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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Atlanta, GA

E. Jay Abt
The Abt Law Firm, LLC
2300 Henderson Mill Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone Work 1-800-665-2459
Fax Fax 404-320-2441
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007, 2009 - 2010
Licensed Since: 1995
Education: Emory University School of Law
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
Industry Groups: Ga. Bar Criminal Defense Section, Georgia Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011


Selected To Rising Stars: 2007, 2009 - 2010

No Rising Stars publication in 2008
Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 years middle-image Selected to Rising Stars for 3 years

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As an attorney at The Abt Law Firm, LLC, E. Jay Abt provides dedicated legal representation to people living in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, and throughout Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Hall, Henry and Gwinnett counties. He focuses his practice on criminal defense, generally handling cases that involve drug charges, sex crimes, white collar crimes, federal crimes and felony offenses.

In 1992, Mr. Abt earned a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese history from Emory University, graduating summa cum laude. He then went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law.

With two decades of experience, Mr. Abt understands the life-changing impact that a criminal offense charge can have on people and their families. For that reason, he aggressively advocates on behalf of his clients and their rights. Mr. Abt listens to his clients' needs and works closely with them to establish strategies that fit their circumstances and goals. His experience includes defending people against a range of serious criminal charges, and he has achieved high rates of success in helping his clients attain favorable resolutions to their legal issues.

Mr. Abt's commitment to maintaining high legal standards of ethics and providing quality representation has garnered him the respect of clients and peers alike. He has received the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell and has an Avvo "Superb" rating. Mr. Abt also makes frequent appearances as a legal consultant on FOX News Network.

Staying active in the legal community is a priority for Mr. Abt. He is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the State Bar of Georgia and the Illinois State Bar Association.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

About Jay Abt

Law School: Emory University School of Law

Admitted: 1995, Georgia

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1996
  • Illinois Bar , 1995
  • Georgia Bar, 1995
  • Member, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Coach for Emory Moot Court Team on Criminal Law and Procedure, 2014
  • Coach for Emory Law School Moot Court teams, 2013
  • Judge for the 5th Annual National Mock Trial Competition hosted by University of Georgia, 2013
  • Selected as Judge for the National Moot Court Competition, held at Emory University October 4th - 6th, 2012
  • Judge for the National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, held at Emory University, October 2013

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Georgia's New First Offender Act, "Sealing the Deal", Lecturer, 2013
  • Instructor and Director of annual seminar on The Recent Trends involving the law of arrest, search and seizure in Georgia, 2013
  • Speaker, Lecturer, The State vs. Sneiderman, 2013

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • State v. Edgar Hubbard in the Superior Court of Fulton County, 2014
  • State of GA v. "F.W." in the Superior Court of Fulton County, 2014
  • State v. David Rogers, Superior Court Henry County, 2014
  • State v. Barrett Ricks, DeKalb County Superior Court, 2014
  • State v. Anthony Bethea, Fulton County Superior Court, 2014
  • State v. Kilgore, Fulton County State Court, 2013
  • State v. Kim, Douglas County Superior Court, 2013
  • State v. Ayo, Clayton County Superior Court, 2013
  • State v. Boatwright, Cobb County Superior Court, 2013
  • State v. Morales, Rockdale County Superior Court, 2011SR2459, 2012
  • State v. Bergener, Superior Court Cherokee County, 2011MW3734, 2012
  • State v. Green, Fulton County Superior Court, 10SC91937, 2012
  • State v. Garcia, Superior Court Newton County, 2010CR0054-1, 2012
  • State v. Jones, Superior Court Henry County, 10SUCR823BA, 2012
  • State v. Singleton, Superior Court Newton County, 2011CR796-1, 2012
  • State v. Walton, Superior Court Gwinnett County, 11B4601, 2012
  • State v. Brader, White County Superior Court, 201CR448, 2012
  • State v. Carcich, Clayton County Superior Court, 2011CR6343, 2012
  • State of Georgia v. Dorian Moragne, Superior Court of Fulton County, Case No. 2012 SC 108211, 2012
  • State v. Sean Swanepoel, Fulton State Court, Case No. 10 CR 365933, 2011
  • State v. Shanaz Khan, Gwinnett State Court, Case No. 2011 D 02065-6, 2011
  • State v. Andrea Sneiderman
  • State v. Hemy Newman
  • Scott Davis v, Tony Howerton, Gwinnett County Superior Court, Case No. 10-A-07461-2
  • State v. Peter Garcia, Newton Superior Court, Case No. 10 CR 0054-1
  • State v. Ben Torres, Athens/Clarke County
  • State v. Earnest Pickett, Ware County
  • State v. Mitchell Jones, Superior Court of Forsyth County

Representative Clients:

  • Represented Shayna Citron as witness in State v. Sneiderman, nationally televised criminal trial, 2013
  • Dorian Moragne, Superior Court of Fulton County, Case No. 2012 SC 108211

Other Outstanding Achievements:

Educational Background:

  • Emory University, B.A. in Japanese History, summa cum laude (With Highest Honors), 1992

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