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Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys


When you are fighting against the government, your freedom and future are at stake.

A good lawyer is not good enough.  You need exceptional lawyers like

Brian Mendelsohn and Jeffrey Ertel.

The Mendelsohn Ertel Law Group - TMELG - is a boutique law firm that specializes in providing elite, sophisticated, and aggressive criminal defense services. Working mostly in federal court, we represent clients at all stages of the process including investigation, initial appearance, arraignment and bond hearings, pretrial proceedings, plea or trial, sentencing, and appeal.

Brian Mendelsohn
Brian Mendelsohn

Criminal Defense Attorney With Over 30 Years of Experience

Brian Mendelsohn has been a criminal defense attorney for his entire three-decade legal career and is widely regarded as one of the top federal criminal trial lawyers in Atlanta.  Brian has won more federal criminal trials than most attorneys in Georgia have even tried.  From 1995 to 2023, Brian was an attorney with the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Georgia and was the First Assistant (Deputy Director) for seventeen years. While maintaining an active caseload, Brian was also responsible for supervising the office’s 27 trial lawyers.

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Jeffrey Ertel
Jeffrey Ertel

Criminal Defense Attorney With Over 30 Years of Experience

Jeffrey Ertel has been a criminal defense attorney his entire legal career, defending those charged with the most serious felony offenses.  Jeff has built a national reputation based on his extensive preparation, exhaustive investigation, dogged litigation and skillful appellate advocacy.  He has represented criminal defendants in state and federal courts in Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Texas, South Carolina and Georgia.  The basic principle Jeff holds most dear is that everyone deserves the best defense when charged by the government, regardless of whether they are innocent or not. 

Why Choose TMELG 

  • We are life-long, die hard, federal criminal defense lawyers 

  • We know federal court and federal law inside out

  • We are not afraid to stand up to the government on behalf of our clients

  • We use our decades of experience to achieve the best possible outcomes

Have you been charged with a criminal offense?  Fight your charges today with an experienced criminal defense attorney from our firm. Our attorneys have years of experience defending clients in criminal court and have a proven record of success.

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What Judges Are Saying

Addressing One of Brian's Clients During A Hearing

"I'm telling you, you've got a friend sitting next to you. If you don't want to make anybody else happy with you, make Brian Mendelsohn happy with you because this guy has gone to bat for you every step of the way and came in here again today and did it. And I respect this man for doing that. That's a true professional. That's a true defender. And it's admirable. That's the story I'll tell coming out of this one . . . because I admire what he's done in here."

- United States District Court Judge 

Describing Jeff in a Court Document

"Ertel stepped forward [and] has done a masterful and unflinching job of advocating [for his client]. The Court does reaffirm . . . that current counsel (J. L. Ertel) is one of the top lawyers in the State.”

- Former United States District Court Judge

Great Attorney!

"I know Mr. Mendelsohn is a great attorney"

- United States District Court Judge

60+  years of experience


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