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Maggie Jo Hilliard Esq.

Criminal defense Attorney at Trinity, FL

4.9   28 reviews

About Maggie

Learn Maggie’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I began my legal career as a State Attorney and left to enter private practice where I now defend the rights of the accused.

    16 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Business
    15%
    I particularly enjoy small business development as it relates to new businesses seeking answers to the many important questions regarding state licenses, federal tax filings, and tax ramifications. Often, I assist clients by supplying information regarding cost-effective strategies and I can also assist in logo design, marketing and inexpensive ways to make a business work. I love watching a business idea become a reality!

    14 years, 5 cases

  3. Appeals
    10%

    16 years, 3 cases

  4. Wills and living wills
    8%
    I cannot express how important it is to have, at a minimum, a living will and will. Unfortunately, you never know when you might need these items.

    16 years, 20 cases

  5. Divorce and separation
    5%
    Family law has always been a secondary area of practice as it is often very related with criminal cases. Often, injunctions and divorce go hand in hand with criminal cases. I can assist you with divorce, adoption, modification actions, paternity suits and other domestic relations legal matters.

    15 years, 20 cases

  6. Personal injury
    5%
    My first legal experiences were in a medium-sized personal injury firm well-known in the Jacksonville area. After leaving the State Attorney's Office, I began working in Personal Injury again while focusing on Criminal Defense. Now that I've opened my own law office, Personal Injury cases are becoming a larger focus.

    18 years, 10 cases

  7. Probate
    3%
    I have very much enjoyed my new experiences in this area, and hope to gain more experience in the future. I love the analytical and procedural aspects of probate law.

    13 years, 2 cases

  8. Adoption
    2%
    Such a wonderful experience! We recently completed the finalization of our first adoption case! I'd love more cases!

    14 years, 1 case

  9. Real estate
    2%

    14 years, 5 cases

Maggie Jo Hilliard is a Florida and Kentucky attorney practicing in transactional, litigation and appellate capacities for individual and business clients. 

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Licensed for 16 years
State KY
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2016
Updated 09/20/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Maggie

Law Office of Maggie Jo Hilliard
Kemp, Ruge & Green
11567 Trinity Blvd
Trinity, FL, 34655
Law Office of Maggie Jo Hilliard
PO Box 8001
Louisville, KY, 40257
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
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Posted by Aaron | May 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
I came to her wanting to start up a small solo business, but I had no idea what specifics I needed or wanted. She took her time, explained everything, and walked me through my various options. Then she created a business contract like I wanted. It was perfect and really gives me a lot of peace of mind. I would highly recommend her work!
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Posted by Mia | November 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Law & Criminal Law
Maggie is an extremely thorough, organized, detailed, educated, and professional attorney. She is always prompt and answered any questions I had in a timely manner. I was able to get everything handled at a great rate and won my case. I would recommend her to any friends and family. She is well versed in all aspects of the law and is well connected in the industry.
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Posted by David | November 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Personable, knowledgeable advisor for business Contract Review
I hired Maggie Jo to review a contract for me to use for my customers in Florida. Maggie Jo was very responsive, highly available, and I could sense her passion for both legal and business startup work. She was priced fairly and I feel the quality of her work and followup were excellent. The review was completed in a timely way and we reviewed the agreement over the phone when finished. Absolutely will hire again next time I need business legal advice. Very satisfied.
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Posted by Emily | November 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Wills
Ms Hilliard could not have been more helpful in this process. She handled herself with professionalism and was quite educated about guardianship. When you have children, you need someone that understands that the will has to account for their future needs. Will use Ms. Hilliard again.
Posted by Alyssa | November 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT and extremely knowledgeable
Maggie helped me with a family court matter and was excellent. She was very professional throughout the matter and genuinely wanted to help me! She is also an amazing writer. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Dan | November 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She’s excellent
Maggie is an very professional and hands on Attorney. She is smart and deals with your case one on one herself. She tells you like it is and I appreciate that honesty. her Communication with me as a client was excellent. She’s not the cheapest but you get what you pay for with her. If you hire her you will be glad you did.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2019
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Professional, reassuring
Maggie helped guide me through my misdemeanor process and gave me an understanding of what to expect. She was well organized and very professional.
Posted by Kimberlie | November 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business agreement
Maggie is amazing at helping you to understand what is in a contract. I was able to make a decision and feel confident after meeting with her. Her knowledge is amazing I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A+
Maggie assisted me in navigating my legal woes of a dui and a practicing medical license. She was calm,reassuring, and helped me step by step of the way.
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Choice
Maggie Jo helped me to build my small business with economical and practical advice from creative and legal perspectives so I could start making money without outrageous startup expenses. Even more impressive than her knowledge and impeccable skills, Maggie Jo seemed to genuinely care about the health of my business in the long run. The assistance she provided will continue to be fruitful as long as my business is still running. Plus she’s a joy to work with professionally. I will use her services again if they are ever needed!
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great help
Had an issue with a tenant in my home with no written lease refusing to agree to termination over verbal agreement. Contacted Ms. Hilliard for guidance on what I could legally do and not do. She was great to work with and excellent in following up making sure I was satisfied and my issue had been resolved! Will definitely use Ms. Hilliard in any legal matter moving forward!
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2012
Professional and Efficient
I have known Maggie Jo for several years and just recently retained her services. She was very diligent and efficient. She handle matters timely and was very thorough. I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Arren | July 30, 2012
Personable, Knowledgeable; (Most Importantly) Effective
I was charged with a couple drug-related felonies, the evidence for which was so conclusive that there was no possibility of a trial — and thus no possibility of using a trial as a negotiating tactic. Despite this, and the seriousness of the charges, Maggie persevered in the plea negotiations with the state attorney throughout a roller-coaster few months in which they were by turns uncooperative, outright uncommunicative, and seemingly inflexible. When negotiations with the ASA reached a still-unsatisfactory conclusion, she pursued further negotiations with the division chief to ensure the many mitigating circumstances in my case were fully taken into account. In the end, she managed to reach a compromise with the division chief which meant only probation (no incarceration) for an offense which typically receives a three-year prison sentence. Although this was partly due to the mitigating circumstances mentioned, I believe that it never would have been possible without Maggie's persistence. I'm grateful that she was my attorney in this matter, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2012
Maggie Jo is like superwoman
This cop was trying to accuse me of some things that made me look really foolish when I felt my life was in danger. After a good friend of mine told me about Maggie Jo I said " I hope this isn't one of those friends that don't know what they are doing " an believe it or not she is professional on all levels as well as an awesome friend. She knew her material and the issue at hand better than some of us know how to tie our show. So hats off to Maggie Jo. Again I swear I think she has super powers. Everything is now back to normal. If you don't choose Maggie Jo as your lawyer then you are crazy. THANKS MAGGIE JO
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Posted by Adam | September 13, 2011
Eviction
Maggie Jo was a pleasure to work with. She was informative throughout the process and was always available to take my calls. I would definitely hire Maggie Jo again and will recommend her to my friends.
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2011
Thank you so much Maggie Jo
Maggie helped me so much. Her prompt replies to my questions concerning business development in the Jacksonville area has allowed me to start my company and have it running in record speed.
Posted by Joshua Chang | December 29, 2010
Successful Business Start Up in the heart of a depression ... others said it wasn't worth trying in this economy.
A year ago on December 15th I walked into Maggie Jo's office with a Business Plan. The previous 3 attorneys I spoke to thought it was bad timing with little capitol. Within 3 hours I had everything I needed to start my entrepreneurial adventure. Most would have nickel and dimed the time it took that afternoon but Maggie got a kick out of it and had a blast helping us pretty much on the spot. Where else could I have found law advice, accounting knowledge, business start-up execution, networks to make it happen, and most importantly the creativity and trust that Maggie brought to the table. We turned $1700 into a well oil cash cow with Maggie's help. Don't believe me? Call me personally 904-228-4926 .. - Josh
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2010
Thank you so much
After a painful time with a tenant who did nothing less than rob me, Maggie was able to evict the man and is currently in the process of trying to pursue damages. Although the tenant was a worthless bum, Maggie is still working hard to get what is mine.
Posted by Mark | April 21, 2010
The Charitable Lawyer
Maggie is awesome! I needed legal advice and couldn't find anyone willing to help out. Finally, out of desperation, I contacted a third-party hoping for pity and little info. Instead, they hooked me up with Maggie who proceeded to solve my dilemma in ONE email. Thanks a ton - you rock!
Posted by Matthew Clark | April 21, 2010
Willing Mentor to Aspiring Students
I reached out to Mrs. Hillard when a student from the University of North Dakota contacted me for research on a business plan project. The business plan was centered around an e-learning model and had several specific questions on the ideal legal setup for this type of start up. Maggie graciously responded in a timely manner with pages of suggestions for the students. It’s this willingness to mentor and educate young entrepreneurs that makes Maggie a true asset to our community. Maggie Jo Hillard is always a pleasure to work with and will always be my go to girl for legal advice.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • OWNER
  • LAW OFFICE OF MAGGIE JO HILLIARD
  • 2008 - Present
  • Appellate Counsel
  • 10th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Law Office of McCabe & Farooq, P.A.
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • J. Scott Nooney & Associates
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Clerk
  • Law Office of Rodney McIntyre
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Clerk
  • Camerlengo & Brockwell
  • 2004 - 2005
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Education

  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Stand Your Ground Appeal
  • Win

Associations

  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • High Heels & Hearts
  • Founder/President
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Jacksonville Urban League
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Animal Law Committee (Fla. Bar)
  • Committee Member
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • First Place - Art/Painting at ArtUnleashed
  • First Coast No More Homeless Pets (voted by gallery representatives from J.Johnson, Steller & Cummer Museum)
  • 2009
  • Student Recognition Award
  • Students at Florida Coastal School of Law via Election
  • 2005
  • Dean's List
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2004
  • 2003 Most Outstanding Student
  • Advertising Department Faculty Western Kentucky University
  • 2003
  • 2003 National Advertising Student Competition 2nd Place
  • AdFed
  • 2003
  • Nashville S.T.A.R. Design Competition Silver Award
  • AdFed
  • 2002
  • Memphis Pushpin Restaurant Design Competition Honorable Mention
  • AdFed
  • 2002
  • Essay Competition - 1st Place Scholarship Winner
  • AdFed
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Beaches Habijax (Habitat for Humanity)
  • Entreprenuership For Kids
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (12)
Litigation Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have been in practice for 21 years. The most successful lawyers are those who can walk into a room with confidence and superior preparation. Maggie Jo has both, hands down. She is a fine lawyer and takes excellent care of her people."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maggie Jo is excellent at what she does. She really cares about her clients and fights hard for them. I endorse her without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maggie is a talented, diligent attorney who always watches out for the best interests of her clients."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maggie is an excellant lawyer and advocate on behalf oher clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without hesitation, I recommend Maggie Jo. She is an excellent lawyer and person. Do not hesitate to call on her if legal trouble finds you."
General practice Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maggie Jo Hilliard is lawyer that thinks outside of the box. She is extremely creative and does whatever she can to get results for her clients. She has compassion for others, while being forceful when she needs to be."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ms. Hilliard since law school. She is an excellent attorney with an extensive knowledge of family law and criminal defense. She always takes an innovative approach which serves her clients well. She also takes the time to communicate those innovative ideas to other attorneys to work forward to a solution. A lawyer that other lawyers call for advice and counsel, I strongly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ms. Hilliard for several years in a professional capacity. I have seen her in court as well as out of court and at all times she has displayed her passion for zealous representation of her clients while conducting herself with the utmost professionalism. Ms. Hilliard has taken up the representation of sometimes unpopular clients but has done so with the desire to make sure that everyone receives the due process under the law that our State and Federal Constitutions require. Any potential client can be confident and have firm faith in the level of representation that Ms. Hilliard would provide."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"i have known Attorney Hilliard for several years. She is very dedicated and passionate about the representation that she gives her clients. When asked about attorney referrals in the Jacksonville area, her name is one of very few that I will mention."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Maggie Jo since we were in law school together. She is a very hard worker and will fight to the end for her clients. She stays current on the law so she can make the best arguments possible in her clients' matters. I would never hesitate to refer a case to Maggie Jo."
Family Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Maggie Jo is an incredibly dedicated attorney with a plethora of criminal law experience. I have had the opportunity to witness her interacting with her clients, and insodoing she does an excellent job communicating the ins and outs of the legal system whilst advising and counseling her clients based on their particular situation. I strongly endorse her work in this field."
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