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David Shepherd West

Criminal defense Attorney at Marietta, GA

4.5   24 reviews
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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1994
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    High profile criminal defense attorney who practices throughout the state of Georgia handling all types of criminal cases from major felonies to misdemeanors and juvenile cases.

    31 years

  2. Appeals

    31 years


Mr. West, happily married to his wife Janna, and a father of four residing in west Cobb County, Georgia has strong ties to Atlanta and especially Cobb County. 

Mr. West has been a resident of Cobb County since 1980; however, his mother's family are original settlers of West Cobb once owning a vast property in the Lost Mountain area.  His relatives helped establish Midway Church on Dallas Highway and his family has deep roots to Cobb County dating back to the early 1800's.

Mr. West graduated from North Cobb High School in 1987 and went on to pursue a Political Sciene Degree from Berry College in Rome, GA.  He was then accepted at Georgia State College of Law where he distinguished himself and graduated in 1991. He then began his criminal defense career with high-profile defense lawyer Bruce Harvey representing high-profile and celebrity clients over almost ten years.  During this time Mr. West was featured in dozens of publications and appeared on numerous television shows including CNN. In 2003 Mr. West decided to open his own law firm dedicated to helping those who wanted the kind of representation only big-name lawyers could provide but at fees that regular clients could afford.  He has served as a private criminal defense attorney for his entire legal career - fighting for the rights of those accused of crimes.

Mr. West is involved in numerous organizations including the Georgia Bar Association, the Cobb County Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Ballet. Mr. West is an avid Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC fan who enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, seeing movies and attending local cultural events. 


Client's Choice 2017
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David West & Associates
123 Church Street, Suite 220
Charmichael Building at Marietta Station
Marietta, GA, 30060-1948


4.5 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Ramondo | July 8, 2013
My Review on David West
Mr. David West help me to get justice with a very difficult case in a difficult county..he showed confidence and knowledge, he told me everything i needed to do, to give me the best chance for justice..following his advice I am now a free man, in a case that other attorneys told me i had no chance and just plain didn't want to try, but not Mr. David West, he took the challenge and succeeded. i recommend Mr. David West if you want an attorney that cares, and well give you the best chance you can possibly have.
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Posted by Tyler | April 23, 2013
Very down to Earth
I was charged with possession of a controlled substance on federal property. The outcome was far better than I could have expected. My biggest concerns were losing my driver's license, ending up with a criminal record, and being put on probation (none of which happened). Thanks to Mr. West, I can put everything that happened behind me and get on with my life. After a few unsatisfactory consultations with other law firms, I knew right away David West was the right choice. He didn't use any scare tactics, OR make any empty promises in an attempt to get my business like others have done. He and his associates were understanding and very personable. Mr. West has more experience with federal court than anyone else I found, which definitely shouldn't be underestimated. I feel very strongly that the outcome of my case had a lot to do with the rapport he's built over years of dealing with the prosecution we encountered. Someone was always available to talk to about any questions or concerns I had. Throughout the whole process I felt like I was in good hands. I slept like a log the night before court. To top it all off, his fee was substantially more reasonable than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. All in all, I was completely satisfied. I absolutely recommend Mr. West's services to anyone looking for the best defense they can get.
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Posted by Nicky | February 19, 2022
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Excellent lawyer
I hired David on two different cases that other lawyers were trying to get me to plea out to. They said they couldn’t beat my cases. I talked to David and he said he couldn’t promise me anything. But he would not sell me out and he would fight for my rights all the way. And he won both cases for me and i would not be a free man now if it wasn’t for David west. Thank you again David. You are by far the best lawyer I ever hired. And if I ever need a high powered attorney again I sure hope you are available. Best attorney around.
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Posted by Deboria | July 9, 2021
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Thank you David West
David West and associates, I can't thank you enough for the professionalism, your supreme knowledge of the law and representation in my case. You not only fought for my truth to be heard, you fought for my life and all that I would have lost! Though it may have seemed like you were unreachable, un attainable and didn't give much feed back, have demonstrated that not only you were more attentive to cases you represent while in action but also help your clients strengthen their "walk by faith and not by sight" approach to how you operate. You are truly a DAVID to your clients Goliaths, a SHEPHERD to sheep's who has wolves looking to devour their lives, and a person who shows how the WEST was won through your performance in a court room! My family will be forever grateful for your services and I will always recommend you to anyone in need. May God continue to bless you in your feild of work and your family and staff members. Bo
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Posted by Gino | March 1, 2020
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He gets 10 stars
I was facing what amounted to a Life sentence at my age, charged with attempted murder and three other counts maximum 75 years. Mr. West agreed to take my case. I couldn’t have picked a better lawyer and his team. He gave me his word And if I had to rate his ability from 1 to 100% I would say he did 1000%. He said he would win the case with only the prosecutor evidence, and I didn’t know if that was possible, because he said I wouldn’t have to testify either. Mr. West gives excellent advice. It was equivalent to squeeze in water out of a rock and he produce orange juice. 12 jurors found me not guilty on all four counts. I gave him 10 stars.
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Posted by Lizabeth | February 14, 2019
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I hired Attorney west for a criminal case. OMG. He's loyal to his clients and gets the job done. Very honest and made me feel very comfortable. Got the job done hands down. GREAT ATTORNEY
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2019
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Exceptional Lawyer with High Sense of Awareness and Empathy
I hired David West in my case and could not have asked for better representation. David constantly took the extra effort in my case by keeping conversations open and honest. He never provided any false sense of hope and even assisted on his days off. David's emotional IQ in dealing with my family was unprecedented. He set aside business and took the time to understand what my family was going through which gave me even more assurance that my case was in the right hands. I highly recommend David West to anyone seeking legal help.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2017
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David West handled my case and surpassed my expectations. This was my first time ever needing a lawyer. I was nervous about my case, and also about choosing the right lawyer. I went to speak with a couple of lawyers before I met with him, and I honestly just did not get a good vibe from any of them. David West was one of the last couple of lawyers that I was to meet with. They made me feel very comfortable with their professionalism, and I never felt forced to get them on the case like some of the other lawyers that tried to make me feel that I had met with previously. They also kept me informed by phone and mail as to the updates of my case on a regular basis. David West was able to get deal worked out in my case and it was a huge blessing to say at the least, charges were dropped! I appreciate his compassion for my case and his hard work. I would definitely recommend him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2017
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Couldn't have asked for a better attorney
I was apprehensive at first because my case had several continuances, but when everything was finally settled I was overjoyed by the outcome. It was much better than I expected. I'd recommend Mr. West to anyone.
Posted by Mike | September 20, 2017
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Deserves my Review
I am a Father of a young man that Attorney West represented in Cobb State Court. I work for several attorney's in Cobb County and I am very familiar with good, average, or excellent representation. Mr. West was able to provide the best service we could have hoped for. If Mr. West asked me, I would speak with all his potential customers.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2017
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Great Choice for Great Defense
No one ever plans for or wants to need a criminal defense attorney. But when a bad situation hits your family, you need the best. David West is a very professional, respected attorney. We found his business on the NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) website. He didn't play games, told us my son had a serious charge against him, yet promised to do HIS best to help him out of a tough situation. He made excellent recommendations for pre-court counseling and testing, gave my son the best advice without promising miracles. As it turned out, my son ended up with a year of un-monitored probation (with all charges dropped after successful completion of the probationary period) in Cherokee County, a tough-on-drugs county in Georgia. His ordeal is over and David West helped our family through some dark times. You always want to listen to your attorney's advice and with David West you can be assured that advice will be sound. Thank you for our positive outcome to a nasty situation, David West!
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2017
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Satisfied Clients
My wife and I appreciate the service that we received from Attorney David West and Associates. He and his law firm have been an excellent service to my son and our family in our recent case. We are sincerely satisfied with the outcome that was reached in behalf of our son. My wife and I would recommend David West and Associates to any individual and/or family that would need a personal and professional law firm to represent them in a criminal defense case.
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Posted by Sullivan | August 30, 2015
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The Best and a Credit to his Profession
David West is absolutely the best in his profession. He helped my wife and me in a very serious situation. Knowledgeable, honest and forthright knowing not only the letter of the law but also the intent and thinks for himself which seems rare these days. He brings great credit great upon himself, his clients, staff, profession and the Justice System of Georgia and the United States. The Justice System needs more honest and dependable attorneys not swayed by political and social pressures as David West.
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Posted by T | August 20, 2015
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I f you ever need one of the best lawyer ever, David West is the one!!!!. My experience with David West on my initial visit was can he do what he said. Mr. West did that and so much more. I recommend him and his team to everyone going thru any legal problem. His assistant Beth is sooooo awesome. This is one of the best legal team ever.
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Posted by Chelsea | October 10, 2014
Best lawyer in the COUNTRY!
David West is the absolute BEST attorney in the country! He is so great! Really! All around 5 stars! Kept me informed, heard and actually listened to what I wanted and needed and acted promptly and extremely effectively and absolutely delivered! More than delivered!! He's so great!! I recommend to EVERYONE 1000 times over this is your guy!! Stop your search here!!!!!
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Posted by Mekeva | August 19, 2014
Mr West I am writing to thank you and your personal assistance for the outstanding job you did representing me, I think you're phenomenal lawyer and I will refer you to everyone . Sincerely, Mekeva & Yvonne
Posted by Kyle | August 27, 2012
A Great Outcome From A Great Lawyer
First of all, I fired my first lawyer for his lack of effort on my case. I then met with and interviewed a half dozen other attorneys before choosing David West. He and his team helped me obtain a reduced misdemeanor charge with no jail time for what had been a very serious felony charge. He and his team were extremely knowledgeable and professional. I also feel like I was treated with dignity and understanding. I am very appreciative for his help and would highly recommend him to anyone in need of criminal defense.
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Posted by Don | May 25, 2012
Stereotypes do not apply.
When people mention the word "Lawyer", it, unfortunately, conjures up preconceived, stereotypical preceptions for most. Mr. David West will alleviate any presumptive notions you may have, the moment you shake his hand. I was charged with felony obstruction. I was very nervous at the beginning of my consultation. I quickly became very comfortable speaking with Mr. West. His explainations to my questions were informative and easy to understand. He told me not to worry, that he would take care of everything. Wow, I didn't realize he would literally " take care of everything". He, and his staff, were with me every step of the process. His office manager / assistant, Beth, is incredible. My eventual outcome was more than I could have hoped for. I proudly recommend his services to anyone. Thank you David West & Associates.
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Posted by RedFoxLeo1 | December 30, 2011
David Shepherd West is the best Criminal Defence Lawyer in the US !
He gave me the best answer, he is definitely very knowledgeable in the Criminal defense field, I would definitely recommend and hire him.
Posted by glenn | December 16, 2010
david shepherd west
mr. west was clear and exact with his comments concerning my pending case. he gave me a realalistic outlook of what to expect and did a fine job of implementing the plan. while i certainly do not plan on needing any additional criminal defense in my life , i would trust mr. west with any legal needs.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • David West & Associates
  • 2004 - Present
  • Volunteer
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Clemency Project
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Senior Attorney
  • Plichta & Associates
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Law Offices Of Bruce S. Harvey
  • 1994 - 2003
  • Associate
  • 1000 Lawyers for Justice
  • 1994 - 1994
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  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Berry College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v Nicky Proctor
  • Charges Dismissed
  • Sheldon Mitchell v. State
  • Conviction reversed
  • State v. Raymundo Stone
  • Probation and removal from sex offender registry
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  • Georgia C.A.R.E. Project
  • Board of Advisors
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association For The Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Committee Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Marietta Business Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Contributing Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Businessman of the Year Award
  • N.R.C.C
  • 2005


  • Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • Lawyer Wants Troopers Treated Like Dogs
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Ties and Tie Dyes Atlanta
  • Marijuana Legalization
  • 2013
  • Boy Scouts of America Troop 540
  • Criminal Justice
  • 2011
  • Model United Nations National Conference
  • World Issues
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Given (17)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David West is one of those dedicated, hard-working talented lawyers that comes along once in a great while. If I were in trouble, he's the guy I'd call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney David West works tirelessly on behalf of his clients to get the best result possible. He will travel across the state or country to assist a client. His dedication and use of inventive legal arguments bring great outcomes for his clients in all jurisdictions. David West is a true trial lawyer who fights for his clients and their rights. You are in very good hands when you hire David for your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an outstanding lawyer. He is recognized in the legal community as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Georgia. He is always well prepared in court and gets great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"What makes David one the best criminal defense lawyers in the country? His intelligence, charisma, and drive to succeed. He truly is a rare talent. When others would give up hope in a case, David just finds another way. He turns lemons into lemonade. If I needed a lawyer, David is the first person I would call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David West is a high-powered, creative, and zealous attorney. He gets results for his clients and will never back down from a fight. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is well known in the community for fighting drug cases and successfully arguing legal issues. He is a hardworking lawyer who is good at what he does, and he represents his clients very well. He is also a nice guy as well. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David has a great reputation and experience in both state and federal criminal matters, including higher profile cases. In matters of Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues David has always been on the front lines of knowledge and imagination."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David West is an experienced and highly skilled trial lawyer who is well regarded in the defense bar. I would not hesitate to endorse Mr. West for any criminal defense matter."
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