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Michael Jay Schlifka

Divorce and separation Attorney at Atlanta, GA

4.9   15 reviews

also known as Michael J. Schlifka

  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 28 years
    New York - NY 44 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1994
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1979
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Michael

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Michael has a dual membership to the Georgia Bar and New York State Bar. While in New York, Michael maintained a diverse practice, including family law, criminal defense, residential real estate and consumer bankruptcy for approximately 15 years, both as a solo practitioner and as lead associate attorney in a mid-size law firm on Long Island. Since relocating to Atlanta, he has focused his legal career primarily in family law. Prior to joining Meriwether & Tharp in February, 2015, Michael maintained a solo practice in Norcross, Georgia for over 20 years. He has successfully handled a vast range of family law cases including, uncontested and contested divorce, child custody, support, equitable division, modification, contempt, family violence, legitimation, pre/post nuptial agreements, and step-parent adoption. His practice has taken him to the entire Metro Atlanta area including, but not limited to Barrow, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, in addition to Augusta, Catoosa, and Meriwether Counties. Michael strives to maintain a high level of professionalism while dedicating a fierce commitment to attaining the needs and realistic goals of his client. On a personal note, he has maintained his passion for racewalking initially on a successful competitive level, and more recently on a leisurely basis. Michael is a past President of the Walking Club of Georgia, Roswell Rapids Swim Team Booster Club President, former marathon coach, and is proud to have completed 7 full marathons and many more half marathons

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Posted by Kai | September 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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I’m Kai... This Review is about Michael Schlifka and Lisa Jackson, both who ended up being heaven sent angels in my life! Michael and Lisa are two of the most supportive, heart felt, hard working, determined, people I’ve ever met.. Im blessed Michael was my divorce attorney, and that Lisa was the paralegal over my divorce case.. They were an AWESOME team over my case, my divorce was everything BUT pretty. My ex wife and I have 2 kids together, my ex demanded the divorce but was being very difficult with the kids. It had even got to the point where I was set up by my ex, and my character was assassinated by my ex. To try to obtain full custody of the kids. Through it ALL Michael stayed by my side, and fought for me and my kids diligently and affectively. Michaels sense of compassion but ability to be firm when need be is on point! Michael really knows his stuff, and fought for me tooth and nail! He did not give up on me or my case, he showed up to every court date, every hearing, and fought so hard for me. Sometimes I sit back, and thank god for bringing Michael and Lisa into my life. And putting Michael as my attorney over my divorce.. When I began my divorce, I knew nothing about divorce. Was highly hurt and emotional. Heartbroken is an understatement.. I googled divorce attorneys, not knowing where to start. I came across Meriwether and Tharpe, got put in touch with Michael Schlifka. And the rest is history.. Michael always kept my kids and I best interest in mind, and never gave up on my case. My divorce was LONG and drawn out, but he stayed by my side. He answered every email every phone call, and was highly effective. In the end of my case, due to Michael’s drive and will not to give up. My divorce worked out perfectly, everything went how I wanted! I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney!.. Lisa Jackson is a very determined hard working paralegal! Lisa was there every step of the way also, she never gave up on me either. Lisa is very professional, very heart felt, and very supportive also. Lisa’s communication is ON POINT! She kept me updated on everything, and any information I needed to submit. She was always sure to let me know, she reached out when need be by phone call or email anytime I needed to know anything. Lisa has a spirit of gold! Lisa was also heaven sent to me!.. Any questions or concerns I had, Lisa was right there to make sure she answered them. She did and awesome job, at keeping all of my case information in order. Also being sure that everything was submitted and on point, Lisa is just as hard working as Michael. I’m blessed that Michael and Lisa are hard working, determined, caring, and persistent people. They were a GREAT legal team over my divorce case. My divorce was long, drawn out, and ugly.. BUT thanks to Michael and Lisa, my case ended the right way. I am more than thrilled with the outcome, they both worked hard and diligently to be sure my outcome was the best. I am forever grateful, and blessed for Michael Schlifka and Lisa Jackson!
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Posted by Martha | April 8, 2019
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Great attorney with a sense of humor to boot
Michael was kind and compassionate about my terrible situation. My divorce was very unpleasant. He worked with me (and my ex-husband) to get to a very specific parenting plan and next 8 or 9 years plan. We agreed to co-parent 50/50 and maintain the "homestead" 50/50 until the last child graduates but MAN it was hard to get to that point. All the anger - he worked with me and often times I took out my anger on he and his team of paralegals (who were all wonderful!). He never had any anger back, mostly just some humor. He understood me. He took time to understand the unreasonable situation I was in and worked hard to get a great settlement. We didn't even have to go to court! Thanks so much Michael Schlifka!
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Posted by Katherine | April 5, 2019
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Excellent Representation
Michael represented me (defendant) in child support modification case. I was and continue to be impressed by his knowledge, willingness to teach me about child custody and support laws, and his compassion to fight for the well being of my children. The high quality of service I received extended beyond to the entire MW&T team working diligently on my case.
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Posted by Cindi | January 13, 2018
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Knowledgeable, informative and compasionate to my concerns and needs
I couldn't have gotten better representation than with Michael Schlifka! My divorce process lasted for a little over a year and Michael was there every step of the way; vehemently representing me, guiding me and keeping me calm. In the end, things worked in my favor and I received everything I wanted. It wouldn't have been possible without Michael.
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Posted by Nadia | January 9, 2018
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Divorce case
I hired Michael for my divorce case. He was very helpful and walked me through the process. He is a great lawyer and cares about his clients . I highly recommend him.
Posted by Sharon | December 7, 2017
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Exceptional Attorney
Mr. Michael Schlikfa and his team are exceptional and are clearly experts in the field of Family law. His Paralegal, Lisa Jackson is a highly seasoned and efficient professional, who treated me with dignity and respect. I hired Mr. Schlifka to represent me in my divorce. I was very apprehensive about divorcing my spouse because of his influential position and affiliation with the government. I could not have imagined finding a more capable and experienced attorney who would adequately represent me without bias due to my spouse’s status, but I did. After my phone consultation with Mr. Schlifka, all my concerns and apprehension were alleviated. Upon meeting him, I became instantly aware of his expertise and commitment to representing his clients. One of Attorney Schlifka’s outstanding qualities is his diligence and insistence when representing me. I have witnessed him navigate arduous matters with opposing counsel in a professional manner and always get results. This divorce was distressing and negotiating certain matters were very difficult but Mr. Schlifka's fortitude was constant. He has handled highly sensitive issues and patiently worked towards a proper resolution. His timeliness and responsiveness are impeccable, and I have never experienced an unacceptable delay to my requests. From the billing department to the receptionist who greeted me, this firm has treated me with respect and kindness. Mr. Schlifka was no different. I highly recommend Attorney Michael Schlifka without reservation. He is a qualified and capable attorney, who is committed to his clients and consistent in getting results to the very end.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2017
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Very Efficient with a personality well suited for high conflict situations
Michael was able to deal with my specific divorce and subsequent custody dispute in a manner that proved successful to date. He was able to provide solutions in a highly emotional and high conflict environment that a different attorney may not have been able to. Very cool under pressure.
Posted by Chase | December 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Patient and reliable
I had a very difficult divorce case, my now Ex-wife was citizen of another country so there were multiple road blocks and obstacles we faced. Michael was always patient and kept my needs and interests first and represented me well.
Posted by Eileen Joy | December 5, 2017
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Michael Schlifka is AWESOME
LOVED working with Michael and Lisa. Michael is very knowledgeable and compassionate. He and Lisa work so well together and they are on top of everything. Through the worst time of my life, Michael and Lisa were wonderful. I felt confident in Michael's ability as my attorney and he described the entire process in great detail and ensured that I was educated and well cared for during the entire process. I would highly recommend Michael (and have) to anyone getting divorced.
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Posted by Amy | December 5, 2017
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Excellent attorney and overall good person
I have a very difficult/complicated divorce case, and have felt confident in Michael's abilities the whole way through. Michael is excellent at following through on details, keeping me informed, making sure I understand the ins and outs of my case, and getting things done. He has helped get positive outcomes for me in a situation where it seemed nothing positive could happen. His many years of legal experience is obvious and appreciated.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2016
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Excellent Experience
Michael did an excellent job representing me through the toughest period of my life. His legal expertise was top notch, but his way of guiding me through it in a sensitive way made hiring him one of the best decisions I've made.
Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2015
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A true professional
I hired Mr. Schlifka is detailed oriented and explains every step of the process so that nothing is a surprise. He listens and is compationate. I would recommend him to anyone going through divorce.
Posted by Michelle Bone | April 29, 2014
Best lawyer ever...
Michael has been my lawyer(family law) for 14 years...He handled all of my court cases with my sons father...I was never disappointed.. Michael also acted like a friend I knew when I was upset I could call him and always felt better after I talked to him...My new husband and I hired Michael again to handle some issues with my step sons mom....I trust him so much I will not hire no other lawyer....Cost wise he is with in our range...I have also sent friends his way and they were happy as well.......Thank u for all u do Michael I can never thank u enough...
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Posted by Andrea | July 11, 2011
Truly the BEST
Mr. Schlifka took care of my divorce (complicated). Later he did my will and other documents. On still another occasion he saved me from the predators at a local gym who got me to sign a contract unknowingly. Mr. Schlifka was respectful, patient, and totally ethical. In two very emotional situations (the divorce and problem with the gym) Mr. Schlifka knew just what to do. He is extemely thorough and also trustworthy to the nth degree. Although I was not a "big ticket" client, he took care of me as well as if I were wealthy.
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Posted by jerome | May 8, 2015
great lawyer
Michael is a very knowledgeable lawyer he knew his way in an out of the courtroom he was really supportive to me I would recommend Michael for any family court case
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Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Meriwether & Tharp, LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Michael J. Schlifka, Esq.
  • 1995 - 2015
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Feldman, Kramer & Roberts
  • 1989 - 1993
  • Partner
  • Egan, Netusil & Schlifka
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Attorney
  • Robert W. Farrell
  • 1979 - 1985
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  • University of Toledo College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975


  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Supreme Court of New York
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Court of Appeals for New York
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 20 year anniversary
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Professional Who's Who Award
  • Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Workshop in Superior Court of Fulton County
  • Filing for Divorce in Fulton County Family Division
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked closely with Michael on dozens of family law cases, and I highly recommend him. His attention to detail is impressive, but he also helps his clients see the big picture and plan the best strategy. He focuses on resolving problems and treats his clients like family."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is an extremely professional, dedicated and effective lawyer. He is a patient and understanding advocate, who does his best to effectively represent his client and obtain the desired outcome for them. Michael's experience allows him to see issues that other, less experienced attorneys might ignore. I highly recommend him in the areas of Divorce and Family Law."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure to work with Michael this year and he is a seasoned advocate with a vast level of knowledge and experience. He is very thoughtful and compassionate. Yet, a zealous advocate who always fights for the best outcome for his clients."
Family Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is a preeminent attorney. His attention to detail is unmatched, and he is the model of professionalism. Having worked with him closely, I know that he tirelessly works to achieve the best results for his clients. It my pleasure to endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael has been a welcomed addition to the team. He has wisdom beyond his 35 + years of experience. He approaches every case with the same level of zeal balanced by compassion. He has the experience and legal knowledge to handle any case, big or small. He has the energy and strategic thinking to jump into the middle of a mess to figure out what to do to help the client. He will then properly advise the client on whether to settle or pursue a trial, all the while cognizant of their emotional state and how they may process his advice. When he came on board, he helped my case load by instantly taking over several cases. He was able to process the cases and come up with a winning game plan for the clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"It has been a pleasure to get to know Michael since he joined our firm. He has over thirty years of divorce experience. He communicates with his clients in a manner that helps them to understand the divorce process. He maintains a balanced approach to litigation, perfectly blending a level headed approach to amicably problem solving their matters through negotiation when possible and defending their rights and interest in court when necessary. It is my pleasure to endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the honor of learning from Michael. With over 30 years of experience, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Michael is understanding, professional and extremely hard working. Your case is certainly in good hands with Michael in your corner."
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Atlanta Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael Jay Schlifka
Michael Jay Schlifka
Divorce and separation Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 44 years