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About me

I am an elder law and estate attorney and also am a registered mediator.  I enjoy assisting my clients and their families in maximizing quality of life under their given circumstances. As a veteran, I have a special interest in veterans advocacy work, particularly in dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  I am also an adjunct professor with Emory University's School of Law, teaching a course in Veteran's Law.


Languages spoken: Portuguese

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Practice areas


  1. Military Law: 30%
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
  3. Elder Law: 30%
  4. Mediation: 10%



Contingent (20-25%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Shewmaker & Shewmaker LLC

2845 Henderson Mill Rd.
Atlanta, GA, 30341


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200807/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Marshall-Tuttle Award: outstanding military/veterans lawyerState Bar of Georgia2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Law Firm of Drew Early, LLC2011 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Military and Veterans Law Section, State Bar of GeorgiaChair2013 - Present
Military Legal Assistance Program, State Bar of GeorgiaExecutive Committee Member2011 - Present
Military and Veterans Section, State Bar of GeorgiaCo-chair2010 - Present
National Organization of Veterans AdvocatesN/A2008 - Present
National Academy Elder Law AttorneysN/A2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re: Evansfavorable for client
In re: Marshallfavorable for client
In re: Fraserfavorable for client
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Elder Law Journal"Cracks in the Armor: Due Process, Attorney's Fees, and the Dep't of Veterans Affairs2009
Proceedings, the US Naval InstituteOn non-lethal warfare1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
US Command and General Staff CollegeStrategic PlanningMMAS with honors1993
United States Military AcademyWeapons Systems EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Young Lawyers DisvisionVA Accreditation CLE2015
State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law SectionVeterans Benefits2014
VA accreditaion seminarUpdate on VA case law and regulations2013
Spring SeminarVA Pension2013
Military and Veterans Law Spring CLEEstate Planning and Military and Veterans Benefits2013
GA Military and Veterans Section CLEUpdate on VA regulations and case law2013
GA NAELAVA Appeals and Veterans Homes2012
Georgia State Bar Winter MeetingVeterans and Survivor Benefits Counseling2011
Georgia State Bar Annual MeetingVeterans Law: Recent Cases and Regulatory Changes2011
Georgia Military and Veterans SectionVA Service-Connection2011
State Bar of Georgia, Military/Veterans Law SectionVeterans Health Care and Benefits2010
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Georgia chapter)Veterans Aid and Attendance2010
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Georgia chapter)Veterans Benefits: Basic Training2010
Federal Practitioners InstituteIntroduction to VA2010