Andrea L. Pawlak


Andrea is a litigator who is as comfortable in a courtroom as she is working toward the resolution of a case. Over eighteen years of practice, Andrea has handled a variety of complex civil matters in multiple jurisdictions. Her practice began at a boutique environmental law firm, and she joined SWTW in 2007, primarily handling commercial and business litigation matters. Andrea also handles family law and employment law matters. She has won summary judgment motions, hearings, trials, and appeals. Andrea is a pragmatic and detail-oriented litigator. She has received several key industry awards and accolades, including being named to the list of Georgia Super Lawyers, an honor reserved for 5% of the practicing Bar.

Recent Highlights

  • Decision from Georgia Court of Appeals affirming legitimation and visitation in favor of client (February 2020)
  • Decision from Georgia Court of Appeals in a complex business litigation case to reverse trial court's decision to grant declaratory judgment to the opposing party and to dismiss certain counterclaims (July 2020)
  • Opinion from the Court of Appeals (First District) of Texas affirming a trial court victory on a motion to dismiss pursuant to the Texas Citizens Participation Act (Mr. Ward and Ms. Pawlak have been admitted pro hac vice in the appeal) (August 2020)
  • Summary judgment from the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division in favor of the employer in an FLSA lawsuit on all issues (September 2020)
  • Settlement of Clean Water Act case (2020)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2005
  • N.D. of Georgia, 2006
  • M.D. Georgia, 2006
  • Alabama, 2007


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2005
      Dean's List; Dean's Public Service Award; Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, Symposium Editor; Moot Court, Semi-Finalist; Student Bar Association; Legal Association of Women Students, Board Member
  • Auburn University, B.A., 2001, Summa Cum Laude

Areas of Practice

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Business and Commercial Law

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Real Estate Litigation

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General Litigation

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Confirmation of Foreclosure Sales

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Family Law

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Environmental Litigation

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Environmental Permitting

& Compliance

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Oil Protection Act

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Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • Crisis In The Gulf Of Mexico: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill & The Oil Pollution Act, Co-Author, Environmental Law Section Newsletter (2010 Summer Edition)
  • Developers Beware - Grading Your Development Site May Put You on the Hook for an Environmental Clean-Up, Legal Grounds, Perspectives on Real Estate Law (2008)
  • Area Limitation State Homestead Exemptions and Zoning: The Sale and Apportionment of "Indivisible Homesteads", Comment, 21 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 343 (2004)

Speaking Engagements

Awards Received

  • Georgia Super Lawyers Honoree, Thomson Reuters, 2022-24
  • Georgia Legal Elite, 2012-2020
  • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star Honoree, Thomson Reuters, 2010-2021

Contact Us

Schulten Ward Turner & Weiss, LLP

260 Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 2700
Atlanta, GA 30303

Tel: (404) 688-6800
Fax: (404) 688-6840