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David Edward Magilligan

Criminal defense Attorney at Hollywood, FL

5.0   13 reviews

also known as David, Magilligan

  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 16 years
    Florida - FL 16 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2007
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    State and Federal, Misdemeanors and Felonies

    17 years

  2. Immigration
    Deportation Defense, Family Immigration, Green Card and Citizenship

Attorney David Magilligan opened his own criminal defense law firm to provide people from all walks of life with high-quality, affordable legal counsel. After graduating from law school, he worked as an assistant state attorney in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office. In that role, he witnessed more people receiving poor criminal defense representation from disengaged lawyers than he’d like to admit. At the core, he seeks to provide client-focused criminal defense with an emphasis on clear communication and finding the most effective and practical solution in every case. He works directly with clients from the initial consultation through the resolution of the case. He is accessible and returns all messages within 24 hours. He invests a great deal of time early in the case helping each client understand the options and objectives of each client and present a realistic assessment of how the case may play out.

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Magilligan Law
3900 Hollywood Blvd.
Suite PH2
Hollywood, FL, 33021

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Posted by Kennia M | August 18, 2022
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The greatest
I highly recommend Magilligan Law. I am very grateful for the service that I have received from the lawyers, for years. Their service has always exceeded my expectations. Anytime I need them, they’re always available to help me quick at high level of profesionalism.
Posted by Katie | February 15, 2022
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Best choice in council
When seeking council he made time in a Sunday to meet with me in person, he very relatable, kind and knowledgeable. He’s very outgoing and optimistic. Eager to get to work on your case right away and explains everything step by step while keeping you in the loop. My case was dropped in a little more than a month. He’s also incredibly easy to work with and available to speak with you almost always. Great lawyer with high ambition.
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Posted by Esther | September 30, 2021
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The best
Mr. Magilligan is an excellent lawyer. He always answered my phonecalls about my son's case. He is a great human being. I recommend him 100%. Thanks Mr. Magilligan and God bless you.
Posted by Richard A. Iglesias | August 30, 2018
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absolutely Great! ;)
Just when I thought I was going to loose everything. my family hires David and Consuelo. Words Can't not describe how Great full i'm. they are the best lawyers in Miami.
Posted by Alyssa Serrano | July 29, 2016
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Best Lawyer Anyone Can Hire!
David is not only an amazing lawyer but someone once everything is said and done, you can call your friend. He works with you, as a family man, someone you can relate to. I am blessed to have met someone who I can hire on behalf of my boyfriend, to provide a service with amazing results! If you or someone you know needs a third party to defend your loved one whether they are guilty or not, David is the one you need to see! He does not judge and sees the good in everyone!! Thank you David!! You are amazing!! I highly recommend him!! You won't find any lawyer better!!!!!!
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Posted by Jeremy | September 3, 2014
Reliable and Effecient
Mr. Magilligan represented my case of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was able to push my original court date further to a different court. On the day of the hearing the police officer showed up without the evidence and the case was closed. David was very punctual and informative; also extremely helpful and knowledgeable and I would definitely recommend him to anyone that needs a lawyer.
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Posted by Ana | September 2, 2014
Great lawyer!
I arrived at the office of David Magilligan uniformed an looking for guidance. After discovering his great human quality, he gave me the alternatives that could help me. Today he is my attorney. He's always there for me, returns my phone calls, and informs me of the progress of my case. David Magilligan is an excellent attorney and a great person; he is considered and respectful, a family man who is always trying to help.
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Posted by asnay | July 10, 2014
Amazing Job
I would recommend Mr. David Magilligan to anyone. He did a great job in advising & helping me, I immediately felt comfortable after my very first meeting and was treated with respect to make a very stressful period of my live bearable. he fully explained to me each step of the process of the case and answered all of my many questions and concerns. At the end i didnt have to serve any time in prison.
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Posted by Clyde | April 4, 2012
Simply the best!!!
I haven't had a great deal of experience with lawyers or legal issues in general. Needless to say I was very nervous when life brought me to a point where I needed to seek legal representation. When I first met David he was able to perceive this in me and put me at ease right away . One thing I appreciated the most was the fact that he didn't sugar coat the facts of the case. He gave me worst case scenarios and best case scenarios. He advised me to the best courses of action in all possible outcomes of various situations. Furthermore he always made me feel comfortable to contact for whatever reason I needed. He never specified a certain time. He said whenever I needed him to call. My next point might be different for each person but I felt his fees were pretty reasonable. He always seems will to work with you and I never got the feeling that that was his primary concern. It's because of these fact that I plan to retain David and i have retained him as my primary attorney and i can definately say that if you're having legal issues which are within the scope of his legal expertise you just can't go wrong.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2012
Trusted Criminal Defense Attorney
Mr. Magilligan works tirelessly to fully investigate his client's cases and defends his clients to the fullest extent of the law. Further Mr. Magilligan displays the highest ethics and sound judgement when representing his clients. Mr. Magilligan is an aggressive and effective attorney.
Posted by Amrit. | April 2, 2012
David E. Magilligan Review.
David E. Magilligan handled my case in extremely timely manner. I was arrested for a possesion ticket. As soon as I had contacted him he had me meet with him that same week. Within the week he had gotten ahold of me to tell me what was going on and my possible steps that I could take. I went with his best suggested course. He has been nothing but a great lawyer, person and friend to me and my family. He has been to every court date I have had even though he did not to be with me to them. I can say having him to defend me was one of my greatest choices because most lawyers wouldn't take their time to come to court dates like I have. I would recommend him and have to anyone that was looking for representation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2012
great criminal attorney
I was wondering to get deported, but true my attorney my charges were reduced and now I'm able to stay in this country. I completely trust and recommend him.
Posted by John | April 2, 2012
Although not proud of my action, I was proud of my decision to hire Mr. Magilligan to represent me.
Mr. Magilligan with his knowledge of the judicial sysytem provided me with execellant representation, and obtained a deal for me that was hard to turn down. Although I made a horrible mistake, Mr. Magilligan help me in not allowing it to ruin my future. I am so grateful to had hire him in my case.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Magilligan Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Levey, Filler, Rodriguez, Kelso and Magilligan, LLP
  • 2010 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Miami Dade State Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2010


  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Florida v. XXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Both counts were dismissed


  • GHCC: Legal Alliance
  • Co-chair
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • University of Miami School of Law Young Alumni Committee
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Best DUI Lawyers of Miami
  • 2016
  • President Spirit of Achievement Award
  • University of Miami Law Alumni Association
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (7)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David since law school. He is an outstanding attorney. I highly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Magilligan is an outstanding criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Magilligan is professional, courteous, and diligent. I had the pleasure of working on a matter together earlier this year. His attentiveness to the matter was impressive."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. There is no better known and well liked attorney in the criminal defense bar - period."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David Magilligan for several years, and professionally i can honestly say that he is extremely knowledgeable, honest, hard working, and is a zealous advocate for all of his clients. I gladly endorse him and would recommend him to anyone."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A great lawyer with a good heart!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse David for any criminal matter. He knows criminal defense law and he truly cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Smart, pasionate and hard working"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly effective criminal defense counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I referred a case to David from a friend. The case arose out of a woman who resisted arrest while trying to aid her elderly mother who was stopped by a patrol unit. Despite that I contacted him at 11 PM at night, David analyzed the situation perfectly, took the case to trial and prevailed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very well versed in criminal law and litigation. He has substantial trial experience as he has worked as a state trial attorney for many years."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer.I know David from working together at the State Attorney's Office. Great lawyer and a great guy. He will fight hard for his clients. Very respected lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse David Magilligan. He is an excellent attorney but most important an excellent human being. We worked together at the State Attorney's office in Miami Dade and it was an absolute pleasure working with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Friend
"I attended law school with Dave and worked with him in a number of leadership capacities. He is personable, charismatic, dedicated, dependable, and simply a joy to be around. In addition to his pleasant disposition, Dave is a skilled and effective practitioner who knows how to get results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David since law school, and I have never met a more dedicated and caring individual. It is that kind of mentality and work ethic, which he has fully committed to his work, that makes him one of the up and coming, premier criminal defense attorneys in the South Florida area. He would be the first person I turned to if I ever found myself in need of help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endose David Magilligan. He is a fantastic litigator and knows his way around a courtroom. We worked together at the State Attorney's office in Miami Dade and Dave was always at the top of his game. He is an incredible trial attorney and can definitely get the job done for his clients."
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Hollywood Criminal defense Lawyer David Edward Magilligan
David Edward Magilligan
Criminal defense Attorney
Hollywood, FL
Licensed for 16 years
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