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Paul Kish

Criminal defense Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 41 years
    Florida - FL 40 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    25%
    An appeal is when a person convicted and sentenced for a crime takes his or her case to a higher court, trying to get the conviction or sentence reversed.

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    Paul Kish is one of the most well-respected federal criminal defense and appellate attorneys in Georgia. Mr. Kish has tried over 90 criminal cases, and has argued in State and Federal Courts of Appeal over 50 times. Mr. Kish specializes in federal criminal defense and appellate litigation. He takes on many types of criminal matters in either state or federal court, like white collar crimes, sex and internet crimes, drug cases, SEC matters and any case where he believes he can make a difference.

    42 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Federal crime
    25%
    Federal criminal defense is a specialty, and some otherwise very fine criminal defense lawyers do not feel comfortable in these type matters. These cases are usually much more complex than criminal cases in state court.

  4. White collar crime
    25%
    These are matters handled by a criminal defense lawyer who represents a person or company who is under investigation for or being actually prosecuted for a crime. The supposed crime usually is in the business context.

I have been involved in the criminal justice system for over 36 years, and still enjoy representing my clients.  We all are human, some of us make mistakes, others find themselves in situations beyond their control.  When my clients are investigated or prosecuted for an alleged crime, I make it my practice to not judge what happened. Instead, I want to first understand the situation, then come up with a plan designed to get the best possible outcome for the person I am representing.  

I am very lucky.  I continue to enjoy my job, even after 36 years. Anyone reading this who is facing criminal charges should contact my office to discuss your situation.  I look forward to hearing from you.   

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Location

Kish Law LLC
225 Peachtree Street
1700 South Tower
Atlanta, GA, 30303

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Posted by Roger | August 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AWESOME
I am grateful that we were able to retain Mr. Kish to represent my wife through an online research. We were panic before we met Mr. Kish. As a professional, intelligent lawyer, Mr. Paul Kish also provides outstanding customer service. Mr. Kish treats his client with respect and care. A HUGE Thank You here, Mr. Kish saved our family and got our life back on the right track.
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Posted by Derrell | September 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
It started off not to good. And Paul changed things around for me. Excellent attorney who really are concern about their client.
Posted by S. Hughes | January 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wise and determined attorey
Mr. Kish worked on my case for over three years. He is a brilliant attorney who made strategic, logical and out of the box decisions that were positive for my case. He believed in me and motivated me to be optimistic throughout the longevity of my case. He expertly decreased my case from a criminal investigation to a settlement with no criminal charges. He is an outstanding attorney who will try his best to achieve great results for his clients. I can't thank him enough for the great job he did on my case.
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Posted by Reagan | December 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Effective Consult
Mr. Kish answered my question about removing federal restitution on a 20 yr old case. Without his info, a great mistake would have been made by drawing attention to the issue and being pursued. Waiting a few more years, the issue would no longer be of interest legally. Thank you.
Posted by James | November 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
outstanding attorney
Having never had the need for an attorney I suddenly found myself franticly searching the internet for one. As many of you are now doing the same thing, I would like to highly recommend Paul Kish for your attorney. Paul responded to my call the same afternoon that I left a message with is office. He immediately demonstrated a great understanding of the potential legal trouble I may have been facing. Additionally, Paul secured my confidence by offering factual evidence of his previous positive results with other clients. On our initial meeting at his office Paul was completely prepared and wasted no time soliciting valuable information from me that was essential for his complete understanding of the case. During the meeting I was anxious and having difficulty explaining to Paul the exact circumstance that now required me to hire him. Paul realized this and offered questions to me that were easier for me to understand and answer. Paul went right to work and within the next several weeks he prepared a plan that we both agreed upon. Paul and his staff then reviewed evidence against me and was able to inform me that he found substantial errors and explained how this would be of benefit to me. Paul then arranged a meeting with the prosecutors to discuss my case. I received a call from Paul letting me know that no charges were going to be brought against me. Needless to say, I was relieved and thankful that I had hired Paul to defend me. For those of you who are facing legal troubles please take the time to read the reviews on Paul and call him. I cannot offer a more positive review on Paul than to say that he is without a doubt a great legal mind but more importantly he is an amazing person and now a great friend.
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Posted by Ali | December 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing, intelligent lawyer
He kept telling us to trust him, so glad we did. The outcome was so much better than we anticipated. His expertise and intelligence got me community service instead of jail time or a fine. I can not recommend him enough. I’m so grateful to have had him in my corner. He was always there to answer any doubts. Hiring him was the best decision I made. Forever grateful to him.
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Posted by patrick | November 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Kish is the only lawyer to hire if you're facing federal charges- he saved me from going to prison
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.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2012
Intelligent, compassionate, professional, responsive and experienced . . . Paul Kish is the best!
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!
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Posted by Mark | November 7, 2012
Respect reestablished for the profession
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.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2012
Former client facing SEC litigation
Paul represented me when I was investigated by the SEC for my role in a failed securities transaction. Paul's guidance and experience dealing with the SEC was invaluable.
Posted by Dan | November 6, 2012
Profesional and Knowledgable.
Paul was always one step ahead of my questions and was professional and provided solid sound judgement. I would use him again and without question recommend him.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney & Founder
  • Kish Law LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Kish & Lietz, PC
  • 2006 - 2018
  • 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
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Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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
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Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Criminal Defense
  • Superlawyers
  • 2015
  • Criminal Defense
  • Superlawyers
  • 2014
  • Criminal Defense
  • Superlawyers
  • 2013
  • Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Representing Notorious Clients
  • 2015
  • Criminal Law Section Monthly Meeting
  • Preparing for and Presenting Expert Witnesses
  • 2013
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Representing Notorious Clients
  • 2011
  • 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-Chicago
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
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White collar crime Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Paul Kish is an exceptional lawyer. He taught me a lot of what I know today. He is smarter than most lawyers, always willing to fight with a challenging legal argument. Despite his years of experience, Paul is very approachable, down-to-earth, and knows just how to get the judges and prosecutors to listen. You are in the right hands if Paul Kish is your lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Paul. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Appeals Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Friend
"Paul is an excellent attorney with a wealth of experience. He is respected by lawyers and judges alike."
White collar crime