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Kristal earned her B.A. from Spelman College, majoring in political science graduating magna cum laude, and she earned her Doctor of Law from law at Emory University.  While attending Emory, Kristal worked as a law clerk and gained valuable experience in the areas of family law, criminal defense, and mediation.  In addition, while attending Emory, Kristal studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, where she did extensive work in the areas of comparative international health and environmental law.  After graduating from law school, Kristal served as a law clerk for The Honorable Lenwood A. Jackson and served as a prosecuting attorney for a number of years, and then her own practice where she was able to gain extensive practical knowledge of the courts.


Kristal has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of family law cases, including divorce, child custody, child support, equitable division, contempt, family violence, legitimation, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Kristal is intimately familiar with the Atlanta metro area, having worked in a number of counties including, but not limited to DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clayton, Cobb, Hall, Cherokee, and Rockdale. She is admitted to practice in the Georgia Superior Court, the Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts.


A member of a number of legal organizations, Kristal is also an active public speaker. When she is not hard at work on her clients’ behalf, she enjoys staying in shape, competing in fitness competitions, and relaxing with her daughter and their family.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Family: 90%
    13 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    17 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Patrick Lehmon Meriwether

    I endorse this lawyer. Kristal came to us ready to focus her practice on family law. What I love about her is that she has this calm, pensive demeanor about her. She knows when to take control of a situation with calculating precision. While she does care for her clients, she uses this calmness to give reasoned, unemotional advice so that her clients can make excellent decisions on where to take their case. She works hard to prevent the heat/emotion of the moment from clouding her advice. If the case is ripe for settlement, she pushes to resolve the case. If that is not possible, she is ready to take her skills to the Courtroom for her client.

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    Patrick Meriwether Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • Sandra Finch Russell

    I have worked with Kristal on numerous cases. She cares about her clients and strives to help them find resolutions to their domestic cases that make sense and are cost effective. She will fight for her clients when it makes sense to fight and advise them when it makes sense to resolve issues. She has great rapport with Judges in the metro-Atlanta counties and commands respect of her opposing counsel.

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    Sandra Russell Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

1545 Peachtree Street
Ste. 300
Atlanta, GA, 30309

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

3340 Peachtree Road, NE
#1800
Atlanta, GA, 30326

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

One West Court Square
Ste. 750
Decatur, GA, 30030

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

100 Hartsfield Centre Parkway
Ste. 500
Atlanta, GA, 30354

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199908/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Litigation AttorneyMeriwether & Tharp, LLC2016 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1999 - Present
National Black Lawyers Top 100Member2016 - 2017
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Spelman CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Week on the Street Television ShowDivorce and Finance2009