Personal Injury, DUI, & Criminal Attorney
“The Horsepower Lawyer” was born out of my desire to share something that I love and have in common with many of our Clients – a passion for automobiles and speed. I have been a gearhead and avid car enthusiast since before I could drive. Car shows, NASCAR races, dirt tracks, monster trucks, and motorcycles – I have shared my love and passion for these with my Father, Wife, Children, and close friends – we have bonded over these shared experiences – and I hope to be able to share that connection with you.
I grew up in Gilmer County, my family moved into North Georgia in the early 1800s and has called this area home ever since. This close connection with the people of North Georgia has allowed me to be intimately familiar with the local area and values, the attitudes of the local juries, courts, politicians, judges, and prosecutors.
I attended Kennesaw State University where I graduated Cum Laude with my 4 year degree before attending Florida Coastal School of Law and graduating in the top 20% of my class. Throughout my Senior year of High School and College, I worked for a small law firm. During Law School, I was able to clerk for 2 Superior Court Judges and complete an internship program with a Federal Prosecutor’s Office. I was lucky to have spent a significant amount of time in internship and work-study programs that each offered a different insight and gave me a unique perspective to each case that many lawyers simply don’t have. In fact, I even met my wife, LeeAnn, while she was working for her Grandmother, the Clerk of Superior Court, and I was completing a work-study program.
I focus my practice on fighting for people who have been injured or accused of a crime. I represent people who have been injured in a car wreck, on a motorcycle, by a tractor-trailer or have a wrongful death claim due to the loss of a family member. I represent people accused of Arson, Assault, Aggravated Assault, Drug Trafficking, Drug Possession, DUI, DUI Drugs, Murder, Sex Crimes, Theft, and White Collar Crimes.
Why I Fight
I choose to fight, every day, for the accused, oppressed and despised – those who cannot fight for themselves. I do this because I have felt powerless, I have needed help, and I have depended on others who stood for me in my life.
I grew up in the 1980s and 90s. I occupied all of my time reading every comic book I could find, watching superhero shows and movies, and playing video games until bedtime. I found comfort in the heroes from my comic books and games who fought the powerful forces who terrified everyone else and fought for the people who couldn’t fight back themselves. Those childhood heroes taught me to empathize with the underdog, fostered my compassion for those who found the least understanding among everyone else and instilled a distrust of the powerful, who so often bully and take advantage of everyone else.
As I got older and began to follow the news, it was clear that what I saw as a child wouldn’t change – stories about the most powerful (the Government and large companies) abusing and taking advantage of people were commonplace. Except, the heroes fighting against that abuse were lawyers – fighting to protect civil liberties the Government refused to respect and to hold companies accountable for the harm they had caused to consumers. I knew at that point in my life that I wanted to be a lawyer. Not to get rich, become famous, or have a prestigious career, but to fight. To fight for the oppressed, to protect the accused, hold the powerful accountable, and be a voice for those who felt they couldn’t be heard.
After law school, I decided to build a practice in my hometown. I rejected the notion of working for a large corporate firm in Atlanta. I wanted to join the fight for the outsiders and underdogs in my own community – to be a voice for compassion and mercy as well as justice for those that had all too often been ignored or overlooked.
I fight for my Clients with everything I know. I work in their cases with empathy and passion. I feel their anxiety and pain. I do these things because I want to make a difference, not because I want to make money. I want my life to be of service to those who feel hopeless. This is why I continue in this fight day after day. I want to fight for the oppressed, the accused, the despised, the injured, to hold the powerful to account – every day for the rest of my life.
WHAT DO OUR CLIENTS SAY?
My husband and I were planning on moving to an apartment. They delayed move in twice due to construction and did not inform us. I called Sarah in a panic not knowing what our options were. I thought “can we even get out of this situation?” This could have potentially put us in a bind if we needed to move out of our current home immediately. Sarah reviewed my lease and found exactly where this was a situation for rightful termination. She sent them an email, requesting a termination and a refund. In 12 hours the situation was resolved. We are so thankful to be out of a bad situation! Sarah Illg is the best in business and she is definitely the attorney you want on your side.
— Caitlin Coletti