AmerIcan Dream



THE AMERICAN DREAM is an inspiring account of a young man's journey from defendant to defense attorney. David Lee Windecher’s autobiography presents a rare window into the underground workings of one of Miami's most notorious drug rings, and a chilling depiction of the streets that America's poverty-stricken youth call home.

The hood is an addiction. An addiction that pulls as seductively and fiercely as the drugs hustled on its streets. Living in it is a daily exercise in survival.

Raised impoverished in the streets of Miami, David Lee Windecher was only eleven years old when he was first arrested for shoplifting. Stealing out of desperation to feed his family, Windecher believed he took what he deserved. That day, David started thinking like a hustler. He no longer waited for the scales to tip in his favor. That day, Windecher learned he could simply take what life denied him.

For the next seven years, David battled bitterly against his circumstances at the side of his gang-affiliate brothers. What started as grave measures to feed his family of six turned into a criminal lifestyle racked with violence, drugs and money. David lost himself on the streets. He joined a gang, sold dope, built and masterminded a crime ring and was arrested 13 times.

Despite living a life of crime, deep inside of David, an idealistic boy still dreamed of becoming an attorney and fighting for justice for all. He was just waiting for someone to believe he existed...


  • Inspired and chilling by turns… Windecher paints an unflinching portrait of what it’s like to be poor, young and tempted by easy money.

    Ana Veciana-Suarez, The Miami Herald
  • It’s a coming of age story about perseverance and survival in the face of abject adversity and poverty. It’s a story of redemption and salvation. It’s a story of hope.

    Bonnie Berman, Host, Topical Currents, WLRN-FM, NPR Miami
  • This book is a piercing account of life on the streets and the frustrations facing today’s impoverished youth. It is a celebration of beating the odds and taking charge of one’s destiny.

    Sherry Boston, Solicitor-General of DeKalb County
  • A must read for every student, teacher, politician, lawyer, minister, and human being who BELIEVES in justice and the realization of the American Dream and the rejection of an American nightmare.

    W. Michael Smith, Esq.
  •   This book opens the window and allows every reader a peek into this dark world and likewise gives us a greater understanding of the challenges facing today’s impoverished youth.

    Michael Cox, Lead Pastor Cornerstone Church, Anniston, AL
  • The American Dream is without question, a moving and profound read. One that should be read by every prison-reform advocate within the White House, United States Justice Department and the Congress.

    Kenneth Wooden, Author of Weeping in the Playtime of Others -America's Incarnated Children
  • David Lee Windecher’s rise from the gangs of Miami to the courtrooms of Atlanta provides a powerful argument for better rehabilitation efforts in our criminal justice system.

    Jim Auchmutey, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Author of 'The Class of '65'
  • David’s memoir is not the typical story of someone succeeding and overcoming odds. This is a story of courage and belief in the values of change and education.

    Alfonso Valdez, PhD, Director, Public Policy Laboratory, School of Social Science, University of California, Irvine



David Lee Windecher was born on October 16, 1978, in East Los Angeles, California, the son of Argentinean immigrants. Windecher graduated summa cum laude from the American Intercontinental University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in June of 2005 and in May of 2012 received a Juris Doctorate degree from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Windecher is a defense attorney admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2012 and the Florida Bar in 2014. He is a member of the Georgia and Florida Court of Appeals, the Georgia and Florida Supreme Court, the Northern District of Georgia United States District Court and the American Bar Association. Windecher represents clients facing major felony and misdemeanor charges. He is an expert in criminal defense, juvenile law and expungement procedure.

Windecher is a recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was named “40 Under 40” by Georgia Trend Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Windecher is a frequent guest on local and national news outlets as a legal expert.

Windecher founded RED in March of 2015. RED (Rehabilitation Enables Dreams, Inc.) is a domestic non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. RED engineers and administers rehabilitation programs for pre and post adjudication first time nonviolent offenders. RED’s mission is to increase literacy, reduce poverty and stop recidivism amongst America’s youthful offenders. To learn more about RED, click here.

Windecher published his autobiography to portray the difficulty of obtaining the American dream as an impoverished minority. His faith in God and love for his family were the catalyst for turning his life around.


  • There are storytellers and then there are those whose lives tell a story. “The AmerIcan Dream” grabs you from the beginning and immediately transports you to a reality beyond your imagination. David Windecher bravely narrates his life story with unparalleled honesty and unabashed emotion leaving the reader lamenting David’s mistakes, grieving for his heartbreaks and rejoicing in his achievements. “The AmerIcan Dream” is an awakening for us all. 

    Ozzie Areu, President, Tyler Perry Studios


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A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy of The AmerIcan Dream | HisStory In The Making is donated to RED. RED is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. RED funds anti-recidivism research and rehabilitative program development.

If you would like to donate directly to RED, your support is much appreciated. Your contribution enables dreams.


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