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Pat Dutcher

Criminal defense Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Bruce Patilloch Dutcher

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2004
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Pat

Learn Pat’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    With over 15 years experience in complex criminal litigation, our firm is suited to defend clients against serious high profile criminal charges

  2. Civil rights

  3. Personal injury

  4. Appeals

  5. General practice

PAT DUTCHER is a partner of Hollberg & Weaver, LLP with more than 15 years of litigation experience and a record of excellence in trial advocacy. Pat graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law and obtained his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in philosophy and political science from Lynchburg College. Pat has significant experience handling complex felony criminal cases and high profile special matters in Georgia’s busiest and most demanding courtrooms.

Before joining Hollberg & Weaver, Pat served as Deputy District Attorney of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Major Case Division, where he successfully litigated hundreds of felony cases.  Several of Pat's trials have been featured on national television.  In addition to his outstanding personal achievements in trial practice, Pat also led a team of ten highly skilled trial attorneys in the Major Case Division who litigated all of the homicide and high profile criminal matters in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit.

During Pat’s rise through the District Attorney’s Office, he was consistently recognized for his exceptional trial skills, receiving numerous awards including Trial Division Lawyer of the Year in 2009, Major Case Lawyer of the Year in 2014, and the Lewis Slaton Highest Achievement Award in 2016. The Fulton Daily Report also selected Pat as one of the Top Ten Lawyers to Watch in 2010.

Pat now employs his litigation experience, courtroom prowess, and personal tenacity to serve victims of personal injury and those who have been accused of serious criminal charges.

Featured on:

Snapped - Season 12 episode 4

Fatal Attraction - Season 3 episode 12

ATL Homicide - Season 2 episode 7

Court TV - State v. Devonni Benton

Bar Memberships:

Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Superior Court
Northern District of Georgia
Middle District of Georgia

Reported Cases:

Ginn v. State, 293 Ga. App. 757 (2008) (felony reckless conduct)
Potter v. State, 283 Ga. 576 (2008) (murder)
Manley v. State, 281 Ga. 466 (2007) (murder)
Fields v. State, 283 Ga. App. 208 (2007) (armed robbery)
Helton v. State, 284 Ga. App 777 (2007) (obstruction)
Florence v. State, 282 Ga. App 31 (2006) (cocaine distribution)
Brewer v. State, 280 Ga. App 582 (2006) (aggravated assault)
Davenport v. State, 278 Ga. App 16 (2006) (child molestation)
Burdette v. State, 276 Ga. App 695 (2005) (burglary)
Roses v. State, 276 Ga. App 513(2005) (cocaine trafficking, authored brief)
Fetter v. State, 271 Ga. App 652 (2005) (burglary, authored brief)

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Hollberg & Weaver, LLP
2921 Piedmont Road, N.E.
Suite C
Atlanta, GA, 30305


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Posted by CHRISTAL | February 18, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Kind hearted
I meant Mr. Dutcher through my attorney George Weaver. Pat was very knowledgeable of my case. Pat sat with me through my deposition and mediation helping me with understanding the process of ever step. I would highly recommend Mr. Dutcher
Posted by Josh | January 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of a kind
I wanted to express my gratitude for your efforts and dedication for my case. It was quite a long and upsetting process and I could never thought anyone would stay by my side for this long but  you were very generous regarding it. It is really hard to make someone who doesn’t know you believe that you are innocent but you still put all your efforts in clearing my name. I am grateful to you that you took all the stress and restored everything out for me. Your faith, knowledge and determination were something that solves my worries. I highly recommend pat. Thank you.
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Posted by Emily | October 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hired an excellent attorney
Mr Dutcher is an excellent attorney, he is very knowledgeable about the prosecuting side of court as he has a lot of experience working with them. He is very professional and well liked by judges and prosecutors. He is reasonable and realistic and very good at communication and working with his client’s availability. He is not out to prosper from your misfortune but There to help you in getting your best outcome. He is good at helping his clients understand all of their options fully, the positives and the negatives and he even set up meetings on Sundays and late nights to make sure I was informed in a timely manner. He’s really great, very likable, very good at what he does, I would recommend him for anyone!
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney
  • Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Senior Assistant District Attorney
  • Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Coweta County District Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2008
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  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 2004
  • Lynchburg College
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA),
  • 2000


  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Lewis Slaton Highest Achievement Award
  • Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2016
  • Major Case Lawyer of the Year
  • Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2014
  • Ten Award for Outstanding Trial Performance
  • Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • Fulton County Daily Report
  • 2010
  • Complex Trial Division Lawyer of the Year
  • Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (13)
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General practice Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I work with Pat. He is an excellent attorney, who is very diligent and knowledgeable. He and I worked together recently defending serious felony charges in Augusta, GA. Pat did a splendid job, producing an acquittal on all counts in less than one hour. You can't go wrong hiring Pat, whatever your legal problem."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Pat Dutcher is a brilliant mind. I worked with him for about 8 years. He is a seasoned attorney who will fight hard for you. I strongly endorse him and trust that he will do nothing less than the best for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Pat many years ago when he was prosecuting a client I was defending; over the years we had many cases against each other. Pat was a formidable opponent and always well versed in both the facts and law of the cases he handled. Despite the adversarial nature of our jobs, I developed a deep respect for Pat due to his trial skills, professionalism, and ethics. Pat will be a tremendous asset to his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Pat Dutcher for many years. He has consistently delivered excellence in the courtroom for his clients. He is compassionate, intelligent and a relentless fighter on behalf of those he represents. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Pat Dutcher is one of the best trial lawyers in Georgia. I have had the pleasure of losing to Pat and witnessing his greatness first hand. He is smart, meticulous, and above all else, passionate about doing what’s right. He’s a fighter tempered with compassion. I would want him in my corner in any fight and would advise anyone going up against him to think twice. He is a leader in his field and his community. I would trust him to represent my loved ones and you should too. I highly endorse Pat Dutcher."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Pat over the years in his capacity as a senior district attorney in Fulton County. I was always on the opposing side, but he stood out as an ethical, professional opponent. You could talk with him about the challenges of a case and he would strive to do the right thing. I expect the same and only great things in his career in private practice."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Pat is an excellent attorney and a true trial lawyer. If he's on your team, I like your chances in any legal battle. While working under Pat's supervision, I learned many of the skills and practices I employ daily in and out of court to get results for my own clients. I am proud to endorse Pat."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Pat is a great trial lawyer who brings to the table a wealth of knowledge, experience and sincerity that is formidable. I enthusiastically endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have litigated several cases against Pat when he was at the District Attorney's office. He is a strong advocate and a prepared and fair opponent. His clients are lucky to have him."
General practice Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Pat Dutcher is one of the best attorneys in Atlanta. He is a master of his practice areas and gives 100% to all of his cases. If Pat is on your case, you can be confident you are getting the best representation possible. If I needed representation, he is at the top of my list. I highly recommend this attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dutcher is an experienced and zealous trial attorney. He's a lawyer you will want on your side of any legal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat is exactly the type of attorney that someone facing a criminal charge in Georgia would want in their corner. He has years of courtroom experience, an understanding of the other side, and a true passion for the law. I highly recommend Pat Dutcher!"
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