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Robert L. Tharp

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Duluth, GA

Meriwether & Tharp LLC
6465 East Johns Crossing, Suite 400
Duluth, GA 30097
Phone: 678-879-9000
Fax: 678-879-9001
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009
Licensed in Georgia Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

A partner with Meriwether & Tharp LLC, Robert L. Tharp offers legal representation to people in Atlanta and Johns Creek, Georgia. He focuses his practice on family law, handling cases involving divorce, child custody, contempt actions, modifications to child support and alimony, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, paternity, family violence, grandparents’ rights, divorce and military divorce.

In 1993, Mr. Tharp graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts. He then studied law at Emory University School of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 1996. That same year, he was admitted to practice law in the state of Georgia.

Family law matters are often difficult for people to go through, given the intense emotions that are involved. Mr. Tharp understands this and sits down with clients to help them put these emotions aside. He then educates clients about their rights and options, giving them the ability to make decisions that will be of benefit to them at the current time, as well as in the future. Mr. Tharp believes in trying to achieve results for clients amicably but will take the matter into a courtroom, if necessary. He is known for his great compassion and respect for clients’ feelings and challenges.

Civic involvement is important to Mr. Tharp. He has been involved with various debate projects including extensive involvement in the formative years of the Atlanta Urban Debate League. For his efforts in this area, Emory University presented Mr. Tharp with the Warren Akin Outstanding Alumni Contribution award.


Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property


7 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2009

About Robert L. Tharp

First Admitted: 1996, Georgia

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Developed firm's web site at - one of the most comprehensive divorce web sites in Georgia.  In 2016 made major revision to web site and dramatically increased content and information available to the general public.,
  • Supervised the development of the Georgia Family Law Treatise that is used internally for Meriwether & Tharp in its training and as a reference point of critical Georgia family law cases for senior attorneys. Assisted with the 2016 update and converted the treatise into a digital format., Georgia Family Law Treatise, 2015
  • Organized the seminar and spoke regarding: "The Resolution Focused Approach" and "Mastering the Initial Consultation to set the Stage for Resolution", Speaker/Organizer, Setting the Stage for a Resolution Focused Approach, 2016
  • Organized the ICLE seminar and spoke regarding: “What is Income for the Purposes of Calculating Child Support and Alimony”; “Alimony”; and, “Equitable Division”, Speaker/Organizer, Essential Elements of the Four Core Areas of Family Law, ICLE, 2015
  • Organized the seminar and spoke regarding: “The Road to a Successful Mediation”; “Mediation Preparation”; and, “Negotiation Techniques”, Speaker/Organizer, The Road to a Successful Mediation, Meriwether & Tharp LLC, 2016
  • Organized the seminar and spoke regarding effective case management for divorce cases., Speaker/Organizer, Effective Case Management, Meriwether & Tharp, LLC, 2016
  • Spoke at the seminar regarding effective time management techniques., Speaker, How to be Productive Like a Boass - 4 Simple Concepts to Move your day from busy to productive, Meriwether & Tharp, 2016
  • Spoke at the event., Speaker, How to Handle an Intake like a Boss, Meriwether & Tharp, LLC, 2015
  • Organized the paralegal seminar and spoke regarding various topics., Speaker/Organizer, Case Management Essentials, Paralegals - Meriwether & Tharp, 2016
  • Organized the seminar for paralegals and spoke regarding: “The Role of a family law paralegal”; “How Do you Determine Income”; “Child Support Worksheets – Beyond the Basics”; “How to Create a Complete Marital Balance Sheets”;  and, “Tops things to review for a DRFA” , Speaker/Organizer, The Role of the Paralegal, Paralegal - Meriwether & Tharp, 2016
  • Speaker - Law Practice Management from Start to Finish, 2017 Family Law Institute, Family Law Institute, Georgia Bar - Family Law Section, 2017
  • Moderated Judge's Panel., Nuts & Bolts of Family Law, ICLE, 2017
  • Speaker - Taking on a Family Law Case, Georgia Family Law Practice, Half Moon Education, Inc., 2017


  • Green v Raw Deal, Inc 290 Ga. App. 464 - successfully reversed trial court judgment against our client.
  • Harris Ins Agency, Inc. v Tarene Farms, LLC - Successfully defended and upheld grant of summary judgment against my client.
  • Delta Cleaner Supply Co. v Mendel Drive Associates, 286 Ga. App. 227 - Successfully defended trial court award in favor of our client.
  • Immel v Immel, 298 Ga. App 424 - I was able to successfully overturn a trial court's decision against my client.
  • Harmon v Harell, 2008 Ga. Lexis 273 - Won a decision by both the court of appeals and Supreme Court of Georgia protecting my client's rights.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Served various campaign roles from volunteer to campaign coordinator
  • Past President, Treasurer - Ridge at Stoney Point homeowners association
  • Provided extensive help to the Georgia's high school debate community by helping to run twenty plus high school tournaments a year throughout the greater Atlanta area
  • Has been active in numerous state and federal campaigns for local, state and federal races from judges and state representatives to United States Congressmen
  • President (2017-2019), Treasurer (2013-2016) - Quail Hollow homeowners association 
  • Ran the Lincoln Douglas portion of the annual Barkley Forum for high school debate tournament at Emory University for approximately ten years.
  • Worked with establishing three of the initial Urban debate league programs in this country in Atlanta, Baltimore, and New York
  • One of the founding members of a political consulting firm that managed various state and local level campaigns
  • Helped to establish and provided extensive hands-on service for the Urban Debate League program for high school and junior high school students

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Georgia, 1996
  • Forsyth County Bar Association, Member

Educational Background

  • Emory Law School, 1996
  • B.A., Emory University , 1993

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Developed web video campaign to explain Georgia divorce law to the general public.  The various videos i created are referenced in the video section below., 2016
  • Developed YouTube Channel for Meriwether & Tharp, LLC. , 2016
  • Created internal training web site for Meriwether & Tharp, LLC that provides detailed coverage of all internal operating procedures, training, county information, experts, and human resources.  In addition, part of the site provides a comprehensive summary of Georgia divorce law., 2016


  • Super Lawyers - Family Law, Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Top Attorney Divorce - 10.0 Superb, AVVO, 2016
  • Honorable Mention - Website Award (Consumer Website), Muse Creative Awards, 2016
  • Platinum Award - Radio Ad Campaign (Scenario Ads), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Platinum Award - Website Award (Small Business), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Gold Award - Video for the Web, Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Gold Award - Website Award (Mobile Web Site), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Platinum Award - Website Award (Professional Services), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Award for contributions to Emory and the Urban Debate League, Warren Akin Outstanding Alumni Contribution award, Emory University, 1998
  • Gold Award of Excellence - Website Award (Law & Legal Services), Communicator Awards, 2016
  • Gold Award of Excellence - Website Award (Structure & Navigation), Communicator Awards, 2016
  • Silver Winner - Website Award (Business Website), Omni Awards, 2016
  • Gold Award - Radio Ad Campaign (Marriage Tips), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Platinum Award - Website Award (Business to Consumer), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Gold Award - Website Award (Web Copy), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Gold Award - Website Award (Web Site Design), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Family Lawyer of the Year (USA), Lawyers Monthly, 2016
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2009
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2015
  • Silver Award of Distinction - Website Award (Home Page), Communicator Awards, 2016
  • Silver Winner - Website Award (Writing), Omni Awards, 2016
  • Platinum Award - Video (Marketing a Service), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Platinum Award - Website Award (Information Website), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Gold Award - Website Award (Mobile Information Experience), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • Gold Award - Website Award (Home Page Design), Hermes Creative Award, 2016
  • One of 5 web sites nominated in the "Law" catagory for best web sites in 2017 by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.  The Webbys is generally considered like receiving an Oscar nomination for websites and has been called by the New York Times "The Internet's Highest Honor"., Nominee - Website of the Year - Law Catagory, The Webby Awards, 2017


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Office Location for Robert L. Tharp

6465 East Johns Crossing
Suite 400
Duluth, GA 30097

Phone: 678-879-9000

Fax: 678-879-9001

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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