Steven H. Sadow - Steven H. Sadow, P.C.

Steven H. Sadow

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 404-577-1400

Steven H. Sadow is a nationally known, high-profile criminal defense attorney who has been practicing law for 35 years. He is a sole practitioner at his firm, Steven H. Sadow, P.C., and special counsel for the Atlanta-based law firm Schulten Ward & Turner, LLP, where he serves as head of the firm's white collar and high-profile criminal defense section. Mr. Sadow's criminal trial and appellate practice focuses on the following offenses: white collar, cyber/computer, fraud, tax, RICO, murder, drugs, firearms, and forfeiture.

Mr. Sadow has NEVER been a prosecutor. He has devoted his entire career to defending the accused.

Several of Mr. Sadow's cases have drawn national media coverage. Television networks such as Court TV, NBC and A&E have featured his cases. Mr. Sadow obtained an acquittal for his client Joe Sweeting, who was tried along with former NFL football star Ray Lewis for two murders that occurred during a post-2000 Super Bowl brawl in Atlanta ("Turning The Prosecution Witness: Making The Witness Your Own."

In one of the most high-profile federal cases in Georgia history, Mr. Sadow successfully defended Steve Kaplan, the former owner of the notorious Gold Club strip establishment, against RICO conspiracy charges ("A Wink, A Smile: How Gold Club Defendants Bonded With Jury."

Mr. Sadow also obtained what commentators have called a "miracle" outcome for rap/entertainment artist "TI" after he was charged with federal firearms offenses in Atlanta ("T.I. 'Ain't No Such Thing As A Secret Snitch' – The Untold Story Behind the Deal."

Mr. Sadow also led the successful defense of Howard K. Stern, the attorney and boyfriend of the late playmate and model Anna Nicole Smith, who was charged with criminal conspiracy and prescription drug fraud in Los Angeles. Steve Sadow - A Real "Discovery"; Judge Frees Stern and Doctor.

Other Articles: Mortgage Fraud Claims: How mortgage brokers can legally protect themselves; White Collar Crime in Focus 'Gall' Gives Defendants Real Option To Stand Trial; Judge Calls Prosecution's Witnesses Liars. Money-Laundering Sentence Downgraded By 20 Years

  • U.S. v. H... - Chiropractor investigated for medicaid and private health care fraud - corporation entered plea - individual was not prosecuted (S.D. Ill. 2014)
  • Georgia v. Goins - Accused charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, attempted robbery, & possession of a firearm during commission of a felony - jury verdict of not guilty on all charges (2014)
  • U.S. v. Tony H. - Businessman facing 10 years to life for methamphetamine conspiracy - pled to lesser offense and sentenced to 5 months (E.D.Tn. 2013)
  • Georgia v. A... - Therapist investigated for health care fraud - prosecution declined by Attorney General's office (2013)
  • Georgia v. Nelson - Pedestrian mother whose 4-year old child was struck and killed after they entered a roadway outside a crosswalk charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless conduct - pled no contest to jaywalking & paid a $200 fine - homicide and reckless conduct charges dismissed (2013)
  • Georgia v. Adams - Murder conviction reversed by GA Supreme Court (2013)
  • Georgia v. Adams - College student charged with murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony in Savannah, GA. After fighting the case for 3+ years, the charges were reduced to hindering the apprehension of a criminal, making client immediately eligible for parole (2014)
  • Georgia v. Champine - Pharmacist charged with felony drug and gun charges - pled nolo and sentenced to probation on misdemeanors (2013)
  • Georgia v. Burks - Businessman indicted for trafficking in marijuana (50 lbs) - sentenced to probation (2013)
  • Georgia v. Davis - Attorney arrested on multiple charges of securities fraud - case dismissed before indictment (2013)
  • Georgia v. Gilllispie - Father arrested for aggravated sex offenses - faced 25 year mandatory minimum sentence - judge sentenced to probation (2013)
  • Georgia v. Crowell - Star college football play charged with multiple gun offenses - case dismissed before indictment (2013)
  • U.S. v. Young - Owner of rap music promotion and entertainment company charged with marijuana trafficking (5000+ lbs) - jury acquitted on all charges (M.D. Ala. 2011)
  • U.S. v. Anderson - Businessman acquitted of illegal gun possession (N.D. Fla. 2007)
  • Georgia v. Conzo - RICO prosecution dismissed (2007)
  • Georgia v. Sinclair - Doctor charged with Medicaid fraud - sentenced to misdemeanor probation and medical license preserved (2008)
  • U.S. v. Alamin - Businesswoman charged with structuring currency transactions involving over $2 million - sentenced to probation (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • U.S. v. Marshall - Businesswoman charged with $1.5 million fraud - sentencing guidelines advised 2+ years in prison - sentenced to 1 month imprisonment  (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • U.S. v. Dahabreh - Businessman charged with fraud and structuring currency transactions involving nearly $2 million - sentencing guidelines advised 42+ months in prison - sentenced to probation (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • California v. Stern - Attorney charged with 11 counts of prescription drug fraud and conspiracy - jury acquitted on 9 charges after 2 1/2 month trial - judge acquitted on remaining charges (prosecution has appealed that ruling) (2011)
  • U.S. v. McCranie - Attorney charged with Hobbs Act extortion and false statements - case dismissed (M.D. Ga. 2009)
  • U.S. v. Shorr - Businessman stood trial on ten counts of money laundering involving more than $3.5 million. Judge acquitted on eight counts and convicted on two counts. Federal prosecutors sought 20+ years imprisonment. Judge sentenced to 5 months imprisonment and 5 months home detention (N.D. Ga. 2009)
  • U.S. v. Mills - Businessman charged with money laundering - sentencing guidelines advised 78+ months in prison - sentenced to probation with 6 months home detention (M.D. Tn. 2010)
  • U.S. v. Terry - Businessman charged with $12 million government fraud - case dismissed (N.D. Ga. 2009)
  • U.S. v. Harris - Recording Artist/Actor T.I. charged with possession of machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon - sentencing guidelines advised 10+ years in prison - sentenced to 1 year and 1 day imprisonment (N.D. Ga. 2009)
  • Georgia v. Alvarado - Former law enforcement officer charged with felony sexual offenses carrying mandatory prison terms - suspended sentence imposed on misdemeanor nolo plea (2009)
  • Georgia v. Wong - Murder case dismissed for constitutional speedy trial violation (2010)


Mr. Sadow choses to give back to the community by representing the unfairly or falsely accused for free. He typically picks these cases based on media reports that strongly suggest the accused needs his expertise and skill to avoid an injustice but can't afford to hire the right lawyer.  For example: Sadow: Serious Problems with Crowell's Traffic Stop; Felony Weapons Charges Against Crowell Dropped; Raquel Nelson Back in Court with High Profile Lawyer at her Defense (Ms. Nelson later pled no contest to a jaywalking ticket and paid a $200 fine)

Marietta CollegeBA 1976Emory University School of LawJ.D. 1979

Client Comments

"I want to thank Steve Sadow and Cheryl Peake; they are an AMAZING team. Having hired them when our family was so devastated was the best decision we made. They are professional and thorough with every detail and they stayed in constant contact with us and always took our calls. They explained everything, whether it be good or bad, and they helped us find peace through it all. I know Steve and Cheryl have a full case load, but they always made us feel as if we were their only clients. Seeing the way they worked together was great; they are definitely the "dynamic duo." We put our family and our lives in their hands and they took excellent care of us. "

"1. Steve saved my family. 2. Steve made us feel like we were human beings. 3. Steve gave us so much encouragement and he made us feel at ease. 4. Steve took all of our phone calls and meetings. 5. Steve knows the law inside and out, he is a very smart man. 6. Steve is very sure of himself and very confident of the way he handles himself in the court room. He is the best! 7. If your lawyer is STEVE SADOW you can rest assured you are in the best hands. Steve is a true friend and I want to thank him again from the bottom of my heart! He is the greatest! "

"Retaining Steve as my attorney was absolutely the best investment that I have ever made! Steve made the difference in my case!"

"At the risk of being overly redundant, I am so grateful for the way everything turned out that it still seems too good to be true. I pinch myself on an hourly basis, and think about the way Steve cleverly navigated his way through the whole case from front to back. I think about the time and effort and especially all the hours of study it must have taken so that he was able to recite detailed facts that amazed me. Furthermore, all of the incredible effort still would not have produced such a favorable result without a genius aptitude and comprehension skills that have to be "off the charts." Additionally, I have never seen someone take so much pride in what they do. The single minded focus was almost uncanny. It was as if we were watching a machine in the courtroom with a human element that would come out when necessary. My father and I would go back to the hotel amazed at the skill level and talent. We knew how lucky we had gotten. It was the theme of every conversation for those two difficult weeks. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart. "

-Adam Shorr
Self Employed

Office Location

260 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 2502
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: General Practice (Drug Offenses, Grand Jury, State and Federal, Violent and Nonviolent Crimes)
Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Federal, Forfeiture, Fraud, Securities Fraud, State, Violent and Nonviolent Crimes)

Other Information

Gender: Male