Carl Lietz


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225 Peachtree Street, N.E.
1700 South Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30303


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Carl Lietz is a trial lawyer whose practice is focused primarily on complex, federal criminal matters in the white-collar area. But like all trial lawyers, Carl is comfortable handling any matter, civil or criminal, that may ultimately get resolved in a courtroom.

For his entire career, Carl has worked almost exclusively in federal court, handling the most serious and challenging cases that exist in the federal system. At the beginning of his career, Carl cut his teeth in the trenches, clerking for 2 federal judges and then working as a trial attorney for 5 years in the Federal Defender Office in Atlanta. In the Defender Office, Carl appeared in court regularly, presenting cases to juries, litigating hundreds of evidentiary and sentencing hearings, and arguing cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In addition, he was also a member of the defense team in the Olympic Park bombing case of United States v. Eric Robert Rudolph.

Since leaving the Defender Office in 2006, Carl has continued to devote his career to the defense of individuals and entities facing or dealing with federal criminal charges, and the seemingly overwhelming power of the federal government. Indeed, Carl regularly handles matters involving allegations of mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud, bribery and public corruption, overprescribing, money laundering, and a host of other federal crimes. Because of his vast experience, Carl is qualified to handle anything and everything in federal court.

But Carl is also a team player, and other lawyers regularly recruit him to work on substantial white-collar matters and civil matters, as a member of a multi-lawyer team. Among other responsibilities, Carl has been recruited by criminal and civil lawyers to try cases as co-counsel, write pretrial motions, litigate issues involving expert witnesses, and prepare the mitigation portion of a sentencing presentation.

Carl is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, a national, legal, honorary society for outstanding criminal trial lawyers, with admission to fellowship by invitation only. In addition, in every edition since 2012, Carl has been selected for inclusion into The Best Lawyers in America (White-Collar Criminal Defense). Carl regularly lectures at national and regional seminars pertaining to federal criminal law, and for the last seven years, he has taught a trial practice course as an adjunct faculty member at the Georgia State University, College of Law.

Carl currently serves as a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Defender Program, Inc. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Association’s White-Collar Law Committee, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.