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Shawn Michael Merzlak

Personal injury Attorney at Augusta, GA

5.0   37 reviews
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  • Licensed for 10 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2013
    Status
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About Shawn

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WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEY

SERIOUS INJURY ATTORNEY

Experienced trial lawyer and former criminal investigator devoted to ensuring his clients in Augusta and across the C.S.R.A. receive justice in their time of need.   Specializing in defending your rights and achieving the best result for you through exhaustive investigation, case preparation, pre-trial techniques, and trial advocacy with a primary focus in complex litigation.


Although born in Butte, MT, Shawn was raised in and spent his life in Augusta, GA.

Shawn graduated from Lakeside High School in Columbia County in 1998. He graduated from Augusta State University in both in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and in 2007 with a Master’s in Business Administration.

Shawn continued his love for education and graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2013. Having prior extensive experience as a criminal investigator in his first career, Shawn is a purposeful and methodical Wrongful Death and Personal Injury trial lawyer.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2018
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 2 ...

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Location

Hawk Law Group - Augusta Office
Hawk Law Group - Evans Office
4384 River Watch Parkway
Evans, GA, 30809
Hawk Law Group - Waynesboro Office
827 Liberty Street
Waynesboro, GA, 30830
Hawk Law Group - Thomson Office
146 Railroad Street, Ste. A
Thomson, GA, 30824
Hawk Law Group
156 Laurens Street NW
Aiken, SC, 29801
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Cheryl | February 10, 2024
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Satisfied client
Mr. Merzlak, along with his colleagues, really helped me out. Shawn was diligent with my case and he made sure to keep communication open through our process. I would recommend!!!!
Posted by Tyrone | November 21, 2023
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Great Assistance
Initially when I came to Hawk Law Firm the service was not good with Trudy. Shawn and Clark then took over my case and they were very helpful with their assistance.
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2023
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DUI Defense
Shawn was tremendously helpful in representing my DUI case in Richmond County. He was confident and knowledgeable throughout the process. He successfully worked to reduce my charge and help me maintain my driving privileges. His solid advice from day one was instrumental in the drawn out Richmond County process, and he achieved our desired outcome. Outstanding work.
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Posted by Nanda | November 2, 2023
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Great Experience
While the circumstances surrounding our need for an attorney were less than desirable, I must say that I’ve never met a more compassionate individual. Shawn grieved with us and showed genuine concern for our overall wellbeing. He held our hand throughout the entire process and kept us abreast of any updates. I’m so thankful that I never thought twice about using the Hawk Group to handle my needs!
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Posted by Kathleen | October 30, 2023
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Awesome attorney!
I contacted Attorney Shawn Merzlak after being involved in an accident while on duty as a police officer. Mr. Merzlak immediately began working on my case and gathered all pertinent information pertaining to my case. He negotiated a settlement from the insurance company to my satisfaction. He always returned any phone call or emails in a timely manner and took the time to answer the numerous questions I had. I gladly recommend Mr. Merzlak and the Hawk Law Group and will certainly use him again should the need arise.
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Posted by Normita | June 13, 2023
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Great people
This law firm is a great choice I got.they are so helpful in every step of the way.. They will fight for you all the way. Special Mr Shawn he is a great person . They won't let you down on your case. They help you all the way through. Thank you very much sir. God bless you all.
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2023
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First Class Experience
Mr. Merzlak and the entire Hawk Law Group team handled my case with care and compassion. I would highly recommend them.
Posted by Collin | November 4, 2022
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Great Lawyer, even better person!
Shawn was super helpful, easy to contact (always answers the phone, fast response to text and emails) he went above and beyond in helping with having my case dismissed! 100/10 would recommend Mr. Merzlak to help you fight your next legal battle.
Posted by Carlos | July 26, 2022
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The new family members
I don’t know where to begin because the story is so beautiful. Sean and the Hawk law firm were a blessing for me in a time of need. In the beginning my case looked very bleak and I was sure that I would be serving a long prison sentence away from my family and loved ones. Through the entire process Sean and later Mrs.Bias assured me that the situation would be ok and that all that could be done would be. As my case went on they were eventually able to get a charge with a mandatory minimum reduced to a charge that could possibly allow me to be probated. When the day finally came for sentencing Mr.Merzlak allowed the judge to see me as an individual and not as a menace. He used all resources to convince the judge to give me a probated sentence in an impossible situation. HE SAVED MY LIFE! He allowed me to become the man I am destined to be and keep a family together. I would recommend him to anyone in that time of need because he is able to make the impossible possible. Thank you Mr.Merzlak I owe you the world and am indebted to you always.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2022
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Absolutely Outstanding
Shawn was a complete joy to work with. He laid out a game plan of the steps he would take and set expectations of what the possible outcomes could be. Shawn got a better result than we originally anticipated with a complete dismissal of the charges. After the case was dismissed he even worked to have any outstanding mugshots taken down. Could not have asked for a better attorney to defend me.
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Posted by Marcus | May 27, 2022
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Great lawyer
Multiply certified and capable in many areas of Law. Busy man you have to schedule to talk only because of the amount he puts in not only your case but everyone on the roster. I highly recommend but everyone has their choice, just make the right one. Choose hawk
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2022
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SVP
Shawn is one of the most professional leaders I have ever had the pleasure to work with! Made his team available when we needed something and always took time to explain things in a way we could understand, not only to me, but also the Family member Shawn was representing. I would have no hesitation to recommend Shawn with any legal guidance one may need!
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Posted by Taylor | April 28, 2022
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Case Dismissed
I was referred to Shawn by a friend that had used him and had their case dismissed. He resolved for me before even having to go to court. Would definitely recommend!
Posted by Danny | February 14, 2022
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A Great Lawyer to Hire
Shawn, was an Awesome Choice as a Lawyer for Us, we will continue to use Him as Our Trusted Choice. Shawn has a Great Attitude, and The Knowledge needed to handle the Case, Shawn is ready to fight for Justice.
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2021
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Better than advertised
Shawn and the team were extremely helpful in resolving my case with a better than expected result. Even though my case was a small case they also responded and kept me informed of any updates.
Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2021
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Great Experience
My lawyer was able to get my charges dismissed in a timely manner. Gave me great advice. I am very pleased with the outcome.
Posted by Angela | October 9, 2021
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Health care professional
Everything turned out beyond what I expected. He and the paralegal assured me that it would be a good outcome, which it was. Kept me informed and returned calls immediately. Would use again and would recommend to anyone.
Posted by Jacob | September 21, 2021
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Best lawyer in the area
One of the smartest attorneys I've ever met as far as knowing the law. On his toes when it comes to defending you and making sure that he does his job in the courtroom has one of the best presences in the courtroom I've ever seen.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2021
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The Best Fit!
Shawn Merzlak helped to create the urgency to clear my name of false accusations, and that what was searched in the process was warranted. He was extremely punctual on relaying updates, helping me to keep comfortable during a very uncomfortable situation. I had previously been consulted by other lawyers from a different firm, and then hired Shawn Merzlack. This was the best choice I could have made, he was extremely proactive in the process of resolving this case.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2020
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Thanks for everything!
Shawn handled my situation with respect and dignity. He was very efficient and timely and also quick to respond to communication.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner, Trial Attorney
  • Hawk Law Group
  • 2022 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Hawk Law Group
  • 2015 - 2022
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Augusta Judicial Circuit (Ga) District Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Columbia County (GA) Sheriff's Office
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Columbia County (GA) Sheriff's Office
  • 1998 - 2004
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Education

  • Georgia State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Augusta State Universtiy
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2009
  • Augusta State University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2003

Associations

  • Augusta Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Charter Member, Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Augusta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Readers' Choice
  • Augusta Chronicle
  • 2023
  • Best Law Firm
  • Augusta Chronicle Cyber City's Best
  • 2023
  • Top 40 Under 40 - Georgia Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40 - Georgia Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Public Interest Bar Scholarship
  • King & Spalding
  • 2013
  • Leadership GSU Graduate
  • Georgia State University
  • 2012
  • Public Interest Intership Scholarship
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)
  • Georgia Criminal Law Update: Selected Issues Common to Pratitioners
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Representing Law Enforcement Officers and Other CLients in an Uphill Battle for Justice
  • 2023
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education Update on Georgia Law
  • Update to Criminal Law
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is a highly talented defense attorney that I've known for years. You can trust him to handle your case. With a law enforcement background he is hard working and knowledgeable. I fully endorse Shawn."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Merzlak and I have had multiple trials and numerous sentencing hearings against each other. He was always well prepared and had extensive knowledge of whichever legal matters we were addressing. His experience in criminal law makes him a great criminal defense attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn's experience as a former investigator and former prosecutor makes him a highly effective criminal defense attorney. His professionalism and attention to detail also make him an effective advocate for his clients. I fully endorse Shawn."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawn Merzlak knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. He fights hard for his clients, and works hard to get good results. He is a well respected attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawn has comprehensive knowledge of criminal law and has worked on both sides of the aisle and in the field. He is always willing to help a fellow lawyer and is quick to respond. He cares about his clients and works hard for them!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've tried numerous cases with Shawn. He's a very skilled and knowledgeable lawyer, and he knows how to get the job done; that's a rare combination. I absolutely endorse Shawn."
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