Dan Conaway

Dan Conaway

Atlanta, Georgia
Dan Conaway represents individuals and businesses throughout the U.S. and globally on white-collar cases, government investigations and commercial litigation. In 2014, Dan published the critically acclaimed book, "Arrested, Battling America's Criminal Justice System", which can be found on Amazon.com. In 2013, Dan was invited to join the prestigious National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys and was named one of the Top Ten Attorneys in the nation for his excellence in criminal defense. Dan was also named a "Leader in Criminal Defense" by Time magazine in 2013. In 2011, Conaway & Strickler, PC was named by Newsweek Magazine as one of America's top criminal defense firms. Dan is the founding partner of Conaway & Strickler, which he founded in 1994 after leaving his position as a prosecutor. Dan has since focused his career on criminal defense and is now one of the nation's top criminal defense attorneys and one of the nation's top trial lawyers.

Dan splits his time between Georgia and New York where he handles complex criminal matters for professionals and their families. He has represented clients on a wide variety of criminal charges including: bank fraud, insurance fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud, wire fraud, computer and internet crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence, firearms offenses, money laundering, RICO, international extradition, healthcare and prescription drug offenses, assault, armed robbery and murder. Dan's success for defending his clients is based on his unique focus of investigating his clients' cases early and then convincing the prosecutor to dismiss or reduce the charges against his clients before they have to walk into a courtroom.

"I want to make sure law enforcement and prosecutors get the whole story of ‘what happened' before they make the decision to arrest my client or prosecute them in open court," says Dan.

"By investigating the case and negotiation with the prosecutors early in the process, I can many times convince law enforcement and prosecution to not arrest or prosecute my client. In those cases I can't resolve through negotiation, my own forensic investigation has already prepared me to try the case in court long before my client walks into the courtroom for trial."

Here are a few examples of Dan's work as one of the nation's top criminal defense attorneys

In addition to his legal work, Dan is regularly asked to appear as an expert legal commentator on Fox News, Fox Radio, CNN, CNN International, CBS, MSNBC and HLN. He has appeared on Bill O'Reilly to discuss the Lockerbie bombing case, on Fox & Friends to discuss the Amanda Knox Murder trial, Bloomberg Business channel to give expert analysis on the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund; Fox News to discuss the potential civil and criminal legal ramifications of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf; HLN, CNN and CBS to discuss the Joran van der Sloot/Nathalie Holloway and Lima, Peru murder investigations; and on various national networks to discuss the Casey Anthony murder trial. He was also a regular guest on Tru TV's In Session where he gave expert legal commentary on high profile cases. He has also appeared on various local television news programs to discuss a variety of legal issues.

Dan is a member of both the New York and Georgia State Bars and is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in both New York and Georgia. Dan has also represented clients as out of state counsel when he has been asked to assist and advise local counsel on federal cases around the country including Arkansas, Alabama, California, Florida, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia.

In transnational and international cases, Dan has coordinated and advised local counsel representing Americans facing extradition, detention, or arrest in foreign countries including: The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Cyprus, Lebanon, India, Iran, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada.

In 2010, Dan was nominated and elected Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee. In June of 2012, Dan Co-Chaired the Criminal Law Committee's annual conference on criminal law and business crime in São Paulo, Brazil. He has also chaired and lectured on a variety of transnational and international legal panels at legal seminars around the world concerning criminal law, anti-corruption, business crime, human rights, and international criminal law. Through his work with the International Bar Association, Dan has developed a worldwide network of legal professionals to assist his clients facing transnational or international legal issues.

Dan is also a former adjunct professor for Emory Law School's Kessler-Eidsen Institute for Trial Advocacy, where he instructed law students in the art of case preparation and trial advocacy. Dan also teaches ethics to first year Emory Law students through a three day round table discussion group comprised of practicing attorneys, first year law students, and Emory Law School faculty.

Dan is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and The New York City Bar Association's Criminal Law Section. He is also a member of the International, American, New York, and Georgia Bar Associations.

Legal Expert Commentator

  • CNN, HLN with Jane Velez Mitchell, the Glenn Beck show, Nancy Grace, Fox and Friends, The Line up on Fox News Channel, TruTV In Session and FOX 5 News Channel CBS 46 News Channel, among others

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Charges
  • Bank Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Computer and Internet Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Firearms Offenses
  • Money Laundering
  • RICO
  • International Extradition
  • Healthcare and Prescription Drug Offenses
  • Assault
  • Armed Robbery and Murder

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1993
  • New York, 2004


  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1993
  • Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1985


  • International Bar Association, Transnational Crime Conference, São Paulo, 2012
  • International Bar Association, Transnational Crime Conference, Amsterdam, 2011
  • International Bar Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, 2010
  • International Bar Association Annual Conference, Buenos Aires, 2008
  • International Bar Association Annual Conference, Singapore, 2007
  • International Bar Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 2006
  • Kessler-Eidsen National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • The State Bar of Georgia’s Committee on Professionalism and The State of Georgia’s Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism at Emory University School of Law
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Emory Law School’s Kessler-Eidsen Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • International Bar Association Transnational Crime Conference in Miami, 2013
  • Invited to Speak in Bangalore, India January 2014, iTechlaw
  • Spoke at the International Bar Association on overzealous international prosecutions in Tokyo, Japan, October 20, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • International Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, Past Chair
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • American Association of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • The Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta
  • The New York City Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section, Member
  • International, American, New York, and Georgia Bar Associations, Member
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Middle District of Georgia
  • Southern District of Georgia
  • Southern District of New York

Past Employment Positions

  • Assistant District Attorney