Law Firm, LLC
Nearly 30 Years Experience
Questions and Answers
Shawn M. Winterich
Welcome to my law firm webpage.
I’ve been representing people and small businesses in the courts with large contract and property disputes for nearly 30 years. I’d like to believe you feel at home with me because everything you need is right below. Well, half of it, at least. Charles Kettering is credited for pointing out that “a problem well-stated is half-solved.”
You have one of these problems, and possibly more than one:
• Someone you do business with did not do what they said they would do.
• You trusted someone who betrayed your trust.
• You did everything you said you would do, but nothing is ever enough for the other person, who constantly demands more. You did business with the wrong person.
• You have a problem with something someone did (or didn’t do) or they have a problem with something you did (or didn’t do), and you disagree with them about what the problem is, how serious the problem is, or the fairest solution.
That’s it. No mysterious legal abstractions. Your problem is already half-solved. Let’s handle the rest together.
It pays to act promptly.
The documents, testimony, and other evidence supporting you is never stronger than it is while the dispute is still fresh. You may have as long as six years to sue on a written contract. But more evidence is available first day after the breach than it will be almost six years later. Time is the friend of the defendant.
If a deputy sheriff has handed you a copy of a lawsuit with your name on it below the “v.,” you probably didn’t control the timing. As the summons/cover page reads, you only have a maximum of 30 days to file an answer in the Superior Court and State Court systems in Georgia. Answers delayed beyond 30 days or omitting valid counterclaims or defenses at the outset can require corrective legal work which was avoidable if handled properly.
Smaller disputes, or claims not yet filed in court, may be de-escalated informally.
Phone or text me to maximize recovery (or savings), to evaluate your rights, to file your action (or answer) and other needed court filings, and to get your recovery plan (or savings plan) in place.
Georgia State and Superior courts since 1994
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Atlanta Bar Association, Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Section
State Bar of Georgia, Creditors’ Rights Section
Juris Doctor, cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law), Detroit, Michigan, 1994
American Jurisprudence Award, Insurance Law, 1993
The Ohio State University, B.A., Columbus, Ohio, 1989
Author and presenter: “Filing, and Surviving Challenges to, Judgments Under the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Law,” from State Bar of Georgia Creditors’ Rights CLE seminar, January 2006.
Contributing author: Wiley Bankruptcy Law Institute Update, 2000-2001.
Author: “Ethical Considerations and the FDCPA,” National Business Institute, 1999 (CLE materials)
Auten v. Falo, Georgia Court of Appeals, A19A0676; REO Solutions, LLC, et al. v. Falo, Georgia Court of Appeals, A19A0677 (June 28, 2019). (Affirmed jointly without opinion.) Certiorari denied by Supreme Court of Georgia, S20C0002 (March 13, 2020).
Alliant Tax Credit 31, Inc. v. Murphy, et al., 824 F.3d 1134 (2019) (Reversal in part, involving dismissal of one co-defendant and reversal of punitive damages judgment of $1M against another defendant.)
CitiMortgage, Inc. v. Lessington, et al., Georgia Court of Appeals A14A0693 (July 15, 2014) (Affirmed without opinion.)
DC Micro Development, Inc. v. Briley, 714 SE 2d 11, 310 Ga. App. 309 (2011). (Affirmed.)
Deljoo v. SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., 668 SE 2d 245, 284 Ga. 438 (2008). (Reversed.)
Note Purchase Company of Georgia, LLC v. Brenda Lee Strickland Realty, Inc., 654 SE 2d 393, 288 Ga. App. 594 (2007). (Reversed.)
United Maintenance, Inc. v. Wilson, 595 SE 2d 376, 265 Ga. App. 683 (2002). (Reversed.)
Sun v. Mercedes Benz Credit Corp., 562 SE 2d 714, 254 Ga. App. 463 (Affirmed, with $1,200.00 reversed.)
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“I can’t recommend this firm highly enough. Finding a lawyer that will actually listen to your case is hard, finding one that also cares about their clients is even harder, and I found both at this firm. If you need representation, call here first. I appreciate what this firm has done for my partner and I and if we ever need representation in the future, I will always start here…We can’t thank you enough and we’re so relieved at this outcome.”
“Thank you Shawn, for staying on top of everything. So we end this job of yours, with a solid 5 Stars. Thanks, again. High recommended.”
“I have worked with Shawn as a colleague while we were both at the same law firm, and I have continued to seek his insight since he left to start his own practice. Shawn has a keen insight into the legal issue in his field, as well as an ability to see the “real world” application of the law to your situation. Whenever I have a client or know anyone that needs a lawyer with Shawn’s skills, I have never hesitated to recommend him, and I will continue to recommend him to any whom I think could benefit from him and his skills.”
The Winterich Law Firm, LLC
The Winterich Law Firm, LLC
533-D Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, Georgia 30068