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Michael has a dual membership to the Georgia Bar and New York State Bar. While in New York, Michael maintained a diverse practice, including family law, criminal defense, residential real estate and consumer bankruptcy for approximately 15 years, both as a solo practitioner and as lead associate attorney in a mid-size law firm on Long Island.

Since relocating to Atlanta, he has focused his legal career primarily in family law. Prior to joining Meriwether & Tharp in February, 2015, Michael maintained a solo practice in Norcross, Georgia for over 20 years. He has successfully handled a vast range of family law cases including, uncontested and contested divorce, child custody, support, equitable division, modification, contempt, family violence, legitimation, pre/post nuptial agreements, and step-parent adoption. His practice has taken him to the entire Metro Atlanta area including, but not limited to Barrow, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, in addition to Augusta, Catoosa, and Meriwether Counties.

Michael strives to maintain a high level of professionalism while dedicating a fierce commitment to attaining the needs and realistic goals of his client.

On a personal note, he has maintained his passion for racewalking initially on a successful competitive level, and more recently on a leisurely basis. Michael is a past President of the Walking Club of Georgia, Roswell Rapids Swim Team Booster Club President, former marathon coach, and is proud to have completed 7 full marathons and many more half marathons


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    36 years
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    36 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
    36 years
  4. Child Support: 10%
    36 years
  5. Alimony: 10%
    36 years



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kristal Alise Holmes

    I have had the pleasure to work with Michael this year and he is a seasoned advocate with a vast level of knowledge and experience. He is very thoughtful and compassionate. Yet, a zealous advocate who always fights for the best outcome for his clients.


    Kristal Holmes Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Amy Latrese Cooper

    Michael is a preeminent attorney. His attention to detail is unmatched, and he is the model of professionalism. Having worked with him closely, I know that he tirelessly works to achieve the best results for his clients. It my pleasure to endorse this attorney.


    Amy Cooper Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Meriwether & Tharp, LLP

11475 Great Oaks Way
Suite 125
Alpharetta, GA, 30022


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199407/15/2016
NYCurrently registered 197903/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
20 year anniversaryMartindale-Hubbell2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyMeriwether & Tharp, LLC2015 - Present
AttorneyMichael J. Schlifka, Esq.1995 - 2015
Senior Associate AttorneyFeldman, Kramer & Roberts1989 - 1993
PartnerEgan, Netusil & Schlifka1987 - 1989
AttorneyRobert W. Farrell1979 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Georgia, Family Law SectionMember1995 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Toledo College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
George Washington UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975