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Melissa has been working in the area of family law since 2002. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Melissa worked as a legal assistant for a family law solo practice learning the basic procedures involved in a family law case. Continuing to develop her skills in this area of law, Melissa was promoted to paralegal and continued working in this position throughout college and during summer breaks from law school. During law school Melissa also worked part-time at an insurance defense firm. Over the years, Melissa learned the “ins and outs” of various Court processes, the nuances of working with different judges, and became very familiar with drafting pleadings, complex motions, discovery, and settlement agreements.

After graduating law school and being admitted to the Bar, Melissa successfully opened her own firm, The Law Office of Melissa S. Bowen in Gainesville, Georgia. Finding that she preferred a team atmosphere that allowed her to collaborate with fellow family law attorneys to better help her clients, Melissa joined Meriwether and Tharp, LLC in 2011, bringing with her almost ten years of experience in family law.

Melissa’s passion for family law stems from her innate desire to help and seek justice for others, and particularly those who are going through a difficult time in their lives. She provides competent legal guidance taking into account her client’s mental, emotional, and financial needs. Melissa is very dedicated to her cases and works diligently to ensure that her client’s needs and goals are met.

On a personal level, Melissa is active in her Church, enjoys running, and spends her free time with her family at their farm in North Georgia. 


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
  2. Child Custody: 20%
  3. Child Support: 15%
  4. Adoption: 5%



Hourly ($250-295/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

30 total 

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  • Georgetta G. Glaves-Innis

    Melissa is a very skilled Attorney who provides a wealth of knowledge, experience and compassion for her clients that is unparalleled. I have worked closely with her on many cases, and I highly recommend her for any family law matter.


    Georgetta Glaves-Innis Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Jennifer Marie Spear

    Attorney Bowen is one of the hardest working attorneys in the industry. She is smart and dedicated to all her cases. I would refer clients to her without hesitation.


    Jennifer Spear Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

1545 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA, 30309

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

3340 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA, 30326

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

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

Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

Five Concourse Park
Ste. 3000
Atlanta, GA, 30328



GAActive Member in Good Standing 201008/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2014
Vice Chair - Moot Court BoardJohn Marshall Law School2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyMeriwether & Tharp, LLC2011 - Present
OwnerThe Law Office of Melissa S. Bowen2010 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Forsyth County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2010 - Present
Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers SectionMemberN/A
Atlanta Bar Association, Women in the Profession SectionMemberN/A
Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
State Bar of Georgia, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
State Bar of Georgia, Military/Veterans Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association Advisory PanelPanelist2012 - 2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, AtlantaLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
North Georgia CollegePolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science2007