Compassionate Counsel for the Injured. Licensed to Practice in South Carolina and Georgia.
Michael Melonakos was born in Monroe, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University, where he majored in finance and international business and was the president of his fraternity. After graduation, Mike headed down to the University of Georgia for law school, and he’s been in the South ever since. While at UGA Law, Mike served as a notes editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property, was a teacher’s assistant to first-year law students in Contracts, and co-founded the Business Law Society.
As a young lawyer, Michael spent several years working for two of Atlanta’s premier insurance defense firms. He represented locally and nationally-known trucking companies, automobile insurers, and premises liability insurers in defense of lawsuits filed by accident victims. When Mike made a career move to the plaintiff’s side, his tenure in the large law firm environment and representation of prominent insurance companies provided Mike the experience necessary to obtain hundreds of favorable settlements and verdicts for his personal injury clients.
After a decade of practicing law in Atlanta, Michael and his wife Bren decided it was time to move back to Bren’s hometown of Greenville, SC so they could help accident victims in the Upstate area and be a part of a beautiful, growing city.
Michael’s experience in Atlanta’s fast-paced environment gives him a big advantage, as he has seen every type of injury and fact pattern and knows how to maximize the value of every case.
When not working for his personal injury clients, Michael volunteers for the Greenville Bar Association. He regularly volunteers at his children’s schools and attends St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, and playing golf.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2008||04/17/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 40 under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2018|
|Managing Partner||The Melonakos Law Firm||2018 - Present|
|Attorney||The Roth Firm||2012 - 2018|
|Associate Attorney||Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson||2010 - 2012|
|Associate Attorney||Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP (Atlanta, Ga)||2009 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|GTLA - LEAD||Member||2017 - Present|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||2013 - Present|
|Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section||2008 - Present|
|Atlanta Bar Foundation||Board Member for LawJam and member of Bard Show||2008 - Present|
|GTLA CLE||Pre-Litigation Discovery Techniques to Maximize Your Case Results||2018|
|University of Georgia||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|Michigan State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Secrets from the Vault CLE||Pre-Litigation Discovery Techniques to Maximize Your Case Results||2018|
|GTLA Annual Meeting||Tips, Tricks and Tribulations in Magistrate Court||2013|
|GMLJ Spring Seminar||Social Media & Discovery||2012|
|$150,000 verdict in Gwinnett County|
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