Call it a merger of the Eds: Ed Tarver and Ed Enoch.
The two longtime Augusta attorneys have joined to create a new firm, Enoch Tarver.
Edward J. Tarver, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, was appointed by former President Obama to the job in 2009. He returned to Augusta earlier this month as one of the 46 U.S. attorneys who were asked to resign by President Trump.
The Augusta attorney and former Georgia lawmaker said he was “extremely excited about this fantastic opportunity” to create the new firm with Enoch, whose J. Edward Enoch solo practice focuses on business, government and nonprofit clients in the areas of contract and employment law, as well as mergers and acquisitions and real estate matters.
Tarver joined the Army, rising to the rank of captain, after earning a degree in political science from what is now Augusta University in 1981. He later earned his law degree from the University of Georgia and served as a judicial law clerk to Dudley H. Bowen Jr., former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia.
He entered private practice in 1992 at Hull Barrett, where he practiced general civil litigation with an emphasis on employment discrimination law. In 2005, Tarver was elected to the Georgia General Assembly, representing State Senate District 22, winning reelection in 2006 and 2008.
As a state senator, he held positions on the Banking and Financial Institutions, Appropriations, Economic Development and Government Oversight committees. He was re-elected in 2006 and again in 2008.
His 2009 appointment to U.S. Attorney made him the first African-American United States Attorney in the Southern District of Georgia’s 226-year history.
“Mr. Tarver was one of the best U.S. attorneys in a long line of professional prosecutors who have held this important appointed post,” the Savannah Morning News editorialized earlier this month.
Enoch, who was a nuclear power plant operator in the Navy for 10 years, earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., in 1992. He practiced with Augusta’s Fulcher Hagler firm from 1992 until 1996 when he helped create Rhodes &Enoch, the firm he was with until forming his solo practice in 2006.
He has been legal counsel for the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority since 2003 and focuses on business, government and nonprofit clients in the areas of contract and employment law, as well as mergers and acquisitions and real estate matters.
“Ed Tarver and I began practicing in Augusta 25 years ago at the two largest firms in the area,” Enoch said in a statement announcing the merger. “Now we bring our years of experience serving clients in the government and private sector to form a new firm dedicated to providing the highest-quality legal service available in the CSRA.”
Enoch Tarver also includes Lynn Dye Smith, former counsel to Medical College of Georgia, and its newest associate, Charles Rollins.
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