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Leonard Marc-Charles Girling

Landlord or tenant Attorney at North Richland Hills, TX

3.7   20 reviews

About Leonard

Learn Leonard’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    50%
    Attorney representation for Texas real estate investors (independents, apartment communities, and licensed property managers). Eviction, landlord defense litigation, suing tenants, judgment collections.

    11 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Real estate
    25%
    Attorney representation for Texas real estate investors (independents, apartment communities, and licensed property managers). Property shelters, assessment appeals (apartments only), landlord litigation, and forms.

    11 years, 200 cases

  3. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    15%
    Creditor representation for Texas real estate investors (independents, apartment communities, and licensed property managers).

    11 years, 50 cases

  4. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    10%
    Creditor representation for Texas real estate investors (independents, apartment communities, and licensed property managers).

    11 years, 50 cases

Girling Law focuses exclusively on the needs of Texas landlords.  We strive to serve as a one-stop shop for Texas landlords.  Our Eviction Attorneys handle all forms of focible detainer (eviction) representation, from the Justice of the Peace to the Texas Supreme Court.  We also represent Texas landlords when tenants file bankruptcy or attempt to sue their landlords.  Are there significant damages to your Texas rental property or is your tenant's past, unpaid rent just too much to justify letting him walk away without consequences?  Our Landlord-Tenant lawyers are experts in suing problem tenants. For Texas Landlords who have developed a sizable portfolio of rental properties, our Real Estate Attorneys can construct "property shelters" designed to segment liability for each of your rental property assents and provide you anonymity (keeping you from being named individually as a Plaintiff).  Our Eviction Attorneys will also collect on your past eviction judgments.  Finally, our firm is happy to offer you high quality, written lease agreements engineered by our Eviction Attonreys to provide Texas landlords as many protections as Texas real estate law allows.  We do not represent tenants. 

Girling Law has two offices: Plano, TX and North Richland Hills, TX.  This enables us to easily handle cases in Tarrant, Dallas, Collin, Denton, Rockwall, and all adjacent counties.  Consultations for landlords are always free.  We understand that problem tenants often cause our Texas landlord clients to suffer significant financial losses by the time the need to hire an attorney arises.  While we cannot go as far as bearing the risk of your Texas investment properties, our firm is always happy to work with you on a retainer payment plan that can help soften the blow from your diminishing cash flows.  

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Licensed for 12 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2010
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Leonard

Girling Law, PLLC
6340 Davis Blvd.
Suite 100
North Richland Hills, TX, 76180

Reviews

3.7 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by James | August 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good results form the start.
i was in a bad way with a very uncooperative tenant whom i had no written agreement and was refusing to leave my house, without an eviction notice. I was ever willing to get him what he needed in this area and so much more, Girling law firm made sure of that, they took great care of me, from the start, now due to their diligence and skilled personnel, the said tenant is out of my house, and we didn't even have to go to court, so far all that is left is his junk in my house, of which the team has sent him a letter to sign that he has so many days to get it out or lose it, this firm has had my back and i haven't had to worry about anything they communicated with me every time they had a process in the works and not once did they drop the ball. i highly recommend that before you move anyone in your houses or homes at least consult with the Girling law firm they know landlord and homeowner rights and have helped me out of this situation no if ands or buts about it. call them.
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Posted by Chris | July 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets The Job Done!
I hired the Girling firm to handle my eviction and unpaid rent case. The matter was prosecuted efficiently and resolved in my favor. It is never inexpensive to hire an attorney - at least a good attorney - and time is money. I feel that Girling's charges were reasonable and that they respected both my time and money. Highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
handle my tenant evacuation case gracefully
I was stuck with a tenant who was not responsive after lease expiration. Mr Girling was able to handle evacuation case and resolve the issue. They keep me updated about the case status and fought for me in the court.
Posted by John | December 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Took good care of my problem.
If you need a lawyer for any type Real estate problems, Marc is the guy to hire. this was my first time to use Marc's office and it was easy, fast, and they negotiated an acceptable settlement. Thank you and your team.
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
review
Everyone was great and easy to work with. They were fast and did what they said they would do. Would recommend them to friends.
Posted by Hayley | September 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Customer Service, Easy to work with!
I rarely have to do evictions, but in the future will be using Girling Law for all of them. As I was already mid-process, they were happy to tailor a reasonable fee and game plan for where our case was at the time. They were professional, friendly, explained everything very clearly, and kept me in the loop the whole time. Best of all, they moved quickly and efficiently to get us taken care of. I would absolutely recommend this firm!
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Posted by Marcus | August 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Girling got my property back
I was stuck with a professional squatter who had very good legal advice and knew how to stick it to me good. Her last victim hosted her for almost a year I found out later. She had a simple eviction case tied up in Federal court and would have taken months to evict her. Thanks to Girling law her time was cut drastically and saved me thousands. I will call them again in a Hart beat.
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Posted by AC | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Eviction case with Grit of Possesion
We had a problem with a tenant that after giving the deposit and paying for the first month; he immediately got behind paying rent of the second month and was not complying with contract agreements for paying late fees, etc. At the beggining the problem seemed manageable, for what we did the minimal (send 3 day notice letter, call references, etc.) After being unsuccessful collecting the payment, we decided to take legal action and avoid further delays. How fortunate we were to find Mr. Marc Girling; even after following the regular legal procedures and winning the eviction case the tenant neglected court rulings and decided to stay without pay on the property. Marc helped us to quickly apply for the Grit of possession where we were finally able to take control back of the property (with minimal delay and physical damages or conflicts) during the eviction process Marc never hesitated to run the extra mile and he kept us very well informed of the case progression. I will definitely recommend and use Marc to help us with any legal real estate issues, he is knowledgeable, trustworthy and supportive.
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Posted by Aziz | February 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Dedicated & Committed
I bought a foreclosed property from a county auction. As soon as I found out the people that are living there will do anything to hold down to this property, I made a smart decision of calling Girling Law Firm. Mr. Girling was very patient and worked really hard to get me my property back from the free loaders. I really appreciate Mr. Girling's efforts and his knowledge.
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Posted by Wendell | June 19, 2015
Girling Law, PLLC did a great job-
I was in a situation were I had to extract a non compliant tenant within my dwelling, I was at a crossroads as to how to evict this individual, I searched the Internet and found the Girling law offices, they were able to give me the guidance I needed, they handled my case with professionalism and courtesy, thanks Girling Law offices. Respectfully, Wendell C. Greathouse
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Posted by Rona | May 15, 2015
Helped Me With Nightmare Tenant
I'm a first time investment property owner. Unfortunately I didn't get off to the best start. My first tenant's deposit and first months rent check bounced after they had already moved into the property. They were in the property without paying for months it was a very trying time. After one failed eviction attempt and several hundreds of dollars later I finally decided to hire an attorney. I made the smart decision to stop trying to do it all myself and hire an attorney to handle my eviction case. I was fortunate enough to find Girling law. Mr. Girling and his team immediately turned things around. They were knowledgeable and attentive it turned out to be the best decision I could have made. They handled all correspondence with the tenant from the moment I first spoke with them until the tenant was out of my property successfully. They took all the stress of the situation away and quickly got my tenants out. It made a world of difference to me especially since I am an out of state owner. They appeared in court multiple times without me having to be present all for a flat fee that didn't break the bank. Mr. Girling even recommended a great property manager to handle the property to make sure this problem didn't repeat again. I'm happy to say that I now have great paying tenants. The nightmare is over very much thanks to Girling law. If you ever run into a problem with your tenants I highly recommend calling Girling law immediately - don't wait!
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Posted by Jason | May 12, 2015
Great Real Estate Attorney!
I had a fantastic experience! Marc's knowledge of real estate law is amazing and his staff was courteous and did a great job keeping me informed about my case
Posted by Cheryl | May 4, 2015
Eviction Case
Mr Girling did a super job on my eviction of a non paying tenant, even when they appealed, Mr Girling attacked the appeal, and got it thrown out and got the tenants REMOVED quickly! Mr Girling and his staff were amazing! Thanks To Girling Law! Cheryl
Posted by Dan | November 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor Communication
this was an eviction case that involved tenant declaring bankruptcy. While he eventually got the job done, it was painfully slow and communication was terrible. I can show the email threads that show this should have been completed earlier.
Posted by Aviel | April 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
$5000.00 down the drain
I hired marc girling for a quiet title lawsuit back in 2017. Marc girling sent me a flyer in the mail & i decided to give his services a try. I paid marc girl $5000.00. Some family issues arose so i asked marc was there anyway he could move the court case up he decided to represent me in probate court. Marc girling subpoena the wrong doctor after i gave him clear instructions on which doctor to subpoena. On the day of court he called at the very last minute to say he was not coming. Last but not least, he filed motions under the wrong estate. Marc girling did not listen to me as his client and once he had my money he became very hard to get in contact with.
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Posted by Eric | December 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Billing
Billing was horrinble. Case ended was informed I had a credit after account had been reconciled. A few weeks later, they informed me there was no credit and I owed more. Why would they tell me account has been reconciled, had a credit, then a few weeks later to bill me additional amount!!!!!!!!! Then to top it off.... 4-5 month later, they charged me again!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never communicated or notified me prior to charging my card. Transparency in billing is horrible.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Uneducated
Marc is money hungry, no good had no clue how to handle tenants, he actually was afraid of simple tenants. Just wanted more money, dragged his feet and slower than molasses to get anything even started. His hired help didn't know how to submit documents, had to always ask marc first as they were not trained either.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expensive Lawyer, painful refund process
I hired this attorney to handle a eviction that I had already started, the tenant filled for bankruptcy so I pay twice Bankruptcy+eviction for $1850 each (no flat rate), after a week the tenant left the property, after that lawyer filled eviction termination and that was it, it took me +4 months of painful back and forth asking for refund to have my money back, refund came for 2K only (I was told delay was for covid), I won't hire this lawyer again.
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Posted by Don | April 17, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Not Happy
I spoke with Mr. John Porterfield of Girling firm. He described services the firm could provide. He said he would send a contract for me to review and sign. They provide services and charge for them only after the contract is signed, and by the way, what credit card would I be using. He said don't worry, they would not charge it until I signed the contract. The mistake I made was giving him my credit card information. After reviewing the contract that evening, I decided not to use the firm. I told Mr. Porterfield that the next morning. I was surprised to find my card charged $1,750. I called him to discuss, but he will not return my calls.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hired w $1250 over 6 mo ago. Won't return phone calls/email. Called BBB
Hired for a simple case of tenant eviction in October 2018. Did little to nothing to assist with eviction. Called and emailed multiple times to get refund of retainer but will not respond. Secretary says he is "aware of the situation" and has "given him urgent messages". Better Business Bureau has gotten no response from him. So disappointed that I hired him and am having such difficulty now. I would not recommend this company.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney - Owner
  • Girling Law, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Law Student
  • Law Student (Full time)
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Director of Compliance
  • Friedman's Jewelers
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Compliance Manager
  • Citigroup, Inc.
  • 1997 - 2006
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Education

  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Phoenix
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2004
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Home Path Financial v. Caron Sue Phillips and All Other Occupants
  • Our client won a judgment from the County Court.
  • Knight Investments v. March Reeder and All Other Occcupant
  • Settled with an agreed judgment prior to trial and tenant moved as agreed.
  • Preston Management d/b/a North Hills vs Margaret Maddux & all occupants
  • Judgment for our client

Associations

  • Apartment Association of Tarrant County
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Certificate - ethical business practices
  • Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Inc.
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Self
  • The Invisible Investor - Using Property Shelters to Reduce Taxes and Fend Off Would Be Litigants
  • 2018
  • Self
  • My Eviction Lawsuit Has Been Filed... Now What!?!
  • 2014
  • Self
  • The Court Just Awarded Me a Judgment... Now What!?!
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Apartment Association Luncheon
  • The Laws Involving Service Animals
  • 2017
  • Meeting of the Independent Rental Owners Members
  • Recent Changes in the Law Affecting Texas Landlords
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (15)
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Real estate Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of real estate law. Always willing to go the extra mile for his clients."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great attorney who efficiently gets his clients cases handled."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. mark has demonstrated a lot of knowledge, enthusiasm, and curiosity in the fields of real estate and landlord/tenant law. He is always asking questions and learning new things. I consider him a friend as well as a colleague."
Real estate Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Leonard is an authority on landlord tenant law. I've heard him speak at a seminar. He is a super clear communicator who will passionately fight for his clients."
Real estate Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Leonard's services. He provides passion and a commitment to excellence for each of his Clients. I recommend his services to anyone needing a Real Estate attorney in Texas."
Real estate Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is hardworking and knowledgeable in eviction law. He is dedicated to helping his clients and giving them the best representation possible."
Real estate Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Other
"I was recently invited to participate in an exclusive group of like-minded attorneys to discuss various types of law, including real estate law. After having had the opportunity to speak with Leonard at length about Texas real estate law, I strongly recommend anyone in need of legal representation in the area of Texas real estate to beat a path to Attorney Girling's door and hire him!"
Real estate Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. I have the honor of belonging to an ultra-exclusive (Top 25 Nationwide) attorney mastermind with Marc that meets regularly in person. Marc is an accomplished attorney who gets results for his clients. If you live in Texas and are in need of any kind of real estate advice, do yourself a favor and meet with Marc. You will be glad you did. He has helped me make money too!"
Real estate Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the honor of belonging to a mastermind with Leonard that meets regularly in person. Leonard, is an accomplished attorney who gets results for his clients. If you live in Texas and have any real estate needs, do yourself a favor and meet with Leonard. You will be glad you did."
Real estate Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leonard is a leader in the Texas real estate legal community. I highly recommend him in that area."
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North Richland Hills Landlord or tenant Lawyer Leonard Marc-Charles Girling
Leonard Marc-Charles Girling
Landlord or tenant Attorney
North Richland Hills, TX
Licensed for 12 years
Free Consultation