Marcia G. Shein

Top rated White Collar Crimes attorney in Decatur, Georgia

Shein, Brandenburg & Schrope
Marcia G. Shein
Shein, Brandenburg & Schrope

Practice Areas: White Collar Crimes, Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1992

Education: Atlanta Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024

Shein, Brandenburg & Schrope

2392 N Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033 Visit website


As the senior partner at Shein, Brandenburg & Schrope, Marcia G. Shein is active in the legal community. She holds a lifetime membership in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Federal Bar Association, and served as president of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ms. Shein and her staff provides representation to people throughout the state of Georgia on motions for new trial, appeals, habeas corpus petitions and parole petitions who are charged with state and/or federal crimes. In federal cases the firm represents a client in all phases of their federal case from pretrial, plea and sentencing to appeals and post conviction litigation.

For over 25 years, Ms. Shein has defended federal clients around the country. She is skilled in handling cases that include white collar offenses such as embezzlement, theft, identity theft, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act; fraud charges involving health care, insurance, wire, mail, bank, mortgage and tax, as well as conspiracy to commit fraud; and other federal charges concerning arson, bank robbery, drug offenses (including conspiracy), cyber crimes, immigration crimes, offenses covered under the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute, child pornography and firearms.

Ms. Shein  has taught students about the law and psychology as an adjunct professor for Kaplan University in Chicago, Troy State University and Broward Community College. She also shares her understanding of federal criminal defense as the author of numerous publications, many of which have appeared in national law journals. Known for her work in federal sentencing, post-conviction relief, appeals and pretrial preparation, Ms. Shein has testified on these subjects to the United States Sentencing Commission.

Ms. Shein is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Georgia, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for all Federal Circuits. She is known for approaching every case with a focus on providing passionate and aggressive representation.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense

Focus areas

Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, Murder, Tax Evasion, Theft, White Collar Crime

  • 20% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 80% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 1992, Georgia

Professional Webpage:

Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Successful Appeal Cases
  • We have been successful in many cases throughout the United States in reducing sentences, dismissing cases and obtaining successful appellate relief in federal cases throughout the U.S. and State cases in the state of Georgia. See our web page at for statistics and victories for the past 29 years.
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  • At the Law Firm of Shein & Brandenburg, we help clients navigate the troubled waters of the criminal justice system. Our communication and dedication to each case is unparalleled. If you are looking for a team of attorneys for the price of one who will truly be dedicated to your best interest, give us a call today., Law Firm of Shein & Brandenburg - Federal Appeals Attorneys
Firm News (Newsletters):
  • Several topics are covered at our web site in published articles and multiple news letters. For update information on charges, legal options and remedies go to , Indicted by The Feds, now what?, Criminal Defense Clients
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • John Marshall Law School, Judge, 2007
  • Georgia State University, Judge, 2007
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Judge, 2007
  • CHIEF JUDGE MOOT COURT COMPETITION PANEL, New York City Law School, September 2003
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • SPEECH, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Palm Beach, August 2016. Lost Evidence & Expert Testimony: Litigating Collection & Preservation Issues
  • THE FEDERAL LAWYER, September, 2010, Volume 57, Number Eight; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Criminal Justice System: From Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Leadership Atlanta Conference. Panel member of Judge Phillip Etheridge, Fulton County Superior Court. Topic: Sentencing and Parole Procedures
  • SPEECH, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Las Vegas, 2015. Prescription / Doctor Dealer / Pill Mill Cases
  • Speaker at Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Association seminar on Sentencing Alternatives and Prevention of Parole Problems
  • SPEECH, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Advanced Criminal Law Seminar Aspen, Colorado January 2015. Mitigation developments and advocacy in Possession of Child Pornography cases
  • PRISON LIVING MAGAZINE, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2009, article entitled Different Formulas For Determining Loss (Relevant Conduct in Federal Cases)
  • Testified before Fulton County Grand Jury, Alternatives to Prison Overcrowding in Georgia
  • SPEECH, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s 7th Annual Forensic Science & the Law Conference, Las Vegas, NV, MAKING SENSE OF SCIENCE VII; Lost Evidence & Expert Testimony: Litigating Collection and Preservation Issues, May, 2014
  • PRISON LIVING MAGAZINE, Volume 2, Issue 4, 4th Quarter, 2007, article entitled Fourth Amendment and Exclusionary Rule
  • Adjunct Professor with the Criminal Justice Department; Teaching Introduction to Criminal Law & Introduction to Criminal Evidence, KAPLAN UNIVERSITY, 2004 to 2006
  • SPEECH, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Attacking the Case Once It’s Been Lost, November 2012
  • PRISON LIVING MAGAZINE, Volume 2, Issue 3, 3rd Quarter, 2007, article entitled Plea Agreement Pitfalls and Minefields
  • Adjunct Professor with the Criminal Justice Department; Teaching Introduction to Criminal Evidence, TROY STATE UNIVERSITY, 2001 to 2002
  • SPEECH, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Anticipating Federal Sentencing Mitigation and Appeal Issues at Trial, November 2010
  • CULTURAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE, 2nd Edition, edited by Linda Friedman Ramirez, published by JURIS. July 2007 to present, Chapter 16 author on Cultural Issues in Sentencing
  • NOVA UNIVERSITY, Davie, Florida, undergraduate psychology courses
  • SPEECH, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Federal Plea and Sentencing: Case Law, Legislation, and Guidelines Updates, June 2010
  • THE CHAMPION MAGAZINE, April, 2007, article entitled Race and Crack Cocaine Offenses: Correcting a Troubling Injustice Post-Booker
  • BROWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Davie, Florida, Criminal Justice and psychology courses to police officers
  • SPEECH, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Defending Drug Cases, Las Vegas, NV, Sentencing Issues in Drug Cases: Plea Agreement, Mitigation, and Updates, November 2009
  • THE FEDERAL LAWYER, May, 2004, Cover Story; The Federal Sentencing Guidelines: A Troubling Historical Perspective
  • SPEECH, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Georgetown Law University, Washington DC: Updates on Federal Sentencing Mitigation in White Collar Cases, November 2008
  • NEWSWEEK, March, 2004, quoted in article entitled Martha’s Fall
  • SPEECH, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Update on Federal Sentencing Amendments and Issues, April 2008
  • THE CHAMPION MAGAZINE, July, 2001, article entitled Apprendi Arguments of Jurisdiction and Retroactivity, GRID & BEAR IT
  • SPEECH, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Sentencing Mitigation and Beyond- Principles of Booker that Work, 2006
  • COVER STORY - Sizing Up Sentences - AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION JOURNAL INTERVIEW regarding Inconsistent Use of Money Laundering Charges in Fraud Cases, Vol. 85, November, 1999
  • SPEECH, Orlando Bar Association: Using Sentencing & Post Conviction Mitigation Attorneys as Part of the Defense Team, 2003
  • CULTURAL FACTORS IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE, present, Author, Chapter 12 Cultural Differences in Sentencing. Developed by Federal Public Defender’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, René L. Valladares
  • SENTENCING DEFENSE MANUAL, published by West Group. Author Marcia G. Shein. 1988 to 1998, received prestigious award for Best Legal & Accounting Text, American Publishers Association
  • NORML CONVENTION, Key West, Florida, December, 1998, Speech on Post-Conviction Remedies in Federal Court
  • PRISON LIFE MAGAZINE, June-July, 1997, article entitled Habeas Corpus Reform & Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: Last Bastion of Hope or Defense Attorneys’ Worst Nightmare? 1997
  • TENNESSEE BAR ASSOCIATION, concerning “Sentencing Mitigation & Habeas Corpus Reform: Hope Needs A Life Jacket” August, 1998
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAGAZINE, American Bar Association; article entitled Sentencing Manipulation and Entrapment, Courts Are Wary, But Admit the Possibility, Fall, 1995
  • FLORIDA BAR ASSOCIATION, Miami, Florida, update on Federal Sentencing Guidelines 1994
  • THE CHAMPION MAGAZINE, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, A ‘Knowing, Intelligent and Voluntary’ Plea: The Justice Department’s Latest Oxymoron, Jan./Feb. 1995
  • MILWAUKEE BAR ASSOCIATION, Federal Sentencing & Guideline Issues, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1995
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAGAZINE, American Bar Association; article entitled Racial Disparity In Crack Cocaine Offenses
  • NACDL Lobbying, Washington, D.C., concerning 1994 Crime Bill
  • THE ADVOCATE, published article entitled The Criminal Defendant and Cooperation
  • LAWYERS WEEKLY, Interview entitled Truth In Sentencing -- Can Defendants Tell Jurors About Their Sentence?
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAGAZINE (American Bar Association), 1991 published article entitled Get the Agreement In Writing First. (Plea Agreement and Cooperation)
  • NAACP speech entitled Sentencing and Appellate Mitigation and Federal Sentencing Guideline Amendments, United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia, 1996
  • National Association of Sentencing Advocates (NASA) speech entitled Preventing Plea Agreement Problems
  • Criminal Law Section Newsletter (The Florida Bar), Calendar Call (State Bar of Georgia), published article entitled The Criminal Defendant and Cooperation
  • National Organization For Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) speech entitled Using Federal Sentencing Alternative Specialists Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines To Obtain Downward Departures
  • Criminal Law Bulletin, published article entitled 1988 Sentencing Drug Offenders: The Need to Sensitize the Sentencing Judge
  • Alabama - Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; speech entitled How To Get Downward Departure Under The Federal Sentencing Guidelines
  • The Verdict, GTLA, published article entitled Second Draft of Sentencing Guidelines Paints Dim Picture
  • TESTIFIED before Federal Sentencing Committee as Chairperson for the Sentencing and Post Conviction Committee of NACDL regarding 1992 Federal Sentencing Amendments
  • The Champion, NACDL, published article entitled Sentencing Reform. 1984-1987
  • Speaker Georgia Criminal Trial Lawyers Association, Savannah, Georgia on Sentencing Reform: The Good, The Bad, and The Misunderstood
  • National Law Journal, published article entitled Sentencing Act's Stated Goals Seem Lost in New Draft Guidelines
  • Guest speaker at National Conference on Sentencing Advocacy, Washington, D.C., on Sentencing Alternatives for Drug Offenders - Addicts and Dealers, 1989
  • Inside Drug Law and Texas Voice for the Defense, published article entitled Preponderance of Evidence in Criminal Law: The Double Standard
  • Guest Speaker, Southern Criminal Justice Association, Asheville, North Carolina on Constitutionality of Sentencing Guidelines and Sentencing Alternatives for Drug Offenders
  • Contributed written testimony and appeared before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Offender Characteristics for NACDL Sentencing Commission Liaison Committee
  • Guest Speaker at Wake County Academy of Trial Lawyers, Raleigh, North Carolina on Future Implications of the New Federal Sentencing Guidelines
  • Voice for the Defense, published sentencing reform article entitled A Homeland of Confusion: A Heartland of Opportunity
  • Guest Speaker at Gate City Bar Association, Atlanta, Georgia, on Future Implications of the New Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 1984
  • The Georgia Defender, published article entitled 4205(b)(1), The Forgotten Sentence and No Prison Camps for Women
  • Inside Drug Law, interview discussing 1984 Sentencing, Parole and Probation Issues
  • The Georgia Defender, published article entitled Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 and Rule 35 Changes
  • Speaker, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association convention on Sentencing and Parole Issues
  • Inside Drug Law, published article entitled 4205(b)(1), The Forgotten Sentence 1985
  • ASPATORE BOOKS, INSIDE THE MINDS, LITIGATION STRATEGIES FOR INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY CASES, 2012, Chapter author of Unique Trends and Challenges in Defending Internet Pornography Cases
  • Speaker at Annual Florida Criminal Trial Lawyers convention on Sentencing Alternatives and the Prevention of Parole Problems
  • The Champion, NACDL, Silver Anniversary issue, published article on the Federal Sentencing Memorandum: A Different Perspective
  • THE CHAMPION MAGAZINE, May, 2011, article entitled The Changing Landscape of Sentencing Mitigation In Possession of Child Pornography Cases
  • Guest Lecturer at Nova University Law School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Prison, Post- Conviction Relief, and Sentencing Alternatives
  • Texas Voice for the Defense, article entitled Minimum Mandatory Sentencing Laws
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for 2013
  • Member, Georgia Bar Association since 1992
  • Life Member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Chairperson of the NACDL Sentencing and Post Conviction Committee, 1992-1993
Educational Background:
  • Bachelors degree in Psychology 1974; Masters degree in Psychology 1977
Representative Clients:
  • Complex Federal cases in pre trial mitigation, sentencing and Appellate representation.  Motions for new trial, appeals, habeas and parole petitions and litigation in State of Georgia., 1992
  • President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for 2013. Life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers., Senior Counsel, GACDL and NACDL, 2013
Industry Groups:
  • GACDL President 2013; NACDL Life Member

Office location for Marcia G. Shein

2392 N Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033

Phone: 678-973-4607


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