DAVID LEE WINDECHER
From Defendant to Defense Attorney
David Lee Windecher is a trailblazing criminal defense attorney, author, and activist in the social justice movement to end mass incarceration, reduce recidivism and redress racial inequity in the criminal justice system.
David was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2012 and the Florida Bar in 2014. David is a member of the Georgia and Florida Court of Appeals, the Georgia and Florida Supreme Court, the Northern District of Georgia United States District Court and the American Bar Association. David graduated Summa Cum Laude from American Intercontinental University in 2005 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from John Marshall Law School in 2012.
David started his legal career as an intern with the Dekalb County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases under the Third-Year Practice Act from May 2011 thru May 2012. While practicing at the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, David invested the majority of his time into prosecuting cases under Georgia’s Criminal Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Prior to establishing the Windecher Firm, David was an Associate Attorney at the esteemed criminal defense firm of Arora & LaScala from November 2012 thru June 2015.
David specializes in record restriction (formerly termed expungement in Georgia) procedures, criminal defense (misdemeanors and felonies), DUI defense and juvenile law. In addition to his legal specialties, David is a continuing legal education (CLE) instructor on record restriction and criminal street gang expert testimony.
David is a frequent guest on local and national television programs, radio shows and podcasts as an expert legal analyst. David is a recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award. David was named “40 Under 40” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend Magazine. David is recognized as a Super Lawyer.
A portion of David’s retainer proceeds from each of his legal representations are donated to the restorative justice non-profit organization Rehabilitation Enables Dreams (RED).
David is a best-selling author. He chronicled his life’s journey of transitioning from defendant to defense attorney in an inspirational autobiography – The AmerIcan Dream | HisStory In The Making. David published his autobiography in May of 2015 to portray the difficulty of obtaining the American dream as an impoverished minority who was arrested 13 times and spent over 7-months incarcerated. David dropped out of high school and joined a criminal street gang in an attempt to overcome his poverty-stricken life. David began his path to self-rehabilitation when he received his GED in March of 1998 and took his first step toward becoming a dual-licensed practitioner.
David’s experience as a former affiliated member of a well-renowned criminal street gang was the catalyst for his ability to testify as a criminal street gang expert for defense attorneys. The Georgia Court of Appeals, in Lopez v. State (A19A0527), reversed Lopez’s convictions for violating Georgia’s Street Gang Act due to the trial court judge finding that David was not qualified to testify as an expert witness on the subject of criminal street gangs. The Court of Appeals ruled that the trial court abused its discretion by excluding David’s testimony as a gang expert. In its decision, the Court of Appeals stated, “The law permits expert testimony on gang culture and gang activities generally, and based on the witness’s qualifications, [David] should have been able to testify on that subject.”
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy of The AmerIcan Dream | HisStory in the Making are donated to the restorative justice non-profit organization Rehabilitation Enables Dreams (RED).
David founded RED in March of 2015. RED is a domestic non-profit 501c(3) corporation based in Atlanta Georgia. RED is a restorative justice organization dedicated to keeping people out of the criminal justice system – permanently – through programs that enhance the social, civic and financial literacy of individuals referred to court. RED administers a 12-month restorative justice curriculum that is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to leave the court system and reenter society as thriving members of the community.
RED works with prosecuting officials who together refer eligible individuals into the comprehensive program. Individuals are chosen based on offense(s) charged, previous criminal history and other variables including if a victim was involved in the crime.
- Georgia 2012
- Florida 2014
- Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, American International University, Fort Lauderdale Florida, 2005
- Juris Doctorate Degree, John Marshall Law School, Atlanta Georgia, 2012
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Advisory Board Member of the Georgia Justice Project
- American Bar Association Member
- Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Member
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
- General Mediator State of Georgia
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction
- 40 Under 40 Atlanta Business Chronicle
- 40 Under 40 Georgia Trend Magazine
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution Personal Journeys
- New Leaders Council Atlanta Changemaker
- Georgia Game Changers WSB-TV 2