Andrew R. Lynch, was named to “Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 for his work defending people accused of crimes. Andrew’s legal abilities have also been awarded the status of “AV Preeminent”, this is the highest possible rating for an attorney’s legal skills. In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 “The National Trial Lawyers” recognized Andrew as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Georgia. Finally in 2015 and 2016, Andrew was named a “Super Lawyers Rising Star”, an award only 2.5% of the Georgia Bar is eligible to receive.
Andrew R. Lynch discovered his calling as a criminal defense attorney while attending the University of Georgia. During his senior year of college, a close family member was investigated, arrested, and tried for a felony drug charge. Andrew witnessed firsthand the effect criminal charges can have on the accused and their family. This experience inspired him to pursue his legal education at Georgia State University College of Law.
Andrew graduated cum laude from Georgia State University College of Law with overall academic honors and top honors in litigation and advanced criminal procedure. Additionally, Andrew was recognized with highest distinction for his contribution to indigent legal work. His indigent defense positions included criminal defense clerkships with the Federal Defender Program in Atlanta, the Center for Capital Litigation in Columbia, South Carolina and the Dekalb County Public Defender’s Office.
Immediately after graduating from law school, Andrew began working as a criminal defense attorney at the Dekalb County Public Defender’s Office. He has been admitted to practice in all levels of Georgia’s Federal and State courts including: the Georgia Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Federal District Court, Superior Court, State Court, Magistrate Court, Recorder’s Court and Municipal Court.
While at the Dekalb Public Defender’s office, Andrew gained extensive felony and misdemeanor trial experience. Andrew has represented people accused of a wide array of crimes including DUI, Drug Trafficking, Felony Drug charges, Theft, Burglary, Family Violence Battery (Domestic Violence), and crimes of violence.
Not every case goes to trial. Andrew has also handled hundreds of pre-trial motions and hearings including bond hearings, preliminary hearings, motions to suppress, motions in limine, and pretrial negotiations with the prosecutor.
Andrew is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), National College of DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD), the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA), and serves on GACDL’s Educational Services Committee. He is a graduate of the Bill Daniel’s Trial Advocacy Program. This program is limited to only thirty students and provides intensive training in enhanced trial techniques for use in defense of the criminally accused.
Andrew is active in the State Bar of Georgia, graduating from the State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy and has served on the State Bar of Georgia’s YLD Executive Counsel. Andrew is a past President of the Dekalb County Bar Association, YLD Section and currently serves on the Dekalb County Bar Association’s Board of Directors. In addition Andrew is an active member of Rotary Club of Decatur.
Andrew left the Public Defender’s Office to begin his own law firm specializing in aggressive criminal defense. Andrew knows not every case goes to trial but he believes every case should be prepared for trial. This preparation is what gives Andrew the knowledge and power to pursue the pre-trial resolutions his clients desire and enables him to take cases to a jury whenever it becomes necessary.