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On the morning of  July 3, 2003, I was driving to cover Court for another attorney during a tropical storm, when I was blown off the road by the intense rain and high winds.  I was informed by a third party whose judgment and observation I trust that my estimation of time during that period was very wrong.  I spent a short time in a medically-induced coma, followed by about three weeks of being unconscious.  The accident left me paralyzed on my right side, and I spent approximately four to five months after I awoke re-learning how to walk, talk, etcetera, so that I could return to work as a self-employed attorney. I started working again less than eleven months after my accident, and most people cannot even begin to guess at this upon meeting me, I am pleased to say.

I had previously spent approximately a year as an Assistant District Attorney for the Enotah Judicial Circuit, assigned to prosecute felony and misdemeanor crimes in Towns and Union Counties. Before that, I was an Associate Attorney with a local law firm practicing many different areas of law, but primarily child custody and divorce, real estate work, and incorporations.

I also worked from June 2007 until May 2009 as the Hall County Law Librarian, operated by the Superior Courts of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit.  As a consequence of this employment, I could not appear for anyone or sign any pleadings under my own name in Hall or Dawson Counties, though.

I have experience at, and am considered proficient in, criminal practice (including work related to drug possession and to sex offense cases), international law (such as Hague Convention work and also Civil Law concepts, as well as international child support obligations), municipal law, business law, and intellectual property work, including trade secret practice and litigation of trade secret issues.  I have served as counsel for several corporations in their State law claims and defenses. I also have substantial experience at incorporations.  I have performed real estate research, title work, and real estate litigation.  I am decidedlynot a tax law or bankruptcy specialist, nor do I give any advice in those areas of the law.  Lastly, I have substantial experience not listed on my abrogated resume below in the area of collections law, and I have successfully collected debts due, judgments, done lien-work, and practiced defense of such efforts.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 40%
    11 years, 20 cases
  2. Child Custody: 35%
    12 years, 20 cases
  3. Adoption: 15%
    12 years, 5 cases
  4. Appeals: 5%
    11 years, 4 cases
  5. Criminal Defense: 5%
    15 years, 45 cases



Hourly ($200/hour)

Payment types:

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Contact info

Merlinus Goodman Monroe, LLC

Post Office Box 365
Dahlonega, GA, 30533


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200108/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Senior Appellate ChampionTulane University School of Law2001
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/ManagerMerlinus Goodman Monroe, LLC2004 - Present
Associate AttorneyRussell M. Stookey, P.C.2004 - 2005
Assistant District AttorneyEnotah Judicial Circuit2002 - 2003
Associate AttorneyColeman and Chambers, LLP2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia State Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Owen v. WattsCan use a computer/Internet to stalk; restraining Order and money judgment affirmed
Owen v. Watts3rd Party Adoption Petition denied (trial court affirmed)
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of Georgia, AthensCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1998