Law Office of Saraliene Smith Durett, LLC
1800 Peachtree St NW, Ste 300
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 433-0855 www.defendingatl.com
As a former law clerk for both a federal district court judge and a state appellate court judge, Saraliene brings a unique perspective to her criminal defense practice. Having viewed trials and appeals from the court's perspective, Saraliene understands what it takes to make effective arguments at every stage of a case. As part of an aggressive, trial-oriented criminal defense practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saraliene spent her early career working on all types of cases including murder appeals, sexual assault trials, federal bribery trials, and the defense of a ninety-million dollar fraud case.
In 2013, Saraliene founded her own firm in Atlanta, where she regularly assists clients with detention/bail hearings, plea negotiations, trials, sentencing hearings, and appeals at the state and federal level. Saraliene is also among a select group of private attorneys appointed by the federal court to represent clients that cannot afford representation.
In addition to bringing her experience in both state and federal matters to all cases, she brings compassion for her clients to her work. She understands that if you are facing criminal charges, you are likely going through one of the worst times in your life. Knowing that the criminal court process can be terrifying and intimidating, Saraliene will take extra time to discuss the process with you and to ensure that you always understand the status of your case.
Education National Highway Traffic Safety Administration DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Tests Training Course National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute University of Kansas School of Law, J.D. Order of the Coif Moot Court Board Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy Grinnell College, B.A.
Publications It Can Happen in an Instant: Rethinking Pattern Instructions for Kansas on Premeditated Murder, 16-WTR Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 1 (2006-2007). Chapter Nine: Proceedings Before Trial, Co-Editor, Kansas Bar Association Criminal Law Handbook, 2006.
Bar Admissions Georgia Kansas Nevada Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Federal District Court for the District of Nevada Georgia Court of Appeals Georgia Supreme Court United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit United States Supreme Court
Professional Organizations National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Federal Bar Association State Bar of Georgia - Criminal Law Section