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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1995||03/25/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||N/A||2013|
|Top 50 Female Lawyers In Georgia||Top 50 Female Lawyers In Georgia||2006|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||N/A||2005|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||N/A||2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Georgia Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers||President||2009 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||1995 - 1995|
|State v. Kachwalla||conviction reversed|
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|Georgia State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University||Communication Arts||BS - Bachelor of Science||1990|
|St. Simons, GA||Disgracing Our Profession||2006|
|Lake Chelan, WA||Disgracing Our Profession||2006|
|Lake Chelan, WA||My Case Sucks-Now What||2006|
|Helen, GA||Search and Seizure is Sexy||2006|
|Charleston, SC||The Criminal Defense Toolbox: Renovating the Way you Practic Law||2006|
|Atlanta, GA||Lessons Learned from A Capital Case||2006|
|Helen, GA||My Case Sucks...I Wonder if They Compile Their Jury Lists Properly||2004|
|Lawrenceville, GA||Mock Trial||2002|
|Helen, GA||Jury Selection||2002|
|St. Simons, GA||U.S. Supreme Court Cases||2001|
|Lawrenceville, GA||Mock Trial||2001|
|Duluth, GA||Start to Finish||2001|
|Atlanta, GA||Defending Traffic Cases||2000|
|Lawrenceville, GA||State Bar Criminal Defense Training||1999|
|Atlanta, GA||Handling Administrative License Suspensions and Revocations||1999|
|Atlanta, GA||Defending a DUI Case||1999|
|Atlanta, GA||Picking a DUI Jury||1999|
|Atlanta, GA||Defense of Drinking Driver's Institute||1999|
|Atlanta, GA||Motions to Suppres||1998|
Posted by anonymous
I'm a highly successful professional who gave into some serious psychological pressures last year and ended up doing something stupid and getting arrested on some very serious and humiliating charges. Subsequent media attention led to my career being destroyed. I was so ashamed and self-loathing, I didn't even know how to help myself. I consulted the best lawyer I knew of locally. After telling him my story he said, "Look, I'm going to be straight with you. I'm very good, and maybe I could help you, but if you want the best, go to Christine Koehler. Whatever I know, I learned from her. And whatever can be done in your case, she can do it." I did, and I thank my lucky stars. She listened, and not just with her mind (which is incredible), but also with her heart. She saw in me a decent human being who went bananas for awhile, and who deserved a fresh start. While she worked the case, her assistant kept me on my feet morally. I was told by people who know Gwinnett County, my case would take probably at least 8 months. I suffered. I went through hell .... And suddenly, it was over, in 5 months. In reviewing the process, it's clear to me that Christine Koehler has mastered not only the ins and outs of jurisprudence, but its fine art as well. My case depended not merely on facts, but on the subtle nuances of human situational understanding. She was able to engage the prosecution in human dialogue. She deeply believes that the law is there not only to condemn, but to find what is truly judicious, even to extend mercy. Sometimes people who have a positive outcome in their cases say, "Now I believe in the system again." I don't buy into that simplistic thinking. If I believe in anything again, it is in myself. I had nearly stopped believing in myself. I was my own harshest judge. Christine explained it like this: "The legal system only wants what is right. My job as your defense attorney is to clarify that on your behalf. I believed in you, and I made it my job to communicate what is right about you to the prosecutor. The prosecutor is also a good person. She understood and eventually believed in you, too." Epilogue: I am presently in emotional recovery. I appreciate life with an intensity unimagined before. But my case could have turned out so much differently. Don't ever think that the system is just the system. The system is as good or as bad as the people who operate within it. One of the very best people, and advocates, has got to be Christine Koehler. Because of her, I have my life back.
Posted by Pam
I found Christine by searching for attorney's on the internet. I was impressed with the articles I found about her but I was even more impressed when I met her. She tells it like it is, which is exactly what I wanted. She defended my son and truly helped to turn his life around.
Christine and her assistant, Katie, could not have made a better team.
I will always be grateful for both of them.
Richard Ryczek, DUI and DWI Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Christine is THE Gwinnett County Criminal Defense lawyer. As a result of Christine's most recent death penalty case, the legislature had to change the law to make it easier for the prosecutors to take a life. She single-handedly changed the way potential jurors are selected in this county. Thanks to Christine, we now have jurors who better represent Gwinnett County. She is dynamic in and out of the courtroom. This is why she is in such high demand to speak to criminal defense lawyers across the nation. You simply cannot find a better lawyer.
Bob Giannini, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Ms. Christine Koehler is an excellent attorney. She is highly intelligent and absolutely fearless in the courtroom. If a family member or very close friend of mine was facing serious criminal charges I would want Ms. Koehler to take the case. What more can I say than that?