My name is Dane Garland. I grew up in East Tennessee, attended the University of Tennessee, and graduated with a B.A. in political science in 2005. After working for a while as a runner with a Knoxville law firm I decided to attend law school and, in 2006, was accepted to St. Thomas University’s school of law. In 2009, after graduation, my wife and I moved to Atlanta when she acquired a job at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. Shortly thereafter we welcomed our first child into the world, a little girl named Abigail Marie. After moving to Atlanta, and passing the bar, I obtained an Administrative Hearing Officer position with the Georgia Department of Labor and worked there for almost three years.
However I soon became disillusioned with labor law and decided to go back to school. I had recently heard about Mercer’s inaugural LLM program, and, having always had an interest in criminal law, decided to apply. I was accepted, and in 2013, I graduated with a Master of Laws in Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure. While at Mercer my wife and I welcomed our second child into the world, Noah Lennon.
In August 2013 I was hired by the Carroll County Public Defender’s Office as an Assistant Public Defender. During my time with the Public Defender’s office I represented approximately 125-150 indigent defendants at a time and conducted numerous bond hearings, preliminary hearings, probation revocation hearings, and trials. It was quite a learning experience.
I currently practice criminal and domestic law in Carroll County, Haralson County, Heard County, Coweta County, Polk County, Gwinnet County, Douglas County, Fulton County, Cobb County and DeKalb County.
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Below are a few of my articles published in the Times Georgian:
A Criminal Defense Client
"I have not been able to understand much that is going on with the legal system but they (Jason and Dane) have walked me through every step, answered every question, and replied to every phone call or email. I would highly recommend them, not only for the knowledge and hard work but for the way will treat you."
"During the time between hiring him for my case to the court date, he has: kept me updated, answered my quesions and then some, and helped bring my charges down tremendously. Mr. Garland and Mr. Swindle defiantly had a great impact."
"My husband used Jason Swindle for a DUI charge and we were very pleased. We needed assistance in getting his license reinstated, so we contacted Jason and his new associate, Dane Garland, assisted us in this matter. Dane was very attentive to the case and was a calming presence in the courtroom. He is very knowledgeable about the law and had a good rapport with the judge. We would highly recommend him."