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We also offer free consultations. In these meetings, we discuss the specifics of your case to answer your questions in more depth and gather enough information about what happened to formulate a preliminary strategy for your defense.
We believe that an integrated approach and fostering client relationships are essential to superior legal representation. We strive to build strong, long-term relationships with all our clients, with an emphasis on individual attention and open dialogue.
We want to fully understand what’s most important to you and the full range of your legal needs. This way, we can develop comprehensive solutions across all our practice areas to help you.
The Don Turner Legal Team has the collective experience and legal knowledge to meet your criminal defense, DUI, personal injury, corporate, and small business needs.
Personal Injury, Criminal Defense & DUI: Don has been practicing law for 40 years. During that time, he has built extensive relationships within the medical, legal and law enforcement communities throughout northern Georgia.
Prior to his legal career, Don was an offensive lineman for the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. He brings the NFL themes of discipline, teamwork, exceptional performance, and the love of winning when working for his clients and managing his firm. He fights aggressively for the rights of his clients.
Don has won millions of dollars for clients injured in automobile accidents and survivors in wrongful death cases. He is a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and the Top 25 Auto Accident Trial Lawyers Association.
Don has successfully defended thousands of clients facing criminal charges, including trying hundreds of cases in municipal, state, superior, and federal court systems.
Don completed extensive post-graduate work in counseling and psychology while working as a Probation Officer in Fulton and DeKalb Counties. This experience gave him an understanding of people— clients, judges, prosecutors — and better enabling him to obtain the best legal outcomes for his clients.
Don is a Founding Member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). The Founding NCDD Members represent the original 100 DUI defense attorneys from across the nation who were invited by the original 10 Founding Fathers to participate in and sponsor the creation of the College. He was one of only eight selected in Georgia.
He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), DUI Defense Lawyers Association, Top 100 DUI Attorneys in the State of Georgia, the Georgia Chapter of Defense of Drinking Drivers (DODD). He is NHTSA-certified in field sobriety testing and Intoxilyzer breath-testing devices.
When I got my DUI, I was SO stressed about what I was about to deal with. Mr Turner not only saved my license but made the entire process as simple as possible. I was surprised to receive an actual person every time I called his office. The entire staff was extremely helpful, and Mr. Turner was in contact with me regularly. Since then, I’ve recommended him to family members and friends, all of whom have been very thankful. We’ve added him to our speed dial!
Lisanne began working with the Don Turner Legal Team in 2016 when she was finishing her last year of law school. She is originally from The Netherlands and moved here with her family in 2001. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University in 2014 and was a member of their Varsity soccer team for four years.
After graduating from Oglethorpe University, Lisanne enrolled at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. During her three years of law school, she was a member of the Criminal Justice Honors Program, President of the Criminal Law Society, a Peer Mentor to younger students, an ambassador for the school through the Office of Admissions, a recipient of the Andy Crawford Scholarship for academic merit, an intern with the Fulton County Metro Conflict Defender’s Office, and she actively participated in Moot Court competitions as a member of the Advocacy Board.
In May 2017, Lisanne graduated from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School with Latin Honors and she finished her law school career in the top ten of her class. During the graduation ceremony, she received an award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy and was recognized for Pro Bono Distinction due to her work with the Fulton County Metro Conflict Defender’s Office.
Lisanne took the Georgia Bar Exam in July 2017 and found out that she passed in October 2017. She is now an active member of the Superior Court of Georgia Bar as well as the Supreme Court of Georgia Bar and has gotten off to a strong start as an Associate with the Don Turner Legal Team.
“We can’t thank her enough for all her hard work and continued efforts.”
I hired Lisanne to represent my daughter while facing her 3 rd DUI. My daughter was in a sober living out of state and Lisanne worked diligently to be in close contact with her before her court date. She was very thorough with her case and even went above and beyond to help my daughter make sure she has everything she needs for her probation outcome. She checks in with my daughter regularly and keeps me informed. She was very accessible through the whole process. We can’t thank her enough for all her hard work and continued efforts.
“I am very pleased with my selection of representation and recommend their services highly!”
I hired Lisanne for a personal matter where I was accused with theft by taking because I grabbed someone’s cell phone in error believing it was my husbands while we were leaving an establishment. I am in a professional industry and it is very important to my career and just plain personally that the charges against me be dismissed. I’ve never been in any legal trouble and the charge against me was absolutely humiliating. I turned over my reputation to a complete stranger and she was able to handle all matters with little involvement needed from me and got me a dismissal and my arrest record hidden from the public view. I am very pleased with my selection of representation and recommend their services highly!
“Lisanne is very knowledgeable and I would work with her again.”
Lisanne was helpful and gave me multiple options to help me with my infraction. She was respectful of my time and her correspondence with me was professional and immediate. She worked with me to ensure that I felt comfortable and prepared to appear in court. Lissane is very knowledgeable and I would work with her again.
“Lisanne, the words Thank You can’t express my gratitude adequately!”
I had the bad luck of being in the right place at the wrong time! A total miscarriage of justice began on that major Holiday weekend (remember Holiday, no judge, no Bond) putting me in jail…a “scared straight-type experience”!! The recommendation of a close friend put The Don Turner Legal Team, of which Attorney Lisanne Edelman is a key player, in touch with my wife, and Don showed up at the earliest possible moment that the judicial system would allow. Don assured me he would do everything in his power to help me, and he immediately did. Don was a familiar face with a strong and solid reputation with the Magistrate & Prosecutor, and he secured my immediate release.
When I went to the law office, Don & Lisanne explained exactly what I had been charged with and we reviewed some scenarios, all while they reassured me that they truly believed the outcome would be favorable. In the months before my court date, if I had a question that one of the staff members couldn’t answer, Lisanne would call me very quickly. Lisanne Edelman is a terrific attorney who doggedly pursues the issues to their ultimate favorable resolution! Don’s office staff, notably Ashley is a fantastic administrator, who “keeps all the plates spinning” in the office!!! Lisanne does everything to lessen the burden on you and help you deal with the obvious issues that are going on in your life. She was more than helpful, extremely polite, and very open-armed when it came to me having any questions at all. She went out of her way to make sure that I had all the information available to me when I needed it.
As the court dates become closer, I naturally became very nervous and Don & Lisanne told me to not worry. They reviewed all the evidence and felt good about potential outcomes. Inevitability, Lisanne contacted me to let me know the court date had finally been set. That’s when Lisanne went into 6th gear while continuously reassuring me! Don & Lisanne’s collective Judicial system experience and relationships resulted in the most favorable outcome possible for me! A potential travesty of justice was averted, and ALL because I had the Great fortune to have Lisanne Edelman on my Team watching my back!!
I would highly recommend Lisanne Edelman & The Don Turner Legal Team! I feel good talking with them, they listen to what I have to say, and first & foremost, I trust Lisanne & the Don Turner Legal Team!!
Their slogan really is Really true, they truly are “Dedicated to Serving Clients in an Extraordinary Manner”!
Lisanne, the words Thank You can’t express my gratitude adequately!
“I highly recommend Lisanne she’s absolutely awesome.”
I highly recommend Lisanne she’s absolutely awesome. She was there for me when i was at my worst in my life. I was pushed in a corner with my back against the wall facing a serious aggravated assault & i almost lost everything i worked so hard for until i met Lisanne. She made me feel so comfortable treated me like family she would always check in on me to make sure i wasn’t stressing about the situation. She told me to just relax & keep the criminal stuff with her & live my daily life. She worked so hard for me & my results were amazing. I know these lawyers get paid for what they do but i can honestly say she has her heart in it & she enjoys what she does. She has a passion for this i love her so much for helping me get back to my life with no record.
Ashley Sampson is our Firm Administrator. She joined our Team in April 2015. Ashley has vast experience in customer service and office management. She is attentive to detail, well organized, and can handle multiple projects at one time. She coordinates our court calendar and assists attorneys with case management. Her interpersonal skills bring value to her work with clients and in resolving issues with the various parties involved in a case.
Ashley was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from Ashford University in April 2015 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Leadership. She currently resides in Roswell with her husband, Nate. They were married on May 9, 2015 and are enjoying their first year of marriage. She is very excited to be a part of the Don Turner Legal Team and we are very lucky to have her!
Christopher Alston is our firm’s Paralegal Investigator. He is originally from Charleston, South Carolina, but spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Washington, D.C. Chris devoted 20 years with the US Air Force stationed at various installations throughout the United States. His most memorable assignment was in Hawaii – four beautiful years on the beach! Before retiring from the military, Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Historical and Political Studies from the Chaminade University of Honolulu and earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Georgia College and State University.
After retiring from the military, Chris remained in the public service profession as a law enforcement officer. After 14 years, he transitioned to his current profession as a paralegal. Chris attended Kennesaw State University’s paralegal program, and interned at a Midtown Atlanta law firm for six months before becoming a permanent member of the Don Turner Legal Team!
In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, riding his Harley, photography, keeping up with current events, watching Clemson football and dedicating as much time as possible to warm weather on the beach.
Albert DaykinOf Counsel
Of counsel is an attorney that is not an equity member of the firm but has a very close relationship with the firm.
Albert has 34 years’ experience as an attorney and CPA, specializing in business formation and operations, business and commercial litigation, tax law and trade secret protection and litigation. He and Don have partnered together on projects for several multi-million dollar corporations and joint ventures, as well as in complex business litigation. Albert’s education and experience uniquely qualify him to find insightful profitable and tax-advantageous solutions for business clients—large or small. He also works as a mediator and lawyer in traditional family law and nontraditional domestic partnerships. He graduated from the University of Georgia’s undergraduate program and law school.
George R. RobinsonOf Counsel
Of counsel is an attorney that is not an equity member of the firm but has a very close relationship with the firm.
George has over 40 years’ experience as a criminal defense attorney, specializing in felony criminal cases, DUI’s, Traffic Violations, Drug and Narcotics, Juvenile, and an accredited attorney in the Department of Veterans Affairs. George’s education and unique experiences uniquely qualify him to find the best defense for his clients. He worked several different roles in the military and served as the Fulton County District attorney, as well as working at his own private practice. He graduated from Georgia State University’s undergraduate program and Woodrow Wilson College of Law, and Northwestern College of Law.