Greg was was born and raised in Atlanta. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990 and his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1993. While in law school, Greg clerked for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office, and an United States District Court Judge. Upon graduation, Greg immediately went to work for the Clarke County District Attorney’s Office in Athens, Georgia. He handled the Asset Forfeiture Division of the office, while also trying all types of felony jury trials. Greg was then asked to take over the “High Priority” caseload, which included high profile cases, such as murder and rape, and especially difficult cases, such as arson and child molestation.
In 1996, Greg joined the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. He continued to handle every type of felony case, including drug cases, robberies, assaults, child molestations, and murders. In 1999, DeKalb District Attorney J. Tom Morgan named Greg as the Trial Attorney of the Year for his outstanding advocacy. In 2001, District Attorney Morgan again honored Greg by promoting him to Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney and naming him the Solicitor of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court.
In these dual roles, Greg handled all cases of juveniles being tried as adults in DeKalb County for the crimes of murder, rape, armed robbery, and voluntary manslaughter, and he managed an office of twenty-one people, comprised of prosecutors, investigators, and staff, who handled thousands of cases a year in juvenile court.
Throughout his career, Greg has been asked to speak at schools, at universities, on radio programs, on television programs, on the local news, to prosecutor training groups, and to police agencies as an expert in the field of Criminal and Juvenile Justice.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1993||07/15/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Georgia Legal Elite||Georgia Trend Magazine||2009|
|Trial Attorney of the Year||DeKalb County District Attorney||1999|
|Managing Partner||Schwarz Law Firm, LLC||2016 - Present|
|Attorney||Ross and Pines, LLC||2006 - 2016|
|Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney||Dekalb County District Attorney||2001 - 2006|
|Assistant District Attorney||DeKalb County District Attorney||1996 - 2001|
|Assistant District Attorney||Clarke County District Attorney||1993 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Cobb County Bar Association||member||2007 - Present|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||member||2006 - Present|
|Atlanta Bar Association||member||2006 - Present|
|DeKalb Bar Association||member||2006 - Present|
|State v. James Rast||jury verdict of not guilty in 10 minutes|
|State v. Adrian Zaraut Garcia||jury verdict of not guilty|
|State v. Jaimie Fajardo||murder charges dismissed, probation on drug charges|
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|Washington Ripple||The Death Penalty||1990|
|University of Georgia School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Washington University in St. Louis||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Parent/Student Forum||Juveniles and Juvenile Law||2003|
|Layman's Laywer||Criminal Offenses - Rape||1999|
|WGAU Radio||O.J. Simpson Trial||1995|