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Michael David Birchmore

Attorney at Buckhead, GA

4.2   33 reviews

also known as Retired Attorney Mike Birchmore, MD Birchmore

  • State Years
    Tennessee - TN 23 years
    Georgia - GA 33 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Surrendered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Suspended - Administrative No misconduct found

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

About Michael

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As an athlete for 20 years, Mike learned the benefits of hard work, proper training and being prepared for the competition.  Today, these traits help him achieve winning results for his clients.  

A graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, Mike is a seasoned and respected trial attorney who has represented clients in all stages of contested legal disputes including depositions, discovery, hearings, trials, and appeals.  He has litigated both civil and criminal matters throughout Georgia having appeared as lead trial counsel in 60 Georgia counties.  Mike has been requested to serve as co-counsel with some of Atlanta's largest firms, and he has represented family members of some of the best known attorneys in the country.  Mike is especially proud of the fact that lawyers and judges have requested that he represent them in their own personal matters.

Courts have appointed Mike to serve as Special Assistant District Attorney, Special Master, and he has been appointed as a Guardian ad Litem for children and the elderly. Additionally, he has been rated confidentially and independently by other attorneys through the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating process as having the highest level of professional excellence and standing, an exemplary reputation, and a well-established practice with a significant client base.  He has also received the highest rating through this same process regarding his ethical standards evidencing his adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, diligence and other attributes relevant to the discharge of his professional responsibilities.  In 2005, the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission recommended Mike to then Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as being "Well Qualified" to be a Superior Court Judge in the state, and in 2015 he began hosting the radio show "Ask the Lawyer" heard in numerous states.

As a result of extensive litigation experience in courts throughout the state of Georgia, Mike believes that resolution of legal conflict by alternative means is not only valuable to the parties involved, but also crucial to the well being of our legal system. Accordingly, he received mediation and arbitration training from internationally recognized alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) experts through Resolution Resources, Inc., and in 2008 he became certified as a Mediator and Arbitrator.  He registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution as a certified neutral in 2009 and has successfully participated in over one thousand mediations and arbitrations.

After 34 years practicing law, Mike is now retired.  He will, however, continue to answer questions from time to time. 

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Location

Happily Retired 2023
Main Street
Buckhead, GA, 30327

Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
  33 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GREAT ATTORNEY - GREAT GUY
In a horribly abusive marriage. Filed divorce and husband went even more crazy (if possible). Long battle, many tears, many doubts. Finally, we signed a hard won settlement and it was over. Did not believe I could make it many times during the divorce. Mike's experience and calmness saved me. Kudos to Mikes and team.
Response from Michael Birchmore August 26, 2022
Thank you!
Posted by teresa | July 3, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank You!
You gave me the first honest answer I've gotten since the Final Hearing in December! Thank You again Sir!
Response from Michael Birchmore July 5, 2022
You're quite welcome. Best wishes.
Posted by RS | June 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Man
Mike Birchmore did exactly what I requested. He got me through my divorce more quickly than I thought possible. I dreaded the whole thing, but Mike was always able to "break it down" and explain everything piece by piece. Most times he would even update me before I even had a chance to ask the questions. I appreciate Mike for his professionalism, his abilities and for keeping his word with me.
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Response from Michael Birchmore June 20, 2019
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Posted by Bob | June 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Mr. Birchmore represented me when I was going through a child custody lawsuit. My ex-wife died and I wanted my children, but her family tried to get them instead. Mr. Birchmore got my children for me. He also explained that the children would benefit from having a relationship with their grandparents. Eventually were able to work out our differences and the kids now go and visit when they want to. I am glad Mr. Birchmore explained all this to me. He was right.
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Response from Michael Birchmore June 20, 2019
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Posted by CR | May 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superman!
Mike helped me through a horrible divorce. That we had high dollar assets and high dollar incomes made the disposition that much tougher to achieve. Mike was there beside me the entire time. The whole firm was there for me too. Overall, I would not hesitate one second to retain Mike again for any of my legal needs.
Response from Michael Birchmore June 20, 2019
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Posted by Pamela | August 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Works overtime to help his clients
Mr Birchmore helped me tremendously in understanding my case. He contacted me after hours to advise me. He is very personable and I feel very confident I made the right decision hiring him to represent me.
Response from Michael Birchmore September 5, 2017
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Posted by Sandra | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent, Honest & Human
When our family was shaken to the very center of our being by a domestic abuse problem, substance abuse and DFCS threatening to take our infant Great Grandson; we knew we needed a very special attorney to help us through this horrible turmoil and heartbreaking event. A long time family friend recommended his life long attorney (who did not practice family law) , who then recommended the firm of Meriwether & Tharp, LLC; and the Partner who started the firm suggested that we should work with Mike, because of his years of experience in working with DFCS. After meeting with Mike, we knew that we wanted for him to handle our case. We felt that with his experience he would guide us through what seemed like an impossible maze of "must do" and "better not ever do again" rules, an unbelievable number of required classes, several assessments and group therapy 3 times a week. With Mike's guidance and assistance, we have worked our way through most of the requirements, and we've been to court about 3 times now, with another court date coming up. With his experience in working with DFCS, he has been able to explain every step of the way and what we should expect. We're able to talk with him, and he's very truthful and helpful, but never judgmental or condescending. I can't say how much his consideration and being as careful with charges as is possible is appreciated. I'm also grateful we have Mike who has made us feel at ease in talking with him about such personal life situations. He has given us hope and a feeling of confidence that the Baby is going to remain with our family. What was at first so horrifying and seemed so unapproachable, now seems like a situation that we can work through successfully, and Mike's expertise and guidance has made that possible. With Mike we found an Attorney who is very competent, always honest and still an approachable human being. Anyone who has never dealt with DFCS should definitely contact Mike!
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Response from Michael Birchmore April 19, 2017
Thank you! I'm so happy this baby will be staying with its family. Best wishes!
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Criminal Lawyer!!
Mike handled my felony case that had 3 felonies. It really didn't take long at all before 2 of the felonies were dismissed. The last one ended up being a conditional discharge. The final result was no record!! This is exactly what I needed because I plan to be a doctor. Now I don't worry about being denied admission due to a criminal record. I really encourage anyone to go see Mike for any legal problems.
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Response from Michael Birchmore May 24, 2016
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SUPERSTAR LAWYER
Mike was great on my DUI charges. Friends told me about him so I gave him a try. All my charges were dropped! The same thing happened with a friend of mine. Mike just talked with all the people involved in the case. Boom. Just like that. Charges dropped. I would suggest Mike to anybody that needs a lawyer. Especially if you have a DUI.
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Response from Michael Birchmore September 17, 2015
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SUPERSTAR LAWYER
Mike defended me on a DUI. I didn't know how I was going to get out of it. I hired Mike because some friends told me he could get it thrown out without having to go to a trial. That is exactly what happened. Mike just spoke to everybody that was involved with my case. He is definitely the lawyer to use if you have a DUI charge. He's great!
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Response from Michael Birchmore September 17, 2015
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Posted by WW | July 22, 2015
GREAT RESULT!
Mr. Birchmore represented me in a criminal matter that involved drugs distribution. Within 2 weeks, my charges were gone. Mr. Birchmore was able to convince the prosecutor that my whole arrest was a set up from start to finish. He charged me less than I would have paid given the problems I faced. Overall I would tell everybody I know to use Mr. Birchmore if they are ever charged with anything.
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Response from Michael Birchmore July 24, 2015
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2015
If You Need to Ask A Lawyer.....
I would recommend Mike Birchmore. Mike has been the closing real estate Attorney for 3 transactions in my family as well as Wills & Powers of Attorney. I feel you will find he is up-to-date on legal changes and challenges.
Response from Michael Birchmore July 23, 2015
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2015
Very Pleased
We have used Mr. Birchmore for a couple of real estate closings and for our own personal wills. His work is faultless, no holes. He is meticulous and conscientious. Would not hesitate to call on him again!
Response from Michael Birchmore July 23, 2015
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
Mike Birchmore has been my attorney for over 20 years and had assisted me with ongoing legal matters including real estate disputes, deed work, business and family legal needs. He has consistently been knowledgeable, responsive, and professional. I will continue to trust him any time I am in need of legal representation.
Response from Michael Birchmore July 13, 2015
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Posted by DUI client | June 30, 2015
Absolutely the Best!
Without a doubt Mike Birchmore saved my life. I make a living driving on the road. My blood alcohol was at .11. It seemed that everyone involved in my DUI case either knew Mike personally or knew of him. That really helped in my case that he knew everyone. The wild thing was that they all seemed to relly like him and seemed to want to help us. I was able to pay just a fine and did not even have to plead out to anything. The judge just gave me a fine and told me I had a great lawyer on my side. I was almost in shock about how well it all went. I asked Mike what just happened and he shrugged his shoulders and smiled. I would never ever use any other lawyer but Mike.
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Response from Michael Birchmore July 13, 2015
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Posted by FK | June 24, 2015
My go to lawyer!
Mr. Birchmore was representing me in a horrible knockdown divorce. My ex and her lawyer kept pounding on me nonstop. I heard about Mr. Birchmore and his willingness to fight for his client. He sure did! The divorce is over and I am very happy with the way that things worked out. I would say to use him if you need a lawyer for sure.
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Response from Michael Birchmore July 13, 2015
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Posted by ET | June 18, 2015
Peace of Mind
I wanted to thank Mr. Birchmore for providing me and my family peace of mind while I went through a bad divorce. My spouse is literally crazy and dangerous. Mr. Birchmore was very protective of us and helped me to undrerstand the realities of my situation. It was horrible all the way through my case. In the end everything turned out very well. I would use Mr. Birchmore again.
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Response from Michael Birchmore July 13, 2015
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Posted by Eddie | June 16, 2015
Mighty Mike!
I was charged with DUI and refusal. My license was going to be suspended for 1 year. I hired Mike because a friend told me to and Mike went right to work. Aproximately 2-3 weeks later, I was told that my charges were being dropped and I could just pay a small fine on a violation of rules. Amazing really. I strongly would tell anybody in trouble to call Mike.
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Response from Michael Birchmore July 13, 2015
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Posted by Thomas | June 10, 2015
SUPER LAWYER
Mike represented me in a case involving a relative's will. I was listed as the executor, and some people in the family did not want me to be. The case went through the probate court process. In the end we were successful and I was able to close the estate without any further hassles. Mike was always helpful in explaining things as we went along. He had to get tough once or twice too. He did an outstanding job. I would definitely use him again.
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Response from Michael Birchmore July 13, 2015
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2015
Best Lawyer
Mr. Birchmore has handled several legal matters for me over the years. I have found him to be consistently knowledgeable, helpful, responsive, and ALWAYS looking out for my best interest. Birchmore has handled real estate and business matters for me and my family. Specifically, he prevented an unappealing service from locating on property adjoining mine...this would have hurt my property value. Birchmore also helped me protect my lake property from an encroachment by neighbors and, in so doing, took on TVA and won! Mr. Birchmore also has reviewed several contracts/agreements over the years and has always provided sound advice and language modification as needed. I believe on several of these occasions he saved me from problems down the road. Mr. Birchmore has also always been more than fair with his fees. In a world where avoiding legal activity throughout your life seems almost impossible, it is a comfort to know that there is an attorney you can trust to do his best for you...AND to know that his best is brilliant legal knowledge, strategy, and maneuvering. Mr. Birchmore's office is also a plus. Crystal has always been courteous, professional and able to get messages to Mr. Birchmore if needed.
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Response from Michael Birchmore July 13, 2015
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Daniels & Taylor, P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Meriwether & Tharp, LLC
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Partner
  • Ballew & Birchmore
  • 1996 - 1998
  • President
  • Michael D. Birchmore, P.C.
  • 1993 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Gardner, Willis, Sweat & Goldsmith
  • 1990 - 1993
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Education

  • Resolution Resources, Inc.
  • Certified & Registered Arbitrator
  • 2009
  • Resolution Resources, Inc.
  • Certified & Registered Mediator
  • 2008
  • Mercer University-W. George L.S.
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Lipscomb University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Please See My Representative Cases
  • Won
  • Oh No I Didn't!
  • Settled favorably for client
  • Even Lawyers Need Lawyers
  • Won
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Associations

  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • 2020 - Present
  • Rotary International
  • Rotarian
  • 2009 - Present
  • Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
  • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • 2008 - Present
  • Appalachian Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2021
  • Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2015
  • State Bar of Georgia, Criminal Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1994 - 2010
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1993 - 2020
  • State Bar of Georgia, Real Property Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1993 - 2019
  • State Bar of Georgia, Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - 2018
  • Dougherty County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 1990 - 1996
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor 2014-2018
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Radio Show Host
  • WJRB 95.1 FM
  • 2015
  • Superb - Contracts - 2014-2015
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice - Contracts - 2014-2015
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice - Litigation - 2014-2015
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Superb - Litigation 2014-2015
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Member
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • Superb Rating - Family Law 2014-2015
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice - Family Law 2014-2015
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Member
  • Georgia Advocates
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Southwest Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Lecturer
  • Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
  • 2013
  • Judge
  • Georgia High School Mock Trial Program
  • 2012
  • Lecturer
  • Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
  • 2012
  • Moderator
  • Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
  • 2011
  • Judge
  • Georgia High School Mock Trial Program
  • 2011
  • Coach
  • Georgia High School Mock Trial Program
  • 2009
  • Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • Honor Court Justice
  • Mercer University
  • 1989
  • Best Brief
  • Mercer University
  • 1987
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Publications

  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Appellate Process and Practice
  • 1992
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Georgia Workers' Compensation Rehabilitation
  • 1991

Speaking Engagements

  • "Ask the Lawyer"
  • Radio Show Host
  • 2015
  • Solo Practitioners Symposium
  • Workers' Comp - What It Is (and Isn't)
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (45)
Given (82)
Endorse Michael
Real estate Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Birchmore gives thoughtful and insightful answers to the community on Avvo. These are the qualities that clients should look for when engaging an attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A recent answer of Mr. Birchmore was one of the ten best answers on any subject on Avvo in more than 8 years. The language and analysis are tough, but some matters both an deep understanding of the issues and a forceful personality. I think these are the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Birchmore always has strong legal analysis on any issue, I welcome his input."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He has years of experience working in the area of family law."
Litigation Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Birchmore stands up for what he knows to be right and zealously advocates for his clients. He has sound, strong legal analysis and looks to resolve matters in a very practical manner. I highly recommend this attorney to anyone seeking legal guidance in criminal matters or litigation in general."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, whose reputation and credentials speak for themselves."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you want honest, straightforward answers to your legal questions Mr. Birchmore is more than qualified to help. I have seen the kind of advice Mr. Birchmore gives and it is accurate, fair and friendly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Birchmore is an excellent criminal defense attorney, I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Birchmore is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
".I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Michael Birchmore is a well respected attorney with the ability to give clear answers. His generosity in answering many questions on this website speaks to his professionalism and passion as an attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Birchmore is a well-respected lawyer and a valuable asset to this community. His continuing dedication to the law and his clients is admirable."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lawyers who donate time on sites like this have a passion for the law and a compassion for the people they serve. Kudos."
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been Mr. Birchmore on highly contested and emotional cases. He handles the issues with professionalism. He is very knowledgeable and a great asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Birchmore without hesitation. He is a relentless advocate for his clients. He has that cool, calm, professional demeanor that too many lawyers have lost over the years. Mike's a great choice for any client looking for an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Birchmore exemplifies the best in our profession. He is a caring, dedicated, highly regarded, and widely respected attorney. With Michael as your advocate you are in excellent hands. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael Birchmore. He is my go-to attorney for criminal defense matters."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a respected member of the legal community. He shows his knowledge of family law and his desire to help those in need of legal representation through his dedication to providing solid answers to pressing legal questions."
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Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Construction and development
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Nursing home abuse and neglect
Criminal defense
Estate planning
Bankruptcy and debt
Divorce and separation
Foreclosure
Workers compensation
Car accident