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Brian Mendelsohn

Brian Mendelsohn

The Mendelsohn Ertel Law Group LLC
  • White Collar Crime, Criminal Law
  • Georgia
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Brian Mendelsohn has spent his entire three-decade legal career as a criminal defense attorney, earning a reputation as one of Atlanta's top federal criminal trial lawyers. He has won more federal criminal trials than most attorneys in Georgia have even tried. From 1995 to 2023, Brian was with the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Georgia, serving 17 years as the First Assistant (Deputy Director) while supervising 27 trial lawyers and maintaining an active caseload. As a partner with the Mendelsohn Ertel Law Group, Brian works on state criminal cases in Georgia and federal criminal cases in Georgia and throughout the country.

Throughout his career, Brian has successfully defended clients against various federal charges, including fraud, bribery, drug trafficking, robbery, child pornography, terrorism, murder, firearms offenses, identity theft, and prison contraband smuggling. He has effectively opposed numerous federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, DOJ, FBI, DEA, SEC, Homeland Security, ATF, FDA, IRS, Georgia State Patrol, Atlanta Police Department, and other local law enforcement agencies.

Beginning his career in 1990 as a death penalty appeals attorney, Brian fought for individuals on Georgia's death row, removing many from death row and changing the narrative around their cases. He handled capital cases at both trial and appellate levels for over 25 years, representing notable clients such as Eric Robert Rudolph and Brian Richardson, whose cases significantly impacted the prosecution of capital cases in Atlanta.

Additionally, Brian represented four Guantanamo Bay detainees during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, securing the release of three. This work earned him and his colleagues the 2007 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights.

Practice Areas
White Collar Crime
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Georgia
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11th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English
Professional Experience
The Mendelsohn Ertel Law Group LLC
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First Assistant and Staff Attorney
Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Georgia
Appellate Practice and Education Resource Center
Columbia Law School
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University of South Carolina - Columbia
B.A. (1987)
Honors: Honors College
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2007 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award
Southern Center for Human Rights
Professional Associations
State Bar of Georgia
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101 Marietta Street, NW
Suite 3325
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: (404) 885-8878
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