Patrick L. Meriwether

Patrick L. Meriwether

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC
  • Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence
  • Florida, Georgia
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Summary

I co-founded Meriwether & Tharp, LLC with Robert “Bob” Tharp in 1998. In the beginning, the firm was just two young lawyers who thought that they could make a difference by teaming up together. At present, we are the largest family law firm in the state of Georgia. The firm has over 40 lawyers dedicated to helping clients get through difficult times.

In 2009, we surveyed the family law landscape and decided to make a change. We began to develop a vision of a better way to practice family law. As our vision became a reality, the firm grew.

As the practice grew, our team honed our courtroom skills to zealously advocate for our clients. But, more importantly, we learned that lawyers should work to resolve most family law cases. In some respects, working to resolve cases is much more challenging than litigating the cases. It requires digging in to find out where the problems are and looking for solutions. Often solutions are found outside of the confines of the legal system.

In addition to working to resolve the case, we also help our clients perform a three step cost-benefit analysis of their situation to help them make wise decisions. First, we help the client understand the legal strengths and weaknesses of a their case. Next, we discuss with the client the financial repercussions and costs of pursuing a specific litigation plan. And finally, we explore the long term 'emotional' price of any particular plan. The emotional price can include the value of ending a case earlier so that the client can move on with their life. The emotional price can also include the toll protracted litigation can have on children.

We are here to help. Sometimes that help involves giving the clients certain tools to save their marriage and never hire us. We love it when that opportunity comes along.

When I am not helping someone with their divorce, or trying to save their marriage, you will find me with my wife and kids or in my woodworking shop.

Education
University of Florida Levin College of Law
J.D.
University of Miami
B.A. | Marine Biology & General Business
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Professional Experience
Partner
Meriwether & Tharp, LLC
- Current
Tax Consultant
Arthur Anderson
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His position at Arthur Anderson involved providing tax advice to a variety of large corporations. Mr. Meriwether, however, missed the personal satisfaction that comes with running his own practice and assisting small businesses and individuals with their legal needs. This is where he felt that he could really make the biggest difference.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Reading and Interpreting Financial Documents
NBI CLE Matrials
Court Appearance Justifies Positive First Impression
Cherokee Tribune
Effect of Supersedeas in a Hotly Contested Divorce Case
The Family Law Review
Holiday Stress and The Courts
Cherokee Tribune
Top 10 iPhone/iPad Apps for a Family Law Attorney
Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
Speaker
National Paralegal Institute
Speaker
National Business Institute
Speaking Engagements
113 - Pre-Nuptial Agreements - When Are They Enforceable?, Atlanta, Georgia
The New Talk 106.7
Certifications
Mediation
Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
Arbitration
Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
Awards
Super Lawyer
Thomson Reuters
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Super Lawyer
Thomson Reuters
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. Since Super Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid in selecting a lawyer, we limit the lawyer ratings to those who can be hired and retained by the public.
Georgia Legal Elite
Georgia Trend Magazine
Georgia Legal Elite
Georgia Trend Magazine
Professional Associations
Georgia Bar
Member
- Current
Florida Bar
Member
- Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
Georgia
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover
Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
The Atlanta Divorce Team
Blog
Divorce Team Radio
Contact & Map
Woodstock Office
145 Towne Lake Parkway
Suite 300
Woodstock, GA 30188
USA
Toll-Free: (678) 879-9000
Telephone: (678) 527-5191
Cell: (678) 879-9000
Fax: (678) 298-8995
Meriwether & Tharp - Marietta Office
288 Lawrence Street
Marietta, GA 30060
USA
Telephone: (678) 879-9000
Alpharetta Office
11475 Great Oaks Way
Suite 125
Alpharetta, GA 30022
USA
Telephone: (678) 879-9000
Fax: (678) 879-9001
Atlanta (Midtown) Office
1545 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 300
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30309
USA
Telephone: (678) 879-9000
Canton Office
150 North Street
Suite F
Canton, GA 30114
USA
Telephone: (678) 879-9000