Patrick J. McDonough
Patrick J. McDonough is among the most sought after and accomplished criminal defense attorneys in the State of Georgia. He has received national attention from the media being featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, and Forbes as well as statewide recognition from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Gwinnett Daily Post, WSB-TV, WXIA-TV, WAMZ(Macon)-TV, and 680 the Fan Radio. The Atlanta Business Chronicle recently dubbed Mr. McDonough a “legal legend in suburbia” after successfully exonerating Atlanta Falcon player, Jonathan Babineaux, from felony animal cruelty charges during the heated climate of Michael Vick’s guilty plea to similar charges. Mr. McDonough was recently named Georgia Super Lawyer by his peers in Atlanta Magazine.
Mr. McDonough has appeared on CNN’s Headline News as well as Fox News and has become one of their go to legal analysts. He has been asked to provide legal insight into criminal cases that stretch across the United States. Most recently while on After Dark he discussed post-trial motions in the George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case. While on Now in America McDonough explained why the North Carolina Court of Appeals granted Brad Cooper’s motion for a new trial after a jury had found him guilty of murdering his wife. McDonough spoke on how the trial court had abused its discretion by not allowing the Defense to put up key expert witnesses during Cooper’s trial. During another segment of Now in America Mr. McDonough explained why the District Attorney in Bakersfield, California did not formally charge the popular elementary school principal with her husband’s recent murder. McDonough detailed the lack of evidence the police had ascertained at this point in the investigation. While appearing on Fox, McDonough provided insight into the new phenomena of revenge porn and victim’s current civil remedies as well as possible future criminal rights. On Fox News, he discussed victim’s rights as it relates to revenge porn.
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Mr. McDonough heads up the criminal defense division for Andersen, Tate & Carr. His criminal practice includes both state and federal white-collar and general criminal defense. Mr. McDonough has extensive criminal trial experience. He has conducted over one hundred criminal jury and bench trials on allegations including complex fraud, money laundering, identity theft, drug trafficking, armed robbery, drug conspiracy, kidnapping, stalking, aggravated assault, arson, burglary, DUI, as well as death penalty murder. Prior to joining Andersen, Tate & Carr, Mr. McDonough was the District Attorney in the multi-county Cordele Judicial Circuit. While running the District Attorney’s Office, he had a 99.1% conviction rate. He was the youngest serving District Attorney in the State of Georgia. Prior to being appointed District Attorney, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Cordele Judicial Circuit.Mr. McDonough has had the unique experience of serving along side each of the 48 Georgia District Attorneys’ Offices and three U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the State of Georgia. These exclusive relationships and his unique experience allow Mr. McDonough to better understand a prosecutor’s mentality, to objectively evaluate each case, and create a customized strategic defense. In each case, his first objective is to prepare as if the case is going to trial but attempt to reach dismissal or positive solution behind the scenes holding a trial as a last resort.Mr. McDonough is a faculty member for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education for their Georgia Trial Skills Clinic, which is taught at the University of Georgia School of Law. Mr. McDonough has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia.
He is on the Regional Commission on Homelessness, where he serves alongside Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and other prominent regional officials. Mr. McDonough heads up the sub-committee on the State’s re-entry program, which provides housing and other transitional services for homeless men and women that are released from jail. Mr. McDonough is a board member of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and is a board member for the Partnership Gwinnett Implementation Committee.
- Georgia, 1994
- University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- J.D. – 1994
- Honors: Moot Court Board
- Indiana University
- B.A. – 1991
- Major: Speech Communications
- Minor: Business
Honors and Awards
- Named Georgia Super Lawyer by his Peers in Atlanta Magazine
Professional Associations and Memberships
- National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
- Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- State Bar of Georgia
- Gwinnett County Bar Association
- Gwinnett County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Former Vice President
- Georgia Innocence Project, Former Board Member
- Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
Past Employment Positions
- Cordele Judicial Circuit, District Attorney