Petra Ehlert

Petra Ehlert


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About Petra

Petra is an associate with substantial experience in investigating and handling complex white collar cases in both state and federal courts. She has had the pleasure of regular client interaction, client preparation, serving as first chair during several hearings, and representing a client through each step of a bank fraud matter without the presence of a supervising attorney.

Additionally, Petra has spent a significant amount of time working in the civil sector. The majority of her work has been with personal injury matters, which require significant client interaction and drafting of demands and pleadings. Depositions and research on a variety of topics are also part of her civil experience.

Petra is driven to make a difference, one person at a time. She takes pride in achieving the best outcome for her clients and ensuring that each client feels that their story is of value and has been heard. She is always happy to hear from clients as their lives come back together after their legal matter has concluded.

Work Experience

Contract Attorney - The Sams Law Firm (Nov 2018 - Present)

Authored demand letters, discovery materials, and other pleadings in personal injury matters in addition to collecting client discovery materials. Regularly interacted with clients and conducted client and witness interviews. Researched employment, Title IX, class action, and other legal matters. Prepared for and assisted with depositions in a civil litigation.

Associate - Dillon Law Group (Aug 2015 - May 2019)

Authored motions, memoranda, and trial documents in federal public corruption, bribery, and mail fraud conspiracy litigation. Represented clients in federal matters involving health care fraud, check fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and 18 U.S.C. § 371 conspiracies. Represented clients in state matters involving healthcare fraud, bank fraud, and false identification. Each client received first offender treatment and probation. Supervised the digital discovery process of federal white collar cases.

Legal Intern - Georgia Watch (Summer 2014)

Researched and drafted action memos on compliance of Georgia hospitals with federal and state requirements on the provision of financial assistance information for the Hospital Accountability Project. Monitored Public Service Commission hearings on Plant Vogtle.

Research Assistant - Ohio Northern University School of Law (Nov 2013 - May 2015)

Researched the development and operational mechanisms of attention and empathy; digital media and other information and communication technology's impact on attention, empathy, legal education, and legal practice. Results of this research included in Prof. Lauren Newell's later publication. See Newell, Lauren A. (2015) "Redefining Attention (and Revamping the Legal Profession?) for the Digital Generation," Nevada Law Journal: Vol. 15: Iss. 2, Article 16.

Law Clerk - ACLU of Georgia (Summer 2013)

Researched and drafted legal documents for pre and active litigation as well as newsletter articles on the School to Prison Pipeline, Atlanta’s proposed prostitution banishment ordinance, Warren Hill’s hearing to stay execution, and reproductive justice issues.

File Clerk - Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP (Apr 2011 - Jul 2012)

Served as a key support for the insurance defense and legal malpractice team.

Representative Cases


  • Represented client in a health care fraud conspiracy matter.

  • Represented client in a check fraud conspiracy matter.

  • Represented client in a wire fraud conspiracy matter, no charges filed.

  • Represented client in a wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy matter, no charges filed.

  • Represented client in a wire fraud conspiracy matter.


  • Represented client to achieve early termination of probation in health care fraud matter.

  • Represented client in a bank fraud matter, resulting in probation without incarceration.