Joann Sharp

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Alpharetta, GA

Meriwether & Tharp LLC
 | 11475 Great Oaks Way, Suite 125
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Phone: 678-879-9000
Fax: 678-879-9001
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2006
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate (90%),
  • Family Law (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Joann Brown Sharp is a partner at the highly respected Georgia law firm of Meriwether & Tharp LLC. With seven law offices throughout the state, the firm offers the people of Georgia a wide range of family law services. Ms. Sharp focuses her practice on assisting clients in North Georgia from the firm's locations in Alpharetta and Atlanta by representing their interests in matters related to:

  • Family Law Appeals
  • Divorce and property division
  • Child custody and support
  • Post-decree modifications
  • Fathers' and grandparents' rights
  • Family violence

Ms. Sharp began her legal career in 1998 after earning her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and her admission to the South Carolina Bar. She soon decided to move to the Atlanta area, and the State Bar of Georgia granted her admission in 1999. In 2012, the state of Tennessee approved her to practice law in its courtrooms, and she now represents clients throughout Georgia.

Over the course of her 20+ year legal career, Ms. Sharp has earned the respect of both her clients and her peers, thanks to her role in a number of major cases, many of which garnered attention in national media outlets. She is a skilled trial attorney with a background in corporate law, and her courtroom experience continues to serve her family law clients well today.  Over the past few years, she has focused her practice on appellate work in the family law arena.  As evidence of her abilities and her excellent reputation, she has an "Excellent" rating from Avvo.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Appellate
  • 10%Family Law
Focus Areas

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


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Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2006

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About Joann Sharp

Admitted: 1999, Georgia

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Past President, Georgia Bar Association, Women in the Profession
  • Tennessee, 2012
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • Georgia, 1999
  • South Carolina, 1998


  • Provenzano v. Jones, 302 Ga. 139 (2017)(interpreting the live-in-lover statute)., 2017
  • Ford v. Ford, 347 Ga. App. 233 (2018)(discussing jurisdiction in divorce and custody)., 2018
  • Reid v. Lindsey, 348 Ga. App. 425 (2019)(involving grandparent visitation)., 2019
  • Wertz v. Marshall, 2019 WL 2610761 (June 26, 2019)(involving jurisdiciton under the UCCJEA with military spouse)., 2019
  • In the Interest of G.R.B., 330 Ga. App. 693 (2015).  A juvenile court's finding of deprivation was reversed because the record lacked clear and convincing evidence to support its finding that the child was deprived (O.C.G.A. § 15-11-2(8)(A)) as there was no evidence that the child was harmed during acts of domestic violence between the parents, and the father had passed several drug screens., 2015
  • Stewart v. Smith, 291 Ga. App. 86, 2009
  • Ledford v. Smith, 249 Ga. App. 719, 2005
  • Dallow v. Dallow, 2016 Ga. LEXIS 581.  Trial court did not err in modifying father's visitation rights to require him to arrange visitation with 17-year-old child at times that were mutually agreeable, same type of arrangement he agreed to in original parenting plan as to child's older brother, and order was squarely focused on what visitation arrangement was in child's best interest., 2016

Representative Clients:

  • AstroTurf, LLC
  • Textile Management Associates, Inc.
  • Premier Polymers, LLC
  • UTGH Equipment d/b/a SYNLawn Chemence, Inc.
  • Crystal Products Co., Inc.
  • Universal Textile Technologies Carpet and Rugs Backings and Supplies Signature Hospitality Carpets

Educational Background:

  • JD from University of South Carolina School of Law., 1998
  • Master's of Liberal Arts from Auburn University at Montgomery (emphasis on English Literature)., 1992
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Bachelor of Arts in English, 1989
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Office Location for Joann Sharp

11475 Great Oaks Way
Suite 125
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Phone: 678-879-9000

Fax: 678-879-9001

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Last Updated: 5/19/2020

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