Shelly Friedman has been our lawyer for almost 25 years. He has established nine companies and 45 Wendy’s restaurants and handled over 25 major commercial loans for our organization. He has always performed at the highest level of excellence and his top priority is always the client. It is a pleasure working with him and his firm and, as a result, we continue to use Shelly for all of our corporate needs.

Matt Van Paepeghern, president, WenMarr Management Co., LLC

From M&A transaction tax planning to definitive agreement drafting and negotiations, for the past 20-plus years, my colleagues and I have relied on Shelly Friedman for practical, actionable advice. Shelly’s combination of technical prowess and front-line deal experience make him our “go to” counsel for those transactions that MUST get done, irrespective of obstacles. Shelly’s practical approach to problem-solving and personal attention to detail consistently deliver cost-effective results.

Gerald R. Benjamin, Vice Chairman, GreenSky.

I wanted to thank you for the excellent job you have done over the years in providing our company with legal services. You are a truly responsible attorney with a keen mind for business. You know how to work issues through to a positive resolution and you move deals forward in a professional and timely fashion. Your “make things happen” approach to business has always benefited us greatly and your business sense has far exceeded our expectations. Thank you for what you mean to me and Hotel Equities. We look forward to continuing our long and meaningful relationship for many years to come.

Frederick W. Cerrone, CHA president and CEO, Hotel Equities Group, LLC


Mike Dever is an ideal business litigator. He is very tough, but just as important, he is able to communicate well with juries and with the opposition. This combination works very well in the successful resolution of cases whether by settlement or trial. Highly recommend.

Randolph Mayer, partner at Mayer & Harper

Mike Dever is one of the most upfront, honest and trustworthy attorneys I have known. I found him to be very knowledgeable in his field of expertise and he was always accessible and took my phone calls, if available. I never felt like he wasted my money or my time as he was quick to answer my questions or get back with me. I would highly recommend Mike.

Sheryl Stephens


Larry Merlin has helped me and my company now for seven years, we had been with a big Midtown firm that just didn’t have a very personal appeal often times dealing with junior attorneys right out of law school. Since we have made the move we couldn’t be happier, they have helped us with all our business legal needs and they write the toughest contracts in the game! Solid, Ethical and Talented.

Dave Marlow, Owner ACS of Georgia, LLC

Larry Merlin has been a trusted legal partner for my businesses since 2010. He is super responsive and focused on the needs of our business from every day legal issues to M&A advice and support. I highly recommend Larry and his firm for corporate legal services.

Bob Bailey, CEO Healthcare IT Leaders


At Friedman, Dever & Merlin, we encourage you to meet with us to discuss your current and future legal needs. We encourage you to call us at 404-236-86004 or send us a confidential email to schedule your consultation with a lawyer.