Bobby Lee Cook

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Bobby Lee Cook is a defense attorney[1] from Summerville, Georgia, in Chattooga County. He has practiced law since the late 1940s, and is known for combining a sharp legal mind with a folksy demeanor. He has represented a wide variety of clients, from rural Southerners to international businessmen and corporations. He is reputed to have been the inspiration for the television series Matlock, which starred Andy Griffith as a Georgia attorney.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Cook was born in 1927 in Lyerly, Georgia. He attended Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee. He practices law in Summerville with the Cook & Connelly law firm.

Significant Cases[edit]

  • 1989-Defended James Arthur "Jim" Williams during the first trial (of four) for the 1981 shooting death of Danny Hansford. The case was the inspiration for the book, "Midnight In The Garden Of Good and Evil" by author John Berendt, published in 1994. Williams was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison, although appealed, posting a $200,000 bond. Cook later received, anonymously, a copy of the police report showing the arresting office contradicted himself, and the judgement was overturned. A new trial was ordered.
  • 1986—Defended Tennessee banker C.H. Butcher Jr., who faced 25 counts of fraud. Butcher was acquitted on all counts.[citation needed]
  • 1988—Represented former Auburn University All-American football star Bobby Hoppe, who was charged with murder in a 1957 shooting. Jurors deadlocked 10-2 for acquittal. The case was never retried.
  • Represented Wayne Williams, who appealed his 1982 conviction for the murder of two black youths in what was known as the Atlanta Child Murders.
  • Represented Troy L. Griffith Jr., star runningback for Trion High School, Trion, GA.

Famous Quotes[edit]

"If you can railroad a bad man to prison, you can railroad a good man."[1]


  1. ^ a b Curriden, Mark: "Bobby Lee Cook", ABA Journal. March, 2009. Accessed July 8, 2011.