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Mike Money

Criminal defense Attorney at Douglasville, GA

4.6   28 reviews

also known as James Michael Money

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1996
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Mike

Learn Mike’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    DUI to armed robbery to child molestation and aggravated assault, etc...

    28 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    custody, adoptions, child support, contempt, alimony, modifications, terminations,

    28 years

  3. Family

  4. DUI and DWI

  5. Child custody

  6. Child support

  7. Domestic violence

  8. Probate
    jury trials and bench trials on many types of issues re. caveats to wills, years support, validity of wills; also prepare wills.

    28 years

  9. Violent crime

As of May of 1997 worked for nine judges including an externship with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Hon. Willis B. Hunt, who is now a federal judge. Since 1997, I've had more than 2,200 cases from armed robbery jury trials to jury trials over the validity of wills, to bad septic tanks to hundreds and hundreds of divorces.

Where I can help my client get to a point where we can settle the case, that's what we do. Getting a case to a point where it can settle takes work because the other party usually has an attorney who believes the lies that their client tells. The only way to disprove the lies to the other attorney is to do the pretrial work it takes to get the case ready for trial. If the other attorney won't settle, then we have done the work it takes to go to trial.

Where I can save my client money by putting my client to work as my 'virtual' paralegal, then I do that. Doing so helps the client learn how the law interacts with the facts and helps the client understand why it is that I need documents - and not just the client's words - to win the case or at least to reach a reasonable settlement.

Make no mistake, where a case shouldn't be settled because the other side is unreasonable then I will not advise a client to settle. I have no qualms about going to and through a bench trial or a jury trial in any case. Where custody is at issue or jail time is at issue, a family can be destroyed if the wrong decisions are made. I won't contribute to that sort of a result. I fight for people at whatever level they need me to fight for them; I simply try to balance the amount of fighting that truly needs to be done with the resources that my client has and the true needs of the client's family, the business' needs, the rights of the heirs, and the Defendants accused of crimes by the government.

You can trust me to help you. If I can't help you, I'll tell you that. I am often much more candid than some folks prefer.



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Edwards, McLeod & Money, P.C.
8701 Hospital Drive Suite B
Douglasville, GA, 30134

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4.6 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Posted by Elyse Kenna | June 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This man is worth every single penny. WORTH IT. I have never seen an attorney more prepared and ready to attack in court. Custody court was mentally the toughest thing I had ever gone through along with living 300 miles away. Mike helped me through every step. He made sure I was clear on everything and understood what was going on at all times. We had telephone conferences and I only had to come in office a few times. His ability to recollect laws and cases in court is astounding and he made my ex’s lawyer look like he’d never been to law school or passed a bar exam a day in his life. Mike came fully prepared to rock my ex’s world and did. I have FULL SOLE CUSTODY with supervised visits for the other party. If I had to do it all over again he’s the ONLY attorney I would consider. I wish he actually practiced in the state I live in.
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Posted by Tarice | August 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Mike helped us gain permanent custody of our granddaughter. He represented us in our case in both Juvenile and Superior court. He is very knowledgeable about the law and was well resected by all the other lawyers involved in our case. He showed a lot of patience with us and guided us through this process with the utmost professionalism. Highly recommend him.
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Posted by Kaitlyn | March 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney!!!!!!!!
Mr . Mike Money is a fantastic attorney! Mr. Money is very knowledgeable and helped achieve our goal and even more! He walked me through everything that was going to happen and was very positive the whole time. Very Hard working and professional! I would give way more than 5 stars if that was an option. Hands down best attorney I've ever had the pleasure of working with!
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Jury Trial
I was represented by Mr. Money in a DUI case. After several months of living with this charge hanging in the balance, my case ended with a "Not Guilty" verdict at the end of the trial. Mr. Money is a phenomenal attorney and if you ever find yourself in need of a professional & knowledgeable lawyer.....CALL HIM before anyone else!
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Other Family Law Attorneys Can't Touch Him With a 10-ft Pole!
I really can't say much now, but will be able to when things have settled down, but what I can say is that Mike Money is an outstanding attorney. Mike is the 5th attorney I have hired centered around family law and everybody else pales in comparison. I treasure his wisdom and foresight and ability to think outside the box. He delves into the opposing party's mind and applies his knowledge and skills expertly. He is a fierce advocate for my rights. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2015
Great Lawyer and man
Mr, Money was my divorce attorney. My ex husband was very difficult to deal with but that was no issue for Mr. Money. Mr. Money and his staff were very supportive and kind. It was a very difficult time in my life but they helped me get through it. I will be grateful to Mr. Money for the rest of my life.
Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2015
Best family lawyer in douglasville
Mr. Money is down to earth, very understanding, and is ready to fight for his clients. I hired him last week and I'm very pleased with his work. He took care of everything leaving me stress free.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2015
Amazing Attorney! (Criminal Defense)
Mr. Money was a great asset to our case. He is as blunt as they come and that is why he is so great! He tells you like it is and gives you the honest truth about your case. He had great advice for us when choosing the right path on how to plea and did everything in his power to get the conviction to be as nice and easy as possible considering the circumstances. He is very knowledgeable and knows the laws and the people here in Douglas County, which is even better. There is no better out there in my opinion and I do and will always recommend him to anyone I know who needs a lawyer. Amazing person overall!
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2015
I used Mike for 2 different cases. 1 divorce and 1 criminal case. He was very professional and knowledgeable on both. I could not have chosen a better attorney. He always kept me up on both cases and always answered my calls. Smart, compassionate, and understanding! Cares about his clients!
Posted by Deena | February 3, 2015
Highly Recommend
Mr. Money truly cares and treats me with respect and genuine concern. He puts great effort and time into my case and always goes that extra mile.
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2015
Super attorney
Mike Money is not just an outstanding attorney, he is personable, understanding, and focused on the needs of his client. He made a difficult situation easier. He takes all responsibility on his shoulders to make the process go smoothly!
Posted by Shannon | January 30, 2015
Has been an advocate for our family!
We came to Mike because we had seen first hand how amazing of a lawyer he is! When it was my turn to need a lawyer I knew exactly where to go. He really helped me and my family through the horrible process of the type of situation we were dealing with. He really cared about what our situation was and had a genuine caring disposition throughout the entire time we needed him. We still use him for our legal issues and we always will! He's very trustworthy and will fight like hell for you and your family. He is extremely intelligent and is very thorough. No stone is unturned with him!!
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Posted by Kim | January 29, 2015
Not just a great attorney.
Mike is not just a great attorney, but he is also an incredible person. He has represented me during my divorce as well as child support modification case. He is extremely knowledgeable and always prepared, but what stands out to me most is his care and compassion for the families he represents. I will never forget when he had to question my then 13 year old child on the stand. I was not able to be in the courtroom during the questioning but after the long day, we were walking out and opposing council came up to him and praised him on his approach and how he went about questioning a scared 13 year old. That spoke volumes to me! Mike treats his clients and their family like he would want someone to treat him and his family. I highly recommend Mike and his firm for all your legal needs. I know that he is the only attorney I will use or recommend in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2015
Absolutely the best!
I was a client of Mr. Money's several years ago, and he came highly recommended to me. I could not have done better with a defense attorney. He is professional, incredibly smart and problem-solving, and kept me informed with all updates or changes to my case. He is very confident and knowledgeable but broke everything down from legal jargon to something I could understand so that I could make educated choices for myself. He was there for me anytime I had a question or wasn't sure about a process. He is simply the best around, and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2015
Great choice!!!
Mike Money is an outstanding attorney. He has helped me and my family too many times - custody issues, criminal cases and estate planning. He is very knowledgeable and well prepared but moreover he is a good guy. His honesty and overall good character only makes him that much better for an attorney. I highly recommend Mike Money.
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Posted by Michael | January 26, 2015
Outstanding Legal Advice and Support
Mr. Money assisted my company in pursuing what might be described as a "lost cause" legal claim. Because of Mr. Money's attention to detail and his willingness to conduct focused research he prevailed in Court and secured a judgment in our favor. Not alone this, Mr. Money continued to support us until the judgment of the Court was satisfied. I have no hesitation in recommending this attorney.
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Posted by Kendra | January 25, 2015
Divorce child custody
Mr. Money proved all the facts of my case, held what was in the best interest of my family at all times. He also filed specific motions to get my case moving in a positive direction. Mr. Money helped me organize my many piles of gathered information into a format that could be used in court. I would describe him as very intelligent well versed in law and the only attorney I will ever seek representation from in the future. My divorce paperwork, final settlement agreement, and income deduction orders are very through spelling out the smallest of details hopefully keeping us out of court in the future. Mr.Money is caring and compassionate he handled my case in a timely manner and I will be forever grateful. I will visit him again soon to consult about a Will.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2015
Great lawyer, great staff!
I went through a rough divorce where the other party had a lot of money and fought me for custody. Mr. Money and his staff were amazing! I received quick appts when I was worried about the outcome and feedback via mail/phone calls about the upcoming steps. I would definently recommend Mr. Money for others' use (as I hope to not need him again!)
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Posted by Melissa | January 25, 2015
One of the Best and Brightest in Douglasville
Mike Money and his staff are incredibly knowledgeable, accommodating and hard working. They spend many hours ensuring you have the very best in representation. They are very prompt in all correspondence and kept us informed every step of the way. Made our family feel very valued, respected and represented at their fullest capability.
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Posted by Amanda | January 7, 2015
Great Lawyer
We used Mr. Money in a custody matter. He always put our sons well being and ours first. He was always willing to answer questions and lead us on the correct path. I suggest him to everyone I know that needs council.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Edwards, McLeod & Money, P.C.
  • 1997 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Intern
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Intern
  • Fulton County Solicitor's Office
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Paralegal on Tobacco Project
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Intern
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Law Clerk/Intern after Hon. Frank Hull left
  • Fulton County Superior Court
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Paralegal
  • Resolution Trust Corp.
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Paralegal to Hall McKinley
  • Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Paralegal: Healthcare Team
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Captain/Battery Commander
  • Alabama Army National Guard (Field Artillery): Elba then Daleville
  • 1982 - 1993
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  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Auburn University, Auburn
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Mullins-Leholm v. Evans
  • Aff'd in part; rev'd in part
  • Parker v. Phillips A13A0045
  • Trial court reversed. Not officially reported.
  • Abushmais v. Erby (Ga.)
  • Plaintiff won on different reasoning
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  • Main Street Lawyers Committee, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2004 - 2005
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Regional Champion Mock Trial Team Coach
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2010
  • Regional Champion Mock Trial Team Coach
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2009
  • Regional Champion Mock Trial Team Coach
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2008
  • Regional Champion Mock Trial Team Coach
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2006
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Department of the Army
  • 1990
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  • Discovery: Douglas County Bar Newsletter
  • Child Support Guidelines (and other articles over three year term as President of local bar)
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Institute John Marshall College of Law
  • Domestic Law
  • 2014
  • "Ask A Lawyer" Day
  • Lead Attorneys Responding to Public Inquiries
  • 2010
  • Veterans' Day Celebration
  • Constitutional Freedoms
  • 2008
  • "Ask A Lawyer" Day
  • Lead Attorneys Responding to Public Inquiries
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (14)
Endorse Mike
Family Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is a bright, talented and hardworking advocate whose insight, legal knowledge and preparation help his clients get the best result in difficult matters. At the same time, his genuine care for his clients and their families guide them through the challenging processes of family law with the least possible "collateral damage". He is someone to whom clients can entrust their most personal legal issues with the knowledge that he will be their trusted advisor and zealous advocate."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike Money for over 10 years and consider him one of the best family law attorneys in the west Georgia area. I have referred clients to Mike in the past and will continue to send Mike referrals because I know that he is dedicated to representing his clients in a highly competent and ethical manner. He is also well respected by lawyers and judges in our community. Because of his history of excellent advocacy, I would highly recommend Mike Money."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Very zealous advocate for his client yet remained completely realistic given the set of circumstances client was facing. Was straight forward with client and fair to us. Charming and efficient, very knowledgeable about family law. Would hire him myself."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an experienced trial lawyer with a great reputation."
Family Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike handles his cases with the highlest level of professionalism and I have never hesitated in referring clients to him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mike for criminal law and family law cases. Mike will go to battle in family law cases against formidable adversaries with zero hesitation. I've seen many lawyers having their hands full dealing with Mike in court over the years."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is an excellent attorney who fights zealously and effectively for his clients on a regular basis. Many of the new clients that he gains weekly are from the strong recommendations of his current and former clients. His work ethic matches his desire to win, and that is one of the reasons why he is so successful."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mike for over 10 years. He is a great lawyer. I would not hesitate to have him represent me and I refer all my calls for matters in Douglas County to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike enjoys his work and is good at it."
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Douglasville Criminal defense Lawyer Mike Money
Mike Money
Criminal defense Attorney
Douglasville, GA
Licensed for 27 years