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John Aspinwall Garland

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Garland, Samuel & Loeb, PC
3151 Maple Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-975-0459
Fax: 404-365-5041
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017
Licensed in Georgia Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney John Aspinwall Garland is a fourth-generation attorney and an associate with the Atlanta-based law firm of Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C. Following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Mr. Garland decided to enter the legal profession after receiving his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from The University of Vermont in 2000. He then relocated back to his native Atlanta and attended the University of Georgia School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2004.

A highly rated and experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Garland not only focuses his practice primarily on criminal defense, but he also devotes a portion of his practice to personal injury law and professional malpractice defense. He serves clients throughout the Atlanta metro region, including Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties.

Over the course of his more than 13 years practicing law, Mr. Garland has helped numerous clients protect their rights in the face of all types of serious state and federal offenses, including murder, fraud, drug violations, federal crimes, sex crimes and more.

Through his personal injury practice, he has helped countless individuals and families recover the full compensation they deserve for the damages and losses they sustained due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

Learning his work ethic from his predecessors, Mr. Garland embraces the firm's mission to treat all clients with the utmost professionalism and respect. He tirelessly advocates on behalf of all he serves, and he always puts his clients' needs above everything else.

From this high level of commitment to his practice and his clients, Mr. Garland has received numerous awards and accolades, and in 2008, the Georgia Bar Journal named him as one of Georgia's Legal Legacies. In addition, Georgia Trend Magazine has named him a Legal Elite since 2012.

Licensed as an attorney in Georgia since 2004, Mr. Garland is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia as well as before the Court of Appeals of Georgia. He is active in several local, state and national bar associations, and he routinely conducts continuing legal education seminars on a variety of subjects.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Murder, Sex Offenses, Personal Injury - Plaintiff


5 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017

About John Aspinwall Garland

First Admitted: 2004, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2012-Present
  • Legal Elite - Georgia Trend Magazine, 2012-Present
  • Honored by The Georgia Bar Journal in 2008 as one of Georgia's Legal Legacies

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Criminal Law - Recent Developments in the United States Supreme Court, The Best of CLE, February 25, 2015
  • Criminal Law - Recent Developments in the United States Supreme Court, The Best of CLE, February 27, 2014
  • Making the Case for Bail, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, July 31, 2014

Educational Background

  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, B.A., magna cum laude, May, 2000

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 2006
  • American Bar Association, 2004 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, 2004 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2004
  • State Bar of Georgia, 2004 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association, 2004 - Present
  • Georgia, 2004
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 2011
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Trial Lawyers, 2004 - Present


  • “John assisted me on a pro bono criminal matter in which we achieved the fantastic result of exonerating a man who had been convicted of life in prison.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for John Aspinwall Garland

3151 Maple Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: 404-975-0459

Fax: 404-365-5041

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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