Dan Conaway

In Memoriam. Dan Conaway, founding partner. 1962-2019

Dan Conaway founded his firm in 1994 and over 25 years built it into a successful boutique criminal defense firm. Although Dan began his legal career as a prosecutor, he found his passion in criminal defense. In 2011, Newsweek Magazine named Conaway & Strickler, PC one of America's top criminal defense firms and in 2013, Dan was named a "Leader in Criminal Defense" by Time magazine. In 2016, 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.

He represented clients on a wide variety of criminal matters, including cases and investigations involving the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) defending financial advisors, brokerage firms, and registered representatives in disputes. He successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases nationwide. In transnational and international cases, Dan advised local counsel in over a dozen countries.
Dan's success for defending his clients was based on his unique focus of thoroughly investigating his clients' cases early on. "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," said 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."

In 2017, Dan published the second edition of his critically acclaimed book, "Arrested, Battling America's Criminal Justice System" (Amazon.com). In 2018, Dan hosted a radio show named after his bestselling book, “Arrested”, with Mike Brooks on 106.7FM in Atlanta, published on the “Arrested” Podcast.
In 2006, Dan joined the International Bar Association and lectured annually at conferences. In 2010, he was elected Co-Chair of the 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. In October 2017, he spoke on cyber security at the IBA Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia. In October 2018, Dan participated in a mock trial in the Italian Supreme Court in Rome, Italy at the IBA Annual Conference. The mock trial is meant to teach younger lawyers litigation skills for complex transnational white-collar fraud cases. Mr. Conaway also participated in IBA mock trials in Ireland, Australia, Japan and Canada. He chaired and lectured on a variety of transnational and international legal panels at legal seminars around the world concerning anti-corruption, business crime, human rights, and international criminal law. Through his work with the IBA, Dan developed a worldwide network of legal professionals to assist his clients facing transnational or international legal issues.

In addition to his legal work, Dan regularly appeared as an expert legal commentator on Fox News, Fox Radio, 106.7, CNN, CNN International, CBS, MSNBC, BBC, Al Jazeera and HLN. He also appeared on various local television news programs to discuss a variety of legal issues.

Dan was also a former adjunct professor for Emory Law School's Kessler-Eidson Institute for Trial Advocacy, where he instructed law students in the art of case preparation and trial advocacy. Dan also taught 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.

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

Published Works

  • Arrested, Battling America's Criminal Justice System, 2014


  • International Bar Association, Transnational Crime Conference, São Paulo, 2012 to 2012
  • International Bar Association, Transnational Crime Conference, Amsterdam, 2011 to 2011
  • International Bar Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, 2010 to 2010
  • International Bar Association Annual Conference, Buenos Aires, 2008 to 2008
  • International Bar Association Annual Conference, Singapore, 2007 to 2007
  • International Bar Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 2006 to 2006
  • 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
  • International Bar Association Transnational Crime Conference in Miami, 2013 to 2013
  • Invited to Speak in Bangalore, India January 2014, iTechlaw
  • Spoke at the International Bar Association on overzealous international prosecutions in Tokyo, Japan, 10/20/2014 to 10/20/2014
  • Annual Conference On Criminal Law And Business Crime, São Paulo, Brazil, Criminal Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2012
  • Teacher, First Year Emory Law Students, Emory Law School Faculty
  • Kessler-Eidson National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Emory Law School’s Kessler-Eidson Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Kessler-Eidson Institute for Trial Advocacy, Emory Law School

Honors and Awards

  • Top Ten Attorneys, Criminal Defense
  • Leader in Criminal Defense, Time Magazine

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 Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2013

Recent Case Results

A real estate developer under federal investigation for bank and tax fraud: Dan conducted an internal compliance audit…
A Federal employee under federal investigation for Possession of Child Pornography – Dan conducted…
A corporate sales manager charged with wire and bank fraud from a fortune 500 company. The client took responsibility for his actions…
A company owner accused of being an active member of a mortgage fraud ring. Meg was able to work very closely with government…
An office manager accused of defrauding her company’s clients. Meg and Dan gained access to the government’s case…