An Innovate Legal Online Virtual Meetup

How Criminal Defense Firms Can Get Ahead in 2021

Learn key insights, opportunities, and tools to succeed as a criminal defense attorney in this Innovate Legal Online Meetup.
Clio Practice Type Criminal Law

Learn the latest insights, opportunities, and tools that help criminal defense firms succeed.

This session will focus on the factors currently impacting the criminal law sector and where opportunities lie ahead for innovation and growth. The panel will share their success stories from this past year, and they will discuss the tools—including Clio—that have kept them agile and innovative. The meetup will also cover the best practices and trends that you need to know to serve clients more effectively and meaningfully in today’s rapidly evolving, complex legal landscape.

After the meetup, Clio will be offering a 15-minute showcase of it’s most popular features that allow criminal defense attorneys to quickly onboard new clients.

Meetup Overview:

  • A virtual platform for learning and engagement among criminal defense attorneys  
  • Hosted by Rio Peterson, Affinity Partnerships Manager at Clio, featuring Erin Gerstenzang, Founder of EHG Law Firm, and R. Gary Spencer, Founder of AR. Gary Spencer, P.C.
  • Duration: 60 Minutes (40 minutes of panel discussion + 20 minutes of Q&A + optional 15-minute Clio tour)
  • This session is part of a series: How Law Firms Can Get Ahead in 2021
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R. Gary Spencer


R. Gary Spencer, P.C.

Gary Spencer opened his practice in 1997, concentrating in the areas of state
and federal criminal defense, attorney discipline and personal injury cases. After
receiving his undergraduate and law degrees from Howard University, he practiced
with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s
office, the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office, and the Federal Defender
Program for the Northern District of Georgia. He has tried more than 300 cases to
a jury.

He serves on the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors and serves on the
Disciplinary Rules Committee (Vice Chair) as well as the Commission on
Continuing Legal Competency. He is a member of the Gate City Bar Association,
having served as President in 2003, and is a member of the Georgia Association of
Black Women Attorneys, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
the Atlanta Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the American Bar
Association. Over the years he has volunteered with the ACLU of Georgia, the
National Lawyers Guild and the National Conference of Black Lawyers. He serves
as faculty on of the Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program and is presently on the
Board of Directors of the Georgia Justice Project and the Georgia Resource Center.
He was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2019.


Rio Peterson

Affinity Partnerships Manager


Rio Peterson is the Affinity Partnerships Manager at Clio. She initially joined Clio in 2017 as a member of Clio’s award-winning Customer Support team and gained an in-depth knowledge of Clio’s products and customers. Now, Rio works to build flourishing relationships with legal associations across the United States and Canada, and she works passionately to educate lawyers on the importance of using data to build better practices and drive the legal industry forward.

Erin Gerstenzang


EHG Law Firm

Erin Gerstenzang founded EHG Law Firm, which is located in Atlanta, Georgia. She represents clients facing DUI, serious traffic, drug, and alcohol-related criminal offenses. She also leads What Lawyers Do, LLC, an education company that provides instruction and mentorship to less experienced criminal defense attorneys looking for a path to expertise. She is on the faculty of the National College for DUI Defense, and she chairs the Georgia Public Defender Council DUI Trial Strategies Annual Program. Erin serves as chair of the Judicial Recommendation Committee of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was the recipient of the GACDL’s President’s Award in January 2020. She serves on the State Bar of Georgia’s Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee and in 2020 was recognized by’s Daily Report as one of the Best Mentors in Georgia.