35 years, 1,000 cases
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1982||03/25/2017|
|FL||Member in Good Standing - CLER Exempt||1983||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Partner||Kish & Lietz, PC||2006 - Present|
|First Assistant Attorney||Federal Defender Program, Inc.||1985 - 2006|
|Associate||Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy||1984 - 1985|
|Judicial clerk||Judge William Castagna||1983 - 1984|
|Judicial clerk||Judge Ben Krentzman||1982 - 1983|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Atlanta Bar Association||member||2000 - Present|
|Atlanta Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||member||2000 - Present|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||member||1988 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1985 - Present|
|American Civil Liberties Union||member||1984 - Present|
|U.S. v. Painter||All charges dismissed|
|State v. Moreland||All charges dismissed on the eve of trial.|
|United States v. Reddy||All convictions reversed on appeal|
|See all legal cases|
|The Atlanta Lawyer||The Worst Kind of Client: Representing an Innocent Person Accused of a Crime||2008|
|Georgia Bar Journal||Let's not Make a Federal Case of It||2007|
|University of Georgia School of Law||N/A||N/A||1982|
|St. Crispin Annual Celebration and Seminar||Professionalism and Dealing with Victims||2010|
|Multi track Criminal Defense Seminar-Miami||White Collar and Fraud Cases||2010|
|Multi Track Criminal Defense Seminar||White Collar and Fraud Cases||2009|
|Sentencing Workshop for Federal Defenders-Atlanta, Georgia||“Litigating the Crime Victim’s Rights Act.”||2008|
|Criminal Justice Act Training Session||“Defending Firearms Cases.”||2008|
|Appellate Practice Section||Governmental Appellate Practice Exposed: A Perspective From Former Governmental Appellate Advocates||2008|
|Federal Criminal Practice||U.S. Supreme Court and 11th Circuit Update||2007|
|Sentencing Workshop for Federal Defenders||Success Stories||2006|
|Crime in the 21st Century||Evolution of Crime in the 21st Century||2006|
|Complex Litigation Seminar||White Collar/Fraud Cases||2006|
|Advanced Criminal Practice||Comprehensive Review of Eleventh Circuit Cases: What you need to Know||2006|
Posted by patrick
I'd never been in trouble in my life, and was arrested and charged with 2 white-collar felonies, totaling 22 years. I was innocent, but that doesn't matter to the federal government after they've decided to bring charges.
I originally hired a local attorney who promoted himself as a 'federal defense' lawyer and was told he was the best in the local area in Georgia where I was arrested. I learned later that only a small share of his practice was federal work, and I became nervous when he became confused when I asked about the speedy trial act, and scared when he was out of touch for days at a time. I decided to hire a new lawyer and interviewed several candidates. Paul was able to answer all of my questions clearly and with authority, because he ACTUALLY IS A FEDERAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY- WHICH IS WHAT YOU NEED IF YOU'RE FACING FEDERAL CHARGES. Don't increase your risk of prison with someone who isn't qualified or experienced in dealing with the federal government. Paul always knew what was going on, and could compare it to what normally happens, so we were able to have a pretty good sense of when things were standard and when things seemed a bit out of line, and he has a feel for when he needs to reach out to the US attorney and when to keep some distance. That sort of thing's impossible when your lawyer has had one or even five cases involving the feds. Paul's been doing it for 34 years, and he's smart as hell.
His motions to dismiss, eventually successful, read like scholarly legal documents full of relevant legal precedent, compared to the somewhat pathetic motions filed by the government that lacked both logic and reason.
To make a long story short, I was facing 22 years in prison, and Paul got the charges thrown out after the battle of my life just before trial because the prosecution didn't have a slam-dunk case and Paul had been showing them that HE MEANT BUSINESS for 6 months straight, beating them/making them look silly in court over and over again, and filing motions that they couldn't handle. I personally don't think that the prosecutors wanted to deal with him in the courtroom because they would've lost.
AND I WOULDN'T EVEN THINK OF HIRING ANYONE ELSE if my son/daughter/friend were in the same position. I'd be going to prison if I stuck with my original attorney, who seemed way over his head. If you've already hired an attorney or haven't yet called Paul, and are facing charges from the feds, you're increasing the odds that you'll face lifelong repercussions (including prison) if you don't do yourself a favor and give him a call.
Posted by anonymous
Paul treats his clients with respect, care and concern. His experience and knowledge are unsurpassed. He is a man of integrity and works diligently to gather facts and build the best case possible. We were so comforted to have Paul's expertise, insight and support during an extremely difficult time in our lives. There was never a doubt that we had the best legal representation. His personable and calm demeanor helped alleviate our anxieties.
Thanks to Paul, we were able to settle without going to court.
We are forever grateful that Paul Kish was our lawyer and highly recommend him!
Posted by Mark
Paul was hired by myself and myex wife to represent our son in an appeal of a criminal conviction. He was very easy to talk to and was able to extract the relevant facts from the transcripts and other information we presented to him in short order. He then offered to take the case and a we were able to come to a reasonable agreement for paying his fee.
Paul is a very intelligent, highly respected, motivated, responsible, and utterly professional lawyer. He is, quite frankly, the epitome of what you want if you ever find yourself in need of the best counsel available. Once hired he was available to us pretty much whenever we needed to speak to him as well as being on top of our son's case throughout the two year appealate process.
His arguments and presentations before the court were, well, just unbelievably accurate and on point as well as being easily understandable to even non lawyer types. Paul not only knows the law, but his research and grasp of the particulars of our son's case was utterly impressive. He is the most professional and ethical and tenacious lawyer I have ever come across, in person or on TV! Paul is a real credit to the legal profession, absolutely top notch in
ALL respects, quite iterally the best attorney I could have ever imagined to have hired. He came highly recommended but I have to say he exceeded, in every way, all the recommendations as well as our expectations with every single response, be it written or oral, or argument before the court .
Needless to say he won! My son's conviction was overturned and today he is a free young man and a productive member of society.
I had worked with four or five lawyers previously and have to admit I was a little under impressed with all of them. Paul was literally our last hope and I have to tell you he was a God send. He is the consumate professional, a gentleman, yet as confident in his ailities as anyone I have ever come across in any profession, and the most logical and detailed and knowlegeable and confidence inspiring person you could ever have on your side.
I am not one to brag on lawyers but this guy is incredible, he is the best you can find, very rarely do you come across someone that you can say that about but I can say it about Paul Kish in the most unequivocal fashon.. He is the best you will find! So professionally he is tops, one more thing though, personally he is the most decent and honest and caring human being you are likely to come across, absoluely FIRST CLASS. You will not find better counsel nor a better human being. My experience with Paul has to be one of the best I have ever had with another professional, I will never forget what he did for us and the tireless and professional and sympathetic and encouraging and tenacious fight he waged against seemingly insurmountable odds! I am not sure any other lawyyer could have done what he did, he is pretty rare.
I would, without any hesitation, give Paul the absolutely highest and strongest recommendation I could possibly give. He has to be one of the very best if not the best criminal defense attorney in Georgia if not the whole United States. I can not think of any criticism I have for him.
Brian McEvoy, White collar crime Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Widely known as one of the most intelligent and creative appellate and trial lawyers in Georgia, Paul is a true professional and a pleasure to work with. Look no further than Paul's burgeoning protégé, Carl Lietz, as evidence of Paul's contagious charisma and astute legal acumen.