also known as Leh Meriwether, Patrick "Leh" Meriwether
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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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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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1996||08/05/2016|
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1996||06/20/2016|
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|Best of 2015||Kudzu||2015|
|Best of 2014||Kudzu||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|Client Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Client Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Best of 2013||Kudzu||2013|
|Client Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Client Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Client Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|Client Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|Partner||Meriwether & Tharp, LLC||1998 - Present|
|Tax Consultant||Arthur Anderson, LLP||1997 - 1998|
|Owner||Law Office of Patrick Meriwether, LLP||1996 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers||Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia||2014 - Present|
|Healthy Married Life Podcast||President||2013 - Present|
|Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution||Certified Civil Mediator||2010 - Present|
|Blue Ridge Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Cherokee County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution||Certified Arbitrator||2009 - Present|
|Forsyth County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|Court of Appeals State of Georgia||Member||1997 - Present|
|Supreme Court of the State of Georgia||Member||1997 - Present|
|United States Northern District||Member||1997 - Present|
|State Bar of Florida||Member||1996 - Present|
|Forsyth County Bar Association||Legislative Committee||2010 - 2012|
|American Bar Association, Business Law Section||Member||2004 - 2013|
|American Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2004 - 2013|
|State Bar of Georgia, Business Law Section||Member||2004 - 2010|
|Fox v. Fox, Supreme Court of Georgia, No. S12A0672||Success. 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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|Oddities and Challenges of Family Law CLE Materials||Reading and Interpreting Financial Documents||2014|
|The Family Law Review||Effect of Supersedeas in a Hotly Contested Divorce Case||2012|
|Cherokee Tribune||Court Appearance Justifies Positive First Impression||2012|
|Cherokee Tribune||Holiday Stress and The Courts||2011|
|Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section||Top 10 iPhone/iPad Apps for a Family Law Attorney||2011|
|The Cherokee Tribune||Reducing The Conflict in Divorce Cases||2011|
|The Cherokee Tribune||Avoiding the Conflict of a Divorce||2011|
|The Peaceful Co-Parent||Ask The Expert - Divorce and COBRA||2010|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of Miami||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Trust Dale Radio||Mediation & Settling your Divorce||2016|
|Trust Dale Radio||Why Divorce Doesn't have to be Nasty||2016|
|Meriwether & Tharp LLC Family Law Training||How to Be Productive Like a BOSS - 4 Simple Concepts to Move Your Day from Busy to Productive||2016|
|Meriwether & Tharp LLC Family Law Training||How to Handle an Intake Like a BOSS||2015|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||The Four Core Areas of Family Law||2015|
|Trust Dale TV||How to Make Your Atlanta Divorce an Uncontested Divorce||2014|
|Continuing Legal Education - Oddities and Challenges of Family Law||Ethical Dilemmas in Family Law||2014|
|Continuing Legal Education - Oddities and Challenges of Family Law||Dividing Trust Assets in Divorce||2014|
|Continuing Legal Education - Oddities and Challenges of Family Law||Review and Interpreting Financial Documents||2014|
|2011 Family Law Conference||Family Law Practice Management||2011|
|The Paralegals' Guide to Contracts and Transactional Documents||Drafting Contracts and Transactional Documents||2009|
|LLC Trends and Developments||Recent Trends and Developments with LLC's||2009|