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.
I have known Don for quite some time. He is very knowledgeable and communicates openly with his clients. His counsel has proven valuable time and again. I have gladly recommended him to several of my friends. If you need counsel for a DUI or trial situation, then Don and his team are the people to see.
Nick is experienced in all phases of practice with emphasis on civil litigation, including cases involving general liability, products liability, trucking and transportation, catastrophic injury, premises liability, construction accidents, negligent security and medical malpractice. His focus is to build relationships and use his law degree to effectuate positive change in the legal arena for his clients.
Nick has extensive experience and has managed and controlled large exposure primary and excess insurance claim files across the United States for domestic and international insurance carriers from their inception through trial. For almost thirty years, Nick has represented numerous clients in scores of civil litigation cases and has assessed and evaluated policy exposure of catastrophic personal injury and property damage legal claims based upon facts, relevant State law, jury dynamics, venue, and economic and non-economic values.
Nick also has broad experience in alternative dispute resolution, and has negotiated the sums, terms and conditions of multi-million dollar settlements in Court and at Mediations. His knowledge, expertise and emphasis has benefited clients, particularly in large catastrophic injury cases, to manage litigation costs and achieve favorable results at mediations and settlement conferences with professional negotiation.
Nick previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York State’s Queens County District Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, he specialized in the prosecution of defendants at all levels throughout the New York City criminal justice system, litigated jury and non-jury felony indictments through trial and verdict and investigated and prosecuted individuals suspected of and accused of committing homicides and homicide related incidents.
Nick is available to advise and assist clients in the drafting of estate planning documents to include, Wills, Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Gun Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, and Living Wills and/or Advance Care Directives. Estate planning provides peace of mind for clients and loved ones and ensures trust and confidence in subsequent probate and estate administration.
Currently, Nick is a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and has been a member of the United States Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps for twenty-seven years. As such, he has represented service members as defense counsel at Courts Martial and administrative separation boards for offenses committed under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and related regulations and has also worked with foreign attorneys, jurists and political appointees to develop and promote rule of law operations within other countries outside the United States.
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.
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
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.
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!