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C. Thomas Harley

Retired Partner

706.724.0558 (phone)
706.724.4730 (fax)

Practice Areas:

Business Law
Real Estate Law
Employment Law for Employers
Workers' Compensation Defense Law


Mr. Harley serves as counsel to businesses, professional practices, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, and is a certified U.S. Small Business Administration closing attorney. Scope of representation includes, by way of specification and not limitation, to counsel and formation of corporations, limited liability companies, professional corporations, and family limited partnerships; counsel for and preparation of buy-sells, shareholder agreements, operating agreements; representation regarding the purchase and sale of businesses and practices; representation in real estate transactions and SBA 504 and SBA 7A loan closings as a certified and designated SBA closing attorney in the State of Georgia; and representation regarding employment issues for employers and workers' compensation defense.

Throughout his years of practice, Mr. Harley has represented boards of education in Workers' Compensation matters, and represents the Richmond County Board of Education and the Columbia County Board of Education in all contested Workers' Compensation cases.

Professional Associations and Honors

  • Recipient of Ninth Annual Justice Robert Benham Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service presented by the State Bar of Georgia (2008)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Past Member of the Criminal Justice Regional Advisory Committee and Fee Arbitration Panel)
  • Augusta Bar Association (Past Treasurer and Past Co-Chairman Law Explorer Post, Admission Committee)
  • Young Lawyers Club (Past President, Past Secretary, Past Executive Board Member)
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honorary Fraternity
  • Named to Outstanding Young Men of America

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Mr. Harley has been a program speaker for continuing legal education seminar program on Workers' Compensation.

CLE Article: Practical and Ethical Consideration in Representing the Claimant in Workers' Compensation Cases.


University of Georgia, B.A., 1969
University of Georgia, J.D., 1972

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Georgia, 1972
United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, 1973
Court of Appeals for the State of Georgia, 1973
Supreme Court of Georgia, 1973
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1981

Community Activities

Elder, First Presbyterian Church in Augusta
Trustee (Past Chairman), Salvation Army Advisory Board
Trustee Emeritus, Westminster Schools of Augusta
Past Chairman, Augusta Port Authority
Past President, Augusta History Museum
Past Director, Rotary Club of Augusta West
Past Director and Co-Founder, Augusta Rowing Club
Past Regatta Chairman, Augusta Invitational Regatta
Member, University System of Georgia Chancellor Search Advisory Committee (2005)
Graduate of Leadership Augusta