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Paul M McDermott, Esq.

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Paul M. McDermott, Esq. Founding Attorney


Paul M. McDermott, Esq., a native of the Washington, D.C. metro area and trial lawyer since 2001, has represented thousands of clients over the years. Mr. McDermott earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2001 from Regent University School of Law in Virginia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998, where he double majored in history and sociology and was a member of the pre-law society

Mr. McDermott began his legal career in the suburban Washington D.C. area in northern Virginia as an associate attorney with a family law and civil litigation firm. In 2005, Mr. McDermott relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia and started his own firm and built a successful general practice representing hundreds of clients in a variety of legal matters including divorce, child custody, child support and other matters.  

In 2006, Mr. McDermott was certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a Guardian ad litem to represent children in court where he advocated for the best interests of children in family law cases. He received judicial appointments in divorce and custody cases to investigate and recommend to the court what would be in the best interests of children.

After years of representing a broad range of clients and recognizing the intense emotional, financial and unique spiritual challenges faced by individuals and families in family law cases, Mr. McDermott obtained formal theological and pastoral training from bible college in Dallas, Texas in 2011 to help guide his clients through the tumultuous times they face. Mr. McDermott is uniquely equipped to provide both the legal and spiritual counsel needed to navigate his clients through their case.

Mr. McDermott was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2015 and he was hired as the managing partner at a leading family law firm in Palm Beach County. While at the firm, he and a team of lawyers represented clients exclusively in marital and family law matters. Mr. McDermott represented clients at trials and mediations for divorces, paternity/custody actions, alimony modifications and child support issues and a variety of other sensitive family law matters.

In 2016, Mr. McDermott, his wife and three children relocated to Manatee/Sarasota area to be closer to extended family and launch McDermott Law Offices, PLLC. The firm focuses exclusively on Marital and Family law cases and represents clients primarily in divorce cases including mediation, litigation and collaborative law cases.

​Paul McDermott, Esq. is a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida State Bar, the Manatee Bar Association and Sarasota Collaborative Family Law Professionals.

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