Drew Findling

Drew Findling is our exclusively recommended Trial Law expert in Georgia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Drew directly using the contact details listed above.

Drew spent the first three years of his career as a lawyer as a Fulton County, Georgia, assistant public defender assigned to the courtroom of the late Judge William Daniel, known throughout Georgia for having authored three fundamental treatises on Georgia criminal practice. Just a few years after graduating from law school, in 1987, Drew “hung out a shingle” and started The Findling Law Firm. Since then, Drew has represented clients in state and federal courts in many states, including Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. He has also handled international matters in the Middle East and Europe.

Drew has enjoyed great success as a trial lawyer representing clients with charges ranging from minor offenses to multi-million dollar federal conspiracy cases. Over the years, his reputation for zealous and skilled representation has resulted in his being retained to represent numerous high-profile clients, including Grammy-nominee Faith Evans, Former Douglas County District Attorney David McDade, Former Fulton County, Georgia, Sheriff Jackie Barrett, current Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, Former President of Morris Brown College Dolores Cross, NBA Superstar Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA great Dennis Rodman and NBA first-round draft choices Al-Farouq Aminu and Roshown McLeod and retired baseball slugger Oscar Gamble, and rap superstars Gucci Mane Waka Flocka Flame and Migos’ Offset.

In his over 30 years of practice, Drew has published numerous articles and given speeches in over 35 states on such topics as defending battered woman syndrome cases, jury selection in high profile cases, forensic preparation for a criminal trial, giving effective opening and closing statements, and cross-examination, including several on the cross-examination of the homicide detective. He has lectured at Emory Law School, Georgia State University College of Law, the National Criminal Defense College, the Georgia Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Criminal Defense College. Respected for his legal analysis and trial abilities, Drew is also regularly invited by Shepard Smith of Fox News and Brook Baldwin of CNN to serve as legal analyst on their programs. In Atlanta he is also the exclusive legal analyst of Atlanta’s All News 106.7.

Drew Findling’s professional memberships include the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where he was recently elected Secretary and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers where he is on the Board of Governors. Drew also serves on the Board of Advisors for the prestigious National Clearing House on Science and Technology of Law. He has been named as one of Georgia’s Legal Elite in Georgia Trend Magazine, Georgia “Super Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Lawyers in Georgia. He recently received the NAACP’s Civil and Human Right’s Award.

Hilary S. Greene

Hilary S. Greene is a trial lawyer who has handled cases for individuals and as well as mass action litigation. She has focused on large, years-long cases involving in-depth and lengthy discovery. She has handled defective product cases, breach of contract disputes, presented arguments before a federal appeals court, and conducted oral and written discovery.

Ms. Greene interned for U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas while attending South Texas College of Law. In law school, she was on law review and won state and national advocacy competitions for briefs and oral advocacy. After graduation, she taught and mentored students competing in national moot court competitions on various topics including constitutional law, bankruptcy, administrative law, health law and civil rights law.

Before joining AZA, Ms. Greene was an associate at Moriarty Leyendecker, PC.

Ms. Greene is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow.

Firm Overview:

Years of Experience Trying Complex Cases

AZA is first and foremost a trial firm. Our nearly 50 lawyers have been in a trial roughly every month since 2016, despite courthouse closures because of Hurricane Harvey. We tried 23 cases total in the years 2018 and 2019. Our courtroom experience, our knowledge of what will matter to a jury or judge, and our command of trial technology permit us to do this efficiently. Being trial-ready also strongly influences settlement. Opponents recognise that with more than 225 trials under our belts, we have confidence in our position and our ability to advocate that position. In fact, AZA is often hired on the eve of trial, once it has become clear that the case must be tried.

Although many of our cases involve high-stakes litigation for multinational companies, we also excel at representing individuals and mid-sized businesses with serious legal issues. We also understand that a superior result does not always involve a verdict or judgement, and are equally skilled at developing creative solutions to business problems.

AZA also manages company investigations. We help company boards, in-house counsel, and audit committees identify problems and ensure compliance before litigation ensues.

Carla Minnard

Carla Minnard has been been selected as a “Super Lawyer” in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, an annual list of the top attorneys in the region. This honor is bestowed on no more than 5 percent of the state’s lawyers. Selection is based on peer nomination and evaluation of the lawyer’s professional accomplishments. Carla has also been named one of the “Top Lawyers in California” by American Lawyer Media and has been nominated for other prestigious awards including “Woman Trial Lawyer of the Year” by CAOC and Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice and Consumer Attorneys of California.

Her verdicts have been featured in numerous publications and magazines, including “Million Dollar Verdicts.”

Firm Overview:

The Minnard Law Firm was founded by Carla Minnard, a highly experienced, successful trial attorney who has tried countless cases, including many which resulted in multimillion dollar verdicts.

Carla Minnard has been named a “Super Lawyer” in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, which is an honour bestowed upon no more than 5% of the state’s lawyers and is based on peer nominations and evaluation of her significant professional accomplishments. Carla has also been named one of the “Top Lawyers in California” by ALM and has been nominated for other prestigious awards including “Woman Trial Lawyer of the Year” and “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by Consumer Attorneys of California.

The Minnard Law Firm has built our reputation case by case with unwavering commitment and sound, practical judgment.