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Ashleigh Bartkus Merchant

Ashleigh Bartkus Merchant

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Appeals, Violent Crime, Domestic Violence

About Me

Ashleigh, originally from Florida, now resides in
Marietta, Georgia with her husband and their two daughters. 


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Appeals: 25%
    13 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    13 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    13 years
  4. Violent Crime: 15%
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%



Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

23 total 

  • Melvin Samuel Nash

    Ashley is one smartest and best lawyers in practice today. Skilled in trial, negotiations and preparation for trial. Truly a formidable adversary I endorse this lawyer without reservation


    Melvin Nash Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • William Michael Maloof Jr.

    I had the pleasure of working with Ashleigh on an aggravated stalking case. She could not have been more helpful and without her assistance my client would have received at least five years in custody. After the case was over, the client plead to straight probation on a very bad fact pattern. Ashleigh is a brilliant attorney. She has a unique skill set of both brains and charisma. I would recommend her for anyone charged with a serious felony in Georgia.


    William Maloof Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Merchant Law Firm, P.C.

341 Lawrence Street Northeast
Marietta, GA, 30064


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200407/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Top Lawyer Under 40Fulton Daily Report2013
Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2012
Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2011
2010 Legal EliteGeorgia Trend2010
Employee of the QuarterFulton County Public Defender2007
First PlaceHerbert Weschler National Criminal Law Moot Court2003
Third Best OralistHerbert Weschler National Criminal Law Moot Court2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Staff AttorneyFulton County Office of the Public Defender, Atlanta Judicial Circuit2005 - 2009
Staff AttorneyMetro Conflict Defender2004 - 2005
N/ASouthern Center for Humans Rights2003 - 2004

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Homeowners AssociationVice President2010 - 2011
Cobb County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Cobb County Bar Association, Criminal Defense SectionMember2009 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2004 - Present
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2003 - Present
Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court BoardMoot Court Member2002 - 2003

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. TMNot Guilty on 6 of 7 felony counts
State v. HCAll Charges Dismissed
State v. VGOverturned trial judge's decision

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Publication NameTitleDate
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionAJC2011
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionAJC - State v. Bunn2010
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionAJC - Unjust Mandatory Minimums2010

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of FloridaLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of FloridaPolitical ScienceBachelors of Arts1999

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
State Bar of GeorgiaCivil Rights Litigation2014
Annual DUI SeminarDUI2013
Winning Trial StrategiesCriminal Defense2012
Lawyering in the RoundCriminal Defense2012
Immigration Consequences of Criminal LawCriminal Defense2011
Fulton CountyNew Attorney Training2011
Continuing Legal EducationParoles and Pardons2011
Advanced Criminal PracticeAdvanced Criminal Practice2011
Institute of Continuing Legal EducationGeorgia Appellate Practice2010
Continuing Legal EducationNew Attorney Orientation2009
Continuing Legal EducationKeeping Clients Happy2008
Continuing Legal EducationDemurrers and Motions to Dismiss2004