Christine Koehler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Lawrenceville, GA

Christine Koehler, Attorney at Law
 | 261 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Phone: 678-957-7729
Fax: 770-513-7323
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Christine has dedicated the last 25 years of her life to helping people when they are at their most vulnerable.  Helping families who have lost a loved one or suffered significant injuries due to the negligence of another person is what she does best.  She is also relentless in her defense of people who stand accused of a crime.  

Christine may be best known for shutting down the Gwinnett County jury system for three months when she successfully challenged the composition of the jury pool in Gwinnett Superior Court.  Christine subpoenaed the entire Gwinnett County Superior Court Bench and litigated against the Attorney General's Office until a judge ruled that the jury pools were being improperly created.   

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 17 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.  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 addition 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.

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.

Christine's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts from Georgia Southern University and a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from Georgia State University College of Law. Christine has also received advanced training at the National Criminal Defense College, where she is now on faculty, and The National College for DUI Defense.

*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

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Trucking Accidents

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

Criminal Defense (30%): 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

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Trucking Accidents, DUI/DWI, 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, Motor Vehicle Defects

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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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About Christine Koehler

Admitted: 1995, Georgia

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

Honors/Awards:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Admitted as a Fellow to the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 2013
  • Christine was a founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project., 2002
  • Founding Member, GA Innocence Project, 2002
  • Indigent Defense Committee Chair, GACDL
  • State Bar of Georgia's Criminal Justice Reform Committee, 2011-Present
  • Faculty, Georgia Institute for Trial Advocacy at the University of Georgia School of Law, 1996-2000
  • Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Chair, Investigative Panel of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Graduate, National College of DUI Defense
  • Past President, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Trained and Certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • Life Member, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Investigative Panel, State Bar of Georgia, 2004-2012
  • Faculty, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Trial Skills Program, 2000-Present
  • Formal Advisory Opinion Board of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Life Member, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 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
  • President, Gwinnett County Criminal Defense Bar
  • Christine was appointed by the Gwinnett County Superior Court Bench to the Gwinnett County Indigent Defense Governing Committee.
  • Graduate, National Criminal Defense College
  • Education Services Chair, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Education Services Chair – GACDL
  • Indigent Defense Committee Chair, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
  • Pro Hac Vice, Dekalb County Recorder's Court
  • Faculty, Emory University's College of Law Trial Skills Program, 2000
  • Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
  • Vice President, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President, Stonewall Bar Association
  • Member, Defense of Drinking Drivers' Network

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Christine will be lecturing her colleagues on how to most effectively cross examine the DUI Officer on Field Sobriety Evaluations., Lecturer, Cross Examining the DUI Officer, Georgia Institute For Continuing Legal Education, 2019
  • "Winning the Unwinnable Case AKA: My Case Sucks – Now What Do I Do?" Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Spring 2009
  • Gwinnett Citizens Police Academy "Mock Trial" Lawrenceville, GA, October 2002
  • "Jury Selection" Helen, GA, Fall 2002
  • "Too Much Vermouth in My Martini-And More Serious Bar Complaints – GACDL’s Fall, Seminar, November 2010
  • DUI Boot Camp Jekyll Island, GA, March 2002
  • "Voir Dire in Child Molestation Cases" NACDL’s 2010 Fall Seminar, November 2010
  • Gwinnett Citizens Police Academy "Mock Trial" Lawrenceville, GA, November 2001
  • "Dis"Grace"ing Our Profession" Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, December 2009
  • Criminal Defense "Start to Finish" Duluth, GA, July 2001
  • "Making Headlines on the Field, Not on the Side of the Road!" – Parkview High School, August 2009
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Cases" St. Simons, GA, Spring 2001
  • "How to Give an Opening Statement" MACDL, June 2009
  • Juvenile Justice "Motion Practice in Juvenile Court", July 2000
  • "How to Give an Opening Statement" – Cook County Public Defender, September 2009
  • "Defending Traffic Cases" Atlanta, GA, March 2000
  • "Dis"Grace"ing Our Profession" New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, December 2008
  • "Defense of Drinking Driver’s Institute" Atlanta, GA, December 1999
  • "How to Avoid Bar Complaints and What to do When You Get One" DOD December 1 and 2, 2011
  • Defending Drinking Drivers "Picking a DUI Jury" Atlanta, GA, March 1999
  • "Winning When Your Cross Is Shut Down", October 19, 2012
  • Speaker and Facilitator, "Defending a DUI Case" Atlanta, GA, March 1999
  • "Creative Motions Practice" Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, June 3, 2011
  • Speaker, "Handling Administrative License Suspensions and Revocations" Atlanta, GA (March 1999
  • "How to Keep Your Cross From Being Shut Down", December 2012
  • Statewide Criminal Defense Seminar Atlanta, GA, January 1999
  • "In Your Face Filings", November 2012
  • Speaker, "State Bar Criminal Defense Training" Lawrenceville, GA, January 1999
  • Annual Spring Conference "My Case Sucks-Now What?" – Lake Chelan, WA, June 2006
  • "DUI Tips – There is No Substitute for Preparation" – ATLA, July 2006
  • Defending a Drug Case "Motions to Suppress" Atlanta, GA, November 1998
  • "Dis"Grace"ing our Profession – Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, June 2007
  • Consent Searches "Just Say No" (but just in case…) G.I.D.C. drug Defense Seminar, November 1998
  • "Dis"Grace"ing Our Profession" Las Vegas Public Defenders Seminar, April 2007
  • "The New License Law and Special Issues for Under 21 Drivers" Atlanta, GA (March 1998)Georgia Southern University Alumni Homecoming Speaker, 1996
  • "Lessons Learned from A Capital Case" Atlanta, GA, July 2006
  • "How to Give an Opening Statement" – OCDLA, June 2007
  • Doping with Opinion Media Distortion in Criminal Law – GTLA, April 2009
  • "Disgrace"ing Our Profession – Journey to Justice, April 2008
  • Theories & Themes – NCDC, March 2008
  • Winning the Unwinnable Case AKA: My Case Sucks – Now What Do I Do? – OCDLA, June 2007
  • "Ethical Dilemmas in Litigation" ICLE Atlanta, GA, March 2013
  • Annual Conference "Disgracing Our Profession" Lake Chelan, WA, June 2006
  • Spring Seminar "Disgracing Our Profession" St. Simons, GA, April 2006
  • Ethics Panel – Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, March 2014
  • "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
  • "Too Much Vermouth in My Martini and More Serious Bar Complaints" DeKalb Bar Association Decatur, GA, April 2013
  • "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
  • "Implied Consent: Errors in the State’s Case that Can Make a Difference" GPDSC & NCDD Public Defender DUI Seminar, Atlanta, GA, October 2013
  • Midwinter Seminar "The Criminal Defense Toolbox: Renovating the Way you Practice Law" Charleston, SC, January 2006
  • "Avoid Being Sacked by a Bar Complaint" – GACDL/ACDLA The National Championship of Criminal Defense Spring Seminar, Panama City, FL, May 2013
  • "Search and Seizure is Sexy", January 2006
  • "Suppressing Chemical Tests with Implied Consent Errors" GACDL DUI Boot Camp, Atlanta, GA, March 2014
  • 2006 Fundamentals of Public Defense "Search and Seizure is Sexy" Helen, GA, January 2006
  • "Too Much Vermouth in My Martini – And More Serious Bar Complaints" NCDD, San Diego, CA, January 2014
  • "My Case Sucks…I Wonder if They Compile Their Jury Lists Properly?" Helen, GA, Fall 2004

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

Videos:

  • For years Christine has helped individuals who face prosecution by the government.  Now she helps those who are facing a fight with large insurance companies.  If your family member has been killed or seriously injured due to the negligence of another person- contact her now to see how she can best help you., Christine Koehler Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, 2019

Educational Background:

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

261 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Phone: 678-957-7729

Fax: 770-513-7323

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Last Updated: 10/9/2019

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