Firm Overview

Firm Overview

Meriwether & Tharp LLC was established in 1998 by partners Patrick Meriwether and Robert Tharp. In 2000, the offices were relocated to the Alpharetta/Roswell area, the firm expanded their professional staff, and began focus exclusively on family law. The firm provides legal services for individuals and businesses in Georgia and Florida, focusing primarily on the greater Atlanta area, including Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Forsyth counties.

Our attorneys handle all aspects of family law matters from premarital agreements to divorce, child custody, visitation rights, family violence and child support, alimony and modification as well as adoption and paternity issue..

At Meriwether & Tharp LLC our size allows us to provide clients with close, personal attention and individualized legal services. We make clients our first priority and strive to build long-term client relationships. Our exceptional referral rates are a strong indication of our excellent legal service and our high rate of client satisfaction.

 

Attorneys

 

Patrick L. Meriwether, Partner

Patrick “Leh” Meriwether has gained significant experience as an attorney since passing both the Georgia and Florida bar exams in 1996. Although he is admitted to practice in both Georgia and Florida he focuses his practice on Georgia cases. In addition to his license to practice law, he is also a certified arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Meriwether has handled thousands of family cases and is an invaluable resource when it comes to determining a spouse’s ownership rights, equitable division of a marital business and finding creative solutions on how to best address problems in a case…(continue reading). 

 

Robert L. Tharp, Partner

Robert Tharp LLP was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1996. In 1998, he formed Meriwether & Tharp, LLP with his partner, Patrick L. Meriwether. Robert Tharp LLP was the 1998 winner of the Warren Akin Outstanding Alumni Contribution award at Emory University for his involvement in setting up and helping to establish the Urban Debate League in Atlanta, Baltimore, and New York as well as…(continue reading). 

 

David Beaudry, Partner

Having practiced solely in family law during his entire legal career, David has over ten years of experience litigating these difficult and very personal issues. Originally from Florida, David attended law school at Seton Hall University in Newark, New Jersey and clerked for The Honorable Edward Torack in New Jersey who sat on the Superior Court Bench hearing exclusively Family and Divorce cases. This experience gave David first-hand experience as to how Family Law judges view cases, the factors that are important, and the arguments that are most effective on a variety of issues. David continued his family law practice when he moved here to Georgia where he worked for Stern & Edlin, P.C. prior to joining Meriwether and Tharp, LLC…(continue reading).

 

Todd A. Orston

Todd A. Orston was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1997, and since that time he has strived to distinguish himself as a skilled, knowledgeable, and zealous advocate of his clients.  During his first four years of practice he honed his courtroom trial skills handling felony criminal cases as an Assistant District Attorney, and when he transitioned into a family law practice he brought with him extensive litigation experience, as well as a strong desire to help others. From his initial representation of family law clients at a well-respected family law boutique, to eleven years of experience representing family law clients in his own law firm, Todd brought a great deal of knowledge and experience to Meriwether & Tharp, LLC... (continue reading).  

 

Melissa S. Bowen

Melissa has been working in the area of family law for ten years. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Melissa worked as a legal assistant for a family law solo practice learning the basic procedures involved in a family law case. Continuing to develop her skills in this area of law, Melissa was promoted to paralegal and continued working in this position throughout college and during summer breaks from law school. During this time, Melissa learned the “ins and outs” of various Court processes, the nuances of working with different Judges, and became very familiar with drafting pleadings, complex motions, discovery, and settlement agreements…(continue reading).

 

Robin K. Love

Robin Love has experience in a variety of areas including divorce, child custody, child support, modification, contempt, legitimation, paternity and actions involving the Family Violence Act. Ms. Love’s business litigation background provides the experience and ability necessary to analyze financial and other business documents for her family law cases, particularly those involving large marital estates or family businesses in need of equitable division. Ms. Love approaches her family law cases with the goal of balancing the legal demands of the case and the emotional and financial needs of her client. Although Ms. Love strongly believes that the most emotionally and financially effective means of resolving domestic relations matters is through a collaborative approach, she is ready and willing whenever necessary and appropriate to utilize fierce debate skills in and out of the courtroom to advocate for her client…(continue reading).

 

Elizabeth C. Doak

Elizabeth Doak joined Meriwether and Tharp, LLC two years ago, and has worked exclusively in family law ever since. Elizabeth’s passion is to help others through the entire divorce process and work to help parties reach an amicable resolution. Elizabeth has assisted in the successful litigation of a variety of cases involving divorce, child custody, modification, contempt, and uncontested divorces. She derives her greatest joy from knowing that she has, even in a small way, helped her client through his or her divorce…(continue reading).

 

Courtney H. Carpenter

Courtney Henderson Carpenter is an associate with Meriwether and Tharp, LLC and provides representation in all areas of the firm’s family law practice. She joined Meriwether and Tharp, LLC in 2011 bringing with her a passion to help her clients through difficult times in their life. Courtney has extensive legal experience, which she gained even before attending law school, working as a legal secretary, and then as a junior paralegal. Her experience enables her to effectively navigate the litigation process. Courtney works diligently to obtain the best result possible for her clients based on their goals…(continue reading).

 

Charlotte Ruble

Charlotte R. Ruble is an associate attorney with Meriwether & Tharp, LLC and practices family law. Mrs. Ruble has gained considerable experience litigating family law cases since her admittance to the Georgia Bar in 2011.  She began practicing law under the Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.  Mrs. Ruble has legal and community ties to Cherokee and Forsyth County Georgia. She has litigated divorce, contempt, family violence, modification, and adoption cases in Forsyth, Hall, and surrounding Northeastern counties of Georgia…(continue reading).

 

Lisa Marie Maksymczak

Lisa Marie Maksymczak grew up in the Chicagoland area and is a proud Midwesterner. She attended undergrad and graduate school at Purdue University and attended law school at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Lisa Marie finds enormous satisfaction in guiding clients through the legal process with compassion, patience, empathy and a well-placed sense of humor.  In her work as a domestic and bankruptcy attorney, she has seen hundreds of clients come to her with stress, heartbreak and fear and she has been honored to help them start new chapters in their lives... (continue reading).

 

Joann Brown Williams

Joann Brown Williams has been litigating for well over a decade and has tried cases throughout the country in both State and Federal Court.  After having practiced corporate litigation for a number of years, she felt she was in a position to follow her bliss and joined Meriwether & Tharp in June 2013.  Joann’s motivation in practicing law is to help people who find themselves in difficult and often scary places in their lives and has found the best way for her to achieve her goals is through her family law practice…(continue reading).

 

Jason W. Karasik

Jason Karasik is an associate attorney with Meriwether & Tharp, LLC. Jason obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 2008. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he began work as a policy fellow for Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. Jason worked with the House Education Committee and the Senate Education and Youth Committee while doing education policy research. Additionally, he worked closely with the Governor’s Policy Director in providing solutions for Georgia’s education issues…(continue reading).

 

Katherine M. Wheat

Katherine Wheat joined Meriwether & Tharp LLC in 2013. Prior to entering the legal profession, Katherine worked as a researcher and writer for various non-fiction authors. She contributed to numerous trade books appearing on both The New York Times Best Sellers’ list and The Wall Street Journal’s list of Best-Selling Books.  Her ability to clearly communicate complex issues allows her to present strong legal arguments to both the courts and opposing parties. Katherine has assisted in the successful mediation and litigation of a variety of cases, including divorce, child custody, and modification of child support…(continue reading).

 

Amy Latrese Cooper

While at Emory Law, Ms. (Martin) Cooper clerked at both law firms and government agencies where she gained hands on experience in all aspects of case management and exposure to several areas of the law. Additionally, during her time at Emory Law, Ms. Cooper honed her oral advocacy skills by advocating in a number of mock trial tournaments a member of Emory University's Mock Trial Society and by advocating in a three day criminal trial pursuant to Georgia's Third Year Practice Act. Upon graduation from Emory Law, Ms. Cooper was inducted into the National Order of Barristers, an honor which is only bestowed on those who have proven their skill as oral advocates... (continue reading).

 

Sarah Kass

Since joining Meriwether & Tharp, LLP in 2006, Ms. Kass has focused the majority of her practice on family law.  Ms. Kass handles a wide range of family law cases, including, divorce, child custody and support modification, stepparent adoption, domestic violence and contempt. She has participated in many settlement negotiations, mediations (formal and informal), status conferences, and hearings... (continue reading).

 

Law Clerks

 

Amanda B. Gallardo

Amanda B. Gallardo is a law clerk at Meriwether & Tharp, LLC. Amanda first joined Meriwether & Tharp in 2010 as an intern while attending the Georgia Institute of Technology for her undergraduate degree.  After graduating from Georgia Tech, she left Meriwether & Tharp to pursue her law degree at the Charleston School of Law... (continue reading).