or otherwise get injured.
  • Civil litigation – solving your conflicts in the best way possible, including complex problems.
  • Criminal defense – protecting your rights when the government accuses you of a crime.
  • Business law – helping you establish your business and make it prosperous through strong contracts and litigation when needed.
  • Divorce and custody – developing a strong future for you and your children when your marriage has ended.
  • Estate law – creating wills and trusts that make sure your priorities endure.