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Robert Samuel Gilligan

Criminal defense Attorney at Waynesville, NC

4.3   17 reviews

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Robert Gilligan was raised in Waynesville, NC, and earned an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 2009.  Robert attended Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, MI, where he was highly involved in the University’s law student groups, being the Dean of the Delta Theta Phi chapter, Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, and President of the Law Student Veteran’s Organization. Robert interned with the 3rd Circuit Court, Family Division, and later worked as an associate for a number of solo practitioners in the Metro-Detroit area practicing in areas of law ranging from bankruptcy to criminal defense before relocating to relocated back to Waynesville, NC.  Robert's practice areas include family law, criminal defense, and estate planning.

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Licensed for 8 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 10/03/2022

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Gilligan Law, PLLC.
258 N. Main Street
Ste. D
Waynesville, NC, 28786
Robert Samuel Gilligan
401 Grindstaff Cove Rd #101
Sylva, NC, 28779
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4.3 / 5.0
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Posted by Kim | September 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fabulous Family Law Attorney!
I spoke with Mr. Gilligan this morning about a Social Services custody case I'm involved with and although he does not practice in my area, he was very forthcoming and informative even though he wasn't getting paid. Super nice man and super educated in this field...highly recommend!
Posted by Jim | November 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
We needed an attorney for our daughter. We highly recommend Robert. He responded to our call and met with us the same afternoon and explained all our options in detail. He was very knowledgeable and we felt very confident with his advice. He truly is a very down to earth, honest person.
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful & Reliable
Mr. Gilligan was very helpful in addressing my situation. He made sure to provide great service at a great price. Definitely recommend.
Posted by Brittany | October 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Gilligan was awesome
Mr. Gilligan was very professional and always helpful with all my legal needs. Very nice guy.
Posted by Patricia | October 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prompt and knowledgeable!
Mr Gilligan provided prompt help when I needed it most! He is extremely knowledgeable and down to earth. His price was fair, and his service exceeded my expectations. Would recommend!!
Posted by James | October 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very thorough and informative
My interactions with Robert Gilligan were excellent. He returned my calls very promptly and discussed my case at length. He was able to walk me through the process and give me potential outcomes. This was a great experience to an otherwise bad situation. Thank you!!
Posted by Scott | June 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Articulate, Thorough, Knowledgable, Patient, Pleasant
DSS, acting on an anonymous call making false and baseless allegations, had swooped in and ruined a family vacation. Traumatizing everyone and basically quarantining our 4 year old grand daughter. Spent 4 frantic days calling a litany of lawyer offices, leaving voicemails that never got returned. Waiting and worrying that I should be doing something proactive but not knowing what. I mean your in a state of absolute shock. Mr. Gilligan called me back within 5 minutes, WOW... He spent the next hour patiently answering all my questions and laying out all my options. Legalese was kept at a minimum, any being thoroughly explained. His experience in these matters was amply evident. I'm still worried as i wait, who wouldn't be after reading all the negative press on the DSS (I know its not all negative, the intent to keep children safe is acknowledged and heroic), but after the consult with Mr. Gilligan, the worry of not knowing what I should or should not be doing is gone, and knowledge of what to likely expect, is much clearer. Competitive rates in my opinion, I'd recommend him highly.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helping a complete stranger
I called the firm after screen on-line for someone. Robert Gilligan, the managing partner, answered the phone himself. I'd called out of the blue to ask about research or a referral to someone that could competently research records at the county courthouse on my behalf. I was impressed that not only did he personally answered the phone on his way out for a hearing but also with his kind, direct manner. After listening to what i was trying to accomplish, he said: "no problem, i'm heading over there anyway for a hearing and will take a look." An uncommonly accommodating thing. He called back within a few days and personally provided details I'd not otherwise have been able to accomplish, even if i'd appeared myself. Polite, responsive, listens well, and understands the interpersonal nature of how things really work - I recommend this gentleman.
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Posted by Seaira Cabe | April 8, 2015
I highly recommend Robert Gilligan
Attorney Gilligan is easy to work with and knowledgeable about the laws. I am one excited person for the outcome he was able to work out for me. I am so Thankful for his help and will be passing his name out to anyone needing a hardworking, great attorney. Again THANK YOU
Posted by Seaira | April 8, 2015
I highly recommend Mr. Gilligan for anyone who needs a hard working, great attorney.
Robert Gilligan was very knowledgeable about the laws and very helpful with the advise he gave to me about my case. I will be giving out his name to anyone hunting a great hard working lawyer. I thank him so much for the great outcome he was able to work out for me.
Posted by Gay | March 12, 2015
Great attorney! Exceeded Expectations!
I hired Robert Gilligan to represent me on a number of different issues, and have been thrilled with his representation of me each and every time. Robert Gilligan is the lead attorney for the Minick Law Office in Waynesville, NC, and has worked on cases for me in practice areas including civil litigation, estate planning, and family law. I have also referred him to family friends who had criminal issues, and he worked very hard on their cases. I always felt like he listened to what I had to say, and that he worked with me to figure out the best solution for my issues. He is religious about returning phone calls, and I wasn't surprised by his bill. Frankly, he probably should have charged me more! If you are looking for an attorney who will work hard for you, return your calls, and help you through the process of litigation, I recommend Robert Gilligan in Waynesville over all others!
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Posted by misty | February 12, 2015
You wan't some one to fight for you this is your lawyer!
this was a 4 year old DUI case Robert Gilligan took my case cause he new i was honest with him and telling him the truth i plied my case to him he had faith in my plea to him i did not drive while impaired and I'm free having a chance to be with my kid's a single mother who can finely move on with her life. Misty .M. Albritton.
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Posted by Linda | December 3, 2014
I'm Impressed with Robert Gilliigan
My ex-husband died one day after our divorce was final, leaving no will. He was living in another state at the time of his death and I was (am) living in a home co-owned with him in NC. My ex- husband had removed the property title from the house when he left; and his children are the legal heirs to any of his property. Mr. Gilligan secured a title for me and has been working with my ex-husband's son to make certain that I will not be inconvenienced and to assure that I am treated fairly. Although the situation is ongoing, I'm already sure that Robert will continue to work on my behalf to a satisfactory conclusion. He has kept me informed on all aspects in record time (confirming all conversations with email to ensure clarity) and has quickly responded to my calls. Mr. Gilligan charged me a very reasonable amount for his services and he has worked hard to stay within his original quote. Robert Gilligan is not the first attorney I've engaged in my lifetime; and although I'm retired, my career was one where I dealt with attorneys on a regular basis. Having had a considerable amount of dealings with attorneys in my lifetime, I am still very impressed with Rob in many ways, especially for such a young attorney, First of all, he's knowledgeable, efficient and affordable (the basics). Secondly, I'm most impressed with his sincerity, honesty and demeanor. Lastly and more importantly, is is clear that he truly cares about doing the best he can for his client. Unless, it is not possible for some reason to secure Robert Gilligan's services, I would not have any one else handle any legal needs I may have in the future. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Ken | November 30, 2014
Reliable
Rob Gilligan was referred to me by a friend when I was in need of an attorney for my divorce and child custody issues. I found him to be very easy to speak with. He worked with me so that I had a flexible payment plan that I could afford when it came to his fee. My phone calls were always returned in a timely manner and I never had a problem with my court work not being done on time or his punctuality for our court appearances. I would highly recommend Rob to anyone in need of legal services!
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Posted by Michael | July 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Was told one thing, yet another occurred
Me Gilligan and I went to court and when he came to me he came to me and used the words a singular charge of reckless driving. All paper work I signed regarding this plea only had a singular charge on it, yet later I found out I was also charged and convicted of dwlr non impaired. He will not return my phone calls and this has been years now the DA tells me he’s the only one that can fix this clerical error. No one else. This is in Jackson county. I am still not able to obtain a license due to me gilligan not returning my calls to resolve this matter. Years. I’ll remove this if he finally reaches out. 980.349.9404 thank you in advance Mr. Gilligan
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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DIDNT SHOW UP TO COURT & UNCOMMUNICATIVE
I hired Gilligan for my case, and he ensured me that he would appear for me on my court date. That day came around and he DID NOT show up and a bond was out in my name. I never even heard from him that day. I only knew this because the other person involved in my case (who hired a different lawyer) was there and told me that no one was there to represent me. After calling his firm numerous times, I couldn’t get a hold of him. Finall I heard from him and he was on his honeymoon!?!?! Why did you lie and say you would appear in court for me on that day? Why didn’t you tell me you were getting married that week? I guess he tried to do some sort of absence form that somehow didn’t make it to the court. He blamed his paralegal of course (which by the way, he went through 3 different paralegals during the time I had him retained. That speaks volumes of how he runs his business.) after that gets worked out, I complete my community service, turn in the forms to him, and I NEVER HEAR BACK FROM HIM AGAIN. After numerous follow ups, I had to contact the NC STATE BAR and tell them he abandoned my case and wouldn’t talk to me. They told me to write him a letter and see if he responds. He of course, did not. The State Bar calls him and of course he gets back to me right away with no apology that he was ignoring me for weeks. This man is rude, dishonest, uncommunicative, and unreliable. I beg you not to give him a minute of your time or cent of your money. There are much better lawyers in the area. PLEASE DONT HIRE HIM.
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Posted by Abbie | June 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't waste your time- he will waste yours!
I hired Mr. Gilligan for a termination of parental rights this time last year. He promised to have my case settled by Oct, then Nov, then the beginning of this year. I have not heard from him in over 6 months! I have sent letters and called numerous times. He took $1000 of my hard earned money, and filed papers I could have downloaded off the internet and filed myself. Went to court twice only to be turned away due to errors on his part. Hard to explain to my kids why their stepdad hasn't been able to adopt them when it has been almost a year now. So call this guy if you want to just throw your money away and be extremely dissatisfied.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-35%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • CEO
  • Gilligan Law PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney/ CEO
  • Gilligan Law
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Minick Law
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Legal Assistant
  • Coulter Law
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Legal Assistant
  • Access Legal Care
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • 3rd Circuit Court, Family Division
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Air Transportation Journeyman
  • US Air Force
  • 2003 - 2009
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Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2009
  • Community College of Air Force
  • Associate
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • State v Albritton
  • not guilty of dui; remaining charges were dismissed

Associations

  • 30th Judicial District Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Haywood County Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • 2014 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Benevolent Protective Order of Elks
  • 2013 - Present
  • Delta Theta Phi
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • September Paralegal CLE
  • Managing Difficult Clients
  • 2016
  • Asheville Paralegal CLE - June
  • Common Issues in Family Law: Who Gets the Dog?
  • 2015
  • Personal Injury and Family Law Seminar
  • Family Law Solutions for the Hispanic Community
  • 2015
  • Cherokee Paralegal CLE - September
  • Common Issues in Family Law: Who Gets the Dog?
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (127)
Unknown Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Gilligan's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Smart attorney, always respectful to everyone involved and made resolving cases possible."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rob Gilligan is a very knowledgeable and well prepared Family Law attorney. I highly recommend his services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Gilligan is a fellow attorney who takes the time to answer questions and helps others. We need more attorneys like him in private practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Friend
"Robert is one of the most intelligent young attorneys I have come across in some time. His knowledge in DUI and family law is second to none. His work ethic has blown me away. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Other
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I admire his knowledge and dedication to his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rob is well versed in a variety of legal fields."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rob grew up in Waynesville and has a strong presence in the legal community of western North Carolina."
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