S. Derek Gage

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Decatur, GA

The Gage Law Firm, LLC
 | 160 Clairemont Avenue, Suite 200
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 404-500-5430
Fax: 678-823-7249
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney S. Derek Gage is the founder and managing partner of The Gage Law Firm, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia. A highly rated criminal defense attorney with almost 15 years of legal experience, Mr. Gage specializes in defending the rights and liberties of those with mental illness or other mental health challenges who are facing felony and misdemeanor charges. Mr. Gage's work has garnered national attention due to his tireless efforts to protect the rights of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system and beyond.

    A staunch supporter of LGBT rights, Mr. Gage also delivers solid estate plans tailored to the unique challenges facing same-sex families, and he has garnered nationwide recognition as a leader in this practice area, as well.

    A 2000 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Mr. Gage obtained his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in 2003. The following year, the State Bar of Georgia admitted him to practice, and he is also admitted to practice before all of the Georgia Superior Courts as well as before the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

    Upon receiving his license to practice law, Mr. Gage served DeKalb County for years in indigent defense before establishing his own private practice in 2011. Through his position with the government, Mr. Gage gained invaluable experience advocating on behalf of the indigent and mentally ill, and he helped secure favorable outcomes for hundreds of defendants while working hard to remove the stigma so often attached to those suffering from mental disorders.

    In recognition for his impeccable professionalism and unwavering commitment to those in need, Mr. Gage received the 2017 Advocacy Leadership Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and in 2014, The National Trial Lawyers named him among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia.

    As a member of the Stonewall Bar Association, Mr. Gage is proud to protect the rights of those in his local LGBT community as well as bringing awareness to the legal issues they face.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Wills


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    Rising Stars: 2018

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    About Derek Gage

    Admitted: 2004, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.thegagefirm.com/attorney-profile


    • Annual award from NAMI DeKalb honoring achievements in mental health advocacy in the community., Mental Health Advocacy Leadership Award, National Alliance on Mental Illness | DeKalb, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Georgia Supreme Court

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member, Georgia's Stonewall Bar Association

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Discussion of mental health issues in the courtroom and also challenges interacting with clients who are acutely symptomatic and building rapport and trust., Keynote Speaker, Mental Health, The Law, and The Challenges of Communicating with a Client in Crisis, National Alliance on Mental Illness | Northside Atlanta, 2019
    • Keynote Speaker, Mental Illness and Criminal Defense, National Alliance on Mental Illness Northside Atlanta, 2016
    • Panel Discussion Member, Mental Illness and Crime: PTSD, Mass Murder, and More, American Bar Association, 2015
    • Speaker, The Fall of DOMA and its Impact on LGBT Estate Planning and Gifting Opportunities, American Cancer Society Annual Conference, 2014
    • Speaker, Defending the Mentally Ill, Georgia Public Defender Council Annual Training Seminar, 2011
    • Speaker, American Cancer Society's national conference in Atlanta


    Educational Background:

    • The University of Maryland, College Park, Bachelors Degree

    Industry Groups

    • Mental Health
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    Office Location for S. Derek Gage

    160 Clairemont Avenue
    Suite 200
    Decatur, GA 30030

    Phone: 404-500-5430

    Fax: 678-823-7249

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