Shawn Merzlak

Wrongful Death Attorney

Although born in Butte, MT, Shawn was raised in and spent his life in Augusta, GA.

Shawn graduated from Lakeside High School in Columbia County in 1998. He graduated from Augusta State University in both 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and in 2007 with a Master’s in Business Administration.

Shawn continued his love for education and graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2013. Having prior extensive experience as a criminal investigator in his first career, Shawn is a purposeful and methodical Wrongful Death and Personal Injury trial lawyer.

Shawn specializes in advocating for you and achieving the best result for you through exhaustive investigation, case preparation, pre-trial techniques and negotiation, and fearless trial advocacy.


  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • Augusta State University
  • Augusta State University
    B.B.A. Major: Accounting

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Augusta Bar Association
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 (2018 & 2019)

Areas of Practice

  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury 
  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Premises Liability

Past Employment Positions 

  • Assistant District Attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, 2013-2015
  • Criminal Investigator for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 1998-2010