Steve Sadow

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Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Steven H. Sadow, P.C.
 | 260 Peachtree Street Northwest, Suite 2502
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-577-1400
Fax: 404-577-3600
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (50%)
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Steven H. Sadow is a nationally known, high-profile criminal defense attorney who has been practicing law for 35 years. He is a sole practitioner at his firm, Steven H. Sadow, P.C., and special counsel for the Atlanta-based law firm Schulten Ward & Turner, LLP, where he serves as head of the firm's white collar and high-profile criminal defense section. Mr. Sadow's criminal trial and appellate practice focuses on the following offenses: white collar, cyber/computer, fraud, tax, RICO, drugs, firearms, murder, and forfeiture.

Several of Mr. Sadow's cases have drawn national media coverage. Television networks such as Court TV, NBC and A&E have featured his cases. Mr. Sadow obtained an acquittal for his client Joe Sweeting, who was tried along with former NFL football star Ray Lewis for two murders that occurred during a post-2000 Super Bowl brawl in Atlanta.

In one of the most high-profile federal cases in Georgia history, Mr. Sadow successfully defended Steve Kaplan, the former owner of the notorious Gold Club strip establishment, against RICO conspiracy charges. Mr. Sadow also obtained what commentators have called a "miracle" outcome for rap/entertainment artist "TI" after he was charged with federal firearms offenses in Atlanta.

Mr. Sadow won an acquittal for Howard K. Stern, the attorney and boyfriend of the late playmate and model Anna Nicole Smith, who was charged with criminal conspiracy and prescription drug fraud in Los Angeles. Steve Sadow - A Real "Discovery"; Judge Frees Stern and Doctor.

Mr. Sadow successfully represented rap artist & business mogul Rick Ross, who was charged in Georgia with violent felonies carrying life sentences. After the Judge heard testimony surrounding the alleged incident, the prosecutor dropped and reduced charges, no contest pleas were entered and he was sentenced to misdemeanor probation.

In May 2019, Mr. Sadow defended a businessman charged with 30 counts of mail & wire fraud and 10 counts of money laundering in federal court in PA. His client’s business was alleged to have paid 5.1M in kickbacks over 22 years to a VP at Rite Aid Corp. in return for 45M in vendor sales. The VP and his client’s sole partner plead guilty and testified against him. The defense called no witnesses and his client did not testify. The jury found his client not guilty on all counts. He was facing 700 years in prison and 15M in forfeiture and restitution.


A 1979 graduate of Emory University School of Law, Mr. Sadow has been listed in Best Lawyers in America* since 1993 and is rated AV-Preeminent** by Martindale-Hubbell, the organization's highest peer-reviewed rating.

Mr. Sadow has NEVER been a prosecutor. He has devoted his entire career to defending the accused.

 *The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

**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.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%): White Collar Crime

Criminal Defense (50%): Criminal Law

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019

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About Steve Sadow

Admitted: 1979, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense (White Collar and Non-White Collar), 1993 to present
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Georgia Legal Elite
  • Georgia Lawyer Newsmaker of the Year - Fulton County Daily Report, Atlanta, Georgia (2000)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL)
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:


  • U.S. v. Alamin - Businesswoman charged with structuring currency transactions involving over $2 million - sentenced to probation (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • U.S. v. Patel - Businessman charged with bribery with $700,000+ loss - sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and 6 months home detention (N.D. Ga. 2014)
  • California v. Stern - Attorney charged with 11 counts of prescription drug fraud and conspiracy - jury acquitted on 9 charges after 2 1/2 month trial - judge dismissed remaining charges (2015)
  • Georgia v. Roberts, a/k/a "Rick Ross" - world renowned rap artist/entertainer facing life imprisonment for kidnapping and violent felonies against multiple victims. Pled no contest to misdemeanor probation (2017)
  • Georgia v. Champine - Pharmacist charged with felony drug and gun charges - pled nolo and sentenced to probation on misdemeanors (2013)
  • Georgia v. Conzo - RICO prosecution dismissed (2007)
  • Georgia v. Alvarado - Former law enforcement officer charged with felony sexual offenses carrying mandatory prison terms - suspended sentence imposed on misdemeanor nolo plea (2009)
  • Georgia v. McGhee - Businessman charged with trafficking in marijuana (60+ lbs) and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony - sentenced to probation (2013)
  • U.S. v. Shorr - Businessman stood trial on ten counts of money laundering involving more than $3.5 million. Judge acquitted on eight counts and convicted on two counts. Federal prosecutors sought 20+ years imprisonment. Judge sentenced to 5 months imprisonment and 5 months home detention (N.D. Ga. 2009)
  • Georgia v. Nelson - Pedestrian mother whose 4-year old child was struck and killed after they entered a roadway outside a crosswalk charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless conduct - pled no contest to jaywalking & paid a $200 fine - homicide and reckless conduct charges dismissed (2013)
  • U.S. v. Marshall - Businesswoman charged with $1.5 million fraud - sentencing guidelines advised 2+ years in prison - sentenced to 1 month imprisonment  (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • Georgia v. Adams - College student charged with murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony in Savannah, GA. After fighting the case for 3+ years, the charges were reduced to hindering the apprehension of a criminal, making client immediately eligible for parole (2014)
  • Georgia v. Adams - Murder conviction reversed by GA Supreme Court (2013)
  • U.S. v. H... - Chiropractor investigated for medicaid and private health care fraud - corporation entered plea - individual was not prosecuted (S.D. Ill. 2014)
  • Georgia v. Crowell - Star college football play charged with multiple gun offenses - case dismissed before indictment (2013)
  • Georgia v. Wong - Murder case dismissed for constitutional speedy trial violation (2010)
  • Georgia v. Gilllispie - Father arrested for aggravated sex offenses - faced 25 year mandatory minimum sentence - judge sentenced to probation (2013)
  • U.S. v. Terry - Businessman charged with $12 million government fraud - case dismissed (N.D. Ga. 2009)
  • Georgia v. Burks - Businessman indicted for trafficking in marijuana (50 lbs) - sentenced to probation (2013)
  • U.S. v. Dahabreh - Businessman charged with fraud and structuring currency transactions involving nearly $2 million - sentencing guidelines advised 42+ months in prison - sentenced to probation (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • U.S. v. Tony H. - Businessman facing 10 years to life for methamphetamine conspiracy - pled to lesser offense and sentenced to 5 months (E.D.Tn. 2013)
  • Georgia v. Sinclair - Doctor charged with Medicaid fraud - sentenced to misdemeanor probation and medical license preserved (2008)
  • Georgia v. Goins - Accused charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, attempted robbery, & possession of a firearm during commission of a felony - jury verdict of not guilty on all charges (2014)
  • U.S. v. Young - Owner of rap music promotion and entertainment company charged with marijuana trafficking (5000+ lbs) - jury acquitted on all charges (M.D. Ala. 2011)
  • Georgia v. Morris - businessman charged with possession of child pornography.  Case dismissed for law enforcement misconduct -- loss of critical evidence (2017)
  • U.S. v. Mills - Businessman charged with money laundering - sentencing guidelines advised 78+ months in prison - sentenced to probation with 6 months home detention (M.D. Tn. 2010)
  • U.S. v. Anderson - Businessman acquitted of illegal gun possession (N.D. Fla. 2007)
  • U.S. v. Harris, a/k/a T.I. - International Recording Artist/Actor charged with possession of machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon - sentencing guidelines advised 10+ years in prison - sentenced to 1 year and 1 day imprisonment (N.D. Ga. 2009)
  • Georgia v. Davis - Attorney arrested on multiple charges of securities fraud - case dismissed before indictment (2013)
  • U.S. v. McCranie - Attorney charged with Hobbs Act extortion and false statements - case dismissed (M.D. Ga. 2009)
  • Georgia v. A... - Therapist investigated for health care fraud - prosecution declined by Attorney General's office (2013)

Representative Clients:

  • Howard K. Stern – Successful Prescription Drug Fraud and Conspiracy Defense
  • In re Spruell, 200 Ga.App. 218 (1991)
  • Gold Club/Steve Kaplan – Successful Federal RICO Defense
  • Garland v. Georgia, 253 Ga.App. 789 (1985)
  • Tony Cole – University of Georgia Athlete Rape Case Dismissal
  • Georgia v. Brantley, 264 Ga.App.152 (2003)
  • U.S. v. Jenkins, 58 F.3d 611, 11th Cir. 1995
  • U.S. v. Williams, 954 F.2d 668 (11th Cir. 1992)
  • Ray Lewis/Joseph Sweeting – Georgia SuperBowl Double Murder Acquittal
  • Gwin v. Snow, 870 F.2d 616 (11th Cir. 1989)
  • San Juan Powell – Georgia Sodomy Law Held Unconstitutional
  • Usher
  • Georgia v. Conzo, 239 Ga.App.72 (2008)
  • In re Spruell, 227 Ga.App. 324 (1997)
  • U.S. v. Crespo, 982 F.2d 483 (11th Cir. 1993)
  • Clifford J. Harris, Jr., a/k/a T.I. – Successful Federal Firearms Defense
  • U.S. v. Cohen, 888 F.2d 770 (11th Cir. 1989)
  • "Mansion Madam"/Nicole Probert – Georgia RICO/Prostitution Dismissal
  • William Roberts, a/k/a "Rick Ross" - successful defense of aggravated violence and kidnapping case
  • Alice Herring – Murder Acquittal
  • Powell v. Georgia, 270 Ga.App. 327 (1998)
  • Mitsubishi Int. Corp. v. Cardinal Textile Sales, Inc., 14 F.3d 1507 (11th Cir. 1994)


Educational Background:

  • Marietta College, B.A., 1976
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Office Location for Steve Sadow

260 Peachtree Street Northwest
Suite 2502
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404-577-1400

Fax: 404-577-3600

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Last Updated: 6/23/2019

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