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.
Mental Health and Criminal Defense
I have made it my life's work to help the mentally ill in circumstances where they have been swept into the criminal justice system, representing mentally ill defendants in hundreds of criminal cases over the span of my career. During my tenure in indigent defense, I helped create a special unit dedicated to advocacy for the mentally ill in the criminal courtroom, as well as assistance obtaining services in the community incident to the resolution of their cases. As a result, I have built a strong repertoire of resources for my clients in the community and have built lasting relationships with prosecutors who understand my aims. I feel strongly that labeling the mentally ill "criminals" is a grave injustice fueled by ignorance, and I work tirelessly to battle this stigma and give my clients the dignity of which they are often deprived as defendants in a criminal case.
My mission, to the best of my abilities, is to see my clients through their criminal charges without sustaining a conviction on their record, and to help place them on a path to sustained maintenance of their illness and no further interaction with the criminal justice system. In order to achieve these goals, I must develop strong relationships with my clients and build lasting rapport not only with them, but with judges and prosecutors on their cases, as well. I still maintain contact with clients I have represented years earlier, and their families, and I have a keen interest in their success and happiness long after they leave the courtroom.
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.