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J. Greg Tharp, Attorney at Law

For more than 35 years, attorney Greg Tharp has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with clients in their most important legal matters. Today, he limits his practice to the representation of motorists charged with violating Georgia’s traffic laws as well as disabled individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits. Greg knows firsthand what it takes to produce successful results for clients, and more importantly, he is willing to do the work required to get the job done.

Greg learned life’s most important lessons as an attack helicopter pilot in both the United States Army and Marine Reserves. As a Marine Reservist, he flew combat missions in Desert Storm with the responsibility of protecting other service members conducting Navy mine sweeping operations. He was awarded the Navy Combat Action Ribbon and Campaign Ribbon for Operation Desert Storm.

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in 1975, Greg earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1986. He has spent almost his entire legal career in private practice representing everyday people and ensuring they are treated fairly by the “system.” His philosophy is simple:

“Every person deserves to be treated fairly by the legal system. Sometimes that happens naturally. Other times, it requires the knowledge, skill, and dedication of an attorney to ensure that happens. Serving others when they need it most is incredibly gratifying legal work, and it’s a privilege to do what I do.” – Greg Tharp

Practice Areas

Georgia Traffic Violations
Federal Social Security Disability

Honors & Awards

Super Lawyers Honoree, Thomson Reuters
Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine
Campaign Ribbon, Operation Desert Storm
Navy Combat Action Ribbon


Georgia, August 1986

Military Experience

Major, United States Marine Corps Reserve Retired

HMA-773 (Det A), 5th Marine Aviation Group, USS Tripoli, Operation Desert Storm, 1990-91
HMA-773 Attack Helicopter Squadron, USMC Reserves, NAS Atlanta, Marietta, GA, 1984-95
24th Combat Aviation Battalion, Hunter AAF, Savannah, GA, 1981-83
4/69 Armor Battalion, 8th Infantry Division, Mainz, Germany, 1976-79


University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., Athens, GA, 1983-1986
U.S. Naval Aviation Safety Officer Course, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, 1986
U.S. Army Aviation Maintenance Officer Course, Fort Eustis, VA, 1983
U.S. Army Primary Rotary Wing Aviator, Fort Rucker, AL, 1980
U.S. Army Attack Helicopter Course, Fort Rucker, AL, 1980
U.S. Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Fort Benning, GA, 1979
U.S. Army Automotive Maintenance Officer Course, Fort Knox, KY, 1975
U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, KY, 1975
U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, GA, 1974
U.S. Military Academy, B.S., Engineering & International Affairs, West Point, NY, 1971-1975
The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C., 1970-1971

Professional Associations & Affiliations

State Bar of Georgia
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Prior Positions

Insurance Defense Attorney, Bovis Kyle & Burch, Atlanta, GA, 1986-1988

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