S. Derek Gage, Attorney at Law
An Atlantan for over a decade, I have been practicing law in Georgia since 2004. I studied at The University of Maryland, College Park, where I earned a degree in Political Science and later attended law school at Emory University School of Law, where I graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 2003. After earning my law degree, I clerked for criminal defense attorney Brian Steel in a variety of high profile cases before continuing my practice of law as a trial litigator.
My mission as an attorney and small business owner is to provide the most educated and sound advice to my clients while being immediately responsive to their needs. By putting your trust in my firm, you can be certain that:
- I don't make impossible promises for the sake of getting a case--the only promises I make are to work tirelessly to get you the results you deserve and to be available to you for counsel and advice at all times.
- I encourage you to voice questions and concerns and always respond to client calls and emails as quickly as I am able.
- I constantly read the latest changes in the case law and statutes to ensure I'm giving my clients the most accurate advice possible.
- It is my aim to be as close to a friend and family member as an attorney can be and for you to know that the advice I provide you is given genuinely with your best interests in mind.
I have spent years defending clients against a variety of criminal charges, from hundreds of DUI and drug cases to major felonies, including rape, sex offenses, and cases involving the loss of life. My passion for defending those accused with crimes has been the backbone of my ten-year career in law. I take great pride in also defending the criminally accused who suffer from mental illness, as these individuals face a legal system that is often astoundingly ignorant of mental disorders. I have both personal and professional experience helping the mentally ill and have dedicated much of my career to doing so.
I have also made exhaustive efforts to provide the most comprehensive estate planning services in our community. I've made special efforts to address the needs of Georgia's LGBT community, as the laws of our state have significant negative impacts on gay and lesbian families and their estates. I make it a priority to stay on top of changes in the law and to provide my clients with the information and understanding essential to a solid estate plan, without pressuring them to pay for unnecessary services.
Proud LGBT Supporter
My firm is gay-owned and operated, and I am thrilled to support Atlanta's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. I am a proud member of Georgia's Stonewall Bar Association, which is united in its advocacy for LGBT causes in Georgia. My philosophy has been, and always will be, to treat each and every client with respect and dignity regardless of their identity or ideology, answering questions and concerns whenever needed, and always providing the most comprehensive advice possible--never making a client feel pressured.
I am sworn into Georgia's Superior Courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia Supreme Court and I am admitted to practice law in any court of our State.