David Canale

Top 30 Matrimonial and Family Law
Meriwether & Tharp, LLC
145 Towne Lake Pkwy Ste 300
Woodstock, GA 30188
(678) 879-9000


A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Canale received his B.S. degree from Louisiana State University in 1982. He graduated from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU in 1989, where he was a member of both the Moot Court Board and the Order of the Coif. Mr. Canale was admitted to practice in the State of Louisiana in October 1989 and in the State of Georgia in June 1995. He is a member in good standing of both the Louisiana State Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. He also is a member of the Cobb County Bar Association. He is a member of the Family Law Sections of both the State Bar of Georgia and the Cobb County Bar Association. He is admitted to all state courts in Louisiana, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, all State and Superior Courts in Georgia, and the Georgia Court of Appeals. He is also a member of the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, and has been named a Top 100 Lawyer in Georgia by The National Advocates.  Mr. Canale has over twenty-five years of experience as an attorney. In addition to private practice, he previously served as an in-house counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Resolution Trust Corporation, and a private corporation. Mr. Canale currently practices in all areas of domestic relations and family law.  He, his wife and two children live in Cherokee County. They are active members of St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Georgia
Member (1995 through present)

State Bar of Louisiana
Member (1989 through present)


AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell - 2015, 2016

Top 100 Lawyer, The National Advocates – 2015, 2016

Executive Committee Member, The National Advocates - 2015, 2016, 2017

Top Contributor, Avvo.com - 2013

Client’s Choice, Avvo.com - 2012

Superb Rating 10 out of 10, Avvo.com

Certificate of Appreciation, Cobb County Superior Court Judges & Cobb County Bar Association - 2012

Pro Bono Award, State of Georgia - 2005


The Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court
Member (2015 through present)

Cobb Justice Foundation 
Member (2005 through present)

Cobb County Bar Association Family Law Section
Member (2000 through present)

State Bar of Georgia
Member, Family Law Section (2000 through present)

State Bar of Louisiana
Member, Family Law Section (1989 through present)

Speaking Engagements

"Crafting a Winning Parenting Plan with Marsha Schechtman," Atlanta Divorce Team Radio (July 22, 2017)

"Courtroom Decorum," Newstalk 1160 a.m. - Atlanta Divorce Team Radio (2016)

"Crafting Action Plans for Clients in a Divorce," Meriwether & Tharp Firm Seminar (2016)

"Top 10 Qualities of a Successful Paralegal," Kennesaw State University Paralegal Studies (2016)

"Things You Thought You Knew," Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court (2016)

"Understanding Temporary Family Violence Protective Orders," Atlanta Divorce Team Radio (2016)

"Legal Career Information," CCSD Career Day (2010)

"Legal Careers," Career Day (2010)