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Melanie McCorkle Ellwanger

also known as Melanie Ellwanger

About me

Results-Driven DUI attorney. Super Lawyer's Rising Star 2013-2016. 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.


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.


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Practice areas


  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 

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  • Gregory Allen Willis

    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.


    Gregory Willis DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Rebecca Torres Kozycki

    Ms. Ellwanger is well known throughout the DUI community for her great results. She is tough, knowledgeable and always professional. I endorse this lawyer.


    Rebecca Kozycki DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Melanie M. Ellwanger, Attorney at Law

205 Norcross St.
Roswell, GA, 30075

Melanie M. Ellwanger, Attorney at Law

400 Perimeter Center Terrace NE
Suite 900
Atlanta, GA, 30346

Melanie M. Ellwanger, Attorney at Law

PO Box 767490
Roswell, GA, 30076



GAActive Member in Good Standing 200703/06/2010
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star AwardSuper Lawyers2016
Rising Star AwardSuper Lawyers2015
Certificate of CompletionDUI Super Symposium2014
Rising StarAtlanta Magazine2014
Rising Star AwardSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarAtlanta Magazine2013
Rising Star AwardSuper Lawyers2013
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