Christine A. Koehler

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Christine A. Koehler is considered one of Georgia’s premier criminal defense attorneys. She is an aggressive trial lawyer committed to vigorously defending adults and juveniles accused of crimes. She is a graduate of Georgia State College of Law (cum laude 1995) and a graduate of both the National Criminal Defense College and the National College of DUI Defense. Christine’s courtroom success makes her a sought after instructor at Georgia’s leading trial skills programs. She is also a frequent lecturer at criminal defense seminars nationwide. Christine is an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell. Koehler & Riddick, LLC was named by Gwinnett Magazine as Best Law Firm 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Christine was recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer by her peers eleven years in a row in Atlanta Magazine.  She was also named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite in 2004 and 2005. Christine served on the Investigative Panel of the State Bar of Georgia and is a founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project. Christine’s unyielding dedication to her clients led to the three month halt of jury trials in Gwinnett County, Georgia, after she successfully challenged Gwinnett’s jury system.  Additionally, Christine successfully tried a high profile, nine-week death penalty case, which was the longest trial in Gwinnett County history.
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AREAS OF PRACTICE

• DUI Defense
• Criminal Defense
• Juvenile Defense
• Personal Injury (wrongful death, automobile accident, injuries due to the negligence of others)

WORK HISTORY
• Private Practice, Gwinnett County
1997-Present
• Associate, Head, Mullis, Thomas & Webb
(DUI Defense Firm) 1996-1997
• Associate/Clerk, Law Office of Mike Maloof 1995-1996

AFFILIATIONS

Life Member Mark Past President Mark NCDD Faculty BadgeDUI Defense

• Faculty, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Trial Skills Program, 2000-Present
• Faculty, Georgia Institute for Trial Advocacy, University of Georgia School of Law, May 1996 -2000
• Faculty, Emory University College of Law Trial Skills Program – 2000
• Life Member of Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
• Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
• Past President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
• Former Vice President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
• Past President of the Gwinnett County Criminal Defense Bar
• Member, Georgia Bar, 1995
• National College of DUI Defense Summer Session Graduate
• Member of the Defense of Drinking Driver’s Network
• Graduate of the National Criminal Defense College
• Trained & Certified in Field Sobriety Tests
• Former Chair of the Investigative Panel of the State Bar of Georgia – Served on the Panel 2004-2012
• Founding Member of the GA Innocence Project in 2002
• Education Services Chair – GACDL
• Indigent Defense Committee Chair – GACDL
• Past President of Stonewall Bar Association
• Life Member of Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
• State Bar of Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Committee – 2011-Present
• Pro Hac Vice in DeKalb Recorders Court -
• Served on the Formal Advisory Opinion Board of the State Bar of Georgia
• Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
• Fellow of the Georgia Bar Foundation

AWARDS/HONORS
• Georgia Super Lawyer 2004 to 2014
• Top 50 Women Super Lawyers In Georgia 2014
• Top 50 Female Lawyers In Georgia 2006
• Georgia Legal Elite 2004, 2005
• Best of Gwinnett – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
• DUI Lawyer with the most effective motions practice DODD 2002
• Best Overall Advocate, Cathy Bennett National Mock Trial Tournament, 1994
• Al Horn Scholarship, 1998
• Best Law Firm in Gwinnett 2003-2006
• GACDL Indigent Defense Award 2007
• Stonewall Bar Association Award recipient 2012

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

EDUCATION
Georgia State University College of Law
• Juris Doctorate Cum Laude – May 1995
• National Champion Criminal Mock Trial Team
• Bleckley Inn of Court
• Moot Court

Georgia Southern University
• Bachelor of Science Communication Arts – December 1990
• Outstanding Senior
• Athletic Grant-In-Aid (Softball)

COURTS

Christine represents clients in the following courts: