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Paula J. Mcgill

Paula J. Mcgill

The McGill Law Firm, LLC
  • Landlord Tenant, Employment Law, Business Law ...
  • Georgia, Maryland, New York
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Biography

Paula McGill provides personal service to a variety of clients. She is comfortable representing individuals and small to medium sized businesses. Moreover, Attorney McGill is not afraid to go after large corporations to force them to take personal responsibility for damages they cause. Her confidence in pursuing these companies comes from her 20+ years of experience. Furthermore, she is skilled in efficiently and effectively representing clients of most budgets. Many clients return for additional services or recommend her to family and friends.

Her experience spans small claims matters, contract disputes, consumer matters, federal employment matters, civil rights cases, and wrongful death cases. Attorney McGill is comfortable in front of judges in bench trials or juries. Extensive trial experience benefits clients because opposing attorneys know she is not afraid to take cases to trial, if needed.

She also has the theory that rushing the case through often doesn't benefit clients. 9 times out of 10, slow and steady wins the race.

The McGill Law Firm is based in Georgia and has numerous convenient locations to meet busy clients. In addition, she is licensed in New York and Maryland, and recently retired from the bar in DC.

For more information about the practice or about your particular legal issue, please use the contact information form provided on this website or contact Attorney McGill at demandingjustice@gmail.com. You can also read more about the attorney and legal issues on her legal blog to obtain more information at mcgilllaw.blogspot.com

The McGill Law Firm is currently accepting landlord-tenant, employment, education, and corporate cases in Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, Cherokee, and Gwinnett.

Practice Areas
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Education Law
    Collections
    Consumer Law
    Class Action, Lemon Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Small Claims
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    The 5-10 minute phone consultation is free. That usually resolves 75% of the questions callers may have about their cases. If you need additional time, a Zoom, phone call, or office consultation will be charged. Effective January 1, 2022, the charge for those consultations will range from $150-$200 per hour. At the end of the paid consultation, if additional services are needed, a contract will sent to the client with normal hourly rates or flat fees. Contingency cases are available on only a few cases.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I accept credit cards for initial consultations, dispossessory cases, and invoiced items for completed work. Certified checks, money orders, cash apps and wires are accepted for retainers for new clients.
  • Contingent Fees
    The Firm accepts very few contingency fee cases. However, blended contingency fees cases are accepted with a lower hourly or flat rate and a lower contingency fee rate.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Price sheets are also available by email to allow people to make informed decisions.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Georgia
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Maryland
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New York
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Professional Experience
Managing Member
The McGill Law Firm, LLC
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Associate
Lord Bissell & Brook (Now Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell)
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Associate
Wallace King Marraro & Branson
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Associate
Piper & Marbury (Now DLA Piper)
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Education
University of Pennsylvania
J.D. | Law
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Kennesaw State University
MBA | Finance
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Emory University
B.B.A. | Finance
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Legal Answers
399 Questions Answered
Q. I moved out of an apartment and my landlord is charging me for a stove that caught fire when cleaning team cleaned it
A: It is not standard for the landlord to pay for carpet and painting when a tenant moves out. However, whether you are responsible for a portion of the carpet replacement will depend on the condition of the carpet when you moved in, the condition of the carpet when you moved out, and the expected wear and tear over the 5 years you stayed. Similarly, the life of the normally standard paint is about 5 years. So, unless you changed the color of the rooms and failed to change it back, a court will probably not hold you responsible for that. However, if there were holes you put in the walls for whatever reason, you would be responsible for the patching. You may be responsible for any extra charges or services the complex had to pay for hauling the extra trash.
Q. Landlord changed locks on me but left door open but I don’t have a key
A: The landlord cannot change the locks on you without filing for an eviction and obtaining a writ of possession. Once a writ has been obtained, before changing the locks, the items must be placed outside so you can get it. You should demand a key in writing. If it is denied, you have that in writing as evidence for court. Send it by e-mail, certified mail/return receipt, and whatever other notice requirement is in your lease. If he files a dispossessory action, you can counterclaim for wrongful lockout/wrongful eviction.
Q. What is the minimum amount of a lawsuit in Georgia to transfer a case from county Court to State Court for jury trial?
A: It depends. If you are in Magistrate Court as a defendant in a dispossessory action, the action can be transferred on a counterclaim for more than $15,000. If you are beginning nondispossessory civil action and want to transfer it from Magistrate Court, you can file an amended claim or counterclaim if the value is above $15,000.
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Contact & Map
COBB COUNTY OFFICE
4901 Olde Towne Pkwy
Suite 100
Marietta, GA 30068
Telephone: (770) 509-4837
Cell: (770) 367-1234
Notice: Flexible Business Hours. The Firm also has office meeting locations throughout the metro area. New cases will be accepted in Cobb, Fulton, Dekalb, and Gwinnett.