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Eric Andrew Coffelt

Litigation Attorney at Sandy Springs, GA

5.0   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2013
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About Eric

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Defending businesses from any number of claims, including personal injury, premises liability, dram shop (liquor) liability, allegations of sexual harassment, etc. Also regularly sue city, county and state government agencies where they have unfairly targeted a particular business or individual, whether through arrest/prosecution, or the denial/revocation of a business or professional license.

    10 years, 186 cases

  2. State, local, and municipal law
    Represent MANY different businesses/categories of business with one thing in common: city councils don't like them. Handle everything from OTC denials, to professional license denial/revocation, injunction and mandamus actions, administrative hearings, license review boards, appeals to superior court by writ of certiorari, etc.

    8 years, 22 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    Represent people from all walks of life who, for one reason or another, find themselves battling with the machinery of the criminal justice system. Experienced in defending those accused of DUI, drug possession or distribution, and gambling.

    10 years, 53 cases

  4. Gaming
    Represent COAM master licensees facing disciplinary action by the Georgia Lottery Corporation. Handle everything from the initial citations, GLC Hearings, appeals by writ of certiorari to the Superior Court of Fulton County, and even to the Georgia Court of Appeals

    8 years, 7 cases

Eric Coffelt earned his Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law. Prior to that, Eric attended Mercer University, where he studied criminal justice and graduated magna cum laude. While in law school, Eric competed in national mock trial competitions as part of Georgia State's distinguished Student Trial Lawyer's Association, was the Vice President of the Criminal Law Association, and was awarded the prestigious Georgia Civil Justice Foundation Scholarship for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.


Virtually all of Eric's litigation experience has been in the area of criminal defense. His passion for helping those accused of criminal offenses began during law school, where he focused on Trial Advocacy, Advanced Criminal Litigation, and Forensic Evidence. While completing his education, Eric also worked on: death penalty cases in both the trial and appellate divisions of the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender in Atlanta; high profile murder cases with the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office in Phoenix, Arizona; and also worked for the Dekalb County Public Defender's Office in Decatur - where he won his first DUI jury trial before even graduating from law school.


Today, in addition to fighting on behalf of his clients in the courtroom, Eric dedicates much of his time to helping educate the general public about how to preserve and protect their rights when confronted by law enforcement - a mission he tirelessly continues to pursue. Eric has also spent considerable time and effort attempting to influence the debates taking place within and among law enforcement agencies throughout the world. For example, in October of 2010 Eric was a presenter at BIT's First Annual World Congress of Forensics in Dalian, China. At that historic gathering, which was attended by leading forensic experts from all over the world, Eric drew their attention to the ever-growing evidence that fingerprint identification is unreliable, unscientific, and (like most other forms of forensic "science,") has been responsible for many false accusations and wrongful convictions.

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Eric Andrew Coffelt
SynerG Law COmplex
6075 Barfield Road
Sandy Springs, GA, 30328


5.0 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks Eric
Eric worked hard on my case and managed to lower my charges substantially.
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Responsive! Great Advice!
Eric was very pleasant to work with. He was very quick to respond to any questions that I had and provided me with very good advice. Should I need to hire a lawyer to resolve my issue, it will definitely be Eric. Eric has been so helpful, I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He saved my business license.
Eric is the best! He was kind, patient, and very impressive in court. I was about to lose my entire business, everything I'd ever worked for, and he fought for me every step of the way until we won! I will never let anyone else represent me again.
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
He was easy to get in touch with and worked with my schedule.
Posted by Parker | October 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Eric is awesome And always responds super fast.
Posted by Scott | October 26, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Dram Shop Litigator
I am the President of Training Institute for Responsible Vendors Inc. We provide responsible alcohol sales and service training to the alcohol hospitality industry. I have worked on civil litigations with Eric Coffelt and was very pleased with his work.
Posted by Gerald | October 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miracles Do Happen
Mr. Coffelt met and exceeded all my expectations and then some. The first attorney I hired for the case had all the information that Mr. Coffelt had and more. The first attorney was a well known and reputable lawyer that came highly recommended. I had received 4 citations from the police. He wanted me to plead guilty to all of the charges witch was going to result in a very large fine a lot of special conditions and some jail time. That was not something that I was willing to do because I was going to be pleading guilty to somethings that I didn't do. I had used Mr Coffelt before and was very happy with the outcome, so I gave him a call and field him in on my case. After talking with him for about 45 min or so I asked him if he thought he could help me. Before I tell you his answer just let me say that I have a very colorful background and there's not a lawyer that would guarantee me a innocent outcome. But what Mr Coffelt did guarantee me was that he would do all that he could and would fight for me to the end. We came to an agreement on what I would consider a very fair price for him to take my case. Over the next couple of weeks we talked on the phone about my case. Every few days I would receive a phone call form him updating me on my case, however if I called him, weather it was during business hours or off hours he for the most part would answer the phone but if not I would always receive a returned call within a short period of time. Two weeks after hiring Mr. Coffelt my case was resolved. The worst two of my citations were dropped and the other two citations I received carried very small penalties. My fines were small the special conditions were easy to meet and best of all I received no jail time. The outcome of my case was far better than I ever expected. Not only was Mr. Coffelt easy to reach but very easy to talk with. I felt he treated me like a person instead of client.
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Posted by Karen | October 22, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Eric did a great job at getting DUI charges reduced to lesser charges of reckless driving and open container. This was a pretty complicated situation concerning the circumstances of the case. Eric in my book is a magician and a darn good one at that!! Not to mention a kind man that works hard for his client.
Posted by Meredith | October 6, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Eric did a great job for me
I had an extremely stressful situation that started with an old ticket for an expired tag and mushroomed into an arrest and incarceration for driving on a suspended license--which I didn't know I was doing. Eric guided me through the steps I needed to take to get this mess sorted out and represented me ably in traffic court (scary!)--successfully negotiating with the solicitors to reduce the fines, first in FTA court and then at a subsequent appearance on the new tickets. He is professional and responsive--having his expertise in court and during this whole saga was a huge weight off my shoulders.
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Posted by Joel | September 13, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Good to the End
Two years ago, I hired Eric to take my case. It was one that was a mess that got worse. It was one that of spouses in a He said She said case. Eric worked diligently to ensure that my rights were protected and that what was just came my way. The end result was gratifying knowing that none of my freedoms will be taken away due to false allegations. Eric's devotion to service and knowledge paved the way allowing me to live my life as every civil American should.
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Posted by Tara | August 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
He was extremely diligent and truly cared about me and the outcome of my situation. I highly recommend him to anyone that wants a bulldog attorney in their corner.
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2014
Excellent Lawyer
I Give Coffelt, my highest recommendation. I recently moved to the area from out of state, and received a ticket for driving with an expired registration, although my registration was valid. I initially went to court on my own, and it didn’t turn out well, I was fined and lost my license. To make a long story short, I requested a new court date, and was given a few days to get everything together before court. I called Coffelt, he listened to my story, and he agreed to take the case despite the short notice, and having other cases scheduled that day. He presented new documentation, got my previous conviction overturned, my license was re-instated, and I received a refund on my original fine. I give Coffelt my highest recommendation. He is very professional, knowledgeable, responsive, cares about his clients, and works hard for the best outcome.
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Posted by Jamie | August 11, 2014
Excellent Advice
I called Eric's office about a speeding ticket. He called me back that day and helped me figure out the best solution for my case. He could have charged me a lot of money for his help and I would've never known the difference, since I live in another state and am not familiar with Georgia laws. Not only is Eric knowledgeable in Georgia, Alabama and Florida State laws, he is also honest, which is a rare quality in most people. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2014
Highly recommend!
Eric helped me with my traffic ticket and kept me informed throughout the entire process. He made the process as easy and painless as possible. I would highly recommend him for any type of criminal defense work.
Posted by Omar | July 2, 2014
Saved me over 5000 in fees
I want to start off by saying that the price Eric charges for the service he provides is outstanding. I had three suspended licences charges about four failure to appears, a failure to yield for a safety vehicle, two invalid registration charges, no proof of insurance, a tag light violation and a window tint violation. All spanding across three different counties Clayton, Fulton and Gwinett. Needless to say I had over 7000 in fines and was facing 6 to 12 months in the clink and another license suspension for another year and a half. I hired him to help me out with my most recent case Gwinett. He took it upon his own liberty to help out with the other cases, all for the same price! And Boy did he help! He got all but two of my charges dropped with no jail time! And the two that weren't he got reduced significantly. I am now a Georgia licences driver with no points on my license. Might I repeat that his prices are the best for the quality of work that he puts in trust me I know. I narrowed my search to about 12 lawyers before finally settling on Eric and boy was it totally worth it.
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Posted by Cinzia | May 19, 2014
Best Attorney I've had!
Mr. Coffelt went above and beyond handling my unique traffic violation case. Even when there were obstacles and the case dragged on, I always felt like my case was important & urgent to him. He kept me informed every step of the way and went out of his way to ensure a positive outcome. I would highly recommend Mr. Coffelt to anyone looking for an amazing attorney!
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Posted by william | May 17, 2014
Georgia traffic and drug related laws
Mr. Coffelt was very informative concerning my son's case, telling us the laws that was broken, how the law read, and what a Judge could pass down. Mr. Coffelt kept us informed on trial dates and times and answered any and all questions we asked. He did a great job for us.
Posted by Romain | May 6, 2014
Eric Coffelt as a lawyer
Eric was very informative and took the time to represent me. I was very pleased with Eric performance and would recommend him to anyone who has legal issues.
Posted by Javier | April 23, 2014
traffic violation case
Eric Coffelt did an excellent job in handling a traffic citation in which I was involved. He was able to keep my records clean, and reduced the amount I had to pay. I would hire him again with no doubt.
Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2014
Excellent Lawyer!!
Eric handled both a civil case and two traffic tickets for me. He was successful in getting one of my tickets completely dropped and the other ticket I paid a much lower fee and received no points on my licence. I didn't even have to go to court! As for the civil case, he had that case settled within a few weeks. I think mainly because the other side was scared once he contacted them. He is fast, reliable, and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him!
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  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 330-380 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Begner & Begner, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hillis, Robison & Coffelt
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Contract Attorney
  • Frank X. Moore & Associates
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Contract Attorney
  • Koglemeier Smith, P.L.C.
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • Maricopa County Public Defender
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Legal Externship (3rd Year Practice Act)
  • Dekalb County Public Defender's Office
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Office Of The Georgia Capital Defender
  • 2009 - 2009
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  • Georgia State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Mercer University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006


  • National Motorists Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Scholarship for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Georgia Civil Justice Foundation
  • 2010


  • The Docket
  • The Moral Bankruptcy of Prohibition
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (27)
Endorse Eric
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric has a unique and effective means of identifying the issues in a case and working with those issues to obtain maximum results on behalf of his clients. I have no doubt Eric will continue to shine and provide solid reputable representation for those who are fortunate enough to work with him."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a hardworking and skillful attorney and is well-respected in the community."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Coffelt's answers on Avvo show that he is an extremely thorough, logical litigator, who really knows what he's doing. I would recommend him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Eric Coffelt for your legal needs. He is thorough in his preparation and passionate in his representation and advocacy. He will be dedicated not just to your case, but to you as a person in making sure that your outcome is a good one. No case is too messy or too complicated for Mr. Coffelt to handle, and he will keep you informed every step of the way! I absolutely recommend this hard working attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is one of the most passionate criminal defense and civil rights attorneys that I know. He works tirelessly for his clients, and he does it for the right reason: he truly cares about the person he is representing and will give 100% to each one in order to ensure he/she does not get crushed by the criminal justice system. He maintains excellent communication, the highest level of professionalism, and always acts ethically. I fully endorse Eric as a counselor and advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Coffelt is a highly intelligent, competent, and considerate attorney that I endorse highly. I have known Mr. Coffelt for over 5 years and I believe him to be one of the most skilled advocates for those seeking justice in Metro Atlanta."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Friend
"Eric is one of the rare criminal defense attorneys that I would characterize as a "true believer". Many defense attorneys are advocates for their clients because that is what they are paid to do. Eric is an advocate for his clients because he believes in keeping the system and the government honest. I highly recommend him for anyone who needs a zealous advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Eric for 7 years and along with another partner recently opened up a law firm together. Eric is one of the most hardworking and dedicated attorneys I know – which is only one of many reasons I opened up a practice with him. I wholeheartedly endorse Eric."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Eric is passionate about criminal defense and is the lawyer I would hire if I needed a defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Eric since law school. He comes across as very confident and passionate about the practice of law. He is very knowledgeable in the area of criminal defense, and has no problem sticking up for his client's rights. You should hire him!"
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