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Douglas K. Silvis
  • Founder & Partner


Thomasville, GA






Doug has over 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


  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Graduated With Honors, Ranked 5th in Class
    • Honors: Wig and Robe, Harvey T. Reid Scholar
  • 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 to 2002
  • Regional VP of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 to 2014
  • SW Georgia Region, Georgian Republican Party (GAGOP), State Vice Chairman, 2000 to 2006
  • Community Transformation, Inc., Founder and CEO, 2000 to Present
  • Thomasville Family and Marriage Net. Inc., Founder and CEO
  • Christian Legal Society, Member, 2005 to Present

Past Employment Positions

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

Our Practice Areas


Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Business Law

Real Estate

Civil Litigation

Wills, Trusts & Probate

Criminal & DUI

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Contact Silvis, Ambrose, Lindquist & Coch, P.C.

To arrange a consultation to discuss your specific legal needs, please call (229) 228-9999, toll free (877) 312-6812 or contact us online below. We look forward to helping you.