About Christine

Head 2Christine A. Koehler is considered one of Georgia’s premier criminal defense attorneys.  Below is a partial list of her many achievements, honors, and memberships.  What you need to know is that for more than 22 years, Christine has aggressively defended people accused of DUI.  Christine has been able to master the art of working well with DUI prosecutors while fiercely advocating for her clients.  Christine has received the same field sobriety training as DUI officers.  She is a graduate of the National College of DUI Defense.  Christine’s courtroom success makes her a sought-after instructor at leading DUI seminars throughout the country.  Christine is an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell. This is Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating for attorneys. Additionally, Christine has achieved AVVO’s highest rating of 10.0.  Christine has been recognized by her peers as a Georgia Super Lawyer since 2004, and repeatedly has been named as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite.  Georgia’s leading Georgia DUI Defense organization recognized Christine as having the Most Effective Motions Practice when one of her motions shut down the Gwinnett County jury trial system for weeks.

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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

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• Faculty, DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association
• Faculty, National Criminal Defense College, – Present
• 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
• Past President of the Gwinnett County Criminal Defense Bar
• Member, Georgia Bar, 1995- present
• 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 – Panel Member 2004-2012
• Founding Member of the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association
• Founding Member of the GA Innocence Project in 2002
• Served on the State Bar Indigent Defense Committee 2008-2010
• Education Services Chair – GACDL
• Indigent Defense Committee Chair – GACDL
• Past President of the Stonewall Bar Association
• Life Member of Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
• Member of the Gwinnett Indigent Defense Governing Committee 2011-Present
• State Bar of Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Committee – 2011-
• Served as a Pro Hac Vice Judge 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 – 2017
• 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 Defense of Drinking Drivers Network 2002
• GACDL Indigent Defense Award 2007
• GACDL President’s Award 2011
• Stonewall Bar Association Award recipient 2012
• Al Horn Scholarship, 1998
• Best Overall Advocate, Cathy Bennett National Trial Tournament, 1994

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” NACDL DUI Defense Seminar Las Vegas, NV (December 2012)
“Crossing the FST Officer” NACDL DUI Defense Seminar Las Vegas, NV (December 2012)
“In Your Face Filings- These Aren’t Your Mother’s Motions” GACDL Motions Seminar Young Harris, GA (November 2012)
“Voir Dire- May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor.” GACDL Bill Daniels Trial Program Athens, GA (September 2012)
“Creative Motions Practice” Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Freeport, ME (June 2011)
“How to Avoid Bar Complaints and What to do When You Get One” Defense of Drinking Driver’s Institute Atlanta, GA (December 2011)
“Too Much Vermouth in My Martini-And More Serious Bar Complaints” – GACDL’s Fall Seminar Young Harris, GA (November 2010)
“Voir Dire in Child Molestation Cases” NACDL’s Defending Sexual Assault Cases Savannah, GA (November 2010)
“Gold Medal Voir Dire” GACDL Bill Daniels Trial Program Athens, GA (September 2010)
“Dis’Grace’ing Our Profession” Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Columbus, OH- (December 2009)
“Coping with Opinion Distortion in Criminal Law” Georgia Trial Lawyer’s Association Atlanta, GA (April 2009)
“How to Give an Opening Statement” – Cook County Public Defender Training Chicago, IL– (September 2009)
“Voir Dire- From DUI to Child Abuse”- Cook County Public Defeender Training Chicago, IL (September 2009)
“Making Headlines on the Field, Not on the Side of the Road!” – Parkview High School Lilburn, GA – (August 2009)
“How to Give an Opening Statement” Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Freeport, ME (June 2009)
“Winning the Unwinnable Case?” Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – (May 2009)
Doping with Opinion Media Distortion in Criminal Law – GTLA – (April 2009)
Theories & Themes- National Criminal Defense College Atlanta, GA (March 2009)
“’Disgrace’ing Our Profession” New Mexico Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Albuquerque NM (December 2008)
Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Freeport, ME (June 2008)
“’Disgrace’ing Our Profession” – Journey to Justice Las Vegas, NV– (April 2008)
Theories & Themes – National Criminal Defense College – Atlanta GA (March 2008)
“Dis’Grace’ing our Profession”- Ethics GACDL’s DUI Bootcamp Macon, GA (October 2007)
“Winning the Unwinnable Case” – Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association – Bend, OR (June 2007)
“How to Give an Opening Statement” – Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association – Bend, OR (June 2007)
“Dis’Grace’ing our Profession”- Ethics – Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – (June 2007)
“Dis’Grace’ing our Profession”- Ethics – Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association – (June 2007)
“Dis’Grace’ing Our Profession” Las Vegas Public Defenders Seminar – Las Vegas, NV (April 2007)
“Dis’Grace’ing Our Profession” National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Cincinnati, OH (April 2007)
“Closing Arguments” Gwinnett Criminal Defense Training Lawrenceville, GA (August 2006G)
“Lessons Learned from A Capital Case”  Office of the GA Capital Defender Atlanta, GA (July 2006)
“DUI Tips – There is No Substitute for Preparation” – Association of Trial Lawyers of America Seattle, WA– (July 2006)
Statewide Public Defense Ethics/Professionalism – Athens, GA (July 2006)
“My Case Sucks-Now What?” – Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Conference Lake Chelan, WA (June 2006)
“Disgracing Our Profession”  Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Conference Lake Chelan, WA (June 2006)
“‘Disgraceing’ Our Profession” GACDL St. Simons, GA (April 2006)
“Advertising and Self Promotion” – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Charleston, SC (February 2006)
Cross Examination US Army Trial Defense Service Regional Defense Training Charleston, SC (February 2006)
Midwinter Seminar “The Criminal Defense Toolbox: Renovating the Way you Practice Law” Charleston, SC (January 2006)
“Search and Seizure is Sexy” Fundamentals of Public Defense Helen, GA– (January 2006)
“My Case Sucks…I Wonder if They Compile Their Jury Lists Properly?” GACDL Helen, GA (November 2004)
“How to Give An Opening Statement” GACDL’s Bill Daniel Trial Skills Program Athens, GA (October 2003)
“Filing and Fighting Pretrial Motions: Limine, Suppression and Demurrers” Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute Norcross, GA (December 2002)
Gwinnett Citizens Police Academy “Mock Trial” Lawrenceville, GA (October 2002)
“Jury Selection” Helen, GA (Fall 2002)
“Focusing on the Quality of Your Case” DUI Boot Camp GIDC 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” GACDL Spring Seminar St. Simons, GA (Spring 2001)
“Motion Practice in Juvenile Court” Juvenile Justice (July 2000)
“Defending Traffic Cases” Georgia Indigent Defense Council Atlanta, GA (March 2000)
“Recent Legislative Changes” Defense of Drinking Driver’s Institute ICLE Atlanta, GA (December 1999)
“Picking a DUI Jury” Defending Drinking Drivers Georgia Indigent Defense Council Atlanta, GA (March 1999)
“Defending a DUI Case” Facilitator, Georgia Indigent Defense Council Atlanta, GA (March 1999)
“Issues for Under 21 Drivers” Handling Administrative License Suspensions and Revocations ICLE Atlanta, GA (March 1999)
Statewide Criminal Defense Seminar Atlanta, GA (January 1999)
“Discovery and Motions” State Bar Criminal Defense Training GIDC Atlanta, GA (January 1999)
Defending a Drug Case “Motions to Suppress” Atlanta, GA (November 1998)
“Consent Searches ‘Just Say No’ (but just in case…)” Geiorgia Indigent Defense Council Drug Defense Seminar (November 1998)
“The New License Law and Special Issues for Under 21 Drivers” Handling Administrative License Suspensions and Revocations Seminar ICLE 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)