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Philip Paul Pilgrim Jr.

DUI and DWI Attorney at Cumming, GA

5.0   43 reviews

also known as Phil Pilgrim


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About Philip

Learn Philip’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    70%
    Substantial Trial Practice Standardized Field Sobriety Trained Defended hundreds of DUI cases throughout North Georgia

    17 years

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    Murder Assault Battery VGCSA (Drugs) Family Violence Traffic Offenses

    17 years

I come from a working class family and the first adult male not to swing a hammer to make money.  My job is easy compared to what my father, uncles and grandparents do for a living.  Knowing that, I have a tremendous amout of respect for what they do and take great pride that I am in a privileged position to help people through this line of work.  

 

I am a devoted husband and father.  When not working, I spend all my free time with my family and friends.  I am a member of The Vine United Methodist Church where I volunteer every Sunday.  My Faith, Family and Friendships are the most important things in my life.  I am confident that fervor for those three components in my life further my abilities in representing my clients.

 

I am militant about my fitness.  I work out 6-7 days a week and participate regularly in 5k's, 10k's, and half marathons.  Having played baseball for 14 years, I love all outdoor sports and, when I get the time, love being on the golf course.

 

I am very active in pro bono projects to help the homless and needy and work hard to promote my own charity established along with 5 other church friends called The Big Give Golf Tournament ().  

 

Everything I do in life, I do with 100% commitment.  There is no reason to do it if you are not going to do it well.  I live by that mantra.

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Licensed for 17 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 02/03/2023

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

Contact Philip

Banks, Stubbs & McFarland
309 Pirkle Ferry Road
Building F
Cumming, GA, 30040

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Got a Ticket? Don't look any further, Phil is YOUR guy!!!
Got a traffic violation in Foresyth county on GA 400. Contacted Phil for legal advice and hired his services to represent me in court. Phil was extremely professional, efficient and successful in reaching a very reasonable outcome for me.
Posted by Brian | March 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I filled out some information on their website. Was responded to very quickly. Took care of my case with very short notice. Very helpful and informative.
Posted by Danielle Urquhart | January 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
God sent
Phil was able to get 4 count of DUI against me Dismiss. I'm very happy with the outcome. I was able to go back to work to support my family. Fee was reasonable. Thanks Phil.. May you continue to be blessed...
Posted by Daniel | November 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The most helpful DUI pertained lawyer
Mr. Pilgrim did a great job in keeping in touch which I think is always extremely important during cases such as mine. He helped me learn a little more about the ins and outs of my case and informed me on all the possible terms. I was never left out of the picture. I would recommend him to any froend or family member that gets into a particular situation like mine anytime. I had a DUI and wanted a specific outcome to occur, he provided me the details on what I had to do on my part and he did his part. I couldn't ask for more and would definitely work with him again. Also another plus is that his quotes are outrageously reasonable considering the work he puts in compared to other lawyers in the nearby area.
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Posted by Jamie | October 19, 2018
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Excellent lawyer!
Mr. Pilgrim was excellent from the start. He made a situation that was quite stressful much easier. We loved working with him!!!
Posted by Armand | September 26, 2018
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Armand
Excellent Lawyer, kept me out of jail. He was also very informative and always responded quickly to any of my reqests
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2018
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Most Sincere & Professional Attorney I've Encountered!
Mr. Pilgrim has been an extremely valuable resource in ly legal disputes. He is extremely professional, responsive and sincere with his clients. I would recommend Mr. Pilgrim and his associated Law Firm for of your legal council.
Posted by Christy | September 16, 2018
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Thankful
Mr. Pilgrim did an excellent job. He has the charges against my husband dropped to county ordinance with a fine and no record. We are very thankful because this is the first time he has ever been in trouble. We would definitely recommend him.
Posted by Dan | October 16, 2017
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Very pleased
We were very pleased with Mr. Pilgrim. He was very thorough and professional. I would definitely use again.
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2017
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excellent sercice
phil was very diligent and factual. he set clear expectations and deliverd results. my case was null prossed. didnt even go to trial. Hire this guy if need results !
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2017
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Results
Phil did not have the best communication, but this man gets results. He got my charges dropped completely; I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
Mr. Pilgrim made us comfortable and confident in our decision to retain him as counsel. He promptly returned our calls and answered all our questions and explained all options in a manner in which we understood. We will definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a competent attorney.
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2017
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Highly recommended!
First time and last time in legal trouble, and Phil was great! He answered my questions in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend him and his practice to anyone that needed a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2017
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Our Highest Recommendation!
My wife and I give Mr. Pilgrim our highest recommendation. A family member was involved in a traffic incident and was charged with multiple serious offenses. The charges seemed disproportionate to the accident, but we did not know how to respond. We were referred by a friend to Mr. Pilgrim. He listened to the details of the case and reviewed all paperwork. His quick assessment of the case based on his experience and expertise was that we needed an outside expert brought in immediately. The expert was able to determine facts of the case that eventually led to the dropping of charges. We cannot say enough good things about how we were supported during this ordeal by Mr. Pilgrim. He was available throughout the process to answer questions and responded to inquiries quickly. His knowledge of the law provided us comfort while we waited for the wheels of justice to turn. In the end, Mr. Pilgrim’s knowledge, experience, competence, perseverance, and character led to the best of resolutions for our family. We are grateful for Mr. Pilgrim and his thorough preparation to handle our family’s legal problem, and we would recommend him wholeheartedly.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2017
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Knowledgeable, Helpful, Efficient
My son was arrested on a potential felony charge. When we met with Phil and explained my son's case, Phil carefully explained the law to us in terms we could understand. He also listened intently to the ins and outs of the situation, and pointed out elements of the event that could work in my son's favor resulting in the charge remaining a misdemeanor instead of being processed as a felony. Phil was realistic with us about what to expect, and was openly available to us when we had questions or concerns we needed addressed. He communicated with us directly throughout the entire process, and we never waited long for a detailed answer or reply. In addition to having exceptional knowledge of the law and the consequences to a variety of possible scenarios, he was understanding and supportive at a time when my son was confused and scared. The day that we went to court Phil's organization and hard work prior to going allowed us to be in and out of the courtroom in a much more reasonable amount of time than we expected. Because my son's file was so well put together, and because Phil's courtroom demeanor is so professional, we were not subjected to the run around that we were watching other people go through- even though they too had an attorney. We would recommend Phil's representation to anyone who finds themselves needing an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2017
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Excellent Representation
I had a speeding ticket + issue with my driver's license. Mr. Pilgrim helped me get the license problem taken care of and helped me keep points off my license for the moving violation.
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer
Philip is an excellent lawyer. He is very dependable and walked me through the entire process. He also made more time for me than he had to and answered all of questions thoroughly. Philip made me feel comfortable through the entire process and I genuinely felt he cared about me and the outcome of my case. He is the only lawyer I want representing me in the future and I will be recommending him to anyone who needs his services.
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Posted by Anita | February 4, 2017
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Absolute Best Legal Representation
Mr. Pilgrim is an amazing attorney who I wish I had found the first time I got into trouble. He was able to get me out of jail not only once but TWO times in less than a month while I was still on 1st offender felony probation with another felony charge. He worked with my probation officer and also my judge to get me the best possible outcome. From the first phone call Mr Pilgrim understood my situation and was ready to help. He is knowledgeable, professional, caring, personable, and very reasonably priced! Just an all around amazing lawyer. I had not even met with Mr Pilgrim and he already understood my situation because he asked the correct questions took the time to understand what my personal situation was. He always answered my questions and made sure I understood what was going on every step of the way. I, unfortunately, know what can happen when you choose the wrong lawyer and I am so happy with Mr Pilgrim, I wish I had found him sooner! Philip Pilgrim is who I would recommend to anyone who is looking for the absolute best legal representation.
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Posted by James (Ricky) | February 3, 2017
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Phil Pilgrim
I was referred to Phil Pilgrim by a close friend. He was very thorough and diligent in reaching the outcome I desired. His knowledge and relationships with the county I was in, gave me peace of mind. He is quick to respond and never leaves you guessing what is going on in your case. If I ever need another attorney, Mr. Pilgrim will be my guy.
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Posted by Laurie | February 2, 2017
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Excellent attorney!
I've used Mr. Philgram on two different occasions and have always been pleased! Always professional, super nice and caring.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Carter ♦ Pilgrim
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Carter ♦ Pilgrim ♦ Stroud
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Partner
  • The Law Offices of Epps and Pilgrim
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Forsyth County Solicitor General's Office
  • 2005 - 2007
  • DUI Court Representative
  • Forsyth County State Court
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Clerk
  • The Honorable Steve Jones, Western Judicial Circuit
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • Georgia State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Georgia
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002
  • University of Georgia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • State v. KG
  • Client was found not guilty of all 9 counts.
  • State v. DJB
  • Case dismissed for legal grounds by judge prior to trial
  • State v. CD
  • Found not guilty of all counts by jury.
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • House Resolution 1996
  • Georgia House of Representatives
  • 2004

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Compliance With Truancy Laws
  • Truancy in Forsyth County School District
  • 2007
  • Compliance With Truancy Laws
  • Truancy in Forsyth County School District
  • 2007
  • Compliance With Truancy Laws
  • Truancy in Forsyth County School District
  • 2007
  • Training
  • DUI Detection and Enforcement Case Law Update
  • 2007
  • Compliance With Truancy Laws
  • Truancy in Forsyth County School District
  • 2006
  • Compliance With Truancy Laws
  • Truancy in Forsyth County School District
  • 2006
  • Compliance With Truancy Laws
  • Truancy in Forsyth County School District
  • 2006
  • Report Writing and Courtroom Testimony
  • Effective Trial Preparation for Law Enforcement
  • 2006
  • Training
  • Courtroom Testimony and Demeanor
  • 2006
  • Compliance With Truancy Laws
  • Truancy in Forsyth County School District
  • 2005
  • Compliance With Truancy Laws
  • Truancy in Forsyth County School District
  • 2005
  • Compliance With Truancy Laws
  • Truancy in Forsyth County School District
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (25)
Endorse Philip
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is a wealth of information and talent. He is always willing to help someone in need in any way he can."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is a fighter with experience prosecuting and defending DUI cases. His experience translates into an excellent DUI defense for his clients. I recommend Phil for DUI defense and any other criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil Pilgrim is a gentleman, a professional, a warrior and a winner. He was a great prosecutor and is now an even better defense attorney. He is always prepared and his knowledge of evidence and the criminal code is excellent. As for the courtroom, Phil has the "X" factor. You can't teach it -- although you may be able to refine it. Phil knows how to pick and engage a jury -- they love him at trial. His courtroom techniques and professionalism mix nicely with the "nasty dog" attitude you have to muster up from time to time to be a warrior for your client. Phil is a master in all areas of criminal law, especially DUI defense. Phil has had several very nice strings of "Not Guilty" jury verdicts since he became a defense attorney. In conclusion, Phil Pilgrim is the kind of attorney you want defending your criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer 100%. Phil has professionalism, knowledge, and the right amount of aggressiveness in the courtroom to provide his clients with the very best legal representation. I highly recommend Phil and his firm with any legal issue you may have."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is one of North Atlanta/Forsyth's top lawyers in the courtroom. He diligently prepares his cases, negotiates hard for clients, and goes to trial when necessary- with great success. I would not hesitate to refer a friend or family member to Phil."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is an excellent criminal defense attorney. His prior experience as a prosecutor allows him to know exactly how to structure the proper defense. He always comes to court prepared and is not shy about taking a case to trial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Phil for many years and he is an awesome attorney. Phil is dedicated and hardworking. Phil truly cares about his clients and their cases. I would highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Phil since he prosecuted cases in Forsyth County. He is very tied into the Cumming Community and serves his clients well. He is a terrific advocate who fights hards for his clients. In certain cases, I will refer clients to Phil since I am confident that he will do a great job."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have tried cases with Phil and have always found him knowledgeabIe and professional. Phil knows the law and would be a great addition to your legal team. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Phil when he was working for the Forsyth County Solicitor's Office. He is an excellent attorney and will fight for his client. He goes above and beyond to help his client and will get results. I endorse Phil Pilgrim, Jr. as a competent and professional attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first knew Phil when he was prosecuting in the Forsyth County Solicitor's Office. Now that he is in private practice, Phil takes this valuable trial experience with him. Phil just tried a 2+ week murder trial and was extremely well-prepared and organized, and hired a very effective expert witness to aid in the defense of his client. His work ethic is above reproach and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking an experienced attorney to fight their case in court."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former Forsyth County prosecutor, I have had the opportunity to be on the opposite side of Phil in the courtroom on many occasions. We even had a week where he and I tried two jury trials against each other. Phil has a genuine and personable demeanor in the courtroom that he wields effectively alongside his passionate and zealous advocacy for his clients. He has a great rapport with opposing counsel, police officers and the judges and is a well respected lawyer. I am privileged to consider him a colleague and a worthy adversary. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Phil for several years and I have tremendous respect for his legal skill and ability. While he can be tenacious in court, he balances this strength with just the right amount of diplomacy. This is a fine line that Phil manages very well. This combination allows him to be a powerful advocate for his clients. I am not alone in my high opinion of his professionalism and strong work ethic."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Phil for many years, and he has always presented himself as a professional and extremely well prepared lawyer. Phil is knowledgeable, and well respected. I would not hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is an intelligent, hard working, and innovative attorney. His experience as a former prosecutor gives him an advantage that ultimately benefits his clients. If you need a criminal lawyer in Forsyth county, you can not ask for a better advocate than Philip Pilgrim."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Phil is one of the few people I would call if I got into trouble. He is also someone who a admire for the way he tries his cases. the professionalism and civility with which he conducts himself sets a high standard. You can never go wrong hiring Phil."
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