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Carolyn Sue Margolies

Criminal defense Attorney at Richmond, VA

5.0   21 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 10 years
    New York - NY 42 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2013
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1981
    Delinquent No misconduct found

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

About Carolyn

Learn Carolyn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Experienced former prosecutor specializing in jury trials, representing clients in all areas of criminal defense from traffic matters (including DUI) through felony charges of all types.

    34 years, 275 cases

  2. Immigration

  3. Personal injury
    Experienced in both defendant's and plaintiff's negligence, including vehicle accidents, premises liability, products' liability, toxic environments, labor and construction accidents and wrongful death.

    39 years, 600 cases

Carolyn Margolies’ 26 years of trial advocacy has been earned in civil and criminal courtrooms throughout New York State and, most recently, Florida Courts. She specializes in Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Criminal Defense and Immigration.

 As a Senior Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Margolies worked with the criminal defense bar to facilitate treatment for those charged with driving under the influence and assisted in the State’s Drug Court initiative, insuring that those with addictions are given the opportunity for treatment in lieu of jail time. Immediately following the September 11 attacks, Carolyn became an active member of T.L.C. (Trial Lawyers Care); an organization formed to provide pro bono legal representation to the families of World Trade Center lead trial attorney for the Wall Street firm of Cheven, Keely & Hatzis, Carolyn had a record number of successful verdicts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Her aggressive representation of litigants, and her outstanding record of favorable verdicts, have been reported in numerous publications, including the New York Law Journal.  Carolyn has litigated high profile cases in the Tampa Bay Area, has a perfect record of verdicts in the Circuit Courts and negotiated seven figure settlements for her clients.

Carolyn is a UnitedStates Immigration Attorney and can represent those seeking citizenship, asylum,  businesses interents, family reunification and those who have been deported in any state in the country.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Carolyn S. Margolies, Esq.
3200 Parkwood Ave.
Richmond, VA, 23221
Conde Law Firm
299 Broadway 17th Floor 299 Broadway
New York, NY, 10007
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Posted by JENNIFER | October 6, 2022
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Professional review
Ms Margolies represented our friend in a complex case. She was a tireless advocate and achieved a favorable resolution. Even the opposing federal counsel complimented her efforts . Her compassion and legal expertise made her the perfect attorney to help us. We highly recommend her. She is expanding her practice into US Immigration Law. We wish her success and believe she'll be great in that field since she truly cares about her clients.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2020
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Brilliant, personable and proven results.
My friend and I were recently in a car wreck wherein my handicapped equipped van was destroyed, my wheelchair was crushed and glass was strewed everywhere. I suffered bruises and contusions and my friend, broken ribs. We were hit by an underinsured, drunk motorist. Ms. Margolies negotiated the hospital bills, therapy and replacement value on my wheelchair. To my great surprise, I was awarded compensation to replace my chair and additional compensation for pain and suffering - well above my expectations. Ms. Margolies is a smart, tenacious and dedicated lawyer who I would recommend HIGHLY.
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Posted by jack | February 22, 2019
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LGBTQ Human Rights/ HUD Fair Housing dispute
My partner and I have been in a committed Gay relationship for over 39 years. We were actively involved in the LGBTQ Rights movement while living in Miami Florida. Upon moving to Tarpon Springs Florida we were subjected to anti-Gay discrimination in an over 55 condominium community culminating with an order for us to remove our Rainbow Flag. We had no idea where to turn for help. A friend of ours referred us to Ms. Margolies. What a Godsend she happened to be. Her kind concern and expertise lead us into agreeing to a compromise when it seemed there was no hope as we wren't protected by the existing Florida State Statues. We were truly blessed and thankful for all she did for us.
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Posted by Michael | June 26, 2018
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Great attorney...
She handled the end of life legal matters for my mother. My family and I are grateful and pleased with the services provided.
Posted by Mark | May 30, 2018
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Got My Life Back!
I was charged with 2 felonies and was facing 4-10 years. My situation was made worse by my prior record from years ago. I could say wrong time wrong place but I knew I was in trouble. My sister told me about Carolyn and took me to meet her. I was skeptical and scared but from the first meeting I knew she was going to fight hard for me and she did. Carolyn was able to get me only 18 months probation-no house arrest-no jail time! Carolyn’s legal knowledge and her genuine caring for me gave me my life back. If you need help please reach out and talk with her.
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Posted by Desiree | April 30, 2018
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Saved my Life!
Carolyn saved my life! Saved from the greatest nightmare in my life. I was given a date rape drug in a bar and proceeded to go psychotic and memory lost for 12 hours where a situation occurred. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. Under Florida law one is responsible for one's actions at all time in all mental states only one of a few US states that will prosecute like this. We know who did it but can't prove it - there was no witnesses or video tape of being drugged. There was hostile witness of the situation There was no blood test performed by the officer and hospital I was brought to. I was caught in a major catch 22 where jail was on the table. My bond was set at $150,000. I would have lost a trial because of no evidence that could be proved. My life was going to be destroyed with 2 felonies and 4 years in jail. I would never work in my occupation again even with 30 years experience. Carolyn was relentless. She argued up several jurisdictional layers to high level persons. She developed a dozen strategies about my character, occupation, psychological, medical, financial, family, parents medical, etc. My life was devastated my with terror, anxiety, depression and high blood pressure. I was unable to work for sixteen months. After sixteen months and six court dates I walked out a free person with only community service owed. Carolyn saved my life. She also went far above the call of duty to help me personally and spiritually through this ordeal. She is a Saint. There is not a more talented and compassionate person I could ever have have hoped to place my life in her hands with. Carolyn is truly gifted and blessed. Thank you God for letting me find her.
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Posted by linda | December 19, 2017
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saved my life
my case was very difficult, I got my 7th DUI with leaving the scene of an accident. Carolyn worked her magic and got my DUI dismissed. I highly recommend her, shes the best ever!!!
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2017
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Amazing trial skills
As former Tampa P.D. and a retired Deputy for Hillsborogh County, I've seen a lot of lawyers in action. Carolyn represented me in a complex contract litigation and saved my contracting business.
Posted by Sue | May 18, 2017
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Outstanding Success
I asked Carolyn for help in resolving a civil dispute involving a large company and unresponsive customer services reps. With patience, diligence and charm, things were completely replaced with new pieces and at no cost to me. Thank you ever so much for your repeated follow-up and persistence. Carolyn doesn't stop working on your case until there are favorable results for her clients. You will not be disappointed with your decision to enlist her help in any complex problem, civil or criminal in nature.
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Posted by Michael | May 18, 2017
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Great Attorney for Pinellas and Pasco
If you're in Pinellas or Pasco and need an attorney you should hire Carolyn Margolies. She is a very well-rounded, experienced attorney who isn't afraid to go to trial. All-around great experience from start to finish. Carolyn is very professional and genuinely cares about her clients. I strongly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2017
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Carolyn Margolies is a brilliant, dedicated and amazing attorney in New Port Richey, FL. She is always available to answer any questions and put your mind at ease. She makes you feel like you are her only client and doesn't waste any time taking care of business for you. I would recommend her firm to everyone I know.
Posted by eddie | February 9, 2017
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A passionate and professional lawyer
Good morning Carolyn Again I want to thank you for a superb job you did in court on Monday. Truly you are professional and great at what you do I really appreciate you. Your defense style brought the truth out in court. I recommend you to anyone needing truth and justice.
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2016
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Dedicated Attorney
She is a caring attorney that really knows the law. She was able to help me get a prior conviction expunged. I was unaware of the laws concerning this issue. I am so glad I chose Carolyn Margolies to assist me with this case. She is hardworking and cares about people.
Posted by Becky | April 6, 2016
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Skilled Mediator and hard working
Carolyn Margolies is a dedicated and caring lawyer. I was served papers requiring a court appearance and needed immediate counsel. This attorney took my case, made it a top priority, appeared in court, resulting in my case being dropped. I highly recommend Carolyn Margolies. She is a skilled mediator and really digs in, resulting in getting things done. This very stressful case was successfully resolved by this attorney. It was comforting to know I had a skilled attorney on my side. She knows how to get the bottom of a situation and get things done. Very relieved.
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Posted by Hannah | October 2, 2015
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Hardworking and compassionate
Carolyn settled my great aunt's estate after she passed away. She was incredibly respectful of my aunt's wishes, worked diligently and quickly, and showed compassion to our entire family. I'm so thankful we had such a kind and intelligent person working with us during such a difficult time. I would recommend Carolyn to anyone in need of a similar service.
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Posted by Marlo Cordo | September 13, 2015
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I was a client of Carolyn Margolies she demonstrated expertise in law and was very thorough in getting things resolved. Carolyn has specific contacts in Tallahassee which were very helpful in following up with the records and documents needed for my case. i was very pleased with her work.
Posted by Carol | August 27, 2015
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Personal Injury Case
Carolyn Margolies represented me in a personal injury case a number of years ago. The case involved an injury that occurred while I was shopping and slipped and fell on produce which had fallen on the floor and not been thoroughly cleaned up. I was in my fifties at the time. The store was owned by a large eastern chain. Carolyn was both warm and direct when explaining the likely process involved in the case. She kept me informed. She was thorough and prepared. The outcome was better than I had hoped it would be. I was extremely pleased with her advocacy on my behalf and enjoyed my dealings with her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2015
Loyal, Aggresive Representation
Carolyn Margolies has established a strong relationship and client ethics on my behalf throughout my legal representation. Her background has ben critical and crucial in advocating for and achieving the best results for myself, as her client, She exhibited a thorough, loyal, knowledgeable, aggressive representation with favorable results.
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Posted by virginia | June 30, 2015
A Real Advocate
Finally, an attorney who not only listens but, is really an advocate. I found someone who has empathy and someone really willing to fight for me. I recommend her with my highest regard.
Posted by Samuel | June 22, 2015
Bodily injury claim
Carolyn Margolies represented me in a car insurance claim for bodily injury, Margolies keep Me informed all away through the whole process I received a fair settlement from the insurance company that I'm sure I would not have gotten without her help
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Work Experience

  • Trial Counsel
  • Margolies Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Anderson and Broderson
  • 2015 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Conde law Group
  • 2013 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Cicchetti Law
  • 2013 - 2014
  • President/CEO
  • YWCA Middle Rio Grande
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Trial Attorney
  • Cheven, Keely & Hatzis
  • 2000 - 2009
  • Associate - litigation
  • Velella, Velella, Basso & Casandra
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Senior assistant
  • District Attorney, Orange County
  • 1982 - 1985
  • Attorney for Student Association
  • State University of New York, New Paltz
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Bruce Wright
  • Criminal Court, Kings County NY, NY
  • 1979 - 1981
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  • Yale University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1987
  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Hofstra University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Labor Law
  • $450,000 settlement during jury selection
  • Wrongful Death
  • Settlement: 1 million dollars
  • Forklift accident
  • Truck company liable.
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  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Women Lawyers of Pasco
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • West Pasco Bar Assocation
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Trail Lawyers Care
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 1983 - 1985
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Top Performing CEO
  • New Mexico Business Weekly
  • 2011
  • Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women
  • New Mexico Commission on the Status and Role of Women
  • 2011
  • Trial Lawyers Care
  • NYC Pro Bono
  • 2003
  • Representation of World Trade Center Victims
  • Trial Lawyers Care
  • 2001
  • Founder
  • Drug Court initiative - State of New York
  • 1983
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  • New York Law Journal
  • Verdicts of Interests
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Outlook to Success
  • Driving While Under the Influence
  • 2016
  • Expunging a Criminal Conviction
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2016
  • Outlook To Success
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2015
  • EPAA (Estate Planning Attorneys Association)
  • Ancillary Probate
  • 2014
  • Bloggers Beware
  • Slander and Defamation
  • 2014
  • Understanding motor vehicle insurance
  • Lawsuits against Uninsured Motorists
  • 2011
  • Trial Lawyers Care
  • Pro Bono Represenation
  • 2001
  • Estate Planning
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She’s brilliant, hard working aggressive and experienced She’s knowledgeable and works tirelessly for her clients. I trust her to take good care of my clients, as she has on many occasions."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Carolyn for over 40 years. It is my fault she went to law school. When my practice was in New York, she worked for my law firm. She is a great trial attorney. Juries love her because she lacks the pretentiousness which is all too common in this line of work. Perhaps most importantly, her commitment to her clients is unquestionable. It is my privilege to endorse her."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I wholly endorse this lawyer. Ms. Margolies is a superb attorney who is both extremely intelligent and sensitive and responsive to her clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently met Carolyn through the local Bar association. She has tons of experience in large established firms and I would not hesitate to call her and ask her advice on any legal matter."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Family member
"Carolyn is an experienced attorney who has excelled in several areas of civil and criminal law during her career in New York, New Mexico, and Florida. She gives has a track record of successful outcomes, including large cash awards and favorable jury verdicts. She always gives her clients 100% and is easy to work with."
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