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Steven H. Sadow

Steven H. Sadow 

Special Counsel for White Collar and High-Profile Criminal Defense
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-577-1400

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1979


  • Emory University, J.D., 1979
  • Marietta College, B.A., 1976

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Crime
  • Computer/Cyber Crime
  • Drug Defense
  • Fraud
  • Trials
  • Appeals
  • Civil and Criminal Forfeiture



  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense (White Collar and Non-White Collar), 1993 to present
  • Georgia Super Lawyers: 2004–present
  • Georgia Legal Elite: 2012-present
  • Georgia Lawyer Newsmaker of the Year (2000); Fulton County Daily Report, Atlanta, Georgia
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • Georgia – Court of Appeals & Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts – Northern & Middle Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal – Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Eleventh
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

Classes, Seminars, Presentations & CLE's

  • ABA - Health Care Fraud Seminar
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia - White Collar and High Profile Criminal Cases
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia – Creative and Effective Trial Techniques
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia – White Collar Crime Conference
  • GACDL – Law of Cross-Examination
  • GACDL – Who's Your Worst Enemy-The Government or Co-Counsel
  • GACDL – Financial Transactions/Money Laundering; NACDL-Federal Forfeiture
  • State Bar of Georgia – Motions to Suppress: Search and Seizure Issues
  • State Bar of Georgia – Exploiting The Errors Of The Prosecution
  • Atlanta Bar Association – Voir Dire in the Criminal Trial: How to Level the Playing Field

High Profile Clients

  • William Roberts, Jr., a/k/a Rick Ross -- Successful Kidnapping and Aggravated Violence Defense
  • Howard K. Stern – Prescription Drug Fraud and Conspiracy Acquittal
  • Clifford J. Harris, Jr., a/k/a T.I. – Successful Federal Firearms Defense: T.I. 'Ain't No Such Thing As A Secret Snitch' – The Untold Story Behind the Deal
  • Ray Lewis/Joseph Sweeting – Georgia Super Bowl Double Murder Acquittal
  • Gold Club/Steve Kaplan – Successful Federal RICO Defense: "A Wink, A Smile: How Gold Club Defendants Bonded With Jury."
  • "Mansion Madam"/Nicole Probert – Georgia RICO-Prostitution Dismissal
  • San Juan Powell – Georgia Sodomy Law Held Unconstitutional
  • Tony Cole – University of Georgia Athlete Rape Case Dismissal

Representative Recent Noteworthy Cases

  • Georgia v. Roberts, a/k/a Rick Ross: Recording Artist/Entertainer Rick Ross charged with multiple counts of kidnapping and aggravated violence.  Pled no contest to misdemeanor probation (2017)
  • Georgia v. Morris: Accused charged with possession of child pornography.  Case dismissed for law enforcement misconduct -- loss of critical evidence (2017)
  • Georgia v. Measroch: Accused charged with aggravated sodomy and child molestation - sentenced to 12 months in jail and probation (2015)
  • Georgia v. Bonanno: Accused charged with trafficking in methamphetamine - prosecution dismissed just before motion to suppress hearing (2014)
  • U.S. v. Young: Owner of rap music promotion and entertainment company charged with conspiracy to traffick over 5000 pounds of marijuana – jury acquitted on all charges (M.D. AL 2011).
  • California v. Stern: Attorney charged with 11 counts of prescription drug fraud and conspiracy – acquitted of all charges (2015) Beginning of Steve Sadow's Closing Argument
  • U.S. v. Mills: Businessman charged with money laundering – sentencing guidelines advised 78 months in prison – sentenced to probation with 6 months home detention (M.D. Tn. 2010)
  • Georgia v. Wong: Murder case dismissed for constitutional speedy trial violation (2010)
  • Georgia v. Alvarado: Former law enforcement officer charged with felony sexual offenses carrying mandatory prison terms – suspended sentence imposed on misdemeanor nolo contendere plea (2009)
  • United States v. Clifford J. Harris, Jr.: Recording Artist/Actor. T.I. charged with possession of machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon – sentenced to 1 year and 1 day imprisonment (N.D. Ga. 2009)
  • United States v. Aaron D. Terry: Businessman charged with $12 million government fraud – case dismissed (N.D. Ga. 2009)
  • U.S. v. Shorr: Businessman stood trial charged with ten counts of money laundering involving more than $3.5 million. Judge acquitted on eight counts and sentenced on two counts. Prosecution and probation office advocated a custody guideline range of 262-327 months in federal prison. Judge imposed sentence of 5 months imprisonment and 5 months home confinement (N.D. Ga. 2009) – "Judge Calls Prosecution's Witnesses Liars. Money-Laundering Sentence Downgraded By 20 Years."
  • U.S. v. McCranie: Attorney charged with Hobbs Act extortion and false statements – case dismissed (M.D. Ga. 2009)
  • U.S. v. Dahabreh: Businessman charged with fraud and structuring currency transactions involving nearly $2 million – sentenced to probation (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • U.S. v. Marshall: Businesswoman charged with $1.5 million fraud – sentenced to 1 month imprisonment (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • U.S. v. Alamin: Businesswoman charged with structuring currency transactions involving over $2 million – sentenced to probation (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • U.S. v. Anderson: Businessman charged with illegal gun possesion – jury acquittal (N.D. Fl. 2007)

Representative Appellate Cases

  • Georgia v. Conzo, 239 Ga.App.72 (2008)
  • Georgia v. Brantley, 264 Ga.App.152 (2003)
  • Powell v. Georgia, 270 Ga.App. 327 (1998)
  • In re Spruell, 227 Ga.App. 324 (1997)
  • U.S. v. Jenkins, 58 F.3d 611 (11th Cir. 1995)
  • Mitsubishi Int. Corp. v. Cardinal Textile Sales, Inc., 14 F.3d 1507 (11th Cir. 1994)
  • U.S. v. Crespo, 982 F.2d 483 (11th Cir. 1993)
  • U.S. v. Williams, 954 F.2d 668 (11th Cir. 1992)
  • In re Spruell, 200 Ga.App. 218 (1991)
  • U.S. v. Cohen, 888 F.2d 770 (11th Cir. 1989)
  • Gwin v. Snow, 870 F.2d 616 (11th Cir. 1989)
  • Garland v. Georgia, 253 Ga.App. 789 (1985)