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Patrick “Leh” Meriwether co-founded Meriwether & Tharp, LLC with Robert “Bob” Tharp in 1998.  In the beginning, the firm was just two young lawyers who thought that they could make a difference by teaming up together.  At present, it is the largest family law firm in the state of Georgia.  The firm has over 20 lawyers dedicated to helping clients get through difficult times. 


Early on, Leh focused on business litigation and transactional cases.  As his practice grew, his business clients found themselves needing help with family law matters.  While this was not his first choice in legal practice areas, he found it rewarding to help people at such an intimate level.  In 2004, Leh and Bob decided to expand Meriwether & Tharp to handle family law cases on a larger, full time basis.  From 2004 to 2009, the firm had an even split of family and business cases.


In 2009, Leh and Bob decided to focus the entire practice on family law.  This was a difficult decision, because half of the firm revenue came from its business law cases.  At that time, the firm had five lawyers, but they believed that they could best serve their clients by focusing only on family law.  They did not like the current family law landscape and wanted to make a change.  They began to develop a vision of a better way to practice family law.  As their vision became a reality, the firm grew.  At present, it employs nearly 50 people focused on family law and helping people through difficult times.


Over the years, Leh learned how to zealously advocate for a client in the courtroom.  But, more importantly, he learned that lawyers should work to resolve most family law cases.  In some respects, working to resolve cases is much more challenging than litigating the cases.  It requires digging in to find out where the problems are and looking for solutions. 


To improve his resolution skills, he sought out training as a mediator and arbitrator.  He is currently registered as a Certified Mediator and Arbitrator with the State of Georgia.  He loves to apply his experience and training to clients to help them work towards the best settlement possible.


When approaching cases, Leh offers clients a cost-benefit analysis.   This involves a three step process.  First, he assesses the legal strengths and weaknesses of a client’s case.  Next, he reviews the financial repercussions and costs of pursuing a specific litigation plan. And finally, he explores the long term 'emotional' price of any particular plan.  The emotional price can include the value of ending a case earlier so that the client can move on with their life.  The emotional price can also include the toll protracted litigation can have on children.  The advantage of being in a large family law firm is that there is a large pool of experience from which to pull from.  Using this experience, he can share the possible futures that a client's choices can have so that they make wise decisions.


When Leh is not helping people get through their divorce, he and his wife work together to save marriages.  They lead a marriage group twice a year called Thrive.  It is an 11 week course designed to help couples make their marriage thrive.  This marriage group is through their Church, Woodstock City Church, which is part of Andy Stanley’s Northpoint Ministries. For a time, they also hosted a podcast together called Healthy Married Life.  It is still available for download on iTunes and Stitcher radio.  You can find their website at www.healthymarriedlife.com.  He loves the work that he and his Wife do together to keep couples out of his office.  


On a personal level, Leh holds a Black Belt in Judo and was the State Champion in his division while in law school. When not practicing law, Leh has also been active in his sons’ Cub Scouts and Boy Scout activities.  He was the den leader for both his sons and ran the Pack’s Cub Mobile Race (with 99 scouts) for five years in a row.


 


When Leh is not in the Courtroom, loving on his wife, spending time with his kids, or trying to save a marriage, you will find him in his woodworking shop.  He is usually either making something or podcasting.  He has built his children’s bedroom furniture; his kitchen table; end tables; an entire suite of furniture on his back porch including a swing bed; and even his office desk out of Ambrosia Maple.  In his spare time, Mr. Meriwether also uses his woodworking skills to craft individualized and unique pens. Click here to see a link to Mr. Meriwether’s pen selection!  If that weren’t enough, he hosts a podcast called The Avid Woodworker (www.avidwoodworker.com).

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Divorce: 60%
  2. Child Custody: 25%
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
  4. Prenuptials: 5%

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jon William Hedgepeth

    I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Meriwether is a highly skilled, very professional attorney who takes a reasoned approach to sensitive family law issues.

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    Jon Hedgepeth Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Byron M.G. Sanford

    I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. I have know Mr. Meriwether for over five years now. I have had the pleasure of co-presented continuing legal education classes with Mr. Meriwether in the past and have been impressed with his legal acumen and professionalism. It has been my pleasure to refer family law cases to Mr. Meriwether in the past and he has always handled them flawlessly.

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    Byron Sanford Business Attorney
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Contact info

Meriwether & Tharp LLC

145 Towne Lake Parkeway
Suite 300
Woodstock, GA, 30188

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

270 East Main Street
Suite B
Canton, GA, 30114

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

288 Lawrence Street, NE
Marietta, GA, 30060

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

3330 Cumberland Blvd.
Ste. 500
Atlanta, GA, 30339

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199608/05/2016
FLMember in Good Standing199606/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best of 2015Kudzu2015
Best of 2014Kudzu2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best of 2013Kudzu2013
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Client Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMeriwether & Tharp, LLC1998 - Present
Tax ConsultantArthur Anderson, LLP1997 - 1998
OwnerLaw Office of Patrick Meriwether, LLP1996 - 1997
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
The National Advocates Top 100 LawyersTop 100 Lawyers in Georgia2014 - Present
Healthy Married Life PodcastPresident2013 - Present
Georgia Office of Dispute ResolutionCertified Civil Mediator2010 - Present
Blue Ridge Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Cherokee County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Georgia Office of Dispute ResolutionCertified Arbitrator2009 - Present
Forsyth County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Family Law SectionMember2004 - Present
Court of Appeals State of GeorgiaMember1997 - Present
Supreme Court of the State of GeorgiaMember1997 - Present
United States Northern DistrictMember1997 - Present
State Bar of FloridaMember1996 - Present
Forsyth County Bar AssociationLegislative Committee2010 - 2012
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember2004 - 2013
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2004 - 2013
State Bar of Georgia, Business Law SectionMember2004 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fox v. Fox, Supreme Court of Georgia, No. S12A0672Success. We upheld the Trial Court decision
Grenevitch v. Grenevitch 285 Ga. 509 (2009)Success. Supreme Court overturned the trial court
Delta Cleaner Supply Co. v. Mendell Drive Associates, 286 Ga. App. 227 (2007)Successfully defended trial court award in favor of our client.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Oddities and Challenges of Family Law CLE MaterialsReading and Interpreting Financial Documents2014
The Family Law ReviewEffect of Supersedeas in a Hotly Contested Divorce Case2012
Cherokee TribuneCourt Appearance Justifies Positive First Impression2012
Cherokee TribuneHoliday Stress and The Courts2011
Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law SectionTop 10 iPhone/iPad Apps for a Family Law Attorney2011
The Cherokee TribuneReducing The Conflict in Divorce Cases2011
The Cherokee TribuneAvoiding the Conflict of a Divorce2011
The Peaceful Co-ParentAsk The Expert - Divorce and COBRA2010
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of MiamiN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trust Dale RadioMediation & Settling your Divorce2016
Trust Dale RadioWhy Divorce Doesn't have to be Nasty2016
Meriwether & Tharp LLC Family Law TrainingHow to Be Productive Like a BOSS - 4 Simple Concepts to Move Your Day from Busy to Productive2016
Meriwether & Tharp LLC Family Law TrainingHow to Handle an Intake Like a BOSS2015
Continuing Legal Education SeminarThe Four Core Areas of Family Law2015
Trust Dale TVHow to Make Your Atlanta Divorce an Uncontested Divorce2014
Continuing Legal Education - Oddities and Challenges of Family LawEthical Dilemmas in Family Law2014
Continuing Legal Education - Oddities and Challenges of Family LawDividing Trust Assets in Divorce2014
Continuing Legal Education - Oddities and Challenges of Family LawReview and Interpreting Financial Documents2014
2011 Family Law ConferenceFamily Law Practice Management2011
The Paralegals' Guide to Contracts and Transactional DocumentsDrafting Contracts and Transactional Documents2009
LLC Trends and DevelopmentsRecent Trends and Developments with LLC's2009