This legendary lawyer works magic for Atlanta’s rap elite in the courtroom
He’s worked for Gucci Mane, Migos, and Waka Flocka Flame.
In the third verse of the great song Young G’s from P. Diddy’s debut album “No Way Out” (1997), Biggie says “Got lawyers watching lawyers so I won’t go broke.” It’s a warning or, maybe yet, a piece of advice for artists once they start gaining clout in the rap game.
Either way, it’s obvious Notorious B.I.G. didn’t know a guy like attorney Drew Findling. He’s earned the hashtag #BillionDollarLawyer for a reason.
He’s currently helping Quavo of Migos fight a case alleging the rapper played a part in a beat down of Eric the Jeweler at a post-Grammy party. The New York Police Department is ready to put handcuffs on the rapper, reports say.
But if Findling’s skills in previous high-profile cases are any indication, there’s a good chance Quavo’s case will have the most favorable outcome possible for the superstar.
It didn’t take long for word to get around that Atlanta has its own superstar hip-hop courtroom defender in Findling. A profile of him by the New York Times came out this month, and it calls his services to some of hip-hop’s greatest trap stars “a key ingredient in their success.” (Being free to go to the studio and perform in concerts is definitely a key ingredient to staying paid as a rapper.)
The Times story tracks how Findling got on the radar of ATL’s rap elites, and how the game changer for him came from a connection to hip-hop’s legendary crime underworld. Findling represented Big Meech (Demetrius Flenory) of the Black Mafia Family in 2005.
Findling’s work in that case led to many co-signs including the case in which he famously helped Gucci Mane avoid stiffer punishment in 2013. But he’s most recognized now for getting Migos and Waka Flocka Flame off the hook, or at least, in some cases, negotiating significantly less severe penalties.
Despite his favor for taking on cases involving hip-hop stars, Findling is anything but hip-hop himself, though he’s said to have the flair of an entertainer. Comedian Mike Epps once called him Robin Hood “with Jesus swag” because of his style. His own personal music tastes are likely more along the lines of Led Zeppelin and Steely Dan. Still, the 59-year-old is a staunch supporter of the things important to a lot of rappers, including criminal justice reform.
Findling is something of a consigliere to Atlanta’s titanic rap outfit Migos. And since he’s helped out rapper Offset, and now Quavo with his legal services, he’s been connected to the group, advocating for them publicly. “If they could do this to Migos,” he told the New York Times. “They could do it to any poor African-American in any small town in America, let alone the South.”