Ryan R. Shafer is a partner 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.
Ryan was born and raised in Florence, New Jersey. He graduated from La Salle University in 2008 with a degree in Mathematics. He obtained his law school degree from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School in 2013. After his first year of law school, Ryan had a summer internship with Supreme Court Justice Virginia Long of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. During his last semester of law school Ryan was selected to participate in the DeKalb County Family Law Externship Clinic where under the 3rd Year Practice Act he represented indigent litigants in family law matters in front of Chief Judge Mark Anthony Scott. This experience solidified Ryan's decision to practice family law after having the opportunity to help clients get through such difficult times. Additionally, Ryan received a CALI Award for Excellence in Trademark Law for earning the highest grade in his class, served as a Peer Mentor to first year law students and was selected as a Student Ambassador.
On a personal level, Ryan enjoys watching and playing all sports, working out, drawing and spending time with his family and friends.
"Ryan has handled my custody case with respect and haste. I came to him in July desperately needing to change custody due to a pending DFCS case against my child's father. He immediately got the ball rolling and has been sensitive to my time and financial situation. He took an aggressive path that has paid off generously so far."
"Ryan was outstanding. I had a very challenging alimony modification case with a very difficult ex husband. Ryan immediately took a strong interest in helping me sort though a previous lawyers mess. He worked through many possibilities to get the best out of a failing situation. My original agreement was filled with loopholes and improper terms not typical in an alimony divorce case. I guess you could say in my original agreement with my original attorney - I got screwed! Ryan and the other attorneys that helped with the case were very compassionate towards me and this challenging situation. It was one of the most difficult clients they have ever opposed. In the end what I learned was Meriwether And Tharp is an amazing firm- they have the highest integrity, knowledge and desire for , you the client to understand what is going on during a very difficult time in your life and get the best for you. . This is what sets the bar high and above everyone else. Their online resources are incredible- they want you to be educated. I learned more in the first 5 days with M&T then I did in 2 years with my old attorney. Having that knowledge is key. I Reffered a friend for a divorce during my case and she had an excellent outcome. I highly recommend Ryan Shafer . He is smart , excellent math and finance skills,compassionate yet holds a hard time when needed. If I had used Ryan and Merriweather and Tharp from the beginning I would be in a very different position. The circumstances prior to their help- set my case to be unfavorable - but what I did get was peace of mind, knowledge of the law, confidence in knowing they did their very best and the support needed to move forward with my life. Those items are priceless. Ryan Shaffer is highly recommended- don't let his age fool you - he knows his stuff and he truly cares"