Esther Panitch is a criminal and civil trial attorney with almost 18 years of experience who specializes in defending first-time criminal offenders. She also is a leader in Family Law, specializing in Family Violence. In addition, Esther is experienced in Probate matters such as Wills and Estates and Adult and Minor Guardianships and Conservatorships, both creating and litigating these issues. She is a leader in Criminal Defense and Family Law issues.
Esther was born, raised and educated in Miami, FL. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Communications (1992) and her Juris Doctor (1995) from the University of Miami, graduating cum laude from law school.
In law school she was a Certified Legal Intern for the Miami Dade State Attorney's Office.
Esther started her legal career as a Domestic Violence Court Coordinator in the award winning and cutting edge Domestic Violence Court in Miami-Dade County. She trained judges in the evolving law of domestic violence and spoke to the community about issues relating to Domestic Violence. Additionally, Esther was a founding member of Shalom Bayit in Miami, an organization formed to support victims of domestic violence.
In 1997, Esther became an Assistant Public Defender in Miami-Dade County, where she tried jury and non-jury cases ranging from misdemeanors to murder and assisted in death penalty cases.
In 2002, Esther opened her own firm in Miami and was sought after to educate the community on domestic violence, having used the Battered Women Syndrome defense on behalf a woman charged with murder against her violent and abusive boyfriend.
In 2004, Panitch moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she started at the Fox Law Firm, LLC and subsequently joined the Fulton County Conflict Defender's Office. In 2007, Panitch started the Law Office of Esther Panitch, PC, where she represented primarily first-time criminal offenders in Magistrate, State, Superior and Federal Courts. Panitch is now head of The Panitch Law Group, PC, in beautiful Dunwoody, Georgia.
Esther was also selected as a member of the Federal Defender Program, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, which is a private, not-for-profit Community Defender Organization serving the Northern District of Georgia pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act. This panel of criminal defense attorneys who are appointed by the Court to represent people who are charged with federal criminal offenses in the Northern District of Georgia who cannot afford to hire counsel.
Esther has earned her reputation as a tenacious, but pragmatic, attorney, whose credibility is well-regarded by clients, attorneys and judges in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. As her reputation grew, so has the size of her firm.
For her leadership qualities, Panitch was awarded the highest young leadership award, Judith Epstein Memorial Leadership Award, from Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America.
Panitch has appeared in print, on radio and television and has been the keynote speaker to audiences in Richmond, VA, Miami, FL, and Nashville, TN for her expertise in criminal and domestic violence issues. She is a much sought after expert by WSBTV, CNN, Fox News and HLN.
- Conflict Defender's Office, Fulton County, GA
- Coordinator for award winning Miami - Dade Domestic Violence Court
- Assistant Public Defender, Miami - Dade County, FL
- Tried thousands of cases ranging from misdemeanor to murder
- Frequent lecturer for professional groups
- Appointed attorney for Criminal Justice Act program for U.S. Courts
- Won Acquittal in Federal Court in September 2015
- Won Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity on 1st degree Murder in December 2015