Address: 75 Fourteenth Street NE Suite 3000 Four Seasons Office Tower, Atlanta, GA 30309
Lawyer Firm: Conaway & Strickler, P.C.
|Areas of Practice||Criminal Charges, Computer and Internet Crimes, Drug Crimes, Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence, Forgery, Theft and Shoplifting Crimes, Prescription Drug Offenses, Healthcare Fraud, Benefit Fraud, RICO, Conspiracy Actions, FCPA, Mail Fraud, Money Laundering Actions, Mortgage Fraud, Bank and Wire Fraud, International Extradition, Tax Evasion, Filing False Returns or Fictitious Information in a Tax Return|
Meg Strickler is one of the nation’s leading attorneys on internet crime and technology law. She counsels clients on complex information privacy and security issues, theft of intellectual property, computer intrusions and online fraud. She is a preeminent trial lawyer who represents individuals and corporations, financial institutions and professional firms in criminal investigations, including SEC and tax proceedings. She also conducts extensive internal investigations for corporations and privately held businesses. In addition, she represents individuals facing tax, health care, government contracting, insider trading and bank fraud investigations. She has given lectures around the globe on topics such as intellectual property offenses, computer hacking crimes, and wire fraud. In 2017, Ms. Strickler was formally appointed to the IBA Cyber Security Task Force. In 2014, she gave lectures on cyber crime in Bangalore, Brussels, Istanbul, Tokyo and Paris. In 2015, she was appointed to chair conferences on international criminal issues in Berlin, Germany and Lagos, Nigeria. She also gave lectures on global rape laws, data breaches and cyber attacks on law firms, and recent trends in cyber security from the U.S. perspective while at the IBA Annual Conference in Vienna, Austria in 2015. In 2016, Ms. Strickler once again gave speeches on cyber crime but also on issues of professionalism for the IBA and iTechlaw in Miami and Washington, DC. In 2018, Meg will be presenting at the IBA Annual Conference in Rome as part of the IBA Cyber Security Task Force. In 2017, Meg moderated a iTechlaw webinar, "Cyber Crime and Insider Threats". She also gave several presentations on cyber security at the IBA Annual Conference in Sydney. She also spoke at the ABA Section on International Law Fall Meeting in Miami and the State of Georgia Bar Association 29th Annual North American Law Summit in Jamaica in November, 2017. Ms. Strickler, along with the "Legal Dream Team", recently won an Emmy award for their coverage of the "Hot Car Death" trial coverage. Most of the "Legal Dream Team" were in Jamaica presenting a phenomenal panel on being legal analysts and Emmy award winners. Through the years, Meg has also chaired and lectured on a variety of transnational and international legal panels at legal seminars around the world concerning criminal law, anti-corruption, business crime, human rights, and international criminal law. She was just elected to be the co-chair of the Cyber Crime Committee for iTechlaw. She is also the former co-chair of the International Bar Association Criminal Law Committee and is now the Corporate Liaison Officer of the IBA War Crimes Committee and co-chair of the IBA Cyber Crime sub committee. She is also the current ABA Section on International Law Liaison to the ABA Criminal Justice Section and the International Criminal Court Bar Association and serves on the Steering Group for the ABA International Anti Corruption Committee. Meg is also very active in the Women’s White Collar Defense Association. Meg has been practicing law since 1997, and is licensed to practice in Georgia, New York and California. She has clients from all over the world. She was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers for 2014. In 2013, Time Magazine named Meg a "Leader in Criminal Defense". In 2011, Newsweek Magazine named Meg as one of America’s top criminal defense lawyers, and Atlanta Magazine has named Meg a Rising Star Superlawyer. Meg is a graduate of Emory University’s School of Law, where she was recognized by the Dean of Students for her outstanding academic record. During her third year of law school, Meg joined forces with Attorney Dan Conaway, and together they formed Conaway & Strickler, P.C. where Meg has spent her entire legal career practicing criminal law as a prominent and successful federal and international criminal defense lawyer. Meg has been widely recognized by the legal community and by Avvo for the highest rating of "Superb" professional conduct and experience.
Meg splits her time between Atlanta and New York where she handles complex criminal defense matters for professionals and their families. She has represented clients on a wide variety of criminal charges including: computer and internet crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence, forgery, theft and shoplifting crimes, prescription drug offenses, healthcare fraud, benefit fraud, RICO, conspiracy actions, FCPA, mail fraud, money laundering actions, mortgage fraud, bank and wire fraud, international extradition, tax evasion, filing false returns or fictitious information in a tax return, among others. She has also represented clients in IRS audits in order to prevent criminal charges from ever being brought.
Meg also is very successful in speaking with law enforcement in the very early stages of a criminal investigation. At the federal level, if you receive a "target letter", a friendly visit or phone call from an agent or agents, or are subject to a search warrant, call Conaway & Strickler, PC immediately, and tell law enforcement you are contacting a lawyer and will only speak to them with counsel present. For these situations, please immediately call Meg’s cell phone: 646-535-8185/404-695-0500.
At the state level, a detective will call or stop by and "just want to talk". Don’t. It NEVER is a good idea. And no, retaining a lawyer will not influence law enforcement to think you are guilty. It is just that you must protect yourself and your rights at all times.
"I always take a pro-active approach to my work." Meg states. She therefore often succeeds in getting her cases dismissed prior to charges being formally brought against her clients.
Meg’s success for defending her clients is based, in part, on her study and knowledge of drug, alcohol and other addiction and dependency problems that are sometimes part of the reason her clients find themselves in trouble with the law in the first place. Meg also works on behalf of clients and their families facing mental health issues. She works with her clients to understand how a mental health crisis may have led to her client’s arrest.
"One of the ways our criminal justice system fails our citizens and our communities today is that it doesn’t really take into account the great number of ways addiction problems and mental health issues can pull people and their families into the criminal justice system," says Meg.
"The criminal laws of our country tend to treat all persons facing arrest as "one size fits all" and it fails to take into account how problems with addictions to things as diverse as alcohol and drugs to gambling can lead people into problems with the law. I work with my clients to bring these issues to the attention of law enforcement and prosecutors early, so that my client can be treated as a human being needing help and not just another statistic."
"The best thing we can do for a client is to get their case dismissed before an indictment or accusation is ever drafted by the prosecutor," explains Meg. "If we can succeed in resolving the matter early, we can save the client the pain and stress of having to appear in court under the cloud of indictment or accusation.
A few examples of Meg’s criminal defense work
Meg regularly appears on national TV where she comments on high profile cases. She has appeared on Fox, Fox Business Channel, MSNBC, HLN, CNN, CNN International, Global News in Canada, TruTV, among others. She has also appeared on all of the Atlanta local television news programs in relation to her representation of her clients. She has also provided legal commentary on Fox radio stations throughout the country. She has been cited in print publications including People magazine, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, the Irish Independent, IBA Global Insight and Credit Union Times. Meg is also the author of many articles on international legal issues.
Meg is currently an adjunct professor for Emory Law School’s Kessler-Eidson Institute for Trial Advocacy, where she instructs law school students in the art of case preparation and trial advocacy. She also teaches ethics to first year Emory Law students through a three day round table discussion involving first year law students, law school faculty and practicing attorneys. She also helps Emory University School of Law’s Moot Court Special Teams in their various competitions each year. She is also an active member of the Georgia, New York, California, American and International Bar Associations. She is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Through her work with the International Bar Association, Meg has developed a worldwide network of legal professionals to assist her clients facing transnational or international legal issues.
She has given lectures at the International Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Prague (2005), Chicago (2006), Madrid (2009), and Dubai (2011), and at the Transnational Crime Conference in Amsterdam (2011), São Paulo (2012), Miami (2013), Boston (2013), Istanbul (2014), Tokyo (2014) and Vienna (2015). She, along with another celebrated criminal defense lawyer, chaired the International Bar Association Annual Transnational Crime Conference in Miami. Meg chaired the IBA Transnational Crime Conference held in April, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey where she also spoke on international counterfeiting and trademark infringement. She has also spoken at iTechlaw conferences in Bangalore in 2014 and 2015 and in Paris and London in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Legal Expert Commentator
Appeared as a regular guest on HLN’s prime time show "HLN After Dark"Appeared regularly in Orlando for Casey Anthony trialAppeared frequently on the Nancy Grace Show, Evening Express, Making it in America, Jane Velez-Mitchell and Dr. Drew on HLNAppeared frequently on MSNBC, including Hard Ball with Chris MatthewsAppears frequently on Fox News Channel, including the O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Fox & Friends, America Live with Megyn Kelly, the Line Up, Studio B, among others, and foxnews.comAppeared frequently on Tru TV In SessionProvides legal commentary on Fox radio stations throughout the country
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