Stars in the Universe: 2016 Legacy Members in the Spotlight

We at NCDD honor the lives of those we lost in 2016:




Richard Koch was a 1971 graduate of the University of Nebraska Law School, a founding member of the Koch & Garvis law firm, and helped found the National College of DUI Defense, as well as the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice.  He was passionate about helping others. He not only inspired others to become lawyers, but mentored them to become better lawyers. Richard made a huge impact on others, as well as in the profession. He was a sports fanatic, avid reader, and devout Catholic. He will be dearly missed by many.







Joerg Jaeger was born in Stuttgart, Germany. As a child, he contracted a serious case of polio but was able to overcome it. At 8 years old, Joerg , his mother and stepfather, moved to Florida from Germany. It was there that he would attend the University of Florida (a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity), where he would also graduate with a law degree.Joerg was mentored by Robert Eagan, the state attorney of twenty years. Colleague Stuart Hyman, who frequently collaborated with him on DUI issues remarked, “He was an outstanding attorney, one of the best legal minds that I’ve ever been involved with and very compassionate about his clients. Joerg was really kind of soft on the inside but had kind of a gruff exterior. He cared very much about people, and what he did for people.”  He was a world renowned collector of German and military artifacts and heavily involved in Civil War reenactments. He reveled in flamboyant attire and flashy cars. Joerg was a most dedicated husband, father and loving grandpa. He loved ‘sparring in the courtroom’ and will be missed.




Dennis Lyden attended the University of Pittsburgh where he played football. He then attended San Diego Law School, and practiced law in Southern California for 20 years.  His good friend and colleague George Stein asked Dennis to move to Atlanta, GA where he spent his remaining years. A talented writer in his own right, Dennis Lyden helped Stein edit his book, Georgia DUI Law.


“He was a gentleman, a scholar, and respected in the legal field” said George Stein. We at the NCDD appreciate the lifelong contributions of Dennis Lyden to the field of DWI.