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Abbi Susan Taylor

Appeals Attorney at Decatur, GA

4.9   70 reviews

About Abbi

Learn Abbi’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    50%
    We handle all post conviction matters including early parole, sentence reductions, and appeals. Including where criminal cases cause immigration problems

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    We handle any type of criminal matter, from the initial investigation through trials and appeals.

  3. Federal crime
    15%

  4. White collar crime
    15%

I am a full time lawyer, a part time judge and have a beautiful daughter and two wonderful grandkids. My husband and I love to run, play tennis, do yoga, travel and relax with our dogs.  I volunteer with "www.MostlyMutts.org" an animal rescue organization.

 

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Licensed for 31 years
State VI
Status Authorized to practice law
Acquired 2005
Updated 07/10/2014
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1991
Updated 06/04/2008
State FL
Status Inactive
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Law Firm of Abbi S. Taylor
755 Commerce Drive Suite 500
Decatur, GA, 30030-2618

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  70 customer reviews
Posted by F L | October 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney Ever
She gave us more hope than we've ever had in the last 25 years in defense of my baby brother. She gave us a chance to reattach our family after a 25 year Hiatus and we thank her dearly.
Posted by Krystal | May 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Good lawyer
she helps with all case she is working on behalf of my love one Antonio K. To get a time Served
Posted by Tammy | January 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Parole Representation
If I could rate Abbi [email protected] 100 stars I would. Thank you Abbi Taylor and your staff for your professionalism, hard work and legal expertise in representing me. Your successful results with my being granted early parole was beyond all my expectations. I am thrilled and so grateful to be back home with my family and much earlier than I ever could have hoped for. I can't thank you enough for your commitment, legal knowledge, advocacy and for being the voice I needed on my behalf.
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2019
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Amazing Lawyer
Abbi is an amazing lawyer. We hired her for my dad’s parole/probation case. Abbi’s results exceeded our family’s expectations. Seeing her in action in the courtroom was inspiring. In addition, her office staff is extremely professional and responsive. Thank you, Abbi and Linda.
Response from Abbi Taylor August 5, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was our pleasure to work with you and your family and get your father home where he belongs. All the best to all of you!
Posted by Tina | March 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary lady of law!
I came to Ms Taylor thinking that my criminal background was destroyed. I'm a responsible adult that made a bad decision at a very emotional time in my life. This lady has a great interaction with her clients. I was able to feel free to express what and why I needed her services. Sharp doesn't begin to describe her. I will never forget that she was sent by God to help me. You can not go wrong with Ms Taylor.
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Response from Abbi Taylor August 5, 2019
It was my pleasure to be able to help you and get a great result for you. I appreciate you taking the time to write this.
Posted by Helen | March 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
Abbi knows her stuff, is patient, thorough and compassionate. She took the time to explain the parole process in detail and provided support before, during and after the decision. I am very happy with the outcome but also the professionalism and responsiveness from Abbi and Linda. I Highly recommend this firm!
Response from Abbi Taylor August 5, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind words. It is our pleasure to help people navigate through trying times!
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
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This 5 stars rating is past do ..it should have been posted long time ago and it's well deserved to a lawyer that understand human nature and passionate about her work and knows the law don't forget she is a an honorable Judge as well as i am reading through these feedback i could not help to see the one that had the same case as mine In my case i was being deported and my Immigration lawyer recommended Abbi so after few meetings and careful study of my case Abbi had told me that she is not a miracle maker but she will do what ever it takes to reduce the charges against me and with the proper authorities within the extent of the law of the land,,i remember one of my lawyers had told me one time and I quote .." there is a great justice system in this country that often you can't beat but there is always ways to go around it .." key word here to go around it and that not 100% guaranteed . so here i am 12 years later my deportation case received a waver from the immigration judge thanks to Abbi i am still here and i would not hesitate to recommend her at all . Reading thru all the ratings they all have something good to say about Abbi in fact 95% with five stars rating . But even the worst of them which aren't many , the one where the client didn’t walk away 100 percent satisfied, sends a message that this attorney is a good hire. Nobody’s perfect after all she is human . In life and in law, there are times where you do your best and still come out on the losing side. But don’t forget to look for those silver linings. Sometimes three out of five stars is the best you can hope for. Sometimes a three star review is exactly what a client needs to see.
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Response from Abbi Taylor August 7, 2018
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was an honor to work with you as with all of my clients. I have been handling cases like yours for over 25 years and every situation is different with different challenges. I am so happy that I was able to work a bit of a miracle in your case and I thank you for trusting me with your case.
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Posted by John | July 27, 2018
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The Lawyers’ Lawyer
I am a lawyer myself so I like to believe that I know how to tell a good lawyer from a bad one. I have six children and Abbi has represented two of them on various criminal charges. My teenage son in particular has been a one man crime wave this summer! Abbi is knowledgeable, thorough, detail oriented and extremely competent. The number one complaint about lawyers is that they fail to communicate with clients about what is going on. That is not the case with Abbi. To the contrary, she is truly proactive in the management of her cases and her responsiveness is always timely. They say that the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer is that a good lawyer knows the law while a great lawyer knows the judge. Well Abbi checks both of those boxes! She is an outstanding attorney.
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Response from Abbi Taylor August 6, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to post this. It is such an honor to help children and thank you for putting your trust in me to take care of your family. You have raised wonderful people and I am so glad that I have been able to get good results for them and keep their records clear. I work hard to achieve the best possible results and reviews like yours affirm my dedication and devotion to helping people.
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Posted by Samantha | February 1, 2018
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A clear mind for an unclear time
I can not speak more highly of Abbi and her abilities. I was finding myself very quickly in a quicksand situation and she was able to help come in to provide guidance, clarity and manage the situation. If you find yourself in a situation that you think even for a second might need some legal advice - please do not think to call anyone else but Abbi.
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Posted by Susan | December 22, 2017
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Home today because of Abbi Taylor
Abbi Taylor was recommended to me by an attorney who had taken a continuing education course taught by Abbi. I initially emailed her the timeline & details of my son's case. During our consultation, she developed a strategy that was ABSOLUTELY SUCCESSFUL. First, a motion to modify his sentence was filed and we prevailed. (It IS who you know!) Next, a petition for parole was filed, & again, we prevailed. (May I say again, it IS who you know?) My son, with a 10 year sentence, facing 78 months minimum in prison, was home after 16 months. Abbi Taylor and Linda Cornwall did that. I did the collection of information, the gathering of data, the scut work. Abbi executed flawlessly.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2017
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Post Conviction Pardon
After meeting Abbi and her assistant Linda l was convinced she would be the one to handle my request for a Pardon. It was a very old case involving a serious felony conviction. Addi was very specific in what to expect. I think most of all l trusted her. Thanks to Abbi l was successful and obtained my Pardon. I have the highest gratitude and respect for her. I would recommend her without question.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
Abbi is very nice and helpful. Give me good advice!
Posted by Pete | December 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Sentence Modification
I originally retained Abbi to represent me before the State Board of Pardons and Parole and help me obtain an early parole date for a level 8 criminal conviction. While the Parole Board's guidelines for my crime required me to serve at least 65% of my sentence, the Parole Board granted me parole approximately 6 months early. I attribute this to the unwavering support of my family and Abbi's considerable efforts. My conditions of probation on my original sentence forbids contact with persons under the age of 18. Since being released from prison, my daughter gave birth to my first grandchild. According to the conditions of probation, I was not allowed to see my grandchild even if the visit was supervised. Abbi filed a motion with the Judge in Superior Court responsible for my case, asking that my sentence be modified to allow me supervised contact with my grandchild. Abbi represented me at the hearing before the judge. Our motion was opposed by the prosecutor's office. However, the judge ruled in our favor and now I can be with my grandchild for Christmas. Abbi did an excellent job, was very supportive throughout the process and was readily available whenever I needed her. I would highly recommend Abbi Taylor.
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Posted by Duane | April 14, 2016
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Trust is Important
It is true, you only go to the Doctor for check ups and when sick. Same for an Attorney. Abbi Taylor is simply the best. While taking a forensic look at my case, finding what I knew she would, Ms. Taylor also cautioned me about the expense and risk. A great Counselor, just bring her the problem (be honest about every detail) and the results will speak for themselves. However, it is also true, behind every great attorney, is a great partner. There is ABSOLUTELY no greater individual in the legal field than Ms. Cornwall. When you look up the work professional, a picture of this dynamic duo will appear. Do your self a favor and place your mind at ease, if you need legal advice - stop looking and call this firm.
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Posted by Stuart L | March 1, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
After meeting with Abbi for a consultation for my son I felt very confident that her knowledge and experience made her the attorney to handle his case. I was pleased with her direct and honest appraisal of the case. Linda was quick to respond to questions and kept me updated. The case was handled with integrity and compassion and I am very pleased with the result.
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Posted by Don | December 30, 2015
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Abbi Taylor can also fix your immigration problems
Abbi Taylor is one of the best lawyers in Atlanta. Abbi Taylor is not only a lawyer but also a judge which makes a huge difference. I hired Abbi because I was having problems renewing my expired green card. I had got into some legal problems with the law and it was hard to renew my green card, but first Abbi took a look at all my previous charges and told me which one was the problem. Second Abbi told me that she can sit down with the judge and the prosecutor of that charge and persuade them to clarify the sentence so that I wouldn't have problems with immigration. She did what she said she will and today I have a new green card and no problems with immigration. I highly recommend Abbi Taylor for any legal issues that you may have. She does it all!
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Posted by Charles A. | August 20, 2015
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Amazing attorney and staff
The chemistry at the law office of Abbi Taylor was amazing. There was constant communication and advisement that made the whole experience pleasant and rewarding. Ms.Taylor was very honest and straightforward about the parole process and the steps involved before and after my hearing. I stand before you today a free man because of Ms. Taylor's efforts. I was not even eligible for parole until next year. I highly recommend her above all others.
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2015
Misdemeanor Case Dismissed
Abbi is not only an outstanding lawyer, but also a very caring person. I reached out to her after an incident that happened to me and I needed help. She invited me to her office for a free consultation, having already made research on what my issue was so she can be as time efficient as possible. It only took a couple of months for her to completely close my case. She went beyond what was expected in any way possible. Abbi Taylor brought back the positivity and happiness in my life!
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2015
Abbi is terrific
I approached Abbi by email to assist me with restriction of my record (I had no idea how to go about it myself). She responded almost immediately and said she could indeed help me out. She then proactively contacted the solicitors office, relayed my case to them and was able to get their agreement to restrict my record. Abbi promised to stay in touch with me and keep me updated. Only a few days later I heard back from her with some great news -- my record was expunged/ restricted. I couldn't be any more thankful to Abbi for her responsiveness, kindness, and, most importantly, effectiveness. Thank you!
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Posted by carlos | April 13, 2015
super lawyer without a doubt, and such a warm person too.
From the first time i met with Abbi i felt confident she was the right person to represent me. It honestly felt like she cared about the outcome of my case, both her and Linda. She made it clear that it would be a difficult case and i respected her honesty, but wow i couldnt have asked for a better result for my case. she made it to where i can stay in this country with my family and also ways to help with with the anxiety and stress what comes with going through the court process. both Her and Linda answered all the questions i had. also other lawyers spoke very highly of her they all assured me i was in great hands. if any one i know needs legal representation i will direct to Abbi without question.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Dispute Resolution Center (Dekalb)
  • 2003 - Present
  • Sole Practitioner
  • Law Firm of Abbi S. Taylor
  • 2001 - Present
  • Judge with Dekalb County Magistrate Court
  • 1997 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor teaching Civil and Criminal Litigation
  • Georgia State School of Law
  • 1998 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Peters, Roberts, Borsuk and Taylor-Guest
  • 1995 - 2001
  • Dekalb County Public Defender
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Fain, Major and Wiley
  • 1991 - 1992
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Education

  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • New College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Rollins v. State
  • Unanimous Supreme Court Decision for Petitioner

Associations

  • Virgin Islands Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Honorary Member, past vice president
  • 1991 - Present
  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Georgia Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2010
  • Superlawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Superlawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Defending Allegations of Crimes against Children
  • Contributor to entire publication (1996-2002)
  • N/A
  • Mercer Law Review
  • Webster v. Reproductive Health Services: What remains of the right to choose?
  • N/A
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Newsletter - The Defender
  • "Abbi's Criminal Site-a-tions" Monthly column on criminal defense, computers and the internet (1998-99)
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • 2014
  • Magistrate Judge Recertification
  • Search Warrants
  • 2008
  • Ga Association Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL)
  • Spin to Win
  • 2008
  • Criminal Convictions and Immigration Consequences
  • riminal Convictions and Immigration Consequences
  • 2008
  • Ga Assn Women Lawyers Panel
  • Effects of criminal cases on Immigration status
  • 2007
  • Magistrate Judges Training
  • Contempt
  • 2006
  • Municipal Court Judges' Training
  • Probation Revocations
  • 2005
  • GAWL Seminar
  • Investigating a case
  • 2005
  • Magistrate Judge Training
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2004
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Seminar
  • DUI Defense
  • 2004
  • Magistrate Judge Seminar
  • Search Warrants
  • 2003
  • Defending Traffic Law
  • Defending traffic tickets
  • 2003
  • Motions Practice Seminar
  • Winning Motions to Suppress
  • 2002
  • DUI Trial Practice
  • Defending Administrative suspensions
  • 2002
  • Motions Practice Seminar
  • Case Law update on Motions to Suppress
  • 2001
  • Drug Defense Seminar
  • Suppressing Evidence
  • 2001
  • Criminal Case Analysis and Investigation
  • Investigating the criminal case
  • 2001
  • Juvenile Justice Seminar
  • Defending Children Charged as Adults
  • 1999
  • GACDL Fall Seminar
  • Co-Chairperson
  • 1999
  • Defending a Rape Case
  • Winning Consent cases
  • 1999
  • Defending a Drug Case
  • Case Law Update
  • 1999
  • Defending a Drug Case
  • Case Law Update
  • 1998
  • Motions Practice Seminar
  • Defending a Drug Case
  • 1997
  • Drug Defense Seminar
  • Motions to Suppress
  • 1996
  • Bargain Basics
  • Trial Preparation
  • 1996
  • Georgia Indigent Defense Seminar
  • Case Law Update
  • 1995
  • GACDL Fall Seminar
  • Defending Allegations of Child Molestation
  • 1995
  • Drug Defense Seminar
  • Motions to Suppress
  • 1995
  • Bargain Basics
  • Motions and Trial Preparation
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

Received (35)
Given (23)
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Abbi is an excellent attorney. She is sharp, honest, passionate and dedicated when it comes to representing her clients. I highly recommend her and it is my pleasure to endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Abbi Taylor is highly talented in a sub-specialty of criminal law known as "post conviction relief." She has achieved fantastic results for many clients of our firm that have enabled our clients to maintain their immigration status. I would say that Abbi is considered by the Atlanta immigration bar to be one of the most highly sought after attorneys in the area of post conviction relief. I endorse her without any hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Abbi Taylor. Abbi is my go-to attorney for criminal matters and over the years I have referred many clients to her. She treats each person with honesty and respect. I trust her expertise and advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Abbi Taylor. She is quite simply one of the very best attorneys in Atlanta. She is hard-working, sincere, and a fierce litigator. She cares about her clients and will get you the right result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Abbi for several years and have worked with Abbi on many issues. Abbi is a dedicated attorney who works tirelessly for her clients. Abbi is an absolute professional!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Abbi and I have worked together on multiple criminal cases involving complex "immigration status" issues. She is extremely thorough and very knowledgeable. I anticipate working with Abbi on cases in the future, and I would enthusiastically recommend her as a criminal defense/DUI lawyer to anyone seeking such services. I"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Other
"Abbi was my litigation processor in law school. As a student at the time who knew very little about the practice of law, it became obvious that she had such a firm grasp on how to litigate cases that it was second nature to her. This allowed her to explain things in such an efficient way. She is a highly regarded attorney who gets results for her clients. Anyone who hires her is lucky as was I to have her to teach me. She is truly one of the greatest attorneys one will ever have a chance to meet."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Please allow me to add my name to the list of immigration attorneys to honor and endorse Abbi's work. She is a phenomenal post-conviction relief attorney. Not only is Abbi a wonderful criminal defense attorney she has also developed quite a reputation for being able to reopen past criminal convictions for non-citizens and get them appropriately reworded or dismissed so that the foreign national is no longer deportable. She is one of the very, very few criminal defense attorneys that I am confident to refer clients to for complex post-conviction relief here in Georgia. She has my full endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Our firm has sent Abbi numerous referrals throughout the years. She has always done an excellent job with these referrals - always treating the clients with respect while assessing their situations honestly and diligently. My highest endorsement goes to Abbi and her staff."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Abbi for nearly 20 years. She is an absolute professional, a fantastic trial attorney, and an outstanding advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Abbi. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I refer many of my immigration clients who have criminal issues to Abbi. She can work wonders when it comes to eliminating some of the unintended immigration consequences of a criminal conviction. Whether it is modifying or clarifying a sentence to avoid an immigration bar or vacating a conviction entirely, Abbi knows how to get it done. If you are a non-citizen facing a criminal charge, you need to know that not every criminal attorney understands the complex interplay between criminal and immigration law. You need an attorney like Abbi!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Abbi Taylor is a conscientious and very capable advocate for her clients. I have always known her to do a great job for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Abbi Taylor on several criminal cases over the past 17 years. She exhibits tremendous legal knowledge and a zealous devotion to her clients. I have also referred numerous clients to her over the years and all have thanked me for referring them to such a diligent and skilled lawyer. She is an excellent litigator and has no fear of trying a touch cases and produces great results.I endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Abbi is an intelligent and passionate attorney. She zealously advocates for her clients and consistently gets excellent results for all of her clients. I have even had the pleasure of hearing Abbi speak at a seminar. I highly endorse Abbi as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Abbi has the respect of our legal community. She is known for getting great results for her clients and being someone who other attorneys turn to for advice. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I first became aware of Abbi when I was a public defender and heard her give an awesome presentation at a legal seminar sponsored by the Georgia Indigent Defense Council. Over the years, I have had numerous dealings with Abbi and I can truly say that Abbi is one of the finest criminal defense lawyers. She has an extraordinary talent of getting the best results for her clients both in and out of the courtroom. Additionally, she is really a very good person. You are in great hands if Abbi is your lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Abbi for 12 years or more now and I have an a couple of opportunities each year to hear about her work and see how much she is respected by the best of the best throughout the state of Georgia.I am proud to experience her integrity in and out of the courtroom and knowledge of law. You cannot go wrong in following her recommendations...hey, many lawyers do!"
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Decatur Appeals Lawyer Abbi Susan Taylor
Abbi Susan Taylor
Appeals Attorney
Decatur, GA
Licensed for 31 years