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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.


Practice areas


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


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Joseph Sam Habachy

    I strongly endorse Derek Gage. He is, quite simply, a sincere and hard working attorney who works tirelessly to get results for his clients. I have a great deal of respect for Derek and would happily send him my own family member.


    Joseph Habachy Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • LeeAnne Lynch

    Derek is knowledgeable of the law and is really good at communicating complex legal issues persuasively and clearly. He always looks out for the best interests of his clients. He is reliable and highly professional. Basically, if you are looking for an excellent lawyer who will get you great results, go with Derek Gage.


    LeeAnne Lynch 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


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200401/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
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
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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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of Maryland, College ParkPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Bar Association ConferenceMental Illness and Crime: PTSD, Mass Murder and More2015
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