ATTORNEY PROFILE

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EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2002

Journal of Constitutional Law, Comment Editor;

Wapner-Newman & Wigrizer Award (Most Potential as a Trial Lawyer)

William Haste Award (Leadership in UPENN Community)

Spelman College, B.A., 1999

magna cum laude;

DeWitt Wallace Full Tuition Scholar

University of London, London, England, 1997


BAR ADMISSIONS

Georgia

District of Columbia


COURT ADMISSIONS

Georgia Supreme Court

Georgia Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

LAWANDA NOWLIN HODGES

As a former prosecutor, Lawanda Nowlin Hodges, Esq. has over a decade of experience prosecuting major felonies, ranging from homicides to public corruption. As a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Attorney Hodges prosecuted some of the most heinous crimes, earning her numerous awards including, but not limited to, Attorney of the Year and The Lewis Slaton Award (awarded to the highest achieving prosecutor in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit).

As lead counsel in over 50 felony jury trials, Attorney Hodges is a seasoned trial attorney.  She also has successfully prosecuted and assisted in the investigation of over 400 felony matters that involved the interviewing and assessment of hundreds of witnesses. Attorney Hodges understands all stages of a criminal investigation, as she has directly orchestrated legal search warrants and presented dozens of matters before the grand jury, including those involving public officials.

Lawanda Nowlin Hodges, Esq. was also a Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County, the second largest county in Georgia that has received much news coverage regarding public corruption matters. There, she supervised the Organized Crime Unit that included the Public Integrity, White Collar, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), and Gangs units. As Deputy of these units, Attorney Hodges had a particular concentration on public corruption cases, where she directly oversaw and managed large scale, high-intelligence investigations that took several months—and in some cases, years—to investigate. In this role, she managed parallel and multi-agency investigations, concerning agencies such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

As a former civil litigator, Attorney Hodges has significant experience handling corporate matters, as well. She began her legal career working as an associate at the international firm, King & Spalding, LLP, where she assisted with complex civil matters concerning major corporations in federal court. She returned to the world of business litigation as a senior associate for Ashe, Rafuse & Hill (now Polsinelli) when she first ended her career as a prosecutor in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Major Case Unit and prior to returning to the government as Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney for DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office.

The combination of her civil and criminal litigation experience makes Attorney Hodges especially capable to handle sophisticated cases needing the seasoned trial advocacy abilities of a prosecutor and the business acumen of a corporate litigator. With her combined civil and criminal background, she argued dozens of motions and prepared considerable pleadings in state and federal courts.

In her time away from the law, Attorney Hodges enjoys coaching Spelman College’s Mock Trial Team and spending quality time with her husband and three sons.

Representative Matters:

  • Conducted internal investigation for a company regarding fiduciary theft by Chief Operating Officer.
  • Appointed Special Prosecutor for a district attorney’s office to investigate an alleged theft of several millions from a trust by a trustee and attorney.
  • Co-lead counsel in a high-profile, seven-week long extortion trial, involving the chief executive officer of a major county in Georgia.
  • Co-lead counsel in a high-profile, month-long criminal RICO case, involving a governmental entity’s chief operating officer.
  • Lead counsel in a high-profile, multi-defendant plea, involving fiduciary thefts by employees of a major government department who received excessive over-time pay for work that was not performed.
  • Managed indictment and resolution of a fiduciary theft case by a court clerk employee.
  • Lead counsel in a high-profile homicide of a homeless woman found on church steps with a gunshot wound to the head.
  • Managed indictments and resolutions of fiduciary thefts by bookkeepers employed by a county’s school system.
  • Lead counsel in a high-profile, multi-defendant, double homicide case at a suburban apartment complex.
  • Lead counsel in a high-profile, double homicide case involving an executive who executed two of his employees.
  • Supervised and managed multiple indictments and resolutions of matters involving public corruption by law enforcement officers.
  • Top Secret Security Clearance for the United States Department of Justice
  • Top 40 Under 40, The Network Journal Magazine
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Bar Association
  • Special Unit of the Year 2013 (given to the Public Integrity Unit, under the leadership of Attorney Hodges, by the DeKalb County District Attorney for outstanding performance in 2013)
  • Attorney of the Year 2010 (Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, Atlanta Judicial Circuit)
  • Lewis Slaton Highest Achievement Award 2007 (for the highest performing prosecutor in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit)
  • Clock Award, 2009 (20 minute verdict in a high-profile homicide case in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit)
  • Clock Award, 2008 (10 minute verdict in a high-profile, double homicide case in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit).
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Certified by the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
  • Spelman College Mock Trial Coach
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • American Bar Association
  • Clemency Project 2014
  • National Bar Association
  • Minority Trial Attorney Committee Member, American Bar Association
  • National Trial Lawyers Association