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Paul Christopher Galanides

Criminal defense Attorney at Richmond, VA

4.8   26 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 23 years
    Kentucky - KY 28 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State KY
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Former Member No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    85%
    I have devoted my entire career to handling criminal cases, beginning as a Public Defender and spending years as a prosecutor in both Virginia and Kentucky. I was death penalty certified in 1998, and over my career I tried @ 100 cases to a jury.

    29 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Appeals
    14%
    I spent almost five years as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Criminal Appeals unit and was counsel of record for the Commonwealth in well over a dozen death penalty cases.

    29 years, 100 cases

  3. Other
    1%

Richmond criminal defense lawyer Paul C. Galanides has been a public defender, prosecutor for the Attorney General, Court of Appeals prosecutor, Henrico County Prosecutor, and has worked with Joe Morrissey of Joe Morrissey and Associates and David Carlson of Carlson & Collier. In his more than two decades of professional experience, he has handled nearly every misdemeanor and felony offense, big and small. He uses this knowledge to his clients’ advantage, applying his passion for the law and care for every client to each case he takes on. Attorney Galanides truly cares about his clients and will dedicate whatever time is necessary to ensure they receive the best possible defense. Contact the firm today to schedule a complimentary case consultation.

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Location

Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C.
1561 East Main Street
Richmond, VA, 23219

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Charles | February 14, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Charges Dismissed!
After breaking up with my ex gf, she retaliated by calling 911 and completely fabricated a story to have me arrested. I was charged with Misdemeanor assault. I never touched her. I hired Paul Galanides for the appeal (jury trial in VA) after the County Court judge sentenced me to 2 weeks. I would have had to serve this time had I not hired Paul. Mr. Galanides requested the officers’ body cams, never shown in the bench trial, and he even obtained the criminal history background of my ex gf. He spent time with me before trial going through all the evidence and it was clear Paul had methodically broken down the State’s case, which was all predicated on my lying ex gf. Apparently, it was clear to the prosecutor as well. They completely dismissed my case the day before trial! There could have been no better outcome. While the trial was pending, I was given access to legal assistant Kara, who fights equally as hard as Paul for you from behind the scenes. She’s outstanding in keeping you updated about where your case is at and cheerfully answers any questions you may have. Because she cares. Hiring Paul Galanides and Kara is the best decision you can make if you ever find yourself in a jam.
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Posted by Ann | December 12, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Recommendation for Paul Galanides
Paul Galanides and Kara his paralegal are professional and knowledgeable. I chose Mr Galanides because he has expertise in Animal Rights cases. He has insight in dealing with animal related issues. I highly recommend Mr Galanides.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Paul Galanides
I thank God for directing my attention to the web site for Defense Attorney Paul Galanides. He and his paralegal, Kara, are a powerful professional team dedicated to their clients. Mr. Galanides’ credentials and experience proved to be most effective in court. If you are looking for the best defense attorney to represent you, you need not look any further than Paul Galanides. Grateful Virginia Client
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Posted by michael | May 28, 2023
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Absolutely the best outcome for any criminal defense attorney
My felony case resulted in a decision by the commonwealth not to proceed with the case based on thorough and careful development of a defense and strategic communication from Paul to a reluctant prosecutor. Nolle Prosse. so there was no trial, nothing. case entirely dismissed. Best possilble outcome.
Posted by Ryan | March 16, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. R. Fisher
I cannot express in words what an amazing job Paul did for us. He went beyond what was expected. Thank you.
Posted by Tom | February 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Professional
I had the good fortune to hire, Paul Galanides to assist, counsel and guide me through an unfamiliar legal process. He was insightful, and communicated simplistically which kept thoroughly informed throughout!
Posted by Karen | February 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best va lawyer around
We hired Paul for a case for my daughter, Paul, and his assistant one above and beyond I recommend him for any criminal case. All that matters in the end is his results.
Posted by Naomi | February 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Thankful and Grateful
I'm gonna start with how thankful my family is for finding Paul Galanides and Kara. A few months ago we had to hire Paul to represent our son, there was a lot of stress and fear of the unknown and outcome on my family's part. Paul made this process with his legal expertise, calm demeanor, and compassion a lot better too go through. Paul Galanides is a great lawyer and a really nice man who cares about his clients. We are very Grateful we found him for our son. Let's not forget about Kara, she is the sweetest. I can't say enough about her. I used her as a paralegal, a therapist, and a friend, and everytime I called with a question she answered it or got a answer to it. I would highly recommend the law office of Paul C. Galanides as I would use them again if need be.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2023
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Grateful
Mr. Galanides was able to have my case dismissed - His legal advice and knowledge of the system are second to none. Miss Copley was helpful in every respect and matter of my case. To the one negative review here at the time of my post - Just remember Mr. Galanides is a seasoned attorney that handles complicated time consuming cases. It is also your responsibility to be proactive of your case and ask questions, especially if you felt the way you did. This will benefit all in the end.
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Posted by Diana | November 21, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Compassion and Truth
Paul and Kara are absolute gems. I NEEDED answers to life altering questions- I contacted their office to be greeted with an extremely friendly and supportive voice (Kara). After giving descriptive information I was told Paul would contact me. Not ONLY did Paul contact me but he “clarified” very important details of my loved ones case. Too many times we’re lead to believe something totally different than what it’s actually about in the justice system. Paul was informative, efficient, knowledgeable, and HONEST!! If we could go back, rewind, and reset I know for a fact Paul would’ve been our choice. THANK YOU Paul and Kara. May God bless you for everything you’re doing to help people.
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Posted by Kristi | July 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The best!!!
Kara is ALWAYS a text or call away. She helps explain any and everything that is going on. She will listen no matter the time or day, Paul is prompt in doing everything he says he will ALWAYS. He will make sure he is available to talk when you need him! He got my FELONY DROPPED! This law office will forever be my go to if I should ever find myself in this situation. They are the best!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2022
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Excellent
Paul was able to use his expert experience to attain a positive outcome on my behalf.
Posted by Kyle | May 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You
I sought the help of Mr. Galanides to guide me through an investigation that was confusing and intimidating. His advice was thorough and his counsel ultimately protected me from criminal charges. Paul repeatedly took time to answer my many questions, and navigated me through all possible outcomes. I highly recommended Paul and his team!
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Posted by Jessica | February 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer to have on your side
Paul Galanides is an excellent lawyer and was very confident he could get my misdemeanor charge dismissed. The charge was dropped for which I’m very grateful. He and his assistant Kara were very helpful in letting me know what I needed to to provide for documentation and informative about the court proceedings. Paul has extensive experience and expertise with Virginia courts and I was very glad he was on my side to help me win my case.
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Posted by Maria | February 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Do not look any further. My case was a very complex one involving a family matter and it did not look very promising for me to have charges dropped after being served with a misdemeanor. I did my research and consulted with many attorneys before deciding to hire Paul. Right away, he made me feel at ease. He spent time with me before my trial to make sure that the testimony would go well by practicing. He fought for me in a caring manner and asked all the right questions during our trial. He is a very smooth, sharp attorney that is razor focused albeit unassuming. Needless to say, our verdict = NOT GUILTY I'm forever grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2020
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Charges Dropped
Was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia. Paul got my charges dropped even before we got to our hearing! Amazing job, and very professional
Posted by Raul | September 24, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney
I am happy to refer cases to Paul Galanides when I am unavailable or when his expertise favors the client's best interests. I've known Paul over ten years and know that he is a tenacious defender of rights.
Posted by Jen | July 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer, Amazing Team, Amazing People
Paul and Lisa are the dream team when it comes to legal representation. I was in such a rough scary time and they managed to pull me back up and get my on my feet. I needed help and that's exactly what I got. They fought for me with everything they had and I came out of it feeling so well cared for as a client. They go above and beyond in every aspect and care about their clients with fierce determination. Lisa and Paul are unlike any other duo I have ever seen work together, they balance each other out perfectly and never settle for an outcome that doesn't meet the proper standards. I cannot recommend enough to anyone who is looking for a lawyer who will go to such lengths to defend you. Not only are Lisa and Paul amazing at what they do for your defense, they're also amazing people.
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Posted by George | June 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Passionate, Ethical and Experienced
My wife called Mr Galanides to represent our son after having a horrible experience from another Richmond attorney. Mr Galanides did more in one week than our prior attorney did in three months. We had a meeting within hours after speaking with his law office. From the start of the meeting his experience and calm demeanor allowed us to build a trusting relationship. He was very organized/informative throughout the process of the case. We were very blessed to have found Mr Galanides and his staff. I would recommend him to anyone needing an ethical, passionate and experienced lawyer. The results of our case were outstanding!
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Posted by Dana | January 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Paul Galanides is an excellent lawyer. Paul walked me through all the steps I needed to take after receiving a speeding ticket, as well as all the steps he would take. He is very professional, knowledgeable, detail oriented and patient. He was quick to respond to any questions I had, and I'm grateful for how he advocated for me. I appreciate all his hard work!
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Paul C. Galanides, P.C.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Carlson & Collier
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Morrissey & Associates
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Instructor Police Academy
  • Henrico County Police Department
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Prosecutor
  • Henrico County Commonweath Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Office Of The Virginia Attorney General
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Office Of The Kentucky Attorney General
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Public Defender
  • Lexington - Fayette Legal Aid, Inc
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Intern
  • University Of Kentucky College Of Law
  • 1992 - 1994
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Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • James Madison University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1992
  • Washington and Lee University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Tyvon Smith v. Commonwealth of Virginia - Court of Appeals of Virginia
  • Four felony convictions (30 year sentence) reversed and dismissed
  • Commonwealth v. A.A. - Stafford County, VA J&D Court
  • Charges Nolle Prosse'd
  • Commonwealth v. Y.W
  • Convicted of Possession, fine and no incarceration.

Associations

  • Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2016
  • Sts. Helen and Constantine Greek Orthodox Cathedral
  • Parish Council Member
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Capital Appeals Unit
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Kentucky State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Carlton B. Smith Award for Outstanding Graduate Thesis
  • James Madison University
  • 1992
  • Athletic Director's Award
  • Norfolk Academy
  • 1984
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Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar on Identy Theft
  • Identity Theft
  • 2009
  • Seminar on Trial Conduct
  • Trial Conduct
  • 2007
  • Seminar on Courtroom Demeanor
  • Courtroom Demeanor
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (16)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow lawyer, I have seen Paul in practice. He works hard, he is diligent and he fights for the right outcome. Maybe most importantly, he appears to care about his clients and wants a good outcome for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly recommend Galanides to anyone who is charged with a crime. He is a highly experienced and aggressive attorney who fights to defend each of his clients. I would encourage anyone who is facing charges to contact him to prepare their defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul is an exceptional attorney whose legal acumen and passionate advocacy gets positive results for his clients. I fully endorse Paul without reservation."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is personable, highly experienced, and gets great results for clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working and interacting with Paul for many years. He is a dedicated and compassionate attorney who I highly recommend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul served as a prosecutor for many years and now applies that experience as a zealous advocate for his clients. He is also someone who other lawyers can turn to for advice. He helped me in a case when I was new to one of the counties where he practices. I endorse him for criminal and traffic defense."
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Richmond Criminal defense Lawyer Paul Christopher Galanides
Paul Christopher Galanides
Criminal defense Attorney
Richmond, VA
Licensed for 28 years