Douglas K. Silvis

Founder & Partner
Location:
Thomasville, Georgia
Phone:
229-228-9999
229-233-4392
877-312-6812 (Toll free)
Fax:
229-226-9350
Email:
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Doug has 40 years of broad experience as a successful lawyer, first as a USAF JAG, then as a Florida trial lawyer, and, since 1978, as a lawyer practicing in Georgia as well as Florida. He has won cases before the US Supreme Court, Florida Supreme Court and many other venues. In 2002, he was elected a State Vice President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014 by his peers. He and his firm are "AV" rated by his fellow lawyers, according to Martindale-Hubbell national rating service for lawyers, and Doug has  a perfect 10.0 AVVO rating. Some of the firm's successful case results can be seen on this website.

Doug founded the law firm that become Silvis, Ambrose, Lindquist & Coch, P.C. In 1983, he declined partnership in what was then the largest firm in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and just with his wife, Nancy and their children moved to Thomasville, Georgia to start his own private practice. Building on a foundation of four years as a Captain and USAF JAG at Eglin AFB, FL and another four years as a Civil Litigation Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, he built and later expanded a thriving practice.

Doug is a perfectionist but is also a "people-person," an excellent litigator, negotiator, problem-solver, and peacemaker. He is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida, and in a variety of federal and state courts including the U.S. Supreme Court and in the Supreme Courts of both states. He wrote and became a published author of the lead article in the University of Miami Law Review on comparative negligence and accident law, (a position normally reserved for professors), and has maintained an expertise in the area of Personal Injury law ever since. His broad experience enable Silvis, Ambrose & Lindquist to handle, not only your accident cases, but almost all your legal needs.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Civil Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Real Estate
  • Wills and Probate, Including an Expertise in Will Contest Cases

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1974
  • Georgia, 1978
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. cum laude - 1974
    • Honors: Graduated With Honors, Ranked 5th in Class
    • Honors: Wig and Robe, Harvey T. Reid Scholar
    • Law Review: Casenote Editor, University of Miami Law Review, 1974
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.A. - 1971
    • Honors: National Merit Scholar
    • Honors: President, Student Government Association
    • Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society
    • Honors: Cadet Commander, USAF R.O.T.C.

Published Works

  • Author of Lead Article: "Pure Comparative Negligence, A New Adventure in the Common Law."

Honors and Awards

  • Doug received the 2011 Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) state of Georgia community service award
  • Doug was voted Best Lawyer in Thomasville Area by readers of Thomasville Times-Enterprise 2012 & 2013
  • Doug received the 2005 Georgia Family Council Community Impact Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Thomas County Republican Party, Chairman, 1988 - 2002
  • Regional VP of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 - 2014
  • SW Georgia Region, Georgian Republican Party (GAGOP), State Vice Chairman, 2000 - 2006
  • Community Transformation, Inc., Founder and CEO, 2000 - Present
  • Thomasville Family and Marriage Net. Inc., Founder and CEO
  • Christian Legal Society, Member, 2005 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • English, McCaughan & O'Bryan, Civil Litigation Specialist, 1979 - 1983
  • USAF JAG, Chief of Claims; Chief of Civil Law; Eglin AFB, FL, Captain, 1975 - 1979