On March 29, 2013, thirty-five former Atlanta Public School educators were indicted for conspiring to violate the racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) act and various other offenses including false statements and writings, false swearing, influencing witnesses, and theft by taking. Twenty-one of those charged pled guilty prior to trial pursuant to negotiated plea agreements. Twelve defendants proceeded to trial. Trial commenced with jury selection in August 11, 2014 and proceeded through March 19, 2015 when the jury began deliberating. After eight months of trial, on April 1, 2015, only one of the twelve educators was acquitted of all charges. That educator, Dessa Curb, was represented by Sandy Wallack.

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  • To view coverage of the APS trial, click here.

Retired Atlanta Public Schools special education teacher, Dessa Curb, with her defense attorney, Sandy Wallack, and sister, Aleesa Williams, leave the Fulton County Courthouse after Curb's verdicts of not guilty on all charges in the APS Cheating trial on April 1, 2015.

Retired Atlanta Public Schools special education teacher, Dessa Curb, with her defense attorney, Sandy Wallack, and sister, Aleesa Williams, leave the Fulton County Courthouse after Curb’s verdicts of not guilty on all charges in the APS cheating trial on April 1, 2015. (Photo credit: Brant Sanderlin/AJC and AP)


No one wants to be in the position of needing a criminal defense attorney. But if you do, you want the best criminal defense attorney you can get. Sandy Wallack is dedicated to criminal defense and will fight tirelessly for you.

Sandy focuses exclusively on criminal defense of individuals charged with state and federal crimes. With years of experience representing individuals and corporations charged with crimes in state and federal court throughout Georgia, he fights to ensure that your rights are protected and that your case results in a successful disposition. Sandy approaches each case utilizing all his experience, tenacity and innovation. He thinks outside the box to formulate a unique plan for reaching the outcome you need.

Sandy takes great care to provide his clients with personal attention and to keep them apprised of every aspect of their case. His clients are informed of each step of the legal process and kept up-to-date on the status of their case. He presents clients with all options available in a clear, easy to understand manner so that they can make informed decisions on how their case should proceed.

At Wallack Law, Sandy understands that providing proper representation is a serious matter that requires dedicated attention and a defense strategy that is unique to that case. He is committed to working toward the best resolution, not only for each case but for each client as well.

Sanford A. Wallack  |   Bio

Sanford A. Wallack
Managing Partner

Sandy has been practicing criminal defense throughout the metro Atlanta area for over 20 years. He has experience handling offenses including murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, white-collar crime, sexual offenses, commercial gambling, drug offenses and RICO actions. Sandy has experience and handles cases at both the trial and appellate level in state and federal court.

Licensed by the Georgia State Bar since 1994, Sandy has worked in both the public and private sectors including Jacobs King & Wallack, Michael Moran & Associates, Kramer & Thomas, the Fulton County Conflict Defender’s Office, the Douglas County Public Defender’s Office and the City of Atlanta Public Defender’s Office.

Sandy received his B.A. in Political Science from University of Florida and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. He is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute. Sandy is a life member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Animal Law section of the Georgia bar and has provided pro bono assistance in the area of animal law since law school. Sandy also speaks with groups and organizations on a variety of criminal defense topics. To learn more, click here.

Sandy has called Atlanta his home for over 30 years, having grown up in the Atlanta area. Sandy is married with three kids and a dog.

Sanford Wallack

Sandy is admitted to practice in the following courts:

  • All courts in the State of Georgia including the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia and all State of Georgia county and municipal courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia


If you are charged with a crime, you face losing your liberties and freedom through imprisonment, probation, fines, driver’s license suspension and/or other sanctions. It’s important to have someone on your side that thoroughly understands the law and how it applies to you.

Wallack Law has the experience and know-how to help you develop a strong defense and bring your case to a successful resolution.

Criminal Defense:

Sandy has considerable experience representing criminal defense clients in both state and federal court. His experience includes but is not limited to:

State Felonies & Misdemeanors

  • Violent Crimes (Murder, Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, Carjacking, Kidnapping)
  • Commercial Gambling
  • Drug and Drug Related Crimes (Trafficking, Possession with Intent, Possession)
  • Sexual Offenses (Rape, Child Molestation, Child Pornography, Computer Pornography)
  • Theft & Forgery Related Offenses (Theft by Taking, Theft by Receiving, Burglary, Bad Check/Deposit Account Fraud)
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Obstruction

Federal Offenses

  • Violent Crimes (Murder, Attempted Murder, Robbery, Carjacking, Kidnapping)
  • Drug and Drug Related Crimes (Trafficking, Possession with Intent, Money Laundering, Conspiracy, Manufacturing)
  • Racketeering (RICO)
  • White-Collar and Financial Crimes (Bank, Mail, Wire, Securities, Mortgage, and/or Healthcare Fraud, Identity Theft, Embezzlement, Money Laundering)
  • Sexual Offenses
  • Cyber Crimes
  • Firearm and Firearm Possession Related Offenses


  • Motion for New Trial
  • Appeal
  • Writ of Certiorari
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Sentencing Modification/Reduction
  • Probation Revocation Hearings

Quasi-Criminal & Administrative Proceedings

  • Forfeiture
  • Condemnation
  • Civil RICO Proceedings

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING  |   Testimonials

“When I met with Sandy Wallack to represent me in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial, I knew he would do the best job. He promised me he would work hard to prove my innocence and do everything he could, and I could just tell he would. There were so many confusing parts and sometimes I didn’t understand what was going on, but he was there to explain everything to me and help me understand. He was incredibly dedicated to helping me. He was my gift from God.”

– Dessa Curb

“I strongly and highly recommend Sanford “Sandy” Wallack. I have known Sandy professionally for 15 years. We first met as adversaries, when I was an Assistant District Attorney and he was a defense attorney. Most recently, Sandy and I tried a case as criminal defense attorneys representing co-defendants. I admired and respected Sandy in both roles – as an opponent so many years ago, and as a teammate most recently. When you hire Sandy, you are hiring an intelligent, passionate, and exceptionally prepared PROFESSIONAL who is ready to advise you impeccably and fight for you tirelessly.”

– J. Kevin Franks, attorney at law

“Sandy Wallack helped my wife and me with a legal problem from about a thousand miles away.  Living so far made the situation difficult, but Sandy was there for us via phone or e-mail every step of the way, even corresponding on Sunday nights. He was friendly and courteous, but above all very helpful with difficult legal matters and made us feel safe and well taken care of.  He continues to follow up to take care of loose ends and keeps us informed as to what is going on. I heartily recommend Sandy Wallack for any legal problems that may occur!”

– Don Jackson

“My experience as a client for 9 months with Sanford Wallack was always professional and respectful. He always returned my calls and was always available to discuss matters at hand.”

– Michael R.

“I have worked extensively with Sandy on complicated and serious criminal matters and find him to be diligent and hard-working, with excellent trial skills. I think he does an excellent job for his clients as evidenced by the recent acquittal of his client in the Atlanta Public School cheating case.”

– Bob Rubin, attorney at law

“Sandy Wallack not only was extremely professional during a very stressful time during my life, but he was very calming and reassuring that the situation would be okay in the end. To my surprise, he was correct and I highly recommend him!”

– J. Hurley

“Attorney Wallack was well prepared for our consultation and well prepared for court. He was diligent in following up with witnesses, ensuring that subpoenas were delivered and that all necessary paperwork was filed. If it were not for Attorney Wallack providing such superb service, I would not have won my case.”

– Ms. J. Lewis

“Wallack Law was capable and efficient. They went right to work on my case and got me a sufficient verdict. I was thankful to have them on my side.”

– J. Collins

“Sandy Wallack has not only a business, but a personal relationship with his clients. He is very precise in his methods. Very knowledgeable about his practice. And he stands beside his word. Wallack Law is a very stand up firm.”

– Kareem Y. Rogers

“Sandy maintains positive, valuable relationships with legal colleagues on the opposing side; which I feel were tremendously helpful in the negotiation of my plea bargain.”

– Lou Samba


To accommodate your busy schedule, Sandy can take evening and weekend appointments upon request. He also provides a free initial consultation to assess your options.

You can also contact Sandy to speak at your next meeting or function. To learn more, click here.

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