Meriwether & Tharp LLC was established in 1998 by partners Patrick Meriwether and Robert Tharp. In 2000, the offices were relocated to the Alpharetta/Roswell area, the firm expanded their professional staff, and began focus exclusively on family law. The firm provides legal services for individuals and businesses in Georgia and Florida, focusing primarily on the greater Atlanta area, including Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Forsyth counties.
Our attorneys handle all aspects of family law matters from premarital agreements to divorce, child custody, visitation rights, family violence and child support, alimony and modification as well as adoption and paternity issues.
At Meriwether & Tharp LLC our size allows us to provide clients with close, personal attention and individualized legal services. We make clients our first priority and strive to build long-term client relationships. Our exceptional referral rates are a strong indication of our excellent legal service and our high rate of client satisfaction.
Patrick L. Meriwether, Partner
Patrick “Leh” Meriwether has gained significant experience as an attorney since passing both the Georgia and Florida bar exams in 1996. Although he is admitted to practice in both Georgia and Florida he focuses his practice on Georgia cases. In addition to his license to practice law, he is also a certified arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Meriwether has handled thousands of family cases and is an invaluable resource when it comes to determining a spouse’s ownership rights, equitable division of a marital business and finding creative solutions on how to best address problems in a case…(continue reading).
Robert L. Tharp, Partner
Robert Tharp LLP was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1996. In 1998, he formed Meriwether & Tharp, LLP with his partner, Patrick L. Meriwether. Robert Tharp LLP was the 1998 winner of the Warren Akin Outstanding Alumni Contribution award at Emory University for his involvement in setting up and helping to establish the Urban Debate League in Atlanta, Baltimore, and New York as well as…(continue reading).
David Beaudry, Partner
Having practiced solely in family law during his entire legal career, David has over ten years of experience litigating these difficult and very personal issues. Originally from Florida, David attended law school at Seton Hall University in Newark, New Jersey and clerked for The Honorable Edward Torack in New Jersey who sat on the Superior Court Bench hearing exclusively Family and Divorce cases. This experience gave David first-hand experience as to how Family Law judges view cases, the factors that are important, and the arguments that are most effective on a variety of issues. David continued his family law practice when he moved here to Georgia where he worked for Stern & Edlin, P.C. prior to joining Meriwether and Tharp, LLC…(continue reading).
Todd A. Orston
Todd A. Orston was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1997, and since that time he has strived to distinguish himself as a skilled, knowledgeable, and zealous advocate of his clients. During his first four years of practice he honed his courtroom trial skills handling felony criminal cases as an Assistant District Attorney, and when he transitioned into a family law practice he brought with him extensive litigation experience, as well as a strong desire to help others. From his initial representation of family law clients at a well-respected family law boutique, to eleven years of experience representing family law clients in his own law firm, Todd brought a great deal of knowledge and experience to Meriwether & Tharp, LLC... (continue reading).
Joann Brown Williams
Joann Brown Williams has been litigating for well over a decade and has tried cases throughout the country in both State and Federal Court. After having practiced corporate litigation for a number of years, she felt she was in a position to follow her bliss and joined Meriwether & Tharp in June 2013. Joann’s motivation in practicing law is to help people who find themselves in difficult and often scary places in their lives and has found the best way for her to achieve her goals is through her family law practice…(continue reading).
Michael J. Schlifka
Michael has a dual membership to the Georgia Bar and New York State Bar. While in New York, Michael maintained a diverse practice, including family law, criminal defense, residential real estate and consumer bankruptcy for approximately 15 years, both as a solo practitioner and as lead associate attorney in a mid-size law firm on Long Island. Since relocating to Atlanta, he has focused his legal career primarily in family law. Prior to joining Meriwether & Tharp in February, 2015, Michael maintained a solo practice in Norcross, Georgia for over 20 years…(continue reading).
Melissa S. Bowen
Melissa has been working in the area of family law for ten years. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Melissa worked as a legal assistant for a family law solo practice learning the basic procedures involved in a family law case. Continuing to develop her skills in this area of law, Melissa was promoted to paralegal and continued working in this position throughout college and during summer breaks from law school. During this time, Melissa learned the “ins and outs” of various Court processes, the nuances of working with different Judges, and became very familiar with drafting pleadings, complex motions, discovery, and settlement agreements…(continue reading).
Charlotte R. Ruble is an associate attorney with Meriwether & Tharp, LLC and practices family law. Mrs. Ruble has gained considerable experience litigating family law cases since her admittance to the Georgia Bar in 2011. She began practicing law under the Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Mrs. Ruble has legal and community ties to Cherokee and Forsyth County Georgia. She has litigated divorce, contempt, family violence, modification, and adoption cases in Forsyth, Hall, and surrounding Northeastern counties of Georgia…(continue reading).
Georgetta was born and raised in the Island of Jamaica. Since elementary school, Georgetta knew that she wanted to become a lawyer. Georgetta moved to the United States at sixteen years old and obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami where she was on the Provost Honor Roll. She received her Juris Doctorate from Jacob D. Fuchsberg, Touro Law School in 2000 and passed the bar and became licensed to practice law in 2000. Georgetta was the recipient of the 1999 Public Interest Fellowship for my commitment to volunteering in the public Interest field…(continue reading).
Lisa Marie Chambers
Lisa Marie Chambers grew up in the Chicagoland area and is a proud Midwesterner. She attended undergrad and graduate school at Purdue University and attended law school at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Lisa Marie finds enormous satisfaction in guiding clients through the legal process with compassion, patience, empathy and a well-placed sense of humor. In her work as a domestic and bankruptcy attorney, she has seen hundreds of clients come to her with stress, heartbreak and fear and she has been honored to help them start new chapters in their lives... (continue reading).
Robin K. Love
Robin Love has experience in a variety of areas including divorce, child custody, child support, modification, contempt, legitimation, paternity and actions involving the Family Violence Act. Ms. Love’s business litigation background provides the experience and ability necessary to analyze financial and other business documents for her family law cases, particularly those involving large marital estates or family businesses in need of equitable division. Ms. Love approaches her family law cases with the goal of balancing the legal demands of the case and the emotional and financial needs of her client. Although Ms. Love strongly believes that the most emotionally and financially effective means of resolving domestic relations matters is through a collaborative approach, she is ready and willing whenever necessary and appropriate to utilize fierce debate skills in and out of the courtroom to advocate for her client…(continue reading).
Jason W. Karasik
Jason Karasik is an associate attorney with Meriwether & Tharp, LLC. Jason obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 2008. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he began work as a policy fellow for Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. Jason worked with the House Education Committee and the Senate Education and Youth Committee while doing education policy research. Additionally, he worked closely with the Governor’s Policy Director in providing solutions for Georgia’s education issues…(continue reading).
Deborah B. Koslin
Deborah Koslin is an associate attorney with Meriwether & Tharp, LLC, and practices family law. Deborah obtained her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law in 2009. At Emory, she was an active member of the Moot Court Society, serving on the executive board and competing in numerous interschool competitions. Prior to law school, Deborah graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 2006. Upon graduating from law school, Deborah was admitted to the North Carolina and Georgia State Bars....(continue reading).
Ryan R. Shafer
Ryan R. Shafer is an associate attorney with Meriwether & Tharp, LLC. Prior to joining the firm Ryan obtained considerable experience litigating family law cases as an associate attorney with Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. located in Jonesboro, Georgia. Ryan has litigated divorce, modification, child support, legitimation and contempt cases in Fulton, Clayton, Henry, Fayette and Spalding counties…(continue reading).
Andrew J. Weegar
Andrew J. Weegar is an associate attorney in Meriwether & Tharp’s Woodstock office. Andrew obtained his undergraduate degree, in Economics, from the University of Georgia in 2010 and his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2013. While attending Florida Coastal School of Law Andrew was a member of the school’s Moot Court Honor Board which finished ranked second in the nation during his third year of law school…(continue reading).
Amy Latrese Cooper
While at Emory Law, Ms. (Martin) Cooper clerked at both law firms and government agencies where she gained hands on experience in all aspects of case management and exposure to several areas of the law. Additionally, during her time at Emory Law, Ms. Cooper honed her oral advocacy skills by advocating in a number of mock trial tournaments a member of Emory University's Mock Trial Society and by advocating in a three day criminal trial pursuant to Georgia's Third Year Practice Act. Upon graduation from Emory Law, Ms. Cooper was inducted into the National Order of Barristers, an honor which is only bestowed on those who have proven their skill as oral advocates... (continue reading).
Since joining Meriwether & Tharp, LLP in 2006, Ms. Kass has focused the majority of her practice on family law. Ms. Kass handles a wide range of family law cases, including, divorce, child custody and support modification, stepparent adoption, domestic violence and contempt. She has participated in many settlement negotiations, mediations (formal and informal), status conferences, and hearings... (continue reading).
Amanda B. Gallardo
Amanda B. Gallardo is a law clerk at Meriwether & Tharp, LLC. Amanda first joined Meriwether & Tharp in 2010 as an intern while attending the Georgia Institute of Technology for her undergraduate degree. After graduating from Georgia Tech, she left Meriwether & Tharp to pursue her law degree at the Charleston School of Law... (continue reading).