Bobby Lee Cook

Bobby Lee Cook (born February 12, 1925)[1] is a defense attorney from Summerville, Georgia, in Chattooga County.[2][3] 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 main character Ben Matlock, which starred Andy Griffith as a Georgia attorney.[4][5]

Bobby Lee Cook
Born (1925-02-12) February 12, 1925 (age 95)
Alma materVanderbilt University Law School
OccupationDefense attorney

Early life and educationEdit

Cook was born in 1925 in Lyerly, Georgia. He attended Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee. He practices law in Summerville with the Cook & Connelly law firm.


Cook has been a defense attorney for over 65 years. He recalled a time of racial prejudice when African Americans were "required to sit in the balcony of old courtrooms". He describe it as "a most unusual, extraordinary time. It was a time when no women sat on juries, and certainly no blacks".[6]

Cook is estimated to have won 80% of his murder trials and has "estimated his annual net income at $1 million".[1]

Significant casesEdit

Famous quotesEdit

"If you can railroad a bad man to prison, you can railroad a good man."[2]


  1. ^ a b Boltz, Peter (2011-09-01). "Bobby Lee Cook Legendary Defense Attorney" (PDF). Gordon College President's Report. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  2. ^ a b Curriden, Mark: "Bobby Lee Cook", ABA Journal. March, 2009. Accessed July 8, 2011.
  3. ^ Meyer, Richard E. (1986-07-30). "Famous and Plain Folks : Country Boy Loves Law, a Good Fight". latimes. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  4. ^ MeTV Staff (2015-08-04). "9 things you might not know about 'Matlock'". Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  5. ^ Amy Petulla (8 August 2016). The Corpsewood Manor Murders of North Georgia. Arcadia Publishing Incorporated. pp. 111–. ISBN 978-1-62585-645-6.
  6. ^ Walker, Doug (6 March 2016). "Bobby Lee Cook discusses 66 years of legal changes at conference". Northwest Georgia News. Retrieved 2018-03-26.