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Joann Brown Williams

Partner

  • Emory University

    Emory University

    Atlanta, Georgia 1989

    Bachelor of Arts in English

  • University of South Carolina School of Law

    University of South Carolina School of Law

    Columbia, South Carolina 1998

    Juris Doctor

Background

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. 

Her background as General Counsel for Textile Management Associates, Inc., a multinational textile manufacturer, responsible for overseeing all corporate legal matters, including litigation, provides her with in-depth insights into domestic matters involving high assets and businesses.  She understands how companies are run and where to look for information.

Joann often describes being in court as her form of chocolate.  She has been involved in several high profile cases that have been written about in The Los Angeles Times, The National Law Journal, Lawyers Weekly USA, Psychiatric News, TRIAL, The New York Times Magazine, Correctional Mental Health Report, The Verdict Magazine, and the Fulton County Daily Report. Cases of first impression in Georgia that Joann has tried include Garner v. Stone (DeKalb State Court 1999, involving psychological malpractice issue surrounding Tarasoff warnings); Ledford v. Smith, 249 Ga. App. 719 (2005)(defining fiduciary duties as between members under Georgia's limited liability act); and Stewart v. Smith, 291 Ga. App. 86 (2009)(recognizing defamation in fiction in Georgia).

She lives in Calhoun, Georgia with her husband, Ed, and their children, dog, cat, and miscellaneous strays.

Reviews

From AVVO.com
"Joann helped me through my divorce process which was very emotionally draining. She, literally, held my hand every step of the way and was a very calming and reassuring presence. She made sure I was informed at every turn and did her best to expedite the entire thing. I highly recommend her and her firm." Posted by: a Divorce client

"Joann has represented my for more than 10 years in both corporate and family law matters. She is by far the best attorney I know. Her understanding and application of the law is superior to any lawyer I know or know of. Joann is well known for offering the best advice and works tirelessly to resolve cases with the utmost of ethical conduct. Joann is 100% trustworthy, responsive and knowledgeable. She has often responded to my requests during evenings and weekends and is always just a phone call away. If you have a case and need the best lawyer walking the planet today, call Joann. You will be happy you did!!" Posted by: Ravi 

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Joann helped me through my divorce process which was very emotionally draining. She, literally, held my hand every step of the way and was a very calming and reassuring presence. She made sure I was informed at every turn... read more

After being blind-sided my ex-husband who currently resides in another state and petitioned for a modification of custody while the children were visiting him during the summer vacation; I quickly had to gain legal... read more

Joann is the lawyer you want tough situations. Her level of preparation for my hearing was evident. I was very satisfied with the results. I would recommend her to anyone that needs an honest lawyer. read more

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