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Melanie McCorkle Ellwanger

DUI and DWI Attorney at Roswell, GA

5.0   65 reviews

also known as Melanie Ellwanger

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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Melanie

Learn Melanie’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    80%
    I began my legal career prosecuting DUIs. Learning this business as a prosecutor, I had to go before many juries and hone my skills. Those court skills and that trial experience was the perfect background for me to move to criminal defense.

  2. Criminal defense
    10%
    prosecuted cases involving over 50 different kinds of criminal offenses. Because I had to PROVE these cases, I learned criminal law, inside and out.

  3. Drug Crime
    5%
    I handle misdemeanor and felony drug cases throughout the State.

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    Traffic citations can affect your insurance and even your privilege to drive. There are extra penalties for drivers under 21 years of age.

SUPER LAWYERS RISING STAR 2013-2022. FORMER DUI COURT PROSECUTOR & JUDICIAL CANDIDATE.

Results-Driven DUI attorney. When you call ME Law, you will speak to Melanie directly.

Super Lawyer's Rising Star 2013-2022. Former State Court Prosecutor and Judicial Candidate.

 

Ms. Ellwanger founded her practice, Melanie M. Ellwanger, Attorney at Law in early 2014 after seeking election as the Municipal Court Judge of Roswell. She was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

 

Prior to starting her own practice, Melanie was a senior associate with Head, Thomas , Webb & Willis, Georgia's largest DUI defense firm. 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. 

 

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.

 

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.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2019,2017,2016,2015,2012,2011
Client's Choice
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jeffrey | August 10, 2010
Exceptional Representation
My case was a double refusal. I was referred to Melanie's law firm and told "they are the best." Melanie did a great job keeping me informed of all the proceedings, her thoughts & strategy on my case, and was extremely patient listening to all the input that I had. Admittedly, I was very aggressive in my studying and researching of DUI laws and cases. I don't know of many attorneys that would have been as patient listening to my thoughts as I am not an attorney. Melanie was extremely thorough and well prepared when the state played their "shell game." Meaning, we prepared for a defense without the use of video only to have the video made suddenly available on the morning of trial. Melanie was aggressive when questioning the officer without questioning his integrity. She allowed the officer to contradict his police report, the video, & his previous sworn testimony, without interruption. Then, she simply presented the facts of this contradiction to the jury. “You just testified to this, but your previous testimony and in the police report, you stated something different?” I thought it was a brilliant tactical move! Dealing with a DUI arrest is extremely stressful and she did more than anyone should expect to lower that stress. Allowing you to continue your normal routine and rest a little better at night, while knowing that your case is in the hands of an expert is priceless! Save yourself the headache & confusion and just trash all the direct mail you will receive from the “other” lawyers. Make one phone call, to Melanie, and trust that you’ve made the right decision. I am forever grateful that I made the decision to hire Melanie and, more importantly, that she defended me with such excellence!
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Posted by Jason | February 14, 2013
Legally Brunette earns 5 stars with me!
Melanie was such a bright spot during such a difficult and stressful period in my life. I was charged with DUI, .179, and failure to maintain a lane in Jackson County. She guided me with expertise and positivity...my charges were reduced to reckless driving. I've dubbed her Legally Brunette. I highly recommend Melanie for your legal needs.
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Posted by Zac | January 25, 2024
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Criminal defense
I was charged with DUI and speeding. Mrs. Ellwanger got it plead down to reckless and my speed reduced. From the beginning to the end of my case she was present, answered any and all questions I had, reassured me when I needed it, was open honest and upfront with me the whole way. It took a year to get resolved and it was a pleasure having her work on it for me the entire time. If you need a criminal defense lawyer she is knowledgeable and highly recommended
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Posted by Saekwan | September 22, 2023
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Very satisfied with Hire ME Law
My experience with Hire ME Law was fantastic. Melanie is very professional and was able to work my two misdemeanor charges out to a result that I'm very happy with. I would happily recommend her firm for all your legal concerns!
Posted by Arlie Beach | September 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best DUI lawyer in the city
She beat the case completely, she also in addition to being incredibly professional she had beat this when it was a pre COVID case and didn’t get dismissed until 2023. Best 5,000 dollars I’ve ever spent! Thanks again Melanie! M telling anyone I know that gets a dui to retain Mellanie
Posted by Elizabeth | August 24, 2023
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Great Experience
We were so pleased with Melanie's representation and guidance when my son got a "super speeder" speeding ticket. On our first phone call - before we'd even officially hired her - she told us exactly what we needed to do. Knowing almost nothing about the legal process in these instances, we relied on her to explain the steps to us. We followed her advice, and she kept in communication with us until our meeting with the judge. Due to her guidance, the outcome for my son was much, much better than it could have been. Without her help, we would have been lost.
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Posted by Samar | July 9, 2023
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Efficient & Excellent
Melanie Ellwanger, was a excellent attorney in my traffic case. She was very patient, attentive to detail, & helpful on requiring information that was needed. The line of communication was very smooth and efficient. Her portal is done very well on keeping you updated also with access to any documents you would need to see. I highly recommend her expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2023
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Melanie does a great job!
Melanie listened to my concerns and always got back to me in a timely manner. Working with Melanie was my best experience with a lawyer, she is thorough and efficient. Even the judge liked working with her. She resolved the cases quickly and with no points on my daughter’s license. I could not recommend her more.
Posted by Claude | April 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Your search ends here - HIRE HER
I could not be more pleased with my experience having Melanie as my attorney. Melanie made me feel like my case was the most important thing in HER life. She was comforting, honest, supportive, thorough and responsive. She was not judgmental. She was extremely understanding and easy to work with. My case was very difficult and time consuming. I'm sure that she exceeded the hours that she billed me, yet she stuck to our deal without adding charges or even asking for more. Simply stated, she's the best lawyer you could have under any circumstance.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2019
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Best attorney
I am very happy and grateful for having her as my attorney . I strongly recommend her! she is passionate, professional and very strong Attorney who is taking care of her clients in a best possible way . Thanks again Melanie.
Posted by Sandi | April 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best!
Good at what she does! Having teens with a led foot she has been consistent with helping us in every aspect.
Posted by patrick | March 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
outstanding lawyer
Melanie handled two of my case for a 2nd Dui in the last year. She not only negotiated the best deal I could have possibly gotten, but also her advice on what and how to do things before court made after court probation so much easier. I had a very difficult Judge and with a 0.18 BAC on my 2nd DUI in one year, I didn't have much room to wiggle. She then represented me a year later to have the judge move my probation to non reporting. If you do what she says and follow directions for what to do before and after court, and during probation your life will be a lot easier. I saw several people with my judge get violated and do 30 days in Jail during their probation because they had not completed pre court requirements. Melanie told me exactly what to do and I never had an issue for the entire process. I highly recommend her to anyone with a DUI charge. You will find her fees very reasonable and fair. Sincerely, Patrick
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2019
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Excellent lawyer
Helpful in anyway possible, and was there every step of the way. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2019
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J3
Melanie was such a professional to work with.do not look to interview any other Lawyers You will receive true support and advice from Melanie.
Posted by Shannon | June 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great
Melanie helped me on my case on very short notice for a reasonable price. She also got me a great deal in Fulton County. I would highly recommend her services.
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
One of the Greatest DUI attorneys in Georgia.
Very personable and responsive. Able to answer questions and put you at ease through a stressful experience. Highly recommend! Not only will Melanie answers your questions very fast. She has a website where you can log on and see your case file. So there may not be many questions to ask, when you are looking at most of your case file yourself. Police reports, evidence the prosecutor has provided and etc. How many other DUI attorneys in Georgia will provide this information to you without you begging for it and you still may not receive it from them. Her price is also Great. See Melanie profile also.
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Posted by Joel Duke | January 20, 2018
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Legal Services
Melanie helped my wife and I when we needed wills, advanced directives, etc. She was a pleasure to work with in addition to being a talented attorney. We have confidence in recommending her.
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
3rd arrest for DUI
I could not have found a better attorney. I was stopped on my 3rd DUI charge and the tape didn’t look too good. I’d chosen attorneys with my prior charges and even though I’d paid 7,000 and 9,000 dollar, outside of the first verdict which was dismissed, I felt like I got no more than what I would had I just represented myself. This 3rd arrest I knew that I needed a good attorney to, a. help me not lose my license because I did not submit to any sobriety testing and b. help me walk away without having a second DUI charge on my record. I interviewed a lot of attorney at the low 2,500 to the 15,000 price point and in the end I decided on Melanie based on her experience and feeling that she would actually do her job and not just take my money and look for a plea deal. I knew I’d picked the right attorney when we got to the driver’s license hearing and she ran legal circles around the arresting officers, to the point they couldn’t tell the judge who actually arrested me and for what. This is when I knew I’d found the right attorney to represent me. She was just as fantastic in getting my charges reduced to reckless driving, a fine and some community service. I owe her more than the fee she charged. She knows the law, how to win, is responsive and knows a lot of the judges, District Attorney’s and officers which are all key when so much is on the line.
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Posted by Brooke | August 24, 2017
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Great Experience
Great experience working with Melanie! Very personable and responsive. Able to answer questions and put me at ease through a stressful experience. Highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
This is Definitely who you need to Rep you.
First of all she knows what she's doing. She is easily accessible via email, text or call which was a breath of fresh air from others I had contacted. Timely, personable and straightforward. Would return to her if I needed to (fingers crossed I never will).
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Melanie M. Ellwanger, Attorney at Law, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Head Thomas Webb & Willis, LLC
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Assistant Solicitor ( like assistant district attorney)
  • Forsyth County Solicitor-General's Office
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Law Clerk/Investigative Assistant
  • Hall County Public Defender's Office
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Summer Associate
  • Whelchel & Dunlap
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Andrew, Merritt, Reilly & Smith
  • 2005 - 2005
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Education

  • University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Brenau University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Underage Client - Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Client allowed to take diversion, not convicted
  • DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving-DeKalb
  • Reduction to Reckless Driving
  • DUI Drugs Reduced to Red Light Violation
  • Reduced to Traffic Violation
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Associations

  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Appeals Court of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star Award
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star Award
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star Award
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Completion
  • DUI Super Symposium
  • 2014
  • Rising Star Award
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Multi-Device Breath Testing Training Certificate
  • 2010
  • Standardized Field Testing Practitioner Certificate
  • Forsyth County Sheriff's Department
  • 2009
  • Dean's List
  • University of Arkansas School of Law
  • 2007
  • Leadership Award
  • Brenau University
  • 2004
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Law Day
  • Magna Carta
  • 2015
  • Law Day
  • Every Vote Counts
  • 2014
  • Georgia DUI Update
  • Ethics: DUI Trials, Pleas and Sentencing
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (19)
Endorse Melanie
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have personal experience watching Melanie get extraordinary results for her clients. She knows the DUI law and has the experience to win cases with that knowledge. Melanie is well respected by judges, prosecutors, and fellow defense lawyers. I highly recommend her for DUI defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Ellwanger is well known throughout the DUI community for her great results. She is tough, knowledgeable and always professional. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Her work ethic, and moral character are above reproach. She is very smart, and a formidable adversary in the Courtroom with a very bright future. She is truly "a Rising Star""
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie's reputation and answers to difficult questions proceed her. I endorse this lawyer for DUI defense without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie is the best kind of attorney. She gets great results, but is always humble and gracious. She has a lot of experience and you will be glad you hired her!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie is an exceptional trial attorney. She is respected across Georgia for her hard work and dedication to her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Melanie is a true rising star in the criminal defense bar. She has a reputation for vigorous advocacy for all her clients. If you need her, you will be in great hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Melanie. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie is a member of one of the finest law firms in the southeastern United States who dedicate their practice to the defense of DUI charges. Melanie is willing to take cases to trial that no other lawyer would ever consider. She is truly a trial lawyer who is not afraid of the courtroom. In a day and time where most lawyers will take your money and plead you guilty, Melanie is a welcome change. If you want a jury trial she is the one to see. gus"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I had a number of cases with Melanie when she prosecuted in Forsyth County. She was always well prepared and had command of the courtroom. Our firm was very fortunate to convince her to work with us. She has a great deal of compassion for her clients and is a persuasive advocate. She does a great job and gets fantastic results."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Melanie is a really fine attorney. Her experience as a solicitor has sharpened her trial and negotiating skills."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melanie is a rising star in the legal community. Her past experience as a Forsyth County Solicitor gives her a unique insight and understanding into DUI law and criminal defense. She cares about her clients and gives special attention to each of her cases. I'm honored to work with her and excited to see what her future holds."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melanie was the prosecutor on many of my DUI cases while she was with the Forsyth County Solicitor's office. The fact that she now practices with one of the preeminent DUI firms in the country is a testament to her tenacity, intelligence and ethics. She was an approachable, hard working, and reasonable prosecutor and I can only imagine that these traits have carried over to her practice as a criminal defense lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melanie joined our law firm after working for 2.5 years as a Forsyth County Prosecutor. During her time in Forsyth County, Melanie had the opportunity to litigate many cases as a Prosecutor. Melanie brings her trial experience as a prosecutor to court in defense of her clients. She is a great advocate for those she represents and is effective in negotiating in pre-trial situations with officers and prosecuting attorneys. The other side understands that Ms. Ellwanger has been in their shoes and that she is a zealous advocate in a trial setting. These litigation skills coupled with Melanie's networking abilities and knowledge in the area of DUI law make her a formidable opponent to deal with. I strongly endorse this lawyers work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Having worked both with and on the opposing side of the table to Melanie, I can confidentially say that she is an outstanding trial attorney. Melanie can access all aspects of a case, and seems to always formulate a winning solution. I am privileged (and somewhat relieved) to now be working side by side with her on numerous complex and high-stakes defense cases. EW"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"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,"
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