Anthony A. Rowell (Tony) is managing partner of Hall Booth Smith's Tifton office. Tony received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1990 from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was admitted to the Georgia State Bar the same year. Before attending law school, Tony attended Valdosta State College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Philosophy. Tony also has a degree in Agri-Business with Applied Sciences. He grew up in Douglas, Georgia, working in the family dry cleaning business. After graduation from high school, he worked for the United States Postal Service where he continued to be employed during law school.
Tony is "AV® Preeminent™" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, an independent peer review organization. "AV® Preeminent™" is the highest rating bestowed on attorneys by such an organization. He practices in the areas of local government, governmental liability, medical malpractice defense, risk management, insurance law, business litigation, premises and retail liability, motor vehicle liability, common carrier liability, contractual liability, construction litigation, and employment law. He has maintained a significant trial practice since 1990. Tony has tried over 75 jury trials in many different areas of the law. He has extensive appellate practice experience. In the last 20 years, he has made approximately 50 appearances in either the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, or the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He also has mediated hundreds of cases and has extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution.
Tony now serves as the County Attorney for Coffee County, Ware, and Tift County. Tony brought to those positions his extensive experience representing governmental entities in a wide array of liability settings. In his private practice, Tony has had to "pick up the pieces" and litigate cases after legally significant mistakes had been made by governmental employees. As County Attorney, he now brings a large dose of "preventative medicine" to County government. He recognizes liability pitfalls and is able to assist the County in avoiding those mistakes that result in litigation.
Tony also writes newsletter articles and conducts seminars on local government, governmental liability, medical malpractice, and risk management. He often is called upon to help his clients avoid business losses from unnecessary employment and liability claims. He practices in all State and Federal Courts in Georgia and is admitted to the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Tony is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Defense Research Institute, Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Hospital Association, US Law, and maintains firm membership in the Tift and Coffee County Chambers of Commerce.
Tony has extensive experience handling both liability and cargo claims for trucking entities. Tony makes himself available to perform on-site investigation at any hour, and has extensive contacts with accident reconstructionists and law enforcement officials through out the state. In addition to being familiar with all liability issues surrounding tractor-trailer accidents, Tony is also familiar with the federal regulations which govern, and often impact, the liability picture in many cases.