Sanford Wallack is a distinguished attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia. With over twenty years of experience, Mr. Wallack is a leading figure in the field of criminal defense and the founder of the law firm Wallack Law, PC. Mr. Wallack has extensive experience defending clients in matters including murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, white-collar crime, sexual offenses, commercial gambling, drug offenses and RICO actions.
When Mr. Wallack decided to dedicate his career to law, he knew he wanted to practice criminal defense. As he tells it, he was motivated by the opportunity to provide access to fair and competent representation for each and every client that he serves:
Being a criminal defense lawyer means—like a prosecutor, judge, or law enforcement officer—my job is to enforce our laws, only that I do it one individual at a time. My clients, whether they are guilty or innocent, are real people with real problems who are facing the might of the government. My role is to ensure that their rights are protected and to get them out of whatever trouble they are in in the best way possible.
After graduating from the University of Florida in 1991, Mr. Wallack earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. In the following years, he sharpened his craft, gaining experience in both the public and private sectors. He practiced as an assistant public defender with the city of Atlanta, Douglas County, and the Fulton County Conflict Defender Office and also spent time as an associate with a prominent Atlanta law firm where he learned the inner functions of private practice. Additionally, Mr. Wallack is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute.
In 2004, he founded Wallack Law where has since thrived across a broad range of cases. Mr. Wallack has built successful defenses for clients in matters involving violent crimes, commercial gambling, drug and drug-related crimes, as well as white-collar and financial crimes. He was the only defense attorney to obtain an acquittal in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal, a trial that lasted eight months.
For his tenacious and effective defense tactics, Mr. Wallack has received a great deal of recognition from his peers and colleagues. He has been honored among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers and recognized as one of the Premier 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers by The National Academy of Jurisprudence.
As a leader in his field, Mr. Wallack keeps his finger on the pulse of prevailing trends in criminal law. But regardless of any changes that may come, Mr. Wallack approaches each case with the same underlying philosophy. He noted:
Everyone charged with a crime—regardless of their charges, criminal history, age, race, gender, nationality, culpability, etc.—deserves zealous representation. That requires experience, knowledge, passion, and commitment.
Beyond his private practice, Mr. Wallack considers himself an active member of his community. He is a life member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a member of the Animal Law section of the Georgia Bar and has provided pro bono assistance in the area of animal law since law school. He has lived in Atlanta for over thirty years and is happily married with three children.
With over two decades practicing law, Mr. Wallack shows no signs of slowing down. A true professional, he remains committed as ever to offering his clients the best defense possible.
Education & Certification
National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute
Georgia • Georgia Court of Appeals • Georgia Supreme Court • Northern District of Georgia • Middle District of Georgia • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional Memberships & Community Involvement
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member) • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member) • Pro Bono work with the Animal Law section of the Georgia bar
Awards & Honors
Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers • Premier 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers by the National Academy of Jurisprudence