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.