Parag Shah

Parag Y. Shah is a judge, mediator, attorney, author, and professor in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Rhodes College in 2003 and went on to receive his law degree from Ohio Northern University in 2006. After doing indigent work and practicing with a small firm, Mr. Shah started his own law firm, The Shah Law Firm, specializing in personal injury, criminal defense and civil litigation.

In 2016, Mr. Shah was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed as a Pro Hac Judge to the City of Atlanta Municipal Court where he presides over traffic offenses and city ordinances.

Mr. Shah is an adjunct professor at Ohio Northern University Law School where he teaches jury selection and cross-examination. He is also a former faculty member for the Georgia Trial Skills Clinic, GACDL's Bill Daniel Trial Program and AAJ's Deposition College. In addition, Mr. Shah ran a criminal defense externship program through John Marshall Law School in Atlanta.

Mr. Shah is a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He mediates and arbitrates civil and business litigation cases at Miles Mediation.

Mr. Shah has been acknowledged as Georgia’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Daily Report, a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Trend Magazine, & the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association; "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell; and rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo.com. In 2011, Mr. Shah was featured as an expert in criminal defense on NPR's "This American Life", Episode 430 - Very Tough Love. In addition, Mr. Shah regularly provides legal commentary for CNN and HLN.

Mr. Shah is the author of three Georgia pocketbooks: The Code Criminal, The Code Civil and The Code Evidence. The Code is currently published by MyCLE. 

Mr. Shah is a member of a number of local and national associations. He is also actively involved with a number of charities including Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse and Nicholas House.

PRESENTATIONS

"Civil Practice Boot Camp" by MyCLE for Allstate Insurance (December 7, 2018)

"How to Manage Clients and Professional Development" for Prof. Alvaro Arauz at the University of Georgia Law School (October 17, 2018) 

"Foundation and Electronic Evidence" for Georgia State University Law School (September 26, 2018)

"Foundation and Electronic Evidence" by MyCLE (September 21, 2018)

"Professionalism in Dealing with the Rambo Litigator" by MyCLE (September 21, 2018)

"Step by Step Guide from Complaint to Pretrial Conference" by MyCLE (September 21, 2018)

"Character and Hearsay Evidence" by MyCLE (September 21, 2018)

"Ethics in Plea Negotiations" by MyCLE (September 21, 2018)

"Nuances of Criminal Sentencing for Enhancement or Reduction" by MyCLE (September 21, 2018)

"Using Social Media to Grow Your Practice" by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (September 7, 2018)

"Electronic Evidence" by the South Asian Bar Association for Georgia (June 28, 2018)

"Electronic Evidence" by ICJE for the Municipal Court Judges (June 22, 2018)

"Cybercrime" by the Atlanta Paralegal Association (May 17, 2018)

Presiding Judge for Installation of South Fulton Chamber of Commerce (March 15, 2018)

"Understanding Traffic Court" by the Atlanta Bar Association (October 25, 2017)

"How to Get a Job the Unconventional Way" by NextJuris (June 14, 2017)

"Theory-Based Jury Selection" by NextJuris (May 25, 2017)

"Understanding the Civil Procedural Tools Available to Navigate Through a Changing Criminal Justice System" by GACDL (April 28, 2017)

Presiding Judge for Installation of South Fulton Chamber of Commerce (April 20, 2017)

"Personal Injury 101: Insurance, Liens & Subrogation" by the National Business Institute (March 31, 2017)

"Personal Injury 101: Damages" by the National Business Institute (March 31, 2017)

"Deposition Techniques" Webinar held by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (March 28, 2017)

"Criminal Law Basics" held by the Atlanta Paralegal Association (March 16, 2017)

"Urgent Legal Matters on Criminal Law" held by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (March 3, 2017)

"Advanced Evidence: Electronic Evidence" held by the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section (February 14, 2017)

Adjunct Professor at Ohio Northern University Law School teaching Jury Selection, Cross-Examination & Depositions (January 2017)

"Georgia Evidence Law Update" for the Advanced Urgent Legal Matters at Sea Seminar held by ICLEGA (November 7-18, 2016)

"Proving Pain, Suffering and More in Personal Injury Litigation - Ethical Management of Client Files" held by the National Business Institute (September 28, 2016)

Faculty Member for AAJ's Trial Advocacy Depostion College with Presentation on "Organizing for Expert Depositions and Planning Tactics" (September 22-24)

Host of "Shah's Money Lecture Series" with topics for Solo Practitioners, Plaintiff and Defense Civil Attorneys, and Criminal Defense Lawyers (September 1, 8, and 15, 2016)

"Using the Media to Your Advantage" with Chris Stewart held by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (September 9, 2016)

"Primer on the Rules of Evidence for Civil and Criminal" held by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (August 12, 2016)

"Daubert Motions in Tandem with Motions for Summary Judgment" at the AAJ Annual Convention in Los Angeles (July 22, 2016)

Faculty Member for the Gary Christy Georgia Trial Skills Clinic held by ICLEGA (June 25-26, 2016)

"Millennials and the Smartphone Jury" held by the American Association of Justice (June 3, 2016)

"Media Training" Annual Convention Program Co-Chair held by the Georgia Trial Laywers Association (April 29, 2016)

Webinar on "How to Handle a Felony Criminal Case" held by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (March 29, 2016)

"Advanced Evidence: Electronic Information" held by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Walton County (March 24, 2016)

"Combating Common Defenses in Personal Injury Cases" held by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (February 26, 2016)

"Primer on Georgia Rules of Evidence for Criminal Attorneys" held by the Atlanta Bar Association (February 23, 2016)

Adjunct Professor at Ohio Northern University Law School teaching Jury Selection and Cross-Examination (January 2015, 2016)

"Primer on the Rules of Evidence held by Pete Law" and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (October 30, 2015)

"Technology & Media" Annual Convention Program Co-Chair held by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (2015)

"Understanding and Countering Defenses in Civil Cases" held by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2015)

"Updates and Changes in Georgia Criminal Substantive Law" (2015)

Faculty Member for the Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program held by the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2014-2010)

"Motions & Exhibits" held by the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2014)

Solo Practitioner Panel held by Atlanta's John Marshall Law School (2014, 2012)

"Primer on the New Evidence Code for Personal Injury Attorneys" held by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2014, 2013)

"Primer on the New Evidence Code for Civil Attorneys" held by Fried, Rogers & Goldberg (2013)

"Primer on the New Evidence Code for Criminal Attorneys" held by the Gwinnett County Bar (2013)

Solo Practitioner Panel held by the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia (2013)

Solo Practitioner Panel held by Georgia State University Law School (2012)

"10 Mistakes Under the Georgia Civil Practice Act" held by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (2012)

"Closing Arguments" held by the Georgia State University Law School Litigation Program (2011)

Faculty Member for the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia (2011)

"Proactive Approach to Practicing Criminal Defense" held by the Fulton County Public Defenders Office (2010)

"Utilizing Motions Practice to Win Cases and Cripple the Prosecution" held by GACDL (2010)

"The Consequences Undocumented Immigrants and Attorneys Face in the Criminal Justice System" held by MALDEF (2007)