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David A. Canale

Divorce and separation Attorney at Woodstock, GA

4.5   23 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 28 years
    Louisiana - LA 34 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1995
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1989
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, Separate Maintenance, Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements, Custody, Child Support, Contempt

    28 years

  2. Family
    Adoptions, Grandparent visitation/custody, Juvenile Dependency, Modifications of Custody and Child Support

    29 years

I joined the Woodstock office of Meriwether & Tharp, LLC in January 2016, after having my office in Cobb County since 1996.  My practice area has always included all counties in the North Metro Atlanta area, as well as Fulton County and the City of Atlanta.  I do my best to represent my clients in a diligent and professional manner.  I do this by providing them with my best advice for their particular situation, based upon my knowledge of the law and my many years of experience in Divorce and Family Law.  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 assist them in the areas of Divorce and Family Law.  I can be reached at if you would like more information.

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Meriwether & Tharp, LLC
145 Towne Lake Parkway
Suite 300
Woodstock, GA, 30188
Meriwether & Tharp, LLC
288 Lawrence Street
Marietta, GA, 30060
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4.5 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always a pleasure, excellent attorney
I first met and hired Mr. Canale in 2002. Subsequently, I’ve hired him for multiple family law cases over the years with the most recent being a divorce 2018. He has always exceeded my expectations, is highly reliable and in general a great person all around. I would (and have) recommended him to others.
Posted by dan | July 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David Canale, Attorney at Law
David is an excellent attorney. Faced with a contentious and difficult divorce, David walked me through the necessary steps with both skill and compassion. His suggestions were always correct and efficient. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by Dolores | March 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney - Case with Difficult Untruthful Spouse
David and his Team were very professional and kept me informed of the status throughout the grueling divorce process. David provided me with a high level of legal representation which was needed to understand the unethical and unfair tactics used by my now ex-husband to try to gain favorable treatment and a larger property settlement. I believe David's extensive knowledge, diligence, and confidence was paramount in getting me the best possible outcome based on the nuances of my case. I deeply appreciate David and his Team at Meriwether & Tharp's hard work on my divorce case.
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Posted by Victoria | February 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrific Practice
David and staff were awesome. They were very thorough and timely in handling my divorce case and I will absolutely recommend them to others in the future.
Posted by Christopher | May 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
True Class Act! Great Attorney!
David Canale is a true class act at everything he does. He is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and is more then respected throughout the Cobb & Cherokee County Courts. David's exceptionally strong eye for detail has been a benefit to me in more than one occasion . David also has a very calm demeanor that was a blessing for me in and out of the courtroom.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, and trustworthy.
I have hired David Canale on two seperate occasions for legal assistance, and my experience both times has been nothing but impeccable. David has a clear knowledge of the law, and is very seasoned in his experiences/cases to share with you the most profesional advice and guidance as you work through your toughest moments in life. David handles each phone call and email with a sense of urgency and takes the time to walk you through each question until you feel you are understanding of your best options. David is caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. I cannot think of anyone else I would hire again for legal services other than David Canale. You will be very comforted knowing that David can assist you with your process from start to finish. I certinaly am very thankful and appreciative of everything David has done to assist me and my family.
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Posted by Bob | January 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Results
We were referred to David when we were trying to get custody of our granddaughter, he worked with us and was there for us throughout the whole process, He instructed us as to what we needed to do and kept us informed as to what was going on thru the whole process. He had other legal connections which were helpful in getting thru the case. He is knowledgeable, persistent, and knows how to get the desired results. We think of him as our as a friend and confidant. We highly recommend David.
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Posted by B.N. | September 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Good Lawyer
Mr. Canale represented me in my divorce. He is a good person and a very good lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent referral
I was referred to attorney Canale via Avvo. Even though my case was outside his practice area, he immediately contacted me to discuss options. His excellent referral made all the difference in winning my case. I am duly impressed and cannot thank attorney Canale enough!
Posted by joycelyn | December 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David Canale represented my great neice for whom I was trying to get custody. He not only did he relate to me and kept me informed my niece thought he was awesome ( and we all know teens don't like anybody). I would use again for any and all family matters.
Posted by William Gentry | April 29, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
David is thorough, knowledgeable, detail-oriented, and forceful. He zealously represents his clients, and he's always well-prepared. I've litigated against him on several occasions, and his clients respect him.
Posted by William | September 28, 2011
Count on him when it counts !!!
Mr. Canale has handled two cases for my wife and I. In both instances he performed above our expectations. I visited an upscale law firm in a prestigious high-rise prior to my consultation with Mr. Canale. His knowledge of the law in my case far exceeded the "specialist". I was kept well informed throughout the process, not miss-lead in the possible outcomes and treated with respect. Since then, I have recommended him to friends and he will be my first call if I am ever in need of a good, honest lawyer. Do yourself a favor... just call him.
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Posted by Lori | September 24, 2011
Extremely Professional
David Canale helped me with my child custody and divorce case. I found him to be very professional and easy to work with. He is very knowledgeable in the area of Family Law and he is well respected in the Courts. I would highly recommend him - he is an excellent attorney.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2011
Came highly reccomended for good reason
Very prompt to return calls. Made himself available whenever necessary. Fast and efficient at handling my case.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2011
A family resolution
I called David when I learned my grandson was in a precarious situation and I did not know how to help him. At a time of great anxiety in our family, David helped us with his guidance and his experience of family situations similar to ours. He continues to check in on us and and is the person I would recommend to anyone needing his expertise...
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Posted by Doug | September 23, 2011
Trusted Representation
David represented me and my family on two occasions and provided sound legal counsel. His demeanor is thoughtful, respectful and courteous and he knows the law. His timeliness and responsiveness were a great comfort during challenging times. I can confidently give David my highest recommendation.
Posted by Jim | September 22, 2011
A thorough Professional
I have engaged David on three occasions over the past 6 years. He has always produced excellent results in the court system, keeping me informed and protecting my interests throughout the process. I have recommended David to others and they have been very satisfied.
Posted by Wendy | September 22, 2011
Outstanding Family Lawyer
David was an outstanding attorney and would recommend him to anyone dealing with family matters in the Georgia Courts. David was extremely knowledgeable regarding Georgia law. He was professional and practical with his guidance and provided valuable information that helped me navigate through a difficult situation. He was very responsive and also sensitive to the emotional aspect of the experience. He did not try to provide unnecessary information or charge unnecessary fees. I have gladly recommended him to friends.
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Posted by Becky | September 22, 2011
Excellent Attorney
I used Mr. Canale for a divorce action in Cobb County, Georgia. His experience and expertise proved him to be an excellent and skilled practitioner. I have, and will continue, to refer Mr. Canale to others who may be in need of an attorney for divorce or any other matter which Mr. Canale practies. He handled the case timely, professionally and within my budget. Very kind and understanding professional!
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
TPO representation
David advised that he had defended people facing TPOs. I advised him of the unique and malicious nature of the plaintiff in my case. David did not seem to take on my case with much urgency (although he acted professionally at all times). David spend a portion of our consultation time aggressively questioning me (the defendant) in an accusing fashion. He seemed, at times, to be encouraging me to incriminate myself. When I asked him about it directly, he told me that he was trying to "toughen me up" prior to facing opposing counsel. He did not seek to verify the facts in the Ex Parte TPO order signed by the judge. He did not obtain or seek to obtain any of the police reports that the plaintiff allegedly filed (the lack of police reports would have indicated perjury on the part of the plaintiff). David performed admirably, in person, during the court hearing. As I faced my accusers and a bench full of "friends and supporters" alone (with the exception of my lawyers), David never suggested asking for a continuance or extension in order to try to delay or thin out the people showing up for the plaintiff's party. David negotiated, but not aggressively. David represented me, but I feel I could have had more value for the money if I hired representation that was more familiar with defending against malicious TPOs vs. someone that was more comfortable initiating and prosecuting TPOs. After the case was concluded, I searched David's case history in Cobb and Cherokee county. He does not seem to have the experience in defense of TPOs that he assured me he possessed. I will continue to consult and perhaps even hire David again, but I will most certainly seek additional counsel from another source rather than place myself soley in his hands in the future.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Meriwether & Tharp, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Member
  • Pugh, Barrett, Canale & Leslie, LLC
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Partner
  • David Canale & Associates, PC
  • 1996 - 2005
  • Litigation Counsel
  • Federal Financial Group
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Attorney
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Blanchard, Walker, O'Quin & Roberts
  • 1989 - 1991
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  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Child Custody Modification
  • Settled after guardian's recommendation
  • Child Support Modification
  • Settled


  • The Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member (Family Law Section)
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member - Family Law Section
  • 2000 - Present
  • La. State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • The National Advocates
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia
  • 2016 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Family Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyer Family Law
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer Family Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Executive Committee Member
  • The National Advocates
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Cobb County Superior Court Judges and Cobb County Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Award
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • 2023
  • Grandparents' Visitation After Divorce and Death: Litigation Strategies and Proactive Steps to Protect Rights
  • Grandparent visitation
  • 2019
  • M&T Firm Seminar
  • Crafting Action Plans for Clients in a Divorce
  • 2016
  • KSU Paralegal Studies
  • Top 10 Qualities of a Successful Paralegal
  • 2016
  • Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Things You Thought You Knew
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (35)
Endorse David
Juvenile law Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Family Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David well and would trust his judgment and ability without concern. David Canale is a well respected subject matter expert and a fine man. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had a case against David a few years ago that we were able to resolve out of court after a pre-trial conference with the judge. Since then I have gotten to know him better and see him in the courthouse and at bar association events. Without question, his reputation in the legal community is top notch and well deserved."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you want a lawyer who is well known and respected by the entire legal community, then hire David. David has served the community through his volunteer work with the bar association. Consequently, Judges and other lawyers know David as an ethical, reliable, and determined litigator. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Canale have worked as opposing counsel on several family law and juvenile matters over the past several years and I have always found him to be professional, courteous and very competent."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Based on viewing this lawyer's answers to questions on AVVO, I endorse him."
Juvenile law Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David Canale for several years through his work in the Cobb County Juvenile Court. He is a tireless advocate and is passionate about his work, especially when it involves the well-being of children. It has been a great pleasure to work alongside him in the past."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David for several years and I have seen his work both inside and outside the courtroom. He works diligently for his clients and he obtains great results. I without reservation endorse David Canale."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sharp and on the ball."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Canale has been opposing counsel in several cases so I have the personal experiences to endorse him. He is professional at all times which together with his legal skills helps his clients get good outcomes, It is apparent from what I have observed that Mr. Canale cares about doing right by his clients and does not encourage wasteful litigation."
Family Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David Canale is a well liked and respected member of the Cobb County legal community. He has a reputation for aggressive and effective advocacy for all of his clients and he always works tirelessly to get the best results."
Juvenile law Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working together with Mr. Canale on numerous Juvenile Court matters and have found him to be of the utmost competence and a zealous advocate for his clientele."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His contributions to the legal community are reflected by his willingness to regularly provide legal advice on Family Law issues."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He provides detailed and insightful analysis to questions posed by AVVO subscribers. The detailed responses and thorough explanations provided here display a vast knowledge of the law. He is an asset to the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an excellent lawyer in court and responsive to his client's needs. His rates are very reasonable."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have found David to be a knowledgeable and upstanding advocate for his clients. I am happy to endorse him."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I know David from his great work in family law and as a Mock Trial coach. His reputation in the community and skills in the courtroom makes him a great advocate for his family law clients. David is a compassionate attorney and will find the best solution for your situation. If David is your lawyer, you have done well."
Family Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Canale has been opposing counsel on a couple cases. He advocated zealously for his clients’ interest while remaining professional throughout the entire process. With his legal knowledge, he knew when to stand his ground on an issue and when a client should settle an issue, which allowed the parties to reach excellent settlements. In addition to knowing him as an opposing attorney, I also know him through Cub Scouts, where he is a Den Leader for his son and others. He is someone that not only works hard for his clients at the office, but also gives back to his community. Even after a hard fought day in the Courtroom, he will attend Cub Scout events to improve his role as a leader for others. It is always good to see him at the Courthouse and at Roundtable."
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