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%)
Attorney Profile

GA Super Lawyers 2015 - Steve Sadow Profile Article


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 also led the successful defense of 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.

Most recently, 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.


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 Law - Federal

Criminal Defense (50%): Criminal Law, Murder

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Criminal Law, Murder


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019

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About Steve Sadow

Admitted: 1979, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:


  • Georgia v. Morris - businessman charged with possession of child pornography.  Case dismissed for law enforcement misconduct -- loss of critical evidence (2017)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. 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. 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. A... - Therapist investigated for health care fraud - prosecution declined by Attorney General's office (2013)
  • 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)
  • Georgia v. Adams - Murder conviction reversed by GA Supreme Court (2013)
  • 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. Champine - Pharmacist charged with felony drug and gun charges - pled nolo and sentenced to probation on misdemeanors (2013)
  • Georgia v. Burks - Businessman indicted for trafficking in marijuana (50 lbs) - sentenced to probation (2013)
  • Georgia v. Davis - Attorney arrested on multiple charges of securities fraud - case dismissed before indictment (2013)
  • 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)
  • Georgia v. Gilllispie - Father arrested for aggravated sex offenses - faced 25 year mandatory minimum sentence - judge sentenced to probation (2013)
  • Georgia v. Crowell - Star college football play charged with multiple gun offenses - case dismissed before indictment (2013)
  • 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)
  • U.S. v. Anderson - Businessman acquitted of illegal gun possession (N.D. Fla. 2007)
  • Georgia v. Conzo - RICO prosecution dismissed (2007)
  • Georgia v. Sinclair - Doctor charged with Medicaid fraud - sentenced to misdemeanor probation and medical license preserved (2008)
  • U.S. v. Alamin - Businesswoman charged with structuring currency transactions involving over $2 million - sentenced to probation (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • 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)
  • 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. McCranie - Attorney charged with Hobbs Act extortion and false statements - case dismissed (M.D. Ga. 2009)
  • 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)
  • 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. Terry - Businessman charged with $12 million government fraud - case dismissed (N.D. Ga. 2009)
  • 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. Wong - Murder case dismissed for constitutional speedy trial violation (2010)

Representative Clients:

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


Educational Background:

  • Marietta College, B.A., 1976
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: 10/9/2018

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