W. Carl Lietz III
Carl Lietz is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex criminal matters. Before forming Kish & Lietz in 2006, Carl clerked for two federal judges, worked at a highly regarded Atlanta firm that specializes in defending white-collar matters, and served as a trial attorney for five years with the Federal Defender Office in Atlanta. Throughout his legal career, Carl has always been a defender. While many of his friends and colleagues made the decision to become federal prosecutors, Carl intentionally avoided that career path, and instead made the conscious decision to dedicate his career to defending individuals.
Carl especially enjoyed and benefitted from his time in the Federal Defender Office. In his five-year tenure in that office, Carl tried a significant number of federal cases, litigated hundreds of evidentiary and sentencing hearings, and argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In addition, he was also a member of the defense team in the Olympic Park bombing case of United States v. Eric Robert Rudolph. In that capacity, Carl was drafted by the Birmingham defense team to author the challenges to the search warrants obtained by the government after Mr. Rudolph was identified as a material witness in connection with the Birmingham bombing.
In 2006, Carl and his long-time friend Paul Kish left the Defender Office and started their own firm. Since forming Kish & Lietz, Carl has continued to dedicate himself to the defense of individuals threatened or dealing with federal criminal charges. Carl enjoys working on any matter pending in federal court. In recent years, however, his practice has been devoted primarily to the defense of complex, white-collar matters. He has represented doctors facing billing and over-prescribing allegations, as well as corporate officers on a whole range of matters, including cases involving allegations of mail, wire, and bank fraud, bribery, money laundering, public corruption and other federal crimes.
Carl also enjoys working with other lawyers. And since forming Kish & Lietz, he has worked on a number of substantial, white-collar matters as a member of a multi-lawyer defense team. Among other responsibilities, he has been retained to write pretrial motions, litigate issues involving expert witnesses, try cases as co-counsel, and prepare the mitigation portion of a sentencing presentation. In addition to practicing law, Carl lectures at national and local seminars pertaining to federal criminal law, and teaches a trial practice course as an adjunct faculty member at the Georgia State University, College of Law.
Carl has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense. In addition, he also been recognized as a Georgia SuperLawyer, and one of Georgia Trend Magazine's "Legal Elite". Carl is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Federal Bar Association, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.
J.D. and Master of Studies in Environmental Law, cum laude, Vermont Law School; Member of Debevoise Moot Court Advisory Board, 1995
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1994
B.S., Florida State University, 1992
Trial Attorney, Federal Defender Office, Atlanta, Georgia, 2001-2006;
Law Clerk, Judge Orinda D. Evans, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 1997-1998;
Law Clerk, Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn, United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, 1996-1997;