Christine A. Koehler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Lawrenceville, GA

Koehler & Riddick, LLC
 | 261 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Phone: 678-957-7729
Fax: 770-513-7323
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Christine A. Koehler is the co-founder of Koehler & Riddick, LLC, located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Concentrating her practice on litigation, she represents clients in Gwinnett County who have been charged with criminal offenses, including DUI, violent crimes, drug possession and sex crimes She also handles personal injury cases on behalf of plaintiffs who have been harmed by the negligent or reckless acts of others in matters, including motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts from Georgia Southern University, Ms. Koehler attended Georgia State University College of Law, where she was awarded her Juris Doctor cum laude in 1995 and was a member of the Logan E. Bleckley Inn of Court before being admitted to practice in Georgia. Ms. Koehler has also received advanced training at the National Criminal Defense College and The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. Highly regarded by her peers, she has received an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell as well as a 10.0 "Superb" rating from Avvo.

In high demand as a speaker on criminal and civil litigation tactics before groups of fellow professionals, Ms. Koehler has for the past 14 years served on the faculty of the annual Trial Advocacy Program of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a former President of that organization. Christine is also on faculty at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. A Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Ms. Koehler is a former President of both the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, Inc., and the Criminal Defense Section of the Gwinnett County Bar Association.

In January 2016, Christine returned to Georgia State University College of Law, as an adjunct professor, teaching Advocacy.

In addtion to Christine's work as a trial attorney, Christine represents lawyers accused of violating the Bar Rules.  Christine served as a State Bar Investigative Panel member for 8 years.  Since leaving the Investigative Panel Christine's practice includes consulting with attorneys on ethical issues, testyfing as an expert witness in cases with ethical dilemmas and representing lawyers accused of violating the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct.  

In 2017, Christine received national attention when she filed an ethics complaint against Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter.  Christine served as lead counsel, handling all aspects of the litigation, in Nancie Turner v. Tommy Hunter. The Gwinnett County Ethics Board found in favor of Christine's client and Commissioner Hunter will soon receive the first public reprimand ever adminsitered to an elected official in Gwinnett County for violating the public trust. 

In June of 2017 Christine had the opportunity to litigate via satellite technology on behalf of a child client in a custody matter.  Christine serves as a Guardian ad Litem with some regularity at the request of Superior Court judges.  This was Christine's first opportunity to litigate from over 1000 miles away thanks to courthouse technology.

 

*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 (40%): Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%): DUI/DWI

Personal Injury - General (20%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Trucking Accidents

Professional Liability (10%): Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Focus Areas

Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Trucking Accidents, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019

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About Christine Koehler

Admitted: 1995, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://koehlerandriddick.com/attorney-profiles/christine-a-k...

Honors/Awards:

  • Christine was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for the tenth year in a row., Georgia Super Lawyer, 2013
  • Christine was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for the ninth year in a row., Georgia Super Lawyer, 2012
  • Christine was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for the eighth year in a row., Georgia Super Lawyer, 2011
  • Christine was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for the seventh year in a row., Georgia Super Lawyer, 2010
  • Christine was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for the sixth year in a row., Georgia Super Lawyer, 2009
  • Christine was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for the fifth year in a row., Georgia Super Lawyer, 2008
  • GACDL Indigent Defense Award, 2007, GACDL's Indigent Defense Award, 2007
  • Christine was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for the fourth year in a row., Georgia Super Lawyer, 2007
  • Christine was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for the third year in a row., Georgia Super Lawyer, 2006
  • Christine was named a Georgia Super Lawyer for the second year in a row., Georgia Super Lawyer, 2005
  • Christine was named a Georgia Super Lawyer., Georgia Super Lawyer, 2004
  • Georgia State University College of Law, Moot Court
  • Georgia State University College of Law, Bleckley Inn of Court
  • Georgia State University College of Law, National Champion Criminal Mock Trial Team
  • Georgia State University College of Law, Cum Laude
  • Stonewall Bar Association Award Recipient, 2012
  • Best Law Firm in Gwinnett, 2003-2006
  • Al Horn Scholarship, 1998
  • Best Overall Advocate, Cathy Bennett National Mock Trial Tournament, 1994
  • DUI Lawyer with the Most Effective Motions Practice DODD, 2002
  • "Best of Gwinnett", 2003-2006
  • Georgia Legal Elite 2004, 2005
  • Top 50 Female Lawyers In Georgia, 2006
  • Fellow, Georgia Bar Foundation
  • Georgia State College of Law, cum laude, 1995

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Christine was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Gwinnett County Superior Court to serve as the judicial representative on the Gwinnett County Indigent Governing Committee.  She has served in that capacity since 2011., 2017
  • Christine was a founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project., 2002
  • Education Services Chair, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • State Bar of Georgia's Criminal Justice Reform Committee, 2011-Present
  • Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
  • Formal Advisory Opinion Board of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Pro Hac Vice, Dekalb County Recorder's Court
  • Life Member, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Past President, Stonewall Bar Association
  • Indigent Defense Committee Chair, GACDL
  • Education Services Chair – GACDL
  • Founding Member, GA Innocence Project, 2002
  • Chair, Investigative Panel of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Investigative Panel, State Bar of Georgia, 2004-2012
  • Indigent Defense Committee Chair, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
  • Trained and Certified in standard Field Sobriety Tests
  • Graduate, National Criminal Defense College
  • Member, Defense of Drinking Drivers' Network
  • Graduate, National College of DUI Defense
  • Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • President, Gwinnett County Criminal Defense Bar
  • Vice President, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Faculty, Emory University's College of Law Trial Skills Program, 2000
  • Faculty, Georgia Institute for Trial Advocacy at the University of Georgia School of Law, 1996-2000
  • Faculty, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Trial Skills Program, 2000-Present
  • Christine was appointed by the Gwinnett County Superior Court Bench to the Gwinnett County Indigent Defense Governing Committee.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "The New License Law and Special Issues for Under 21 Drivers" Atlanta, GA (March 1998)Georgia Southern University Alumni Homecoming Speaker, 1996
  • Consent Searches "Just Say No" (but just in case…) G.I.D.C. drug Defense Seminar, November 1998
  • Defending a Drug Case "Motions to Suppress" Atlanta, GA, November 1998
  • Speaker, "State Bar Criminal Defense Training" Lawrenceville, GA, January 1999
  • Statewide Criminal Defense Seminar Atlanta, GA, January 1999
  • Speaker, "Handling Administrative License Suspensions and Revocations" Atlanta, GA (March 1999
  • Speaker and Facilitator, "Defending a DUI Case" Atlanta, GA, March 1999
  • Defending Drinking Drivers "Picking a DUI Jury" Atlanta, GA, March 1999
  • "Defense of Drinking Driver’s Institute" Atlanta, GA, December 1999
  • "Defending Traffic Cases" Atlanta, GA, March 2000
  • Juvenile Justice "Motion Practice in Juvenile Court", July 2000
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Cases" St. Simons, GA, Spring 2001
  • Criminal Defense "Start to Finish" Duluth, GA, July 2001
  • Gwinnett Citizens Police Academy "Mock Trial" Lawrenceville, GA, November 2001
  • DUI Boot Camp Jekyll Island, GA, March 2002
  • "Jury Selection" Helen, GA, Fall 2002
  • Gwinnett Citizens Police Academy "Mock Trial" Lawrenceville, GA, October 2002
  • "My Case Sucks…I Wonder if They Compile Their Jury Lists Properly?" Helen, GA, Fall 2004
  • 2006 Fundamentals of Public Defense "Search and Seizure is Sexy" Helen, GA, January 2006
  • "Search and Seizure is Sexy", January 2006
  • Midwinter Seminar "The Criminal Defense Toolbox: Renovating the Way you Practice Law" Charleston, SC, January 2006
  • "I am Christine Koehler. Did I Mention I am Christine Koehler? And Another Thing – I am Christine Koehler – Advertising and Self Promotion" – NACDL, February 2006
  • "I am Christine Koehler. Did I Mention I am Christine Koehler? And Another Thing – I am Christine Koehler – Advertising and Self Promotion" – NACDL, February 2006
  • Spring Seminar "Disgracing Our Profession" St. Simons, GA, April 2006
  • Annual Conference "Disgracing Our Profession" Lake Chelan, WA, June 2006
  • Annual Spring Conference "My Case Sucks-Now What?" – Lake Chelan, WA, June 2006
  • "DUI Tips – There is No Substitute for Preparation" – ATLA, July 2006
  • "Lessons Learned from A Capital Case" Atlanta, GA, July 2006
  • "Dis"Grace"ing Our Profession" Las Vegas Public Defenders Seminar, April 2007
  • "Dis"Grace"ing our Profession – Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, June 2007
  • "How to Give an Opening Statement" – OCDLA, June 2007
  • Winning the Unwinnable Case AKA: My Case Sucks – Now What Do I Do? – OCDLA, June 2007
  • Theories & Themes – NCDC, March 2008
  • "Disgrace"ing Our Profession – Journey to Justice, April 2008
  • Doping with Opinion Media Distortion in Criminal Law – GTLA, April 2009
  • "Winning the Unwinnable Case AKA: My Case Sucks – Now What Do I Do?" Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Spring 2009
  • "How to Give an Opening Statement" MACDL, June 2009
  • "Making Headlines on the Field, Not on the Side of the Road!" – Parkview High School, August 2009
  • "How to Give an Opening Statement" – Cook County Public Defender, September 2009
  • "Dis"Grace"ing Our Profession" New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, December 2008
  • "Dis"Grace"ing Our Profession" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, December 2009
  • "Voir Dire in Child Molestation Cases" NACDL’s 2010 Fall Seminar, November 2010
  • "Too Much Vermouth in My Martini-And More Serious Bar Complaints – GACDL’s Fall, Seminar, November 2010
  • "How to Avoid Bar Complaints and What to do When You Get One" DOD December 1 and 2, 2011
  • "Creative Motions Practice" Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, June 3, 2011
  • "Winning When Your Cross Is Shut Down", October 19, 2012
  • "In Your Face Filings", November 2012
  • "How to Keep Your Cross From Being Shut Down", December 2012
  • "Ethical Dilemmas in Litigation" ICLE Atlanta, GA, March 2013
  • "Too Much Vermouth in My Martini and More Serious Bar Complaints" DeKalb Bar Association Decatur, GA, April 2013
  • "Avoid Being Sacked by a Bar Complaint" – GACDL/ACDLA The National Championship of Criminal Defense Spring Seminar, Panama City, FL, May 2013
  • "Implied Consent: Errors in the State’s Case that Can Make a Difference" GPDSC & NCDD Public Defender DUI Seminar, Atlanta, GA, October 2013
  • "Too Much Vermouth in My Martini – And More Serious Bar Complaints" NCDD, San Diego, CA, January 2014
  • "Suppressing Chemical Tests with Implied Consent Errors" GACDL DUI Boot Camp, Atlanta, GA, March 2014
  • Ethics Panel – Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, March 2014

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Christine successfully litigated Gwinnett County's first ever Ethics Complaint when she filed a complaint against Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter for numerous violations of Gwinnett County's Ethics Code in Nancie Turner v. Tommy Hunter.  The Ethics Board found in favor of Christine's client and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners has issued a Public Reprimand to Commissioner Hunter, the first ever to an elected official in Gwinnett County. Christine served as lead counsel handling all aspects of the litigation on behalf of Ms. Turner. This was Christine's first time litigating an Ethics Panel matter at the county level., 2017

Educational Background:

  • Georgia Southern University, B.S. in Communication Arts, Outstanding Senior Athletic Grant-in-Aid for Softball, 1990
Office Location for Christine A. Koehler

261 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Phone: 678-957-7729

Fax: 770-513-7323

 

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Last Updated: 8/1/2018

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