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Paul Donnelly

Criminal defense Attorney at Miami, FL

4.9   40 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1992
    Status
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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    In Miami, Florida, and in other parts of the state, those who are charged with state crimes, including DUI, drug crimes, violent crimes, violation of probation, theft crimes, and misdemeanors can call upon the team at Paul J Donnelly P.A. Also, our legal team represents those who have been charged with a crime in non-Florida resident’s arrests.

    30 years

  2. Federal crime
    50%
    The team at Paul J Donnelly P.A., offers defense services for a wide range of federal crimes. Our federal practice is comprised of a dedicated, experienced staff of legal professionals. Each member of Our Team is highly qualified in the area of federal practice and ready to work diligently on your behalf.

    30 years

EXPERIENCED, AGGRESSIVE, CRIMINAL DEFENSE. OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.

Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Paul J. Donnelly is experienced on defending those accused of breaking Florida state and federal laws. With over two decades of experience as a Miami criminal defense lawyer, Paul J. Donnelly, P.A., offers his clients well-honed knowledge, a record of success in defending clients against serious federal and state accusations, and a dedicated passion to ensuring his clients receive every benefit of the law.

After graduating from Hobart College with Bachelor of Arts (1989), he earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law (1992). Upon graduation from law school, he began working as a trial attorney in the Miami-Dade County Office of the Public Defender. For a decade, he gathered essential experience to make him a preeminent defense lawyer.

In July 2002, he entered the private sector as a partner in the firm Donnelly & Miller, P.A., and in January 2004, he created the Law Offices of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A. Attorney Donnelly has been licensed in the State of Florida and Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1992. He is also licensed in the United States District Court for Southern District of Florida and United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

During his time as a defense lawyer, Attorney Donnelly has worked tirelessly towards the benefit of those accused of state and federal charges. His experience in high profile cases, ability to argue cases and defend clients successfully in the most complicated of situations have made a premiere state and federal defense attorney.

Awards

Gold Client Champion

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Location

Law Office of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A.
8101 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 311
Miami, FL, 33138

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  40 customer reviews
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Posted by Karen | January 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A cut above the rest
I gave Mr. Paul Donnelly 5 star because that’s the highest they have, He is a 10 in my book. A man of integrity, Honest, true to his word. (I am normally skeptical) but Mr Donnelly assured me that he would do his best to achieve the highest outcome regarding my situation, and he did not fall short in doing so. He was recommended to me, now I am recommending him to the world. Whoever is reading this and need a great Criminal or Federal lawyer, I introduce you to Mr. Paul Donnelly. Excellent, Sincere and Trustworthy.
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Posted by Viraj | December 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and service oriented
Paul helped us very well in solving our case. We didn't know what to do because my father was arrested in Miami. Paul have always supported us and pointed us in the right direction. We could always trust his advice. He has also been service oriented to us. He always updated us on time about the developments of the case. He also answers all questions or ambiguities about the case and explains them if necessary. We also had a good cooperation, which meant that the evidence could also be sent on time. Because of his dedication, expertise, experience and hard work, he won the case. Strongly recommended for others too.
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Posted by Christopher | March 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Proffesional and great at managing expectations
My family has an ongoing contract with Mr. Donnelly to represent my father in his criminal case. He always communicates in a timely manner and is clear with respect to his defense strategy. Even when the probable outcomes are not what we want to hear, Mr. Donnelly does a great job in communicating all options and his advice. I am 100% sure that he produces the best outcomes—on a case by case basis depending on the circumstances. He is reliable, knows criminal law well, and is definitely an attorney you want representing you or a family member criminal matters. But don’t get in trouble so you don’t have to call Mr. Donnelly. However, if you do get in trouble, call him!
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Posted by Rosie Rodriguez | February 24, 2022
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Rosie Rodriguez
When I hired Paul Donnelly for my husbands case I knew I made the right decision. Smart. Professional and attentive. Always communicated and advised on what was going on with the case. I never felt lost or confused. I would recommmend him each and every time for anyone who needs guidance. THE BEST ATTORNEY!
Posted by Alex | February 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The GOAT
I bow down to Paul Donnelly — Great beyond measure. His approach sincerely raises the bar! Unmatchable professionalism. Top tier attorney to say the least. Paul cannot lose! Does most his work pre-file to let them know how he’s coming. I could ask for nor expect more from this man. His 30 years of experience truly pay off in the court of law. Delivers extreme comfort throughout discomforting measures. And above all HONEST! Will never mislead, makes no empty promises. Turned my dark nights into sunny days. We need more attorneys like him! God bless. — Paul Donnelly is PRICELESS!
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Posted by Sara | June 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Absolute 5 star legal service!
I’m so thankful for Paul and everything he has done for me. He has been so great to work with he was always readily available, had answers to my questions, and had my best interest in everything he did. All in all I can’t thank them enough for the work they’ve done for me. Paul and his team genuinely treated me like family and I will be forever grateful! I am very blessed to have been able to find Paul. I contacted his office for legal advise regarding issues with my probation. He reached out to me immediately and within two weeks with his help he was able to resolve everything! I highly recommend this firm to anyone looking for great legal advice!
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Posted by Mike | June 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I retained Mr. Donnelly to represent me in a legal matter earlier this year. His knowledge of the law and the way in which it applied to my situation put me at ease and gave me confidence in a positive outcome. He handled the matter quickly, honestly and professionally and was always available when needed. I will recommend Paul, without any reservation, to friends and family finding themselves in need of legal representation. I was and am very happy to have Paul in my corner.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!!
I hired Paul in a complex federal manner. I hired him after I hiring another federal attorney, and that federal attorney dropped the ball in a big way. Paul quickly and effectively assessed the complex situation, and very favorably resolved the mess left by the other attorney. Paul is highly effective, honest, smart, loyal and very efficient. He is not afraid to battle the government and handle messy situations. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone who needs a competent, effective and honest attorney.
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Posted by Jenn | January 27, 2019
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Most Caring, Straightforward, Knowledgeable Attorney I have ever encountered!
I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Donnelly appointed as my attorney For a very serious federal case I have. From the very 1st time I spoke to him when he gave me his cell phone number and said I can always reach him to our day in court yesterday for my sentencing he has always been available to answer any questions or concerns I have had. I have no prior convictions but my charges are very serious and I was facing 10 years minimum. His vast knowledge of the federal judicial system and his honest, NO BS, NO sugarcoating make him an invaluable attorney to have on your side. As much as I wanted to hear that I wouldn't have to go to prison, I knew the likeliness of that being the outcome were slim to none. Mr. Donnelly never gave me false hope. He assured from day 1 that he would make sure I received the most minimal of punishment possible and he is a man of his word 100%!! Instead of possibly being away from my daughter and loved ones for 10+ years, I wound up being sentenced 28 months plus I have recommendation for acceptance into RDAP program when incarcerated which will reduce my sentence another year so when all said and done I should not have to be gone more than a year roughly which is beyond amazing!! Not to mention he got the court to agree to 90 day surrender date so I can finish healing from injury I sustained 6 months ago before I have to turn myself in. I am forever grateful for all he has done for me and while I am confident I will never have to have him defend me again (because I have learned my lesson), he would be the 1 and ONLY lawyer I would trust to have on my side!!
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Posted by Glenn | December 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional and personable. Would highly recommend to anyone needing legal service's.
I have known Paul Donnelly over a year now. I was facing 2 years in state prison. Stuck in jail for 3 months no bond. He is a thoughtful, caring and knowledgeable attorney. I know when I call his office he will be promt and help me resolve my legal challenges. I consider him to be highly ethical and trustworthy. I would not hesitate to contact him regarding legal matters in the future. Thanks for all your help Paul.
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Posted by Rosa Gianella | September 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer
Mi experiencia con Paul fue increíble no solo por su amabilidad conmigo , lo productivo y audaz en mi caso , toda su eficacia, profesionalismo como tiene que ser , un gran abogado , y buen amigo .
Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thankful to have hired such a great attorney!!!
Paul is incredible! He has gone above and beyond to help! My case was completely dismissed thanks to Paul! He has been extremely professional and gets the job done without worry or concern on my end. He is also very friendly and makes the few times we have chatted extremely enjoyable. I am thankful to have had him referred and highly recommend hiring Paul for any of your legal needs!
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Posted by Sabrina S. | August 26, 2018
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The lawyer sent from heaven !!
I’d like to take the time out to acknowledge Paul for his time, patience and energy with my father who was charged by the government in a federal case. They came after him hard. I witnessed Paul fight the government and fight them relentlessly. He beat the government and save my father from being stripped away from my family. He absolutely knows what he is doing in the courtroom and is a great trial lawyer. Paul is a man of his words and doesn’t sugarcoat a thing ! Amazing person and amazing attorney. It was quite a pleasure working with him, I’d mostly definitely recommend him to anyone. Special shoutout to Mindy for being such a spectacular assistant!
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2018
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Super Lawyer. He have my life back to normal.
When I met Mr Donnelly I was very scared and confused because I have a professional license and a job that I adore that require a very clean record. He moved very quickly asking me for my job employee handbook and guided me on what to do to protect my job while at the same time he was working on having my case dismissed. Mr Donnelly knew I didn’t have many options than having my case dismissed. Otherwise, I would loose my job and more important, my professional license. My case looked really ugly, but he did magic and he got my case dismissed (as he promised) He is very knowledgeable and know the Dade County criminal system very well. He knows what to do and how to do it. Mr Donnelly treated me and my case very profesional, always answered my questions and kept very reachable by phone or email. He is the attorney who doesn’t promise anything he is not able to do. He always tells you what to expect and what could happen without false promises or hopes. He doesn’t lie to you, period. I would definitely recommend Mr Donnelly to anybody who needs criminal representation. Mr Donelly is the best of the best.
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Posted by Mildred | June 25, 2018
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Thank you Paul!
I want to take the time to say a heartfelt thank you to Paul Donnelly our court appointed attorney for representing my son like family and moving forward so quickly because time of the essence. I made Paul aware of the timeline and what we were hoping to achieve. He quickly jumped in gathering information needed for my son’s case and worked tirelessly to ensure everything was in place for court. He went to the jail several times to see my son and talk to him face to face advising my son of all the possible scenarios. He was always professional and realistic with me and my son, never sugar coded anything. I cannot thank Paul enough for his countless hours and attention dedicated to my son’s case. The State was ruthless, but Paul always kept his cool and pointed out the inconsistencies. Thank you for your constant communication and dedication. Thank you for fighting for my son and being victorious in getting him sanction as a Youth offender. Again, thank you for all you did! We are eternally grateful. May God-bless you and your family.
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Posted by Heguel | May 5, 2018
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Upstanding Attorney
I hired paul in 2 seperate cases, which in both cases paul and his team did a phenominal job. I was impress of how he kept me inform through out the case provided me his cell phone number and always responded to my questions. I had the pleasure to see Mr Donnelly medigate a criminal case(which turned out in our favor) as well see a motion written by him which was outstanding and finally see him have an evidentuary hearing , where he showed his skills being, articulate, knowledgable, strategic, competent and absolutely strong attorney in the courtroom. I thank Paul for being such an honest attorney, ( which is hard to find ) thank you paul for your outstanding performence.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2018
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Nothing but the best
I can't thank enough what this good man did to my brother. He is by far one of the most honest attorneys that I have ever met . He was extremely helpful and caring during the delicate process that he was going through and I will always be grateful for that. I know that I can count on Paul, and if you are in need for a lawyer, you should do exactly what I did.
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Posted by Nelson | March 22, 2018
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Did a great job
Before selecting Paul as my attorney, I had met with other lawyers to discuss my case. During my first meeting with him, I was highly impressed by pauls knowledge of the law, and in particular, his knowledge of the Miami-Dade court system. He instilled confidence, and I knew instantly that he would handle my case to the best of his abilities. During the process, he kept me well aware of any new progress and answered my questions timely and earnestly. Thank god my case was dismissed, and I was thrilled with the services he provided. He is a straight shooter and is one of the few lawyers who truly cares about his clients
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Posted by james | February 12, 2018
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Dealing with a federal case
I hired Paul Donnelly to defend me in federal case. What I liked about Mr. Donnelly was he is very professional, honest and he gave me great advice. He took care of everything. He defended me and was able to get the case dismissed in the state and federal. I would use him again and would recommend him to others. Thanks again Paul for everything you've done. Sincerely, James
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Posted by Dennis | February 8, 2018
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Honest, extremly knowledgeable, and hard working
Paul Donnelly represented me on two occasions in Federal Court. I was satisfied with the outcome on both cases. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the law. You will not get any false promises with him. Paul always puts the best interests of his clients first no matter how difficult the situation. He is hard working and his fees are reasonable. If you are looking for first class legal representation Paul Donnelly is your man.
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Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Miami Dade County Public Defender's Office
  • 1992 - 2002

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Hobart College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Donnelly is an extremely effective attorney that you want on your side in both Federal and State Criminal Court. For over two decades, I've seeing Paul handle very difficult cases in creative ways for the maximum benefit of his clients. Not only does he obtain great results in his cases, but he also treats his clients with respect. If you have any doubts about the admiration that he has earned over his career from some of those that he has helped, read just a few of the Client Reviews that have been posted on Avvo. Without reservation, I endorse this lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of trying cases with Mr. Donnelly over the last 20 years that we have been colleagues. He knows the Law and he knows people. As a young lawyer I quickly learned that trials require more than just legal expertise, a truly skilled lawyer must be persuasive to excel and succeed. Paul has always connected well with jurors as well as Judges. If you need an experienced, knowledgeable attorney at the top of his game, look no further."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul is the consummate gentleman and at the same time, is the aggressive, focused and determined fighter that anuone would want representing them or a family member. I had the pleasure of trying a federal case with him in early 2014 and Paul's commitment to the client in the face of a huge government effort to convict at all costs was impressive and still serves to help me prepare for other cases. I endorse Paul without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is an excellent advocate for his clients and as sharp as they come in a courtroom. I hightly recommend him as a criminal attorney. He is also a good guy and a person clients can feel comfortable talking to."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. When you are charged with a crime, you need an experienced, effective trial attorney. Paul is one of the best litigators in Miami and has two decades of experience handling Federal and State matters. Paul is one of the best orators I have tried a case with and he really captures the jury's attention. If you retain Paul, rest assured that you've hired the best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Paul Donnelly for about ten years. We have successfully tried both Federal and State trials together. In addition, we have worked on a plethora of cases together. I constantly use him as a resource whenever I have a legal, procedural, strategic or practical question. He is literally a walking library and an enormous wealth of information. I will also state, without hesitation, he is among the best of the best Trial Lawyers in the State of Florida, if not beyond."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gave up promising modeling career to follow his true passion...the law. Great guy, great lawyer. An honest man in an often dishonest world. A bulldog in the courtroom, a pure gentleman in all other respects. Hire him immediately....best criminal defense attorney in Miami"
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Miami Criminal defense Lawyer Paul Donnelly
Paul Donnelly
Criminal defense Attorney
Miami, FL
Licensed for 31 years