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Patrick Lehmon Meriwether

also known as Leh Meriwether, Patrick "Leh" Meriwether

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Domestic Violence, Marriage & Prenuptials

About Me

Professional Experience - Mr. Meriwether was admitted to practice law in Florida and Georgia in 1996. In 1998, Patrick L. Meriwether left the Atlanta office of Arthur Anderson and joined Robert Tharp to establish Meriwether & Tharp, LLP. His position at Arthur Anderson involved providing tax advice to a variety of large corporations. Mr. Meriwether; however, missed the personal satisfaction that comes with running his own practice and assisting small businesses and individuals with their legal needs. This is where he felt that he could really make the biggest difference.


Practice Areas

Since 2000, Mr. Meriwether has focused seventy percent (70%) of his practice on family law and thirty percent (30%) on business law. Through time, he has found that family and business law complement each other well in practice, as his skills from one area transfer easily to the other. Business litigation cases tend to require fewer Court appearances, but the family law cases of Mr. Meriwether's practice has afforded him the opportunity to appear in Court more often and hone skills necessary both for family law and business litigation. Mr. Meriwether's business litigation and transactional work provide the experience and ability to examine and tirelessly move through financial documents, both for business cases, including personal and small businesses, as well as family law cases involving large marital estates in need of equitable division.


Mr. Meriwether utilizes the latest computer software to maintain detailed and comprehensive records of his complex cases. This software allows Mr. Meriwether and his clients to quickly access case information and ensures that no details of the case are overlooked.


Family Law


Mr. Meriwether handles a broad range of family law cases, including divorce, adoption, child custody and support modification, adoption, domestic violence, and premarital agreements. He regularly deals with marital assets ranging from those of little or even negative value to those worth millions of dollars, and competently calculates spousal and child support when applicable.


Mr. Meriwether has said "In the Courtroom, we zealously represent our clients. But often, fierce litigation is not the best way to resolve a divorce, and we work to settle cases through active negotiation. A divorce can be the most life altering and stressful event anyone can go through, but it does not have to be." To help alleviate the stress often involved in family law cases, Mr. Meriwether takes a collaborative approach to family law. This approach involves utilizing negotiation and mediation to help maintain an amicable relationship between the parties. In cases with children, collaborative law protects the children above all else, creates a win/win situation for the parties, and the parties walk away as satisfied as possible.


In some family law cases, collaborative law will not work, or is inappropriate. Mr. Meriwether evaluates every case on an individual basis to determine how aggressive to approach the case based on the facts, the Court in which the case will be heard, and the Judge who will hear the case. The goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for an individual client. In Mr. Meriwether's experience, compared to a more subtle approach, a "take no prisoners" attitude often results in higher attorney's fees without a corresponding increase in the achieved result. As such, Mr. Meriwether aims to provide the correct level of aggressiveness to each case for the best result possible.


Business Law


Mr. Meriwether handles a variety of business law cases including simple and complicated business formations, and business divorces. He routinely forms Limited Liability Companies and Corporations. In so doing, he often is asked to draft complex contracts to assist the new business entity with its operations. He also assists clients with the buying and selling of businesses (including the due diligence associated with this process).


Mr. Meriwether views business formations involving a group of friends or acquaintances as marriages, albeit financial ones, and he excels in spotting potential pitfalls when parties are entering into a business relationship. He works hard to ensure that his clients enter into their business ventures well-informed and protected from whatever business complications they may encounter.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Divorce & Separation: 60%
  2. Child Custody: 25%
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
  4. Marriage & Prenuptials: 5%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

26 total 

  • Jon William Hedgepeth

    I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Meriwether is a highly skilled, very professional attorney who takes a reasoned approach to sensitive family law issues.

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    Jon Hedgepeth Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Byron M.G. Sanford

    I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. I have know Mr. Meriwether for over five years now. I have had the pleasure of co-presented continuing legal education classes with Mr. Meriwether in the past and have been impressed with his legal acumen and professionalism. It has been my pleasure to refer family law cases to Mr. Meriwether in the past and he has always handled them flawlessly.

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    Byron Sanford Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Meriwether & Tharp LLC

145 Towne Lake Parkeway
Suite 300
Woodstock, GA, 30188

270 East Main Street
Suite B
Canton, GA, 30114

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

11475 Great Oaks Way
Suite 125
Alpharetta, GA, 30022

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199607/07/2015
FLMember in Good Standing199605/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best of 2013Kudzu2013
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMeriwether & Tharp, LLC1998 - Present
Tax ConsultantArthur Anderson, LLP1997 - 1998
OwnerLaw Office of Patrick Meriwether, LLP1996 - 1997

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
The National Advocates Top 100 LawyersTop 100 Lawyers in Georgia2014 - Present
Healthy Married Life PodcastPresident2013 - Present
Georgia Office of Dispute ResolutionCertified Civil Mediator2010 - Present
Forsyth County Bar AssociationLegislative Committee2010 - 2012
Georgia Office of Dispute ResolutionCertified Arbitrator2009 - Present
Cherokee County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Forsyth County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2004 - 2013
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember2004 - 2013
State Bar of Georgia, Business Law SectionMember2004 - 2010
State Bar of Georgia, Family Law SectionMember2004 - Present
State Bar of FloridaMember1996 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Grenevitch v. Grenevitch 285 Ga. 509 (2009)Success. Supreme Court overturned the trial court
Sudler v. Mayor Campbell 250 Ga. App. 537 (2001)N/A
Bush et al v. Northside Trucking, Inc. et al. 252 Ga. App. 729 (2001)Upheld lower court and administrative court decision

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Oddities and Challenges of Family Law CLE MaterialsReading and Interpreting Financial Documents2014
The Family Law ReviewEffect of Supersedeas in a Hotly Contested Divorce Case2012
Cherokee TribuneCourt Appearance Justifies Positive First Impression2012
Cherokee TribuneHoliday Stress and The Courts2011
Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law SectionTop 10 iPhone/iPad Apps for a Family Law Attorney2011
The Cherokee TribuneReducing The Conflict in Divorce Cases2011
The Cherokee TribuneAvoiding the Conflict of a Divorce2011
The Peaceful Co-ParentAsk The Expert - Divorce and COBRA2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJuris Doctorate1995
University of MiamiN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Continuing Legal Education - Oddities and Challenges of Family LawEthical Dilemmas in Family Law2014
Continuing Legal Education - Oddities and Challenges of Family LawDividing Trust Assets in Divorce2014
Continuing Legal Education - Oddities and Challenges of Family LawReview and Interpreting Financial Documents2014
2011 Family Law ConferenceFamily Law Practice Management2011
The Paralegals' Guide to Contracts and Transactional DocumentsDrafting Contracts and Transactional Documents2009
LLC Trends and DevelopmentsRecent Trends and Developments with LLC's2009