Clark Palmer, Amanda R.

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Atlanta, GA






Amanda represents clients in both criminal and civil matters in state and federal court. Her practice primarily focuses on criminal defense and she has experience defending all types of cases from DUI, to violent felonies, to white collar crime. Most recently, Amanda obtained three acquittals in a row for clients charged with serious felonies. She has experience handling cases that receive national media attention and her cases have been featured on national media outlets such as 48 Hours (links here and here), Dateline, Court TV, and CNN.

She has appeared in federal courts in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, New York, and Kentucky. She is admitted to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the Court of Appeals of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Trial Practice, State & Federal
  • Criminal Appellate Practice, State & Federal

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia


  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 2008
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.S. - 2001
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Industrial Engineering


  • June 2021 – myLawCLE, “Cannabis Law 2021: Overview of current legalization, legal practice involved in Cannabis industry and federal criminal laws and penalties”
  • January 2020 – White Collar Crime Seminar, “Trial Tactics in White Collar Cases”
  • June 2019 – American Bar Association Webinar, “Cannabis: The Next Frontier That Could Impact Your Practice”
  • May, 2019 – Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, “Preserving and Obtaining Digital Evidence”
  • April 2019 – Georgia Bar YLD Litigation Committee, “War Stories”
  • August 2018 – Henry County Bar Association Fall CLE Conference “Jury Selection in the Complicated Case”
  • February 2018 – White Collar Crime Seminar, “Hot Topics in White Collar Crime”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Co-Editor of “The Defender”
  • GACDL representative on the State Bar’s Formal Advisory Opinion Board
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member of the Judicial Selection & Tenure Committee
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Board of Governors, Georgia Bar Association, Elected 2019, re-elected in 2021
  • Member of the Magistrate Selection Panel for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Alumni of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy

Past Employment Positions

  • Garland, Samuel, & Loeb, P.C., Partner (2017), Associate (2008), Intern (2006)


Garland talks about the first time he pleaded for a clients’ life.