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About me

I joined the firm of Meriwether & Tharp, LLC in January 2016, after having practiced law in Cobb County since 1996.  My practice also includes all of the counties in the North Metro Atlanta area.  I do my best to represent my clients in a diligent manner, and I do this by providing to them my best advice for their particular situation.  All cases are different, but they generally follow certain themes and trends, and my experience allows me to detect those themes and trends and develop the best approach for a particular client.

I work hard for all of my clients, and I welcome the chance to represent new clients with their particular issues.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
    19 years
  2. Child Custody: 40%
    19 years



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

27 total 

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  • Jeffrey Allen Turner

    If I told you how long ago it was I started asking for advice from David Canale, it would only embarrass me. Both of us with a Louisiana background, it was easy for us to become colleagues and friends. David gets my highest recommendation. Not just for being a smart practitioner, but from the caring way he conducts the practice of law and the breath of his care for his clients. Whenever I refer a case to him, I know the clients will be well-handled and well-served.


    Jeffrey Turner Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Leo Hughes

    David Canale is a highly competent and respected attorney in our Atlanta metro area family law community of practitioners. His knowledge of the law and courtroom skills are exceptional. I highly recommend him.


    Leo Hughes Uncontested divorce Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Meriwether & Tharp, LLP

145 Towne Lake Parkway
Suite 300
Woodstock, GA, 30188

Meriwether & Tharp, LLP

288 Lawrence Street
Marietta, GA, 30060

Meriwether & Tharp, LLP

3330 Cumberland Blvd SE
100 City View, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA, 30339



GAActive Member in Good Standing 199508/05/2016
LAEligible to practice law198908/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Executive Committee MemberThe National Advocates2015
Certificate of AppreciationCobb County Superior Court Judges and Cobb County Bar Association2012
Pro Bono AwardState Bar of Georgia2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMeriwether & Tharp, LLP2016 - Present
MemberPugh, Barrett, Canale & Leslie, LLC2005 - 2015
PartnerDavid Canale & Associates, PC1996 - 2005
Litigation CounselFederal Financial Group1995 - 1996
AttorneyFDIC/RTC1991 - 1995
AssociateBlanchard, Walker, O'Quin & Roberts1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of CourtMember2015 - Present
Cobb Justice FoundationMember2005 - Present
Cobb County Bar AssociationMember (Family Law Section)2000 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember - Family Law Section2000 - Present
La. State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Child Custody ModificationSettled after guardian's recommendation
Child Support ModificationSettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
GA Legal BlogVarious Articles2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Louisiana State University, Baton RougeZoologyBS - Bachelor of Science1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
M&T Firm SeminarCrafting Action Plans for Clients in a Divorce2016
KSU Paralegal StudiesTop 10 Qualities of a Successful Paralegal2016
Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of CourtThings You Thought You Knew2016