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Melanie McCorkle Ellwanger

Melanie McCorkle Ellwanger

also known as Melanie Ellwanger

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

Result-Driven DUI attorney. Super Lawyer's Rising Star. Former Prosecutor.


Ms. Ellwanger is a graduate of University of Arkansas School of Law. During her first and second summer in law school, Ms. Ellwanger was a law clerk with Andrew, Merritt, Reilly & Smith in Lawrenceville, Georgia where she worked in corporate law, as well as probate and estate planning.  In the following summer, Ms. Ellwanger was a Summer Associate with Whelchel and Dunlap in Gainesville, Georgia where she gained experience in both civil and criminal law.


Before attending law school, Ms. Ellwanger graduated from the Women’s College of Brenau University, cum laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies and Conflict Resolution.   She was the recipient of the Brenau Scholar Award and was a member of Gamma Sigma Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma Honor Societies.  During her time at Brenau,  Ms. Ellwanger was actively involved in the community through the Brenau University Leadership Program.


Prior to joining Head, Thomas, Webb & Willis, LLC, Ms. Ellwanger was employed as an Assistant Solicitor with the Forsyth County Solicitor-General’s Office where she was responsible for the prosecution of over 1000 criminal cases including DUI, domestic violence, traffic charges and other crimes.  Ms. Ellwanger also served as a prosecutor for the county’s DUI Court program when she prosecuted. She attended various police officer training classes including NHTSA DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing, where she earned a Certificate of Completion.  Before accepting a position with the Solicitor’s Office, Ms. Ellwanger worked as a law clerk and investigative assistant with the Hall County Public Defender’s Office in Gainesville, Georgia.


While with Head, Thomas , Webb & Willis, Ms. Ellwanger focused on DUI and Traffic violations, but worked on a new treatise on civil law with Senior Partner William C. Head that is set to be published.  Ms. Ellwanger founded her practice, Melanie M. Ellwanger, Attorney at Law in early 2014.  She was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2013 and 2014.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%



Fixed (Always), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • William C. Head

    When I first Melanie, she just started law practice as a DUI prosecutor in Forsyth County. She was working in one of Georgia's busiest criminal trial courts, and carrying half of a massive calendar of cases. She also was the DUI Court prosecutor, so she handled the toughest calendar of all --- repeat offenders. Some months later, she and I discussed the possiblity of her joining our firm once she had been to trial on lots of contested DUI cases. Over the next 18 months, she tried some very difficult cases against some of Georgia's best criminal defense attorneys. Many of these lawyers had been practicing before Melanie was born! Yet, she won every case! So, I hired her. Melanie brought her excellent courtroom skills and her extensive connections to our office. She continues to announce "ready for trial", but now she is doing it for our clients. She is the full package, and is a prosecutor's worst nightmare,


    William Head DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Frank Thomas Gomez

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Melanie earned the reputation as a skilled trial prosecutor with the Forsyth County Solicitor General office. She is well liked and respected by both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Additionally, she has a demeanor that translates weill with both judges and juries. Melanie is a great addition to the law offices of Head, Thomas, Webb and Willis and she will be soon making a name for herself in the area of DUI defense.


    Frank Gomez Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Melanie M. Ellwanger, Attorney at Law

205 Norcross St.
Roswell, GA, 30075


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200703/06/2010

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising Star AwardSuper Lawyers2015
Rising Star AwardSuper Lawyers2014
Certificate of CompletionDUI Super Symposium2014
Rising StarAtlanta Magazine2014
Rising Star AwardSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarAtlanta Magazine2013
Certificate of CompletionMulti-Device Breath Testing Training Certificate2010
Standardized Field Testing Practitioner CertificateForsyth County Sheriff's Department2009
Dean's ListUniversity of Arkansas School of Law2007
Leadership AwardBrenau University2004

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerMelanie M. Ellwanger, Attorney at Law, LLC2014 - Present
Senior AssociateHead Thomas Webb & Willis, LLC2010 - 2014
Assistant Solicitor ( like assistant district attorney)Forsyth County Solicitor-General's Office2007 - 2010
Law Clerk/Investigative AssistantHall County Public Defender's Office2007 - 2007
Summer AssociateWhelchel & Dunlap2006 - 2006
Law ClerkAndrew, Merritt, Reilly & Smith2005 - 2005

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Cobb County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2010 - Present
Appeals Court of GeorgiaMember2010 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2007 - Present
Prosecuting Attorneys Council of GeorgiaMember2007 - 2010

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving-DeKalbReduction to Reckless Driving
DUI Drugs Reduced to Red Light ViolationReduced to Traffic Violation
Gwinnett County DUI-Not GuiltyNot Guilty Verdict.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Rising Star2015
Atlanta MagazineRising Star2014
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Rising Stars2014
Super Lawyers - (Thomson-Reuters)Super Lawyers Rising Stars2013
Super Lawyers - Rising StarsAtlanta Magazine2013

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arkansas - FayettevilleLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Brenau UniversityLegal Studies and Conflict ResolutionBS - Bachelor of Science2004

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Law DayMagna Carta2015
Law DayEvery Vote Counts2014
Georgia DUI Law UpdateApocalypse Now: DUI Trial Practice in the New Georgia Evidence Code World2013
Georgia DUI UpdateEthics: DUI Trials, Pleas and Sentencing2010