Drew Findling Installed as Secretary of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar
Atlanta Attorney Drew Findling was sworn in as Secretary of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association’s 57th annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 2.
Findling’s practice, focuses exclusively on federal and state criminal defense and he tries cases ranging from matters involving complex white collar crimes to serious violent felonies. Findling spent the first three years of his career as a Fulton County, Georgia public defender. As a public defender, he was at the forefront of developing the Battered Woman Syndrome defense.
Nationally, Findling was the first attorney to successfully employ that defense based exclusively on verbal abuse. For his efforts, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded him their Indigent Defense Award. In recent years he has successfully represented a string of well known clients including Dennis Rodman, Shaquille O’Neal, Grammy Award Nominee Faith Evans, actor/comedian Mike Epps, rap superstar Gucci Mane, Morris Brown College President Dolores Cross, and Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett. Most recently, in the highly publicized public corruption jury trial of Clayton County, Georgia Sheriff Victor Hill, Findling secured an acquittal of all charges in the 37 count indictment. For his effort on behalf of Sheriff Hill, Findling received the NAACP’s Civil and Human Rights Award and an commendation by the Legislative Black Caucus of Georgia.
He has been named as one of Georgia’s Legal Elite in Georgia Trend Magazine, Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Lawyers in Georgia and as a Georgia “Super Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine. He was the co-author for the DOJ Research Report, Crime Scene Investigation, a Guide for Law Enforcement.
Findling is an NACDL Life Member, who joined the Association 1988 and has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors. His commitment to NACDL includes service as chair of the Forensic Sciences Committee, chair of the Membership Committee, and as co-chair of the Discovery Reform Committee.
Findling is a 1981 graduate of Oglethorpe University and a 1984 graduate of the Emory University School of Law. He is married with three children, and there are long time members of Temple Emanu-El.
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