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Ann M. Paradis

Education Attorney at Durham, NC

4.3   13 reviews

also known as Gahagan Paradis, PLLC

  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 31 years
    Massachusetts - MA 32 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1991
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Ann

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On January 1, 2019 The Gahagan Law Firm, PLLC merged with Ann Paradis Law, PLLC to form Gahagan Paradis, PLLC.


Gahagan Paradis, PLLC
3326 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.
Suite 210-C
Durham, NC, 27707


4.3 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by Brian | January 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Academic Integrity Violation Case Evaluation
Ann helped me a lot in my academic integrity violation case. She gave advice and went over rules and regulations with me. She, also, taught me how to be self aware of my case. I was very thankful for her help, and I recommend her for others as well.
Posted by Victor | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Big help with IEP resolution
We hired Ann to help us with an issue we were having with our daughter's IEP. Our district was not providing us services, and Ann and her office helped us file the complaint to our district. After that, she went through all the different approaches we could take to deal with our district detailing, the advantages, risks, and cost associated with each. When we had our resolution meeting with the district, we elected not to have her in the meeting since it meant the district could not bring a lawyer either. However, Ann detailed exactly how the meeting would go and helped us organize all our paperwork and information for the meeting. During the meeting, we felt confident and prepared, in fact, we felt more prepared than the district. The outcome of the meeting was that the district gave us everything we asked for including costs accrued. This was a slow and stressful process, so it was very helpful to have Ann and her team walking us through each step of the way. She was very knowledgeable on the aspects of the law that surrounded our complaint and that helped us greatly to advocate confidently for ourselves. I would highly recommend Ann if you have any issues surrounding educational disability laws.
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Posted by Ben King | March 17, 2015
Review of Ann Paradis
Ann Paradis took the time to listen to my story. She approached it with an open mind during a time in my life when I felt hopeless and trapped by my situation. I had hit a point where nothing was goin my way and I was preparing to accept major life changes that I thought to I didn't deserve. I did not know what to expect when I met with her but the results were better than I could have ever imagined, especially considering my situation was worse than I ever could have imagined. After she evaluated everything there was to look at, she took an interest in my case and an interest in helping me get back to where I needed to be. She kept me informed. She was thoughtful but direct in her advisement. She does not waste time or money. Her command of language is phenomenal. Her ability to draw just conclusions that are backed up by law allowed me to get back on my feet and continue to follow my dreams. She is a subject matter expert when it comes to education law and I believe her to be one of the most fair and balanced people I have ever met.
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Posted by Jimmy | December 3, 2014
Great family attorney.
Ann and her paralegal Ariana did a bang up job with my case. I never felt over-billed for their services and always thought the quality of work was very high. I'm hoping my issues with my daughter's mother will never arise again, but if they do, Ann will be getting more business from me. Thanks Ann! - Jimmy
Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2014
We would choose Ms. Paradis again!
My daughter needed attorney representation and advice in a child support matter. Fortunately, our search resulted in Ms. Paradis as our attorney of choice. While her schedule necessitated a short wait, the wait was very worthwhile. After Ms. Paradis accepted my daughter's case, things went very smoothly, and resulted in the outcome we were in search of. Given Ms. Paradis' experience and credentials, and the quality of her representation in my daughter's case, I heartily recommend retaining her for any areas of law in which she practices. Thank you, Ann for the help you and your staff provided us in this matter.
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2014
I don't know what we would have done without Ann's help.
Ann is a friendly and compassionate attorney. She is very patient and knowledgeable. She listens carefully and gives solid guidance. If your child is struggling, don't wait to give Ann a call. My daughter is now in a great school, is happy and feels like she has a future again! Thanks, Ann!
Posted by Sheila | March 31, 2014
School IEP & Bullying Issues
I had a consultation & went over the things that had been going on over the past 2 years, with my son that is 12 years old now in Middle school in Johnston County. She was very understanding, polite, very nice. Very informative to me, as I have been doing things by the rules & laws according to special needs children in public school. She told me my choices, what she could do to assist or help me. How much it can run into and how much she needed to take on my sons case to represent us. She let me know that she would be glad to help me in any way possiable! Very good communication from the 1st time I contacted her office. I will highly recommend her!
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Posted by Carrie | March 20, 2014
friendly down-to-earth attorney!
I hired this attorney when I separated from my spouse. She and her assistant were so kind and put me at ease. I felt so much better having their help and guidance with composing a separation agreement. This attorney listened to my needs, made good suggestions, gave good advice, and was genuninely concerned for my well-being and that of my child.
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Posted by Kevin | October 14, 2013
IEP Denial of Other Health Impairment
I contacted Ann in September of 2013 after a terrible IEP meeting with my local school district. My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD and was held back for another year of kindergarten. We wanted to get her qualified for special education services under Other Health Impairment (OHI). The school denied our request! Ann was able to identify multiple procedural problems with the school’s IEP process. She also pointed out that my daughter’s ADHD contributed to her being held back. As the school was trying to say my daughter did not need special education services because she was currently doing well in 1st quarter of kindergarten. My daughter attends a year round school so she only has 2 weeks off between the end of the last school year and the start of the current school year. It was as if all of my daughter’s educational problems were cured during 2 weeks of summer vacation! Ann did a thorough job of reviewing a lot of paperwork related to our case. She communicated with us and the school district on a regular basis. The end outcome so far is Ann was able to get us a “do over” on my daughters IEP. I would highly recommend Ann as an educational lawyer.
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Posted by Dimas | November 7, 2011
Lopez Family Review
Ms. Ann Paradis has provided us legal support in several items related to our 19 year old child with autism. Ms. Paradis is thorough and meticulous in her reviews and legal recommendations. She is a professional who’s very knowledgeable in the special education area and is always willing and open to provide advice and direction. She is a legal professional who has gained our trust and who we know will work in our son’s best interest.
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Posted by Jennifer | March 6, 2013
Proficient, Precise, and Passionate Legal Professional
Attorney Paradis was just amazing. She worked very quickly in a very short period of time (less than 48 hour turnaround). A local hospital had filed for guardianship of my mother due to her deteriorating health condition. I was unable to have a more active role in my mother's care due to the fact that I live out of state. So, I begin to search the internet for an attorney. I found Attorney Paradis website. I called, and she answered. She perform my initial consult right then and there on the phone. She requested that I send her a copy of the legal documents that I had received, in order for her to determine whether or not she would take the case. And she did decide to take it. She went to court and allowed me to have a voice in the courtroom, when I could not be present in court. I am forever grateful for her assistance in winning my mother's case. Overall, she is an amazing Legal Professional with a heart.
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Posted by Joe Emanuelson | April 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Charged multiple retainer fees and then unexpectedly dropped me as a client
I was a client of Ann Paradis from November of 2015-March 2016. I had received an unfortunate and wrongful dismissal from a graduate school academic program in October of 2015 and sought Ann's legal assistance. Ann was clear with me in the beginning that the school had committed a number of violations and that she would help me fight for justice. These violations included mistreatment, retaliation, and denial of due process rights. I noticed that after I had agreed to hire Ann, it became more and more difficult to get a hold of her via phone or email. On two occasions, she sent out letters to the school with multiple errors before receiving my approval. She seemed very irritated that I did not approve of this. I had put in a great deal of time organizing my documents and evidence that were pertinent to the case, but I never got the feeling that she thoroughly reviewed them. After spending three weeks drafting a letter for Ann's review with the help of a family attorney, Ann unexpectedly sent me an email, stating she was declining to provide any more legal assistance. She refused to even read the letter that I had spent so much time on. Now, I must hire another attorney and pay another hefty fee just to get them on board with my case. I would be extremely hesitant to hire Ann as your attorney for any matter.
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2015
inexperienced and unprofessional
I see all these good reviews and im shocked because I questioned why she was in family law. She didnt seen to put her all at fighting for my family. Also when I had a court hearing she wasnt prepared and didn't have a very inportant document. I felt cheated and had the nerve to bill me even after I called her out on the things she didn't do.
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Response from Ann Paradis February 25, 2015
This is Ann Paradis. I am writing to respond to this review. I do not know who this person is or if he or she is an real client as the review is anonymous. I do not recall any recent hearings that fit this description. If the reviewer would like to contact me to discuss the matter, I am willing to listen.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 225-250 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Gahagan Paradis, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Ann M. Paradis
  • 2009 - 2018
  • Contract Attorney
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Staff Attorney
  • Legal Aid Of North Carolina, Inc.
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Associate Attorney
  • Wilkins & Wellons
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Staff Attorney
  • Carolina Legal Assistance
  • 1993 - 1995
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  • Western New England College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987


  • Counsel of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Endorse Ann
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ann is an incredible resource. She is thorough in her work and well-versed in education law. She is an asset to clients and fellow attorneys."
Child abuse Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is also a strong advocate for children's need for appropriate education."