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Sherry Virginia Neal

Sherry Virginia Neal

About me

SHERRY V. NEAL is the managing member of Neal & Wright LLC. Experienced in both the private and non-profit legal sectors, Sherry specializes in assisting families who want to grow through adoption. Sherry's practice includes all types of adoption, including finalization of agency placements, relative adoptions, stepparent adoptions, second parent adoptions, "readoption" or domestication of foreign-granted adoptions, and other domestic or international adoption matters. She is a frequent speaker on issues related to adoption and Title IV-E adoption assistance benefits.

Sherry also provides legal services in the area of estate planning, focusing on middle income estates and third-party special needs trusts. This practice includes assisting clients with advance directives, powers of attorney, and designations of standby guardians.

Through these practice areas, Sherry's goal is to assist her clients with creating families and protecting the rights of family members, particularly those with special needs.

As an outgrowth of her adoption practice and because of her commitment to assist all families, Sherry formed the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers, Inc., a professional association of experienced adoption counsel.  Sherry is also an associate member of the Georgia Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies, a member of Voice for Adoption, and a member of the Stonewall Bar Association. She is involved with several organizations that focus on legal issues affecting children, particularly children who are involved in some way with the judicial system, including the Children in the Courts Committee for the State Bar of Georgia.

In addition to her practice-related involvement, Sherry is a member of the State Bar Committee on Inclusion in the Profession, chairs a biennial continuing legal education seminar on women in the legal profession, and is a member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers. Sherry also periodically serves as a mentor to new lawyers through the State Bar Transition into Practice Program and served as Director of CLE for the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia for four years.

Outside of the legal arena, Sherry heads up the Lake Claire Parents Association and has been active in a number of civic organizations, including the Peachtree-Atlanta Kiwanis Club.

Sherry graduated summa cum laude from Wesleyan College, where she played soccer and sang in the Washboard Band. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she was a member of the Women Law Students Association and the Georgia Law Review.

Sherry's partner in life and work is Daniel S. Wright. They and their children make their home in the Lake Claire neighborhood of Atlanta. In addition to chasing her children around the park, Sherry's personal interests include yoga, reading, crocheting, playing the piano, and travel.


Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 90%
    16 years
  2. Estate Planning: 10%
    11 years



Hourly ($220-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Barbara Esther Katz

    Sherry Neal is highly experienced in the area of adoption law. I often call upon Sherry's advice for complex issues in adoption, especially related to Adoption Assistance.


    Barbara Katz Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Josie Redwine

    I endorse this lawyer. Sherry is caring, compassionate and extremely knowledgeable.


    Josie Redwine Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Neal & Wright LLC

118 East Maple Street
Decatur, GA, 30030-3314


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199911/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Award of AchievementState Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division2010
Award of AchievementState Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division2008
Award of AchievementState Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division2005
Outstanding AlumnaMonroe Academy2005
Power of One Volunteer AwardAARP Georgia2005
Outstanding Young AlumnaWesleyan College2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director, Grandparent/Relative Caregiver ProjectAtlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.2001 - 2005
AssociateKilpatrick Stockton LLP1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Georgia Children & the Courts CommitteeN/AN/A
State Bar of Georgia Committee to Promote InclusionN/AN/A
Georgia Association of Licensed Adoption AgenciesAssociate MemberN/A
Stonewall Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Voice for AdoptionN/AN/A
Decatur Business AssociationN/AN/A
Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers, Inc.PresidentN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Relative AdoptionAdoption granted
Same-Sex Parents AdoptionAdoption granted
Domestication of Foreign-Granted Adoption ("Re-adoption")Adoption granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Georgia Bar JournalGetting to Give: Strategies to Maximize Your Impact in the Community2006
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Children’s Rights Litigation Committee NewsletterTo Grandmother’s House We Go: Children in Kinship Care2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1999
Wesleyan CollegeBiologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE SeminarAdoption Law Start to Finish2011
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Benefits2011
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Benefits2010
Annual Meeting of the State Bar of GeorgiaHanging Out a Shingle – Practical And Professionalism Tips for the New Lawyer on How to Get Started and Successfully Keep Going2009
Adoption Law CLEThe Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act, Its Impact of the Act on Adoptions in Georgia, and Adoption Assistance Benefits in Georgia2008
Mid-Year Meeting of the State Bar of Georgia: Hanging Out a ShingleHow to Enhance Your Solo Practice Through Pro Bono Work and Community Service; and Crunching the Numbers: How to Identify (and Pay!) Start-Up Costs2007
Getting Off on the Right Foot – Practice Management for Starting and Growing a Law PracticeHanging Out A Shingle: Practical Tips On How To Get Started and Successfully Keep Going2007
North American Council on Adoptable Children 31st Annual ConferenceIt’s All Relative: Adoption and Other Services to Help Children Raised by Relatives2005
National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren SymposiumDoes Legal Status Matter? Guardianship, Custody & Adoption2005
National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren SymposiumFinancial Assistance for Grandparents: TANF, Social Security, Medicaid, Housing, & Adoption Assistance Benefits2005
National Association of Social Workers Annual ConferenceLegal Options and Public Benefits for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren2005
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Benefits2005
Child Welfare League of America National Adoption Law Training ConferenceRelatively Speaking: Addressing the Unique Needs of Kinship Caregivers through Adoption and Support Services2004
Metro Juvenile Law SeminarRepresenting the Relative Caregiver in a Deprivation Action: Basic Information You Need to Know2003
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Benefits2003
AARP National Aging & Law ConferenceLegal Services to Address the Growing Needs of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren2003
Unsealing Records CLEObtaining Adoption Records and Original Birth Certificates Post-Adoption2002
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Appeals2002
Adoption Law CLEAdoption Assistance Benefits2001