SUMMERVILLE, Georgia (WDEF) – Attorney Bobby Lee Cook came from a small community in northwest Georgia, but his fame spread much further.
He died on Friday at his mountain home in Cloudland, Georgia in Chattooga County.
Cook was 94 years old. (video from 1991 case)
He was born in Lyerly, studied at Alabama and Vanderbilt, and practiced law in Summerville.
His daughter, Kristina Cook Graham, is now chief judge of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit.
Cook actually represented the region in the state legislature.
But when he lost a bid for Congress, he turned to his legal practice for good.
Cook took on long-shot cases for both the rich and poor, but still won about 80% of them.
From the rich, he commanded six figure fees, usually up front. But he opened the doors of his law office every Saturday for anyone who needed his legal advice, often for free.
Cook represented Unions in Georgia. The wealthiest family in America, the Rockefellers, in a lawsuit against the federal government. Notorious murder suspects like Fred Tokars (accused of killing his wife in a notorious Atlanta case), Jim Williams (from the book & movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”) and Wayne Williams (Atlanta child murders).
Cook’s folksy southern style was supposedly the model for Andy Griffith’s character in the TV series “Matlock.”
Cook established a family law practice in Summerville, that continues with his grandson.
Cook received the first Georgia Bar Tradition of Excellence Award.
And is in the American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame.