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Lawanda Nowlin Hodges

White collar crime Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 19 years
    Georgia - GA 21 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2004
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2002
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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As a former prosecutor, Lawanda Nowlin Hodges, Esq. has over a decade of experience prosecuting major felonies, ranging from homicides to public corruption. As a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Attorney Hodges prosecuted some of the most heinous crimes, earning her numerous awards including, but not limited to, Attorney of the Year and The Lewis Slaton Award (awarded to the highest achieving prosecutor in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit).

As lead counsel in over 50 felony jury trials, Attorney Hodges is a seasoned trial attorney. She also has successfully prosecuted and assisted in the investigation of over 400 felony matters that involved the interviewing and assessment of hundreds of witnesses. Attorney Hodges understands all stages of a criminal investigation, as she has directly orchestrated legal search warrants and presented dozens of matters before the grand jury, including those involving public officials.

Lawanda Nowlin Hodges, Esq. was also a Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County, the second largest county in Georgia that has received much news coverage regarding public corruption matters. There, she supervised the Organized Crime Unit that included the Public Integrity, White Collar, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), and Gangs units. As Deputy of these units, Attorney Hodges had a particular concentration on public corruption cases, where she directly oversaw and managed large scale, high-intelligence investigations that took several months—and in some cases, years—to investigate. In this role, she managed parallel and multi-agency investigations, concerning agencies such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

As a former civil litigator, Attorney Hodges has significant experience handling corporate matters, as well. She began her legal career working as an associate at the international firm, King & Spalding, LLP, where she assisted with complex civil matters concerning major corporations in federal court. She returned to the world of business litigation as a senior associate for Ashe, Rafuse & Hill (now Polsinelli) when she first ended her career as a prosecutor in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Major Case Unit and prior to returning to the government as Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney for DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office.

The combination of her civil and criminal litigation experience makes Attorney Hodges especially capable to handle sophisticated cases needing the seasoned trial advocacy abilities of a prosecutor and the business acumen of a corporate litigator. With her combined civil and criminal background, she argued dozens of motions and prepared considerable pleadings in state and federal courts.


The Law Firm of Lawanda Hodges, LLC
1100 Peachtree Street, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA, 30316

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Posted by Will | June 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal Lawyer!
Ms. Hodges came highly recommended and we weren't disappointed with her work. Her promptness, demeanor, and ability to get a successful outcome, given the red tape, was very much appreciated. A very competitive and competent attorney. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Elected Official
I was served with a complaint by a disgruntled citizen. Attorney Hodges was readily available to assist me. I was not disappointed at all. Her reputation of being sharp and knowledgeable was spot on. I was extremely satisfied on her ability to handle my situation and help me to move pass that frustrating moment. I highly recommend her services.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • The Law Firm of Lawanda Hodges, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Deputy Chief Assistant DA, Public Integrity Unit
  • Dekalb County District Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Senior Associate (Business Litigation)
  • Ashe, Rafuse & Hill, LLP
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Senior Assistant District Attorney, Major Case
  • Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2011
  • Associate and Summer Associate
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Law Clerk Intern
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • 2000 - 2000
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  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Spelman College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999
  • University of London
  • N/A


  • Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Minority Business Enterprise
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Minority Business Enterprise
  • 2016 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Clemency Project 2014
  • Clemency Attorney
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Department of Justice
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The Network Journal
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyer
  • 2016
  • The Network Journal
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • 2016
  • Special Unit Award (Deputy of Public Integrity Unit)
  • DeKalb District Attorney's Office
  • 2015
  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2010
  • Highest Achieving Prosecutor (Lewis Slaton Award)
  • Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Implicit Bias Training
  • Implicit Bias and Prosecution
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
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White collar crime Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lawanda is an excellent attorney and I highly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawanda has exceptional litigation experience both in government and private practice. She is well respected among her peers as a skilled, effective advocate. Because of that, I often refer criminal matters to her."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure to collaborate with Mrs. Hodges on several cases and she is a total professional and an exceptional attorney. The best litigator I have ever seen in the courtroom. I totally endorse this lawyer."
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Atlanta White collar crime Lawyer Lawanda Nowlin Hodges
Lawanda Nowlin Hodges
White collar crime Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 21 years