Before earning his reputation as a criminal defense attorney, Pat was the youngest serving District Attorney in the state of Georgia, where he boasted over a 99% conviction rate in the multi-county Cordele Judicial Circuit.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle dubbed Mr. McDonough a “legal legend in suburbia” after he successfully exonerated Atlanta Falcons player Jonathan Babineaux from felony animal cruelty charges. Impressively, this verdict came during the heated climate of Michael Vick’s guilty plea to similar charges.
Judges Honor Patrick McDonough as an Esteemed Attorney
The Gwinnett Daily Post recently featured in the newspaper Patrick McDonough after Martindale-Hubbell recognized him with its AV Judicial Edition Preeminent Rating™. The AV® Judicial certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment and reflects the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary.
Pat built exclusive relationships while serving alongside each of Georgia District Attorneys’ and US Attorneys’ Offices, giving him exceptional credibility as a defense attorney. With a better understanding of a prosecutor’s mentality, Pat excels at objectively evaluating each case and creating a customized strategic defense.
While a majority of his cases are focused on criminal defense, Pat also excels while working within the firm’s domestic division. Using an unparalleled amount preparation combined with his extensive trial experience, he commits himself to providing clients with the best possible legal representation, resulting in the most favorable outcome possible.
Outside the courtroom, Pat uses his energy to advocate for the homeless population alongside the United Way of Greater Atlanta. After establishing the Gwinnett Reentry Intervention Program (GRIP), his efforts have helped to provide housing and case management services to homeless men and women recently released from jail. Through his dedication to the GRIP Program, Pat became the first recipient of the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s inaugural Corporate Community Champion Award. In addition, he chairs the United Way’s 4.6 million dollar Gwinnett capital campaign.
Honors and Awards
- Named Georgia Super Lawyer by his Peers in Atlanta Magazine
- AV Preeminent rated by Martinedale-Hubbell
- AVVO Rated 10/10
- Recipient of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Corporate Community Champion Award
- University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- J.D. – 1994
- Indiana University
- B.A. – 1991
- Major: Speech Communications
- Minor: Business
Professional Associations and Memberships
- 2017 Chair of Gwinnett United Way
- President of 1818 Club, 2016 - Present
- National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- State Bar of Georgia
- Georgia Innocence Project Board
- Old War Horses
- Gwinnett County Bar Association
- Gwinnett County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce Board
- Chairman’s Club
- 1818 Club Board
- Chair United Way Capital Campaign
- Founder-Gwinnett Re-entry Program
- National College for DUI Defense, Member
Past Employment Positions
- District Attorney-Cordele Judicial Circuit
- Assistant District Attorney-Cordele Judicial Circuit
- Special Assistant Attorney General
- Faculty Member, Georgia Trial Skills Clinic, CLE, UGA, Athens
- The Founding of Gwinnett Re-Entry Program-Chamber of Commerce, Gwinnett Rotaries, Greater Atlanta United Way C3 Conference
- Speaker Gwinnett Criminal Defense Section on How to Defend Sex Cases