Patrick L. MeriwetherPartner
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.
Since working as an associate at Arthur Anderson in 1998, Mr. Meriwether has been a partner at Meriwether and Tharp, LLC. Having focused primarily on business cases early in his career, working with both small and large businesses alike, Mr. Meriwether brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to his family law practice. His ability to quickly process financial statements, high attention to detail, familiarity with various methods of analyzing numbers and calculations, and keen understanding of business structures and models benefit his clients, in particular, business owners, professionals and other high asset individuals.
In addition to his proficiency with financial aspects of a divorce, he continues to educate himself in the psychological issues that customarily arise in contested custody disputes. He recently attended a Best Practices Conference titled, “Understanding Child Relocation, Domestic Violence and High Conflict Parenting, and Parental Alienation.” This conference was attended by not just lawyers, but also Judges, Psychologists, Custody Evaluators, and mediators.
Divorce is considered a domestic crisis and Mr. Meriwether understands the unique difficulties of going through a divorce, including not just the legal, but also the financial and emotional. He understands that a divorce can be one of the most life altering and stressful events someone can experience. Mr. Meriwether always offers his clients a cost-benefit analysis, assessing the legal strengths and weaknesses of a client’s case versus the financial repercussions involved of pursuing a specific matter. This evaluation includes a discussion of the financial cost of continuing litigation to achieve the desired result, and the emotional toll not only on the client but on the family as a whole. While Mr. Meriwether will fiercely litigate a case, he understands that some cases are better off being settled. As a trained mediator and arbitrator, Mr. Meriwether is not only very familiar with the alternative dispute resolution process but is able to offer sound insight into different strategies to help his clients receive the best settlement possible.
On a personal level, Mr. Meriwether holds a Black Belt in Judo and was the State Champion in his division while in law school. When he is not practicing law, Mr. Meriwether is very active in his sons’ Cub Scouts activities; is a den leader for both his sons; and regularly plans and coordinates Cub Scout activities in his Pack. Mr. Meriwether is also an aspiring artisan in woodworking. He has built his children’s bedroom furniture, his kitchen table, and is currently working on finishing his new office desk out of Ambrosia Maple and a dining room table out of slabs of solid walnut. In his spare time, Mr. Meriwether also uses his woodworking skills to craft individualized and unique pens. Click here to see a link to Mr. Meriwether’s pen selection!
Qualifications and Experience
University of Florida, Juris Doctor of Law, 1995
University of Miami, Bachelor of Arts, 1992
American Bar Association
Family Law Section (2004 through present)
State Bar of Georgia
Family Law Section (2004 through present)
Forsyth County Bar Association
Member of Legislative Committee (2009 through present)
Blue Ridge Bar Association
Member (2009 through present)
State Bar of Florida
Member (1996 through present)
Certifications and Additional Qualifications
Neutral Civil Mediator, Registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (2010 through present)
Arbitrator, Registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (2007 through present)
“Effect of Supersedeas in a Hotly Contested Divorce Case ,” Family Law Review, State Bar of Georgia (2012)
“Holiday Stress and the Courts,” Cherokee Tribune (2011)
“Reducing the Conflict in Divorce Cases,” Cherokee Tribune (2011)
“Avoiding the Conflict of a Divorce,” Cherokee Tribune (2011)
“Top 10 iPhone/iPad Apps for a Family Law Attorney,” Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section (2011)
“Ask the Expert : Divorce and COBRA,” The Peaceful Co-Parent (2010)
Regular Contributor to the Divorce Blog, atlantadivorceattorneyblog.com
Family Law Practice Management for the 2011 Family Law Conference (2011)
Drafting Contracts and Transactional Documents for The Paralegal’s Guide to Contracts and Transactional Documents (2009)
Recent Trends and Developments with LLCs for LLC Trends and Development (2009)
Two recent reviews of Leh Meriwether
|From a Review on AVVO.com||From a Review from Kudzu.com|
|"Leh is highly professional, very experienced and hugely knowledgeable in his area of legal concentration. One thing I appreciated the most was his candor in helping me to assess the cost-benefit of where to have him and his team work “for” me, and when the cost was going to be greater than the “fight.” He always allowed me to make the ultimate decisions, but I was able to do that from an informed position. During those times where decisions tend to be made from an emotional standpoint, Leh was great at providing go-forward options or strategies focused on desired outcomes for my case, along with practical guidance that was most appropriate for achieving those goals. His strategic thinking skills and legal guidance were outstanding and contributed to reaching a fair settlement. I would highly recommend Leh and/or his Firm. “|
Very strong attorney
Leh is an excellent attorney with a strong grasp of the law. Beyond his knowledge he is very creative in negotiation while keeping me as a client focused on a final outcome as opposed to the current (often times tense) situation. He was excellent in a staying professional but stern in the face of a difficult situation and was always on task.
|The Best Possible First Step|
My husband and I are possibly headed for divorce, though I hope we can resolve the ongoing painful situation of arguments and general estrangement from one another. When I phoned M&T I expected to be told to come in and have a meeting, and pay a fee. To my pleasant surprise a friendly, insightful and attentive person heard my situation over the phone, then briefed Mr. Meriwether, after which he also listened to me at-length over the phone, at no charge. I was completely stunned that I was able to get many important questions answered and solid advice of such an experienced professional. His analysis of my situation, which includes a business relationship with my husband, gave me more peace of mind than I can possibly describe. I am not nearly as fearful of the possible divorce ahead, but if it does occur, I wouldn't even consider going anywhere but to this firm for my representation. As a small business owner, I am accustomed to providing that extra level of service to our customers, but rarely do I find it coming at me from the other side of the table.