Donald F. Samuel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Garland, Samuel & Loeb, PC
 | 3151 Maple Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-262-2225
Fax: 404-365-5041
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)
Attorney Profile

Renowned criminal defense attorney Donald F. Samuel is a partner with the Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C., law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. A recognized leader in criminal law, Mr. Samuel has published numerous works related to his practice, including the Georgia Criminal Law Case Finder and the Eleventh Circuit Criminal Handbook.

A top-rated attorney with over 37 years of legal experience, he serves clients throughout the Atlanta metro region who face serious federal and state criminal charges, and he has successfully tried cases in federal and appellate courts across the country. No stranger to high-profile cases, he has served as lead or co-counsel in several criminal trials involving notable public figures, including famous professional athletes, prominent physicians and entertainment professionals.

A 1975 graduate of Oberlin College, Mr. Samuel obtained his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1980, where he served as editor for the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. The State Bar of Georgia admitted him to practice in 1980, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Samuel is a member of several professional legal organizations, and he is the past-president of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Samuel also serves as adjunct legal professor at Georgia State University, and he frequently conducts lectures throughout the country on a variety of legal topics related to criminal defense and effective appellate practices.

In 2014, he received the Rees Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to his profession.

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About Donald Samuel

Admitted: 1980, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America
  • Rees Smith Lifetime Achievement Award, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1993-Present
  • Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Editor, University of Georgia School of Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1980  
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1980
  • Georgia, 1980
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 2000 - Present  
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Member, 1999 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), Past-President

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Abolishing the Forfeiture Laws, Georgia Bar Journal, Spring, 1995  
  • The 1994 Georgia Criminal Procedure Discovery Bill, Georgia Bar Journal, January, 1995
  • The Money Laundering Control Act of 1986: Will Attorneys Be Taken to the Cleaners?, Georgia Bar Journal, Spring, 1988
  • Georgia RICO, Georgia Bar Journal, Winter, 1984
  • Federal Criminal Law Digest, James Publishing Company, 1999
  • Eleventh Circuit Criminal Handbook, Lexis Law Publishing
  • Geogria Criminal Law Case Finder, Lexis Law Publishing
  • Northern District of Georgia Federal Public Defenders and CJA counsel annual St. Crispin's Day seminar (2010 - 2014)  
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New Orleans conference on Defending Sexual Assault Cases (2012)
  • Mississippi Public Defenders (October 2012)
  • Conference of Arizona Public Defenders, Keynote Speaker, August, 2012
  • Featured Speaker at the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at the September, 2009
  • Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, State Bar Of Florida (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015): "Recent Developments in the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court"
  • Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute (October 2008): "Rehearings and Rehearings En Banc in the Eleventh Circuit"
  • Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Alabama (December 2008): "Overview of United States Supreme Court Term, 2008-2009"
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgia State University, School of Law
  • Speaker, National Conference of Federal Public Defenders
  • Speaker, American Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Seminars in Georgia
  • Speaker, Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference, 1999


  • State v. Dorsey 
  • US v. Sullivan (United States District Court)

Educational Background:

  • Oberlin College, 1975
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Office Location for Donald F. Samuel

3151 Maple Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: 404-262-2225

Fax: 404-365-5041

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Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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