Edward J. Tarver resigned as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia on March 11, 2017 and on March 26, 2017 announced the formation of Enoch Tarver P.C. in Augusta, Georgia. Tarver also joined NAFUSA in March following the announcement.
“I am extremely excited about this fantastic opportunity to merge with J Edward Enoch, P.C. It will be the firm that you select when professionalism, integrity and accountability matter,” said Tarver. “Ed Tarver and I began practicing in Augusta 25 years ago at the two largest firms in the area. 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,” said J. Edward Enoch.
Tarver served in the United States Army for seven years as a Field Artillery Officer before entering law school. After law school, Tarver worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dudley H. Bowen, Jr., former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia before entering private practice with Hull, Towill, Norman and Barrett (currently Hull Barrett) practicing general civil litigation and representing governmental entities.
While still in private practice, Tarver was elected to and served for five years in the Georgia General Assembly representing State Senate District 22. In the Georgia Senate, Tarver held the position of Secretary of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and served on the Appropriations, Economic Development, Government Oversight, Military Affairs and Special Judiciary Committees. Tarver also served on the Criminal Justice, Judicial and Public Safety Subcommittees to Appropriations, and on the Joint Economic Development Subcommittee of Regulatory Reform.
Tarver was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the 48th United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, in September 2009. Tarver was the first African-American United States Attorney in the Southern District of Georgia.
Tarver served on the Attorney General Advisory Committee’s Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture Working Group, the Civil Rights Subcommittee and the White Collar/Fraud Subcommittee. He was also an active member of the Department of Justice’s Racial Disparities Working Group.
In a recent Opinion-Editorial, the Savannah Now opined that Tarver was “tough on crime, especially violent drug dealing,” Tough on public corruption,” and that he took a hard line against fraudsters.”
Tarver graduated from Augusta University (formerly Augusta College) with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and then earned his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.