Ms. Donna Coleman Stribling
DeKalb County Solicitor General's Office
Donna Coleman-Stribling was first elected in 2016 and then again re-elected in 2020. She leads an office of more than 100 staff members and is responsible for handling more than 13,000 misdemeanor cases including domestic violence cases, DUI cases, stalking, and petty theft matters. In addition, her office handles more than 150,000 ordinance and traffic violations annually.
Prior to serving as the Solicitor-General, she served the citizens of DeKalb County as the Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney over the Crimes Against Children Unit, where she managed more than 400 cases annually. She has also practiced in the civil arena. In 2005, She was a partner at Johnson, Coleman and Stephenson, LLC., and then later the principal in the Coleman-Stribling Law Group, where she represented clients in a variety of civil and criminal matters. In addition to her extensive trial and management experience, Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling has substantial training experience. This veteran prosecutor has been selected as a speaker for numerous seminars ranging from the prosecution of child abuse cases to effective trial techniques where she has presented to lawyers, law enforcement,and other professionals. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law and Southern Polytechnic State University, where she taught litigation techniques and business law courses.
While Solicitor Coleman-Stribling is an accomplished attorney, she remains committed to bridging the legal and local communities. In 2019 she was appointed to the State Bar of Georgia’s Board of Governors for the Stone Mountain Circuit and continuously serves on the State Bar of Georgia’s Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession. She is an active member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), the DeKalb Lawyers Association, National Council of Negro Women, and Cooper Inn of Court. She is an alumnus of both Leadership DeKalb and Leadership Atlanta. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc and Jack and Jill, Inc. In her tenure as the Solicitor, she has received numerous awards including Solicitor of the Year in 2021 from the Georgia Association of Solicitors-General, Solicitor of the Year in 2021from the Georgia Association of Black County Officials, Hope for Tomorrow Award from the International Women’s House in 2019, and the Community Service Award from Davis Bozeman Law firm in 2018.
Under the leadership of Solicitor Coleman-Stribling, the office focuses on pursuing justice by being victim-centered and community oriented.With this mission in mind, she created Dancing with the DeKalb Stars, A Domestic Violence Awareness Fundraiser and Resource Expo,to educate the community about domestic violence and provide resources to domestic violence survivors. Since its inception, Dancing with the DeKalb Stars has raised over $100,000 for victims of domestic violence.
Solicitor Coleman-Stribling received her undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and earned her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law. She credits her father, Dr. Thomas Coleman, a retired State Executive with sparking her interest in government and law. She is married to David Stribling and together they have 3 children Daphnie, Daniel, and Dylan.