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Paula Jeanette McGill

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Marietta, GA

4.2   27 reviews

also known as Paula J. McGill

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  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 22 years
    New York - NY 25 years
    Maryland - MD 29 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 24 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Paula

Learn Paula’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    55%
    I represent residential and corporate landlords and tenants in disputes regarding breaches of contracts, evictions, security deposits, wrongful eviction claims, and housing discrimination. The Firm also drafts and reviews leases for landlords.

    29 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    15%
    My practice includes employee/employer relations, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, breach of contract, and wage violations. In addition, I advise employers and employees on separation and settlement agreements and noncompete agreements. My discrimination and retaliation practices are limited to Georgia and Maryland where I am admitted to practice to practice in the federal courts.

    29 years, 100 cases

  3. Business
    10%
    My practice includes business formation, dissolution, internal disputes, and agreements.

    29 years, 120 cases

  4. Contracts and agreements
    5%
    The Firm handles all contract disputes, including litigation.

    29 years, 70 cases

  5. Family
    5%
    My family law practice is limited to contempt and modifications.

    29 years, 90 cases

  6. Other
    5%

  7. Real estate
    5%
    Other than landlord-tenant issues, I also handle homeowner association disputes. This can be particularly contentious, especially when the HOA threatens lawsuits or has unreasonable boards.

I have 25+ years in a variety of legal matters and The McGill Law Firm celebrates its 20 year anniversary on October 1st of this year. This has been a long journey, and I will stop taking new Atlanta litigation cases on December 31, 2022.  However, the current and old clients  and their relatives can call me to discuss new matters.  

 

For the last 15+ years, I have taken the experience obtained from my corporate law firm life and have used it to represent small business owners and individuals in a variety of matters from corporate formation, landlord tenant matters, HOA disputes, contract formation and disputes, shareholder disputes, business litigation, education, estate planning, family law matters, civil rights claims, general litigation, and employment cases.  

Until December 31st at 6:00pm, I will continue to perform short screening consultations (5-10 minutes) by phone or e-mail.  Initial consultations begin at $150 for each 30 minutes. During the initial consultation,  I provide substantive information to potential clients.  Therefore, their money is well spent, and there is no pressure to hire me after the initial consultation, and I have no obligation to represent you.  

A significant number of my clients refer family and friends to my firm.  Moreover, many of my old clients return to ask me questions on new matters or to hire me for additional legal services.  I am proud of the service I provide my clients.  I have about a 90 - 95% satisfaction rate because of my service and my willingness to fight for their rights (win or lose). When those good clients return for additional work, I am more than happy to provide my services.   

My hourly rates range from $250/hr. to $500/hr.  I charge flat fees on some matters. Sometimes, I take payment plans.  However, those are short term and must be paid in full before the final hearing.  I accept credit and debit cards so clients can make convenient payment arrangments with their credit card companies.   The alternative is to borrow from a family member or close friend.    

For more information about my background, and additional offices, please visit my blog (). My webpage is being revamped to include the return to employment and education law.  As you know, those two areas have become hotbeds for dispute. 

You can also obtain information from my Facebook pages for employment and education. 

 

 

 

Awards

Top Contributor 2013,2012
Top Contributor
2013 2012

Location

The McGill Law Firm, LLC

Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
Posted by Mica | May 7, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful and knowledgeable
Ms McGill was prompt to respond and took time out of her busy schedule to consult with me. She offered good options for me to move forward and she was super helpful.
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consumer Collection / Fraud Debt Collection
I contacted Attorney McGill regarding a debt collection call I received. Attorney McGill took my call and provided me valuable information in order to protect myself as a consumer. If anyone I know need legal advise and/or representation in area of Consumer law, Landlord or tenant, Employment and labor she will be my first recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful throughout the process
Attorney McGill was very helpful throughout the process. I was new to Georgia's eviction process and Attorney McGill took the time to answer all of my questions and explained the process in detail.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Appreciation
Ms. Mcgill won a complicated court case . I hired her for that case . After that I have consulted her twice & she was willing & able .
Posted by Anji | May 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not as good as . . . Better!
Paula McGill won a settlement for me from a landlord who was suing me for $25,000 and the landlord got NOTHING!! She was very thorough and gave my case her undivided attention. She walked me through every step and let me know exactly what to expect, as well as the appropriate way to handle the situation. She was very personable, available when I had questions or concerns and affordable, which was a big plus. I do not want to date myself; however, Paula McGill is "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" and "Smart As A Whip". She definitely knows her stuff. She called it and gave that landlord the BUSINESS!!
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Response from Paula McGill May 29, 2019
Thank you so much for your review. It was great working with you and your witnesses. My job was made so much easier because you understood my busy schedule, had your documents and evidence prepared, and knew we had to work together to get a successful outcome. It was a good victory to have the court rule in your favor against the landlord's $25,000 claim. If you or someone you know needs legal assistance in the future, please contact me. Thanks again.
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Posted by Vivette | April 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service.
Paula McGill handled our case in a timely fashion. Upon consultation she was quite attentive and took her time to go through our documents. We had no idea our tenant would vacate within the time given by our Condo Association but Paula was confident that she could make it possible. Our tenant vacate before the time given and we are so very happy of our decision to hire her. Highly professional and great service indeed.
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Response from Paula McGill May 8, 2019
Thank you for appreciating the client and legal services I provided. I'm glad the tenant vacated without further problems. Please call me if you or someone you know needs legal services in the future.
Posted by Lana | February 19, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Genuinely cares about people
Called regarding a small issue with my daughter’s cheerleader contract. Contracted Ms. McGill and she personally returned my call within 2 hours. Ms. McGill consulted with me over the phone with understanding and gave me some great info. I will definitely be contacting Ms. McGill for any legal issues that I may have in the future. Thank you so much ma’am.
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Posted by Christine | February 19, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent service
I intended on utilizing Paula’s services for my dispossessery case but was unable to afford her service fee after being hit with an emergency expense. Paula still gave me more than enough information I needed to successfully get my case dismissed. Today I had my ordered court appearance and successfully had the dismissal granted. Thank you so much Paula! I’ve worked hard over the years to improve my credit score and become a home owner, this filing negatively effected my rental report causing me to lose out on a perfect rental opportunity. Now that this case has been dismissed my rental report will not be effected. Thank you so much Paula you truly are a blessing to our community!
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Posted by Angel | May 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very easy to talk to
Consulted with Paula regarding a tenant issue. She was very easy to understand and offered sound advice. I saved her number in my phone just because of how helpful she was. I would refer others to her.
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful!
I called Paula regarding a leasing dispute and she provided professional advice and I never felt rushed on the phone with her. I’d most definitely be using her services if this dispute escalated. Thanks again!
Posted by Renai | July 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Landlord/Tenant Issue
Attorney McGill was very sensitive to my case, very responsive, and followed the case through very well. She made a very frustrating situation managable. Definitely very personable and knowledgeable. I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Charlie | May 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When in doubt, ask Paula McGill.
I am a small landlord. Recently I was involved in a security deposit case with a tenant. The Magistrate judge was not familiar with the state law on rental deposit. During the hearing, he was influenced and coached by the tenant lawyer and ruled in favor to the tenant. I was penalized to pay 3X deposit, court fee and tenant's attorney fees. I contacted several domain-expert lawyers for help. Some of them told me that the court judgment was correct and they could not do anything for me, and some of them would not take my case unless I pay them a huge fee in advance. When I called Paula, she showed me the years of experience in the field and deep understanding of the subject matter. She told me I had a case and she could help me appeal. We just had a state court hearing two days ago. I have to tell you how wonderful to have her on my side. Her conviction, passion and firmness were unparalleled. Her professionalism, attention to detail, strategy and explicit arguments are truly impressive. I am happy about the final outcome. When in doubt ask Paula McGill.
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just what I Needed
Well, I have to say I applaud her work. She gave me a voice amongst people who wouldn't have takened me seriously otherwise. She made me aware of the trial and negotiating process and all possibilities that could happen. I felt secured trusting her advice but she always made sure I was aware of being able to make my own choice. She took care of me and made sure I got my fair share. Truly magnificent service.
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Posted by Elaina | July 21, 2015
Honest and down to earth
We had the pleasure of having Ms. McGill represent our family. We were new to Georgia and had found a home to rent thinking that we made the right choice for our family in choosing and going with this particular rental company. What a major mistake that was, but thankfully Ms. McGill with her honest, knowledgeable, and just overall kindness and understanding was able to get us out of our lease without any incidents and with our full deposit back. We were so glad to find such a trustworthy lawyer as Ms.McGill and would definitely obtain her services again.
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Posted by Nily | April 24, 2015
MADE A BAD EXPERIENCE BEARABLE
We hired Ms Mcgill for a Landlord tenant issue we had. While other lawyers gave us no hope and provided us with incorrect information, Ms Mcgill gave us right away the right information and the solution for our problem. We were very satisfied with her work and the high level of knowledge. We were very pleased with the results we got from this case
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Posted by Todd | January 3, 2015
Great Experience
The experience was great. I got my issue handled quickly and we won the settlement. She stayed in touch during the whole process and walked me through the process. Will hire her again when the need arises.
Posted by Joy | January 2, 2015
Excellent Customer Service
Attorney McGill was very pleasant and accommodating at all times. She was available and knowledgeable. If my family needs legal services again in her expertise, we will not hesirate to hire her again.
Posted by Constance | October 14, 2012
Terrific Attorney
Attorney McGill is , truly, an excellent legal mind. She was very honest and determined to successfully complete my case and did so. I have and will continue to recommend her to those in need of great legal help.
Posted by Novella | September 18, 2012
Excellent Service/Representation
I had the privilege to have Ms. Paul McGill represent my company in a legal matter and our organization was please with Ms. McGill level of professionalism, knowledge, and here ability to collaborate with the opposing side to resolve the matter. She was easy to work with, provided the best counsel and resolution in the matter.
Posted by Maurice | September 5, 2012
Maurice
My case was not the normal wrongful eviction case, i had to fire one lawyer before she was able to get things moving. She did everything in her powers to end my case in my favor as fast as she could. I will recommend her to everyone because she is very knowledgeable and trustworthy.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-500 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Solo Practitioner
  • Paula J. McGill, Attorney at Law
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate
  • Lord Bissell & Brook
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Wallace King Marraro & Branson
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Piper Marbury
  • 1994 - 1998
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Education

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Kennesaw State University
  • MBA
  • 1991
  • Emory University School of Business
  • BBA
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Peamon v. A and R Development Corporation
  • The Court Dismissed Peamon's Appeal

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (0)
Endorse Paula
Business Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A top-notch litigation attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I gladly endorse this lawyer. Her clients like her, lawyers respect her, she has years of solid experience, and her several thousand answers to questions that have been published at Avvo should make it clear that she knows the law and likes to make sure her clients know and understand it too. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have reviewed Attorney Mcgill's profile, answers, experience, and work history and I am impressed with her dedication to her clients and her work. She has broad experience in various areas of law, and this is very good for her clients because she brings a breadth and wealth of knowledge to bear on her legal work for those she helps."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Paula. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Mcgill is an outstanding attorney, a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I strongly endorse her."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2013
Top Contributor

Paula earned significant contribution points in 2013.

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Marietta Landlord or tenant Lawyer Paula Jeanette McGill
Paula Jeanette McGill
Landlord or tenant Attorney
Marietta, GA
Licensed for 29 years
Virtual consultation available