Drew spent the first three years of his career as a lawyer as a Fulton County, Georgia, assistant public defender assigned to the courtroom of the late Judge William Daniel, known throughout Georgia for having authored three fundamental treatises on Georgia criminal practice. Just a few years after graduating from law school, in 1987, Drew "hung out a shingle" and started The Findling Law Firm. Since then, Drew has represented clients in state and federal courts in many states, including Georgia, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, and New York. He has also handled international matters in the Middle East and Europe.
Drew has enjoyed great success as a trial lawyer representing clients with charges ranging from minor offenses to multi-million dollar federal conspiracy cases. Over the years, his reputation for zealous and skilled representation has resulted in his being retained to represent numerous high-profile clients, including Grammy-nominee Faith Evans, Former Douglas County District Attorney David McDade, Former Fulton County, Georgia, Sheriff Jackie Barrett, current Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, Former President of Morris Brown College Dolores Cross, NBA Superstar Shaquille O'Neal, former NBA great Dennis Rodman and NBA first-round draft choices Al-Farouq Aminu and Roshown McLeod and retired baseball slugger Oscar Gamble, and rap superstars Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame.
In his over 30 years of practice, Drew has published numerous articles and given speeches in over 35 states on such topics as defending battered woman syndrome cases, jury selection in high profile cases, forensic preparation for a criminal trial, giving effective opening and closing statements, and cross-examination, including several on the cross-examination of the homicide detective. He has lectured at Emory Law School, Georgia State University College of Law, the National Criminal Defense College, the Georgia Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Criminal Defense College. Respected for his legal analysis and trial abilities, Drew is also regularly invited by Shepard Smith of Fox News and Brook Baldwin of CNN to serve as legal analyst on their programs. In Atlanta he is also the exclusive legal analyst of Atlanta's All News 106.7.
Drew's professional memberships include the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where he was recently elected Secretary and is on the Board of Directors and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers where he is on the Board of Governors. Drew also serves on the Board of Advisors for the prestigious National Clearing House on Science and Technology of Law. He has been named as one of Georgia's Legal Elite in Georgia Trend Magazine, Georgia "Super Lawyer" by Atlanta Magazine, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Top Lawyers in Georgia. He recently received the NAACP's Civil and Human Right's Award.
Education J.D., Emory Law School, 1984
B.A., Oglethorpe University, 1981
State v. Hill, 742 S.E.2d 497 (2013)
Pasha v. State, 273 Ga. App. 788, 616 S.E.2d 135 (2005)
McKenzie v. State, 227 Ga. App. 778, 490 S.E.2d 522 (1997)
State v. Epps, 267 Ga. 175, 476 S.E.2d 579 (1996)
McKenzie v. State, 223 Ga. App. 108, 476 S.E.2d 868 (1996)
Chandler v. State, 266 Ga. 509, 467 S.E.2d 562 (1996)
State v. Ingram, 266 Ga. 324, 467 S.E.2d 523 (1996)
Harrell v. State, 205 Ga. App. 378, 422 S.E.2d 71 (1992)