Chancey & Thomas LLC,
Attorneys at Law


In 2017 Rick Chancey founded our firm to serve Phenix City, Alabama. Melissa Thomas, a native of Lee County, joined the firm in 2020. 

Rick and Melissa strive to provide each client with a personalized and positive experience. Their unique bond as long-time friends before colleagues allows Mr. Chancey and Ms. Thomas to frequently collaborate on cases, creating a dynamic and fluid team approach to solutions. Together these dedicated lawyers will provide you the legal assistance that you need.

Rick Chancey is approved for legal aid concerning Adult Services by the Russell County Department of Human Resources and is also the current City Attorney for Smiths Station, Alabama. As a lifelong resident of Lee and Russell counties, Rick is determined to fight for and maintain justice in the state of Alabama.

Melissa Thomas has developed expertise at representing her clients in areas including domestic relations, adoptions, juvenile court, civil litigation defense, criminal defense, personal injury, and probate matters.

Chancey & Thomas LLC is a team of two hard working, local raised attorneys, willing to defend our clients and leave no stone unturned in our search for answers. Our law firm is dedicated to offering litigation services to Columbus, Phenix City, and surrounding areas. We are here and ready to help you and your family navigate the complex justice system and intricate legal proceedings.

Our Areas of Practice

Family Law

Let Chancey & Thomas LLC help you resolve your family law situations. Our attorneys can assist you in custody and divorce cases along with mediation, legal separation, child support, and pre & post-marital agreements. We strive to make a positive lasting impact for our clients and their loved ones.

Real Estate

From loan closings to real estate litigation, Chancey & Thomas LLC is here to provide you with the assistance you need in one of the most critical areas of your life: home ownership. Consult with a real estate attorney who can help you navigate through the all the nuances with transacting real estate closings.

Personal Injury

Recently injured? Contact Chancey & Thomas LLC today. Our personal injury lawyers can represent you in tractor-trailer wrecks, slip and fall accidents, premises liability, and general negligence actions. Let us help you seek to obtain the compensation you deserve after a wreck.

Business Law

Chancey & Thomas LLC will help you resolve various business law issues, such as creating a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership.

Estate Planning

Chancey & Thomas LLC will help you navigate through the estate planning process. Our estate lawyers can help you plan for the future through living wills, last will and testaments, trusts, and power of attorneys.

Juvenile Law

Chancey & Thomas LLC will help you through Juvenile Law Situations. Our lawyers will be present with you during complex and frequently stressful situations involving your minor child.

Criminal Law

Are you in need of Criminal Law help? Contact Chancey & Thomas LLC today to help you navigate the criminal justice system. Our lawyers understand that being charged with a crime can be intimidating, frightening, and stressful. Let our attorneys help to put your mind at ease by answering questions and represent you in the areas of DUI, misdemeanor offenses, traffic offenses, violent crimes, and other felonies.


We know that losing a loved one isn’t easy. Let our attorneys at Chancey & Thomas LLC guide you through the probate process to include wills, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, guardianship and conservatorships, and administration of estates. We are able to assist heirs and beneficiaries through the often-seeming drawn out and complex legal processes.

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