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Sean Derek Gage

Sean Derek Gage

also known as S. Derek Gage, Derek Gage

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Estate Planning, Family

About Me

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 spent a year as a law clerk for peerless criminal defense attorney Brian Steel before beginning practice as a trial lawyer.


 


I have spent years defending clients against the most serious of criminal charges, spending many of those years specifically defending those criminal defendants who suffer from mental illness, an area of practice where I discovered that many who are mentally ill face astounding ignorance within the legal system. I have both personal and professional experience helping the mentally ill and have dedicated much of my career to doing so.


 


I have also been a staunch advocate for civil litigants in their pursuit of damages for the wrongful acts of others, handling both medical malpractice claims and violations of civil liberties, as well as helping individuals who are seeking help in family and domestic relations. I have built a strong partnership with the attorneys of Gibbs & Mabe to provide unparalleled assistance in family law and estate planning.


 


I am a proud member of Georgia’s Stonewall Bar Association, which is united in its advocacy for gay causes in Georgia, and I proudly support Atlanta’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.


 


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.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    11 years, 800 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 40%
  3. Family: 10%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Jason H. Ingraham

    I endorse Derek Gage. Mr. Gage is one of the most committed and compassionate lawyers I know. He works hard for his clients and is especially skilled in navigating the complex issues surrounding Mental Health and the law.

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    Jason Ingraham Violent Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Paola Francesca Torselli

    I formerly worked with Derek at the DeKalb County Public Defender's Office for several years. He is a dedicated and conscientious attorney, representing his clients to achieve a winning outcome. The last several years as co-workers at the Public Defender's office, Derek was one of two attorneys representing mentally ill clients charged with crimes. His compassion towards his clients and knowledge of the subject matter were admirable. I endorse this attorney.

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    Paola Torselli Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Gage Law Firm, LLC

160 Clairemont Avenue
Suite 200, 2nd Floor
Decatur, GA, 30030

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 200405/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Georgia Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Gage Law Firm, LLC2011 - Present
Trial AttorneyDekalb County Public Defender's Office2004 - 2011
Law ClerkThe Steel Law Firm, PC2003 - 2004

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2014 - Present
Stonewall Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental IllnessAttorney Member2012 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaN/A2004 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Aggravated BatteryClient released from jail

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of Maryland, College ParkPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
American Cancer Society Development ConferenceThe Fall of DOMA and its Impact on LGBT Estate Planning and Gifting Opportunties2014
GPDSC Annual Training SeminarDefending the Mentally Ill2011
Georgia Drug and DUI Court ConferenceThe Role of Defender in Drug Courts2007
Defense of Drinking Drivers InstituteDUI Courts: Boon or Bane for Repeat Offenders2007