Attorney Dana Pagan is a proud Georgia native and graduate of South Gwinnett High School. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice magna cum laude from the George Washington University and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. While in law school, Dana served as a law student defense attorney for juveniles charged with crimes, worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in Family Court, and was a co-founder of the law school’s Project Ayuda immigration clinic which still thrives today.
She began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia where she worked solely on cases involving individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities, or both. She then became an Assistant Solicitor for the Solicitor General of the City of Atlanta where she prosecuted city ordinance violations and traffic offenses. Dana then served as an Assistant Solicitor and Deputy Chief Solicitor-General in the Gwinnett County Solicitor’s Office from 2012-2018 where she prosecuted a range of crimes including domestic violence, possession of marijuana, theft charges, DUI, misdemeanor sex offenses, and other misdemeanors.
She also managed the prosecution of all cases involved in accountability courts and served as the lead prosecutor for both the Gwinnett County Veterans’ Intervention Program and the Gwinnett County DUI Court.
Dana joined Crawford & Boyle in 2019 focusing on criminal defense and domestic relations cases. She is involved in the community having served as a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Disciplinary Panel; serving as a member of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Law, Public Service, and Education Advisory Board; and having graduated from the Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2019.
In her free time, Dana loves spending time with her two boys and her rescue dogs.