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4.9/5.0
Average Client Rating
Client Recommended
100% client recommended

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5.0/5.0

I retained James to assist with having a criminal record sealed. James was very professional, he took care of the process from beginning to end and communicated with me every step of the way.

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Client 2021/03/18

5.0/5.0

Attorney Michael was precise, communicative and a true advocate and he represented our family with the utmost integrity during our crisis. I highly recommend Attorney Jim Michael to represent your interests before...

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Client 2020/09/09

5.0/5.0

Great experience overall having Jim Michael as my attorney. Jim was very professional from the onset, very upfront, honest, and got results FAST even during a pandemic! Jim was able to remove a felony conviction...

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Client 2020/09/03

5.0/5.0

Jim Michael is simply put - the best lawyer in Georgia! I had the pleasure to be represented by Jim twice, and both times, Jim was able to not only have my case fully dismissed, but also had my arrest record...

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Client 2020/08/23

5.0/5.0

Jim Michael is simply put - the best lawyer in Georgia! I had the pleasure to be represented by Jim twice, and both times, Jim was able to not only have my case fully dismissed, but also had my arrest record...

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Client 2020/08/23

5.0/5.0

I hired him during a very dark and complicated time in my life. He believed in me and fought hard. With his guidance and dedication everything turned out great. I really appreciate James Michael and his staff was...

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Client 2020/07/18

5.0/5.0

He helped me out the best he could in my situation. Kept in constant contact and was there for me whenever I needed him.

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Client 2020/02/12

5.0/5.0

We had a very difficult issue with respect to a family member that had long term potential impact if we did not get a positive outcome. We were familiar with Jim Michael from another matter he had handled for a...

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Client 2020/02/12

5.0/5.0

Jim was a blessing at the time when I really needed help. He’s not only an amazing attorney, he is an amazing person.

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Client 2020/02/12

5.0/5.0

Extremely competent / very professional. Jim obviously has established very good network of relationships within the legal community across the state. Jim was always very prompt in providing information and...

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Client 2020/02/11

5.0/5.0

The service that James provided for me will forever change my life and I am so appreciative of it. My future looks so much brighter. And my dreams now can be a reality.

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Client 2020/02/11

5.0/5.0

Attorney Jim Michael did an amazing job for our Family. He successfully guided us through some very dark, drug related charges, involving one of our children. Grateful!

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Client 2020/02/11

5.0/5.0

I received excellent legal service from Jim. He was extremely attentive to my concerns involving legal matters concerning my son.

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Client 2020/02/11

5.0/5.0

Attorney Michael was diligent, compassionate, and responsive. His effective representation delivered the best results to protect the client’s best interest. I highly recommend Attorney Michael.

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Client 2020/01/21

5.0/5.0

Mr Michael was a very helpful and dedicated lawyer. He made me feel at ease because he is so passionate about his cases. Highly recommended!

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Client 2020/01/10

5.0/5.0

Jim Michael helped make my entire court case have a great outcome for something that was very serious. I would really like to say thank you to him and his hard work that he put in. He did an AMAZING job with not...

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Client 2019/12/24

5.0/5.0

Atty Michael was responsive, knowledgeable, and compassionate. He walked us step by step through the process. I highly recommend him.

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Client 2019/12/19

5.0/5.0

I was charged with felony Obstruction of Justice Hired Mr, Michaels to represent me. He got my charged reduced to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct (NO JAIL TIME). He was very responsive and informative. He responds...

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Client 2019/11/08

5.0/5.0

I worked with Jim on a criminal matter that had dire consequences, and, in my opinion, not exceptional odds of keeping my child out of prison for decades. Jim was exceptionally sympathetic to my wife and my needs...

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Client 2019/08/09

5.0/5.0

I started working with James Michael in 2012, everything just came to a close in this past year 2019. James worked very close with my case and my family members. He handled my family's emotional state very...

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Client 2019/07/24

5.0/5.0

Attorney Jim Michael was a gift from God for my son and our family. He represented my son in a juvenile case and went over and beyond to make sure he received NO jail time!!! He made his self available to my son...

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Client 2019/05/24

5.0/5.0

I would highly recommend Mr. Michael for all your legal needs. Mr. Michael represented me on 2 separate cases, both of which were dismissed. Most recently in Clayton county. What I like most about him is that hes...

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Client 2019/05/23

5.0/5.0

Mr. Michael worked on my sons case and he is a wonderful lawyer. He worked us through every step of the case and it was a relief. I would recommend him because you can trust him and you know you’re in good hands....

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Client 2019/02/21

5.0/5.0

Mr. Michael was referred to me when my son was arrested in the spring of 2017. He was very open and honest about the severity of the charges my son was facing. Mr. Michael was very knowledgeable and resourceful...

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Client 2018/12/20

5.0/5.0

I would highly recommend Jim for his services. He was by my (and my family's) side for the duration of my case, which went on for over three years due to all the court delays. He is always quick to return phone...

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Client 2018/12/19

5.0/5.0

Jim Michael was the perfect lawyer for us. My daughter, a legal assistant for another Atlanta attorney, could not keep up with the growth and financial complications of her firm, got cross-ways with her boss, and...

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Client 2018/11/06

5.0/5.0

James made a horrible experience a lot less stressful. He gave us options to avoid a major consequence. It was handled exactly like he promised.

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Client 2018/10/17

5.0/5.0

He was the most patient Lawyer, I got a DUI he was able to get it dropped down to reckless driving, which it was so much better. He also took care of some shoplifting charge i was charged with. He was able to work...

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Client 2018/09/28

5.0/5.0

Mr Michael was hired for my son. After talking with Jim I was confident that he would do the best for him. And believe me it was an uphill climb, but Jim was all in and he never gave up. He was worth every penny. I...

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Client 2018/09/24

5.0/5.0

Mr Michael is a great attorney. Always prompt , great staff. hired him for my son, and he hit the ground running and never looked back. He took the worry about the situation away from me. I can’t thank him...

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Client 2018/09/24

5.0/5.0

Mr. Michael is very professional, dedicated and an outstanding lawyer. He provided excellent legal representation and was successfully in getting my matter dismissed.

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Client 2018/09/15

5.0/5.0

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Attorney 2018/09/06

5.0/5.0

Mr. Michael was great. He kept me informed about my case and did a awesome jonb of getting the charges dropped.

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Client 2018/04/23

5.0/5.0

We spoke to several attorneys and finally spoke to Mr. Micheal. He was very patient and explained all the step he would take to ensure our victory.

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Client 2018/01/23

5.0/5.0

Jim Michael is a very good trial lawyer. He is intelligent and ethical.

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Attorney 2017/11/15

5.0/5.0

This man saved my life! I can never thank him enough for establishing justice!!

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Client 2017/11/10

5.0/5.0

Jim did an excellent job assessing the situation and developing the legal strategy with contingencies. His communications were clear and he was available as needed. It was a pleasure working with him and we...

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Client 2017/09/23

5.0/5.0

We had a good phone conversation prior to agreeing to move forward with his assistance. He was able to negotiate my case well and represented me when I really needed it

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Client 2017/09/16

5.0/5.0

I was fortunate to have retained Jim to represent a loved one who was extradited to Georgia on two 6 year old felony charges. Jim acted swiftly to get the bench warrant hearing on the court docket. Not only did...

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Client 2017/01/23

5.0/5.0

Great service makes things happen.

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Client 2017/01/20

5.0/5.0

I was fortunate to have retained Jim to represent a loved one who was extradited to Georgia on two 6 year old felony charges. Jim acted swiftly to get the bench warrant hearing on the court docket. Not only did...

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Client 2017/01/16

5.0/5.0

Mr. Michael is a fantastic lawyer. His calm and elegance in front of the judge was astonishing. Mr. Michael took time on the weekend to get to the bottom of 2 erroneous FTA's. Mr. Michael is definitely one of the...

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Client 2017/01/14

5.0/5.0

Jim is an excellent attorney with keen insight as to potential defenses in a criminal case. He has earned enormous respect in all of the metro Atlanta courtrooms and treats his clients with dignity and dedication.

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Managing Partner 2016/11/18

5.0/5.0

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Managing Partner 2016/11/10

5.0/5.0

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Associate/Assistant General Counsel 2016/11/10

5.0/5.0

Mr. Michael helped me with a case that easily could have ruined my life. I was young and did not understand the legal system and I honestly still do not. He was very attentive, answered my questions swiftly and...

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Client 2016/09/16

5.0/5.0

Jim assisted in a situation involving a family member and police. The incident occurred over a weekend and Jim took my call looking for assistance and representation on a Sunday. His calm demeanor immediately...

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Client 2016/06/23

5.0/5.0

My experience with him very professional and extremely honest and loyal he's a very hard worker and tends to get the job done better than you even expected I hired him to represent two of my sons on two...

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Client 2016/05/20

5.0/5.0

I hired James for my case in Dekalb County Ga, he is an aggressive and very logical attorney, he gave me a thorough understanding of the entire process, immediately you become aware of his integrity and commitment...

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Client 2014/04/25

5.0/5.0

We were in the unfortunate situation in which our son needed legal defense. After numerous phone interviews we chose Jim based on his knowledge of the law, as well as his professional and compassionate manner. ...

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Client 2014/01/08

5.0/5.0

With five drivers in our household, we have all needed Jim's assistance navigating through the system with what was the best way to handle a traffic violation. Jim was very knowledgeable on what would be the best...

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Client 2013/05/20

5.0/5.0

I have been working with Mr. Michaels for about 2 years on various situations. Each time he worked efficiently on my behalf and the result had been a favorable outcome. I have recommended him to at least 2 people...

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Client 2013/05/19

5.0/5.0

Attorney Michael is wonderful! He is very attentive and desires to do the best for his client. I was able to be real, open and honest with him regarding my case. He was able to obtain the best solution for me...

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Client 2013/05/19

5.0/5.0

Attorney James David Micheal handle a modification to my probation sentences. Dude to the nature of my crime Mr. Michael was very professional and non-judgmental. I will be using Mr. Michael in the future and...

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Client 2013/05/18

5.0/5.0

Mr. Michael was very aggressive on getting my case resolved without any convictions on my record. I was actually referred to him from a friend so in my mind, I basically knew that he could be trusted and that Mr....

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Client 2013/05/12

5.0/5.0

James handled a difficult and embarrassing situation with sensitivity and professionalism. Was non-judgmental and provided an efficient expeditious legal defense. James is a life-saver. Do NOT trust the District...

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Client 2013/05/12

5.0/5.0

Mr. Michael and I initially had a "bad" ruling in a case in which he was helping me. However, without charging me 10 cents more he did extra work on my behalf, including a court appearance, which resulted in a...

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Client 2013/05/10

5.0/5.0

I was falsely accused of a felony by a very convincing self serving lunatic with legal training. Jim reviewed the evidence and saw that it was complete nonsense but was sufficient to confuse a Judge and Jury. He...

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Client 2013/01/18

5.0/5.0

Jim is very knowledgeable and cares about his clients. He helped my son through a difficult case that had escalated over time. Jim was thoughtful, always kept my son's best interest at heart and got the job done...

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Client 2013/01/17

5.0/5.0

I have referred clients to Jim and have consulted with him on behalf of clients, and would not hesitate to do so again. An excellent lawyer who deserves an AV.

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Partner 2012/12/11

5.0/5.0

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Sole Practitioner 2012/11/18

5.0/5.0

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Of Counsel 2012/07/16

5.0/5.0

Smart, knowledgable, and sensible.

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Partner 2012/07/03

5.0/5.0

Jim is a top criminal defense attorney who has great courtroom presence and practices with tremendous ethical character in vigorously advocating for his clients.

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Partner 2012/05/02

5.0/5.0

Jim is an excellent attorney who is always willing to assist fellow attorneys. He works exceptionally hard for his clients and gets proven results. I highly recommend Jim Michael.

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Sole Practitioner 2012/04/27

5.0/5.0

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Sole Practitioner 2012/04/25

5.0/5.0

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Partner 2012/04/11

5.0/5.0

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Sole Practitioner 2012/04/11

5.0/5.0

Jim is a true professional and I found his representation to be excellent. His knowledge of the local court system was an enormous benefit that resulted in the charges against me to be dismissed.

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Client 2010/10/29

5.0/5.0

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Partner 2010/09/29

5.0/5.0

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Partner 2010/09/22

5.0/5.0

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Partner 2010/09/11

5.0/5.0

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Associate/Assistant General Counsel 2010/09/10

5.0/5.0

Exceptional trial lawyer in the field of criminal defense.

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Sole Practitioner 2010/09/03

4.6/5.0

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Member 2016/11/10

4.5/5.0

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Client 2017/09/15

4.0/5.0

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Partner 2010/09/13

1.0/5.0

Hired him for a case. I paid him a lot of money. I never missed a payment. After hiring him it was very hard to get in contact with him. They notified him about my court date and he didn't informed me. I was locked...

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Client 2019/02/19

1.0/5.0

Hired Mr. Michael's to represent me in a case. He was very forceful. Before I finished paying him he answered my calls. As soon as I finished paying him it was hard to get in contact with him. For my arraignment he...

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Client 2018/08/21