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Clint rucker, esq.

A career spent serving georgia

Clint Rucker is a national award-winning attorney, a Municipal Court Judge, and a former State of Georgia Assistant District Attorney of the Year. The once longtime acclaimed prosecutor is now with the prominent criminal defense and plaintiff’s trial lawyers firm, Garland Samuel & Loeb. 

Clinton retired from public service after 30 years as a Prosecutor in Fulton County and the City of Atlanta collectively. The former Executive Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Fulton County, Georgia retains a 98% trial success rate after trying over 150 cases. 

As a Defense Attorney, Clinton primarily specializing in cases involving Civil Rights violations and Criminal Defense.

He is also a Judge Pro-Tem for the City of South Fulton, GA and an Associate Judge for the City of East Point, GA.

Clint rucker, esq.

Professional Experience

Fulton County District Attorney’s Office
Executive Assistant District Attorney

September 1995 – March 2021  Atlanta, Georgia

  • Assist the District Attorney in representing Fulton County citizens with the prosecution of criminal cases in the justice system by analyzing, investigating and presenting complex, high- profile felony homicide cases for jury trials in court
  • Provide prosecutorial and legal services to government and private agencies, crime victims, and members of the public
  • Direct large trial teams consisting of lawyers, investigators, paralegals and counselors
  • Provide ongoing training of substantive and procedural law through presentations & lectures
  • Coordinate strategies with criminal justice agencies and law enforcement departments to carry out prosecutorial duties
  • Current conviction rate of 98% for homicide trials with over 150 cases handled
  • Trains attorneys in trial strategy and tactics including jury selection, witness examination, opening and closing arguments.

Previous Positions in Fulton County District Attorney’s Office

  • Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney, Major Case Division
  • Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney, Public Integrity Unit
  • Senior Assistant District Attorney, Major Felony Unit & Trial Division Unit

Complex & High Profile Cases

Clint Rucker is a dedicated legal professional with a history of creating and implementing highly effective legal strategies that ensure successful outcomes for families involved in complex criminal cases in the Fulton County Justice System.

Admitted to the Supreme Court of Georgia

After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Emory University, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Clinton served as an intern for the U.S. Justice Department in Houston, Texas. Following his internship, Clinton immediately began his journey in the legal community as an attorney. He served as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Atlanta where he successfully handled probable cause hearings. 

After five years under the leadership of Atlanta Solicitor Raines Carter, Clinton began working for the late Fulton County District Attorney, Lewis Slaton as an Assistant District Attorney. After over 20 years of successful prosecutions, Clinton was promoted to Executive Assistant District Attorney serving directly under the Fulton County District Attorney. 

He has handled a number of complex and high-profile murder cases that have drawn national and international attention including, the State v. James Sullivan (Atlanta Socialite Lita Sullivan Murder Case), the State v. Dionne Baugh (Atlanta Businessman Lance Herndon Murder Case), the State v. Brian Nichols (Fulton County Courthouse Shooting Case), and the State v. Claude “Tex” McIver (Diane McIver Murder case).

Clinton has been named multiple times as Attorney of Year for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. In 2018 he was awarded as the State of Georgia Prosecuting Attorney’s Council’s Assistant District Attorney of the Year. 

He is a member of several professional and civic organizations including Leadership Atlanta, 100 Black Men of America, the Lamar Inn of Court-Emory University, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also a proud board member of the Georgia Humanities.

In his spare time, the husband, father, man of faith and pretend golfer, enjoys playing fetch with his Saint Bernese named Jack McCoy, cooking for his family, and any puzzle over 2000 pieces.



  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys – Professional Development Academy Lecturer
  • Georgia Association of Court Reporters – “Lessons from the Brian Nichols Trial” Keynote Speaker
  • DeKalb County Solicitors Office – “The Art of the Close” Lecture Series
  • APS/Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School – Honor Society Induction Keynote Speaker
  • The Enon Church – “Law & Order God’s Way” – Men’s Week Lecture Series
  • NBC Dateline, Snapped, Investigation Discovery, A&E Cold Case Files, CBS News-48HOURS, & Court TV-Subject Expert & Legal Analyst

Bar admission

State Bar of Georgia 1990


  • Texas Southern University, JD
  • Emory University, BA Philosophy
  • Oxford College – Emory University, AA
Clint Rucker mentoring