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Merlinus Goodman Monroe

Divorce and separation Attorney at Dahlonega, GA

5.0   1 review
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2001
    Resigned Membership No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Merlinus

Learn Merlinus’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Although I have been forced to leave three cases before a final decree was rendered, and have also had approximately five cases which were uncontested or a separation and agreement, I have also successfully represented a party seeking a divorce on many occasions, and I am a firm believer in mutual cooperation to achieve the best result for both partners, and for any children involved.

    19 years, 20 cases

  2. Child custody
    Again, the "total cases" listed is contested matters, in which child custody has predominated. As a component of divorce cases, it has been present in most situations.

    20 years, 20 cases

  3. Appeals
    I have handled four cases in the past before the Court of Appeals of Georgia, winning three. In one case, the opposing party requested a Petition for Certiorari from the Georgia Supreme Court which I opposed successfully. Currently, I have a pending matter concerning the Georgia Sex Offender Regustry before them; I believe it could change the unfair way it is administered in Georgia.

    19 years, 5 cases

  4. Criminal defense
    My undergraduate degree was in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia, and I have also interned twice with the Northeastern Judicial Circuit Office of the District Attorney, once with the Investigative Division and once as a law student. The "total cases" section reflects criminal trials, rather than the total number of cases resolved in a manner not including trial. I no longer handle criminal defense, but have substantial experience in it and am not averse to such cases.

    23 years, 45 cases

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.

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Merlinus Goodman Monroe, LLC
Post Office Box 365
Dahlonega, GA, 30533


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Posted by Sue | December 3, 2011
What kind of attorney is Merlinus Goodman Monroe
In an arena so complex and unknown to me, Mr. Monroe became my voice. He worked diligently, accurately and eloquently worded each brief or motion to perfection. His best is far superior to any attorney I have ever had contact with. He is the epitomy of what a competent, ethical and hard working attorney should be and do for his client's interest. Addtionally, his oral communication is superb: direct eye contact while speaking, presentation on the client's level of understanding, professional, and succint. Furthermore, until I retained him as my attorney, I had the belief that attorneys' jobs in general were to lie, cheat, steal, and get away with it in the eyes of the law. However, I learned a different perspective about that in working with Mr. Monroe during my complex case. He not only did not participate in the above activities, he is well grounded in the principles of honesty, passion for the truth and doing the right thing. Consequently, Mr. Monroe is everything I expect an attorney to be and would choose him hands down if the need would arise again that I need legal counsel or wholeheartedly recommend him to others seeking an attorney.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-200 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Manager
  • Merlinus Goodman Monroe, LLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Russell M. Stookey, P.C.
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Enotah Judicial Circuit
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Associate Attorney
  • Coleman and Chambers, LLP
  • 2001 - 2002
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  • Tulane University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Owen v. Watts
  • Can use a computer/Internet to stalk; restraining Order and money judgment affirmed
  • Owen v. Watts
  • 3rd Party Adoption Petition denied (trial court affirmed)


  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Senior Appellate Champion
  • Tulane University School of Law
  • 2001
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1994

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (7)
Endorse Merlinus
Adoption Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Monroe is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Juvenile law
Criminal defense