Peter Zeliff

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Cumming, GA

Zeliff | Watson, LLC
 | 351-A Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 770-887-3720
Fax: 770-887-3729
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2007, 2009 - 2012
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Peter Zeliff is a co-founder and partner at Zeliff | Watson, LLC, in Cumming, Georgia. Mr. Zeliff concentrates his practice on criminal defense law, serving clients in the Atlanta metropolitan area. He has over 20 years of experience and handles cases involving DUI, traffic offenses and other misdemeanors and felonies.

    Over the course of his career, Mr. Zeliff has successfully defended numerous Georgia residents facing criminal charges. He holds substantial knowledge on Georgia’s criminal and DUI laws and uses this to provide customized defense strategies for protecting the rights of his clients. In 2013, he received Intoxilyzer 9000 training from Forensic Alcohol Consulting & Training, LLC. This specialized training enhances his ability to provide the best possible defense to his clients.

    Active in his legal community, Mr. Zeliff is a member of the Forsyth County Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has served as a speaker and panelist at seminars involving impaired driving law, ethics and jury trials.

    Mr. Zeliff received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Georgia. He earned his law degree from Georgia State University College of Law and acquired his license to practice law in 1998. He is qualified to appear before all Georgia state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

    Prior to co-founding Zeliff | Watson, LLC, Mr. Zeliff served in the DeKalb County Law Office of the Public Defender for four years. He then spent seven years at a private Georgia firm before launching his own practice.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 60%Criminal Defense
    • 40%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2007, 2009 - 2012

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    About Peter Zeliff

    Admitted: 1998, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.zwdefense.com/attorney-profiles/peter-zeliff/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2009 – Present
    • Voted a “Rising Star” by Georgia Attorneys in the Area of Criminal Defense
    • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2007 – Present

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Georgia, 1998
    • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1999
    • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1999
    • Forsyth County Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1999
    • State Bar of Georgia
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • I was a speaker for this important program that trains public defenders and appointed counsel., Speaker at GACDL "DUI Bootcamp", Handling Bench Trials in DUI Cases, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense, 2007
    • Intoxilyzer 9000 Training, Forensic Alcohol Consulting, 2013
    • This speech was delivered at Daufuskie Island, SC, for the GACDL Spring meeting., Speaker at Spring 2006 GACDL meeting, Handling Felony Cases at Trial, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense, 2006
    • Speaker, "Ethics" in Hilton Head, South Carolina, GACDL Seminar, 2004
    • "Jury Trials vs. Bench Trials", Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), 2007
    • Panelist, "Professionalism in DUI Cases: Four Perspectives", Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 2008

    Educational Background:

    • University of Georgia, Athens, B.A. in History, Cum Laude, 1995

    Industry Groups

    • DODD (Defense Of Drunk Drivers Georgia)
    • Forsyth County Bar Association
    • GACDL
    • NACDL
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    Office Location for Peter Zeliff

    351-A Dahlonega Street
    Cumming, GA 30040

    Phone: 770-887-3720

    Fax: 770-887-3729

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