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Christie Ayotte Baer

Christie Ayotte Baer

also known as Christie Ayotte

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About Me

I specialize in family law and estate planning but I also help many entrepreneurs with their business needs, and offer probate assistance.

I received my law degree from Emory University, and my undergraduate degree from Smith College. They are good schools, but I don't think I am smarter than my clients just because I am lawyer or because I have fancy degrees.

I am an entrepreneur and a businessperson at heart. Before forming my own firm, I worked with some good attorneys at a small Alanta firm both as an attorney, and before law school, as a paralegal.

I am a trained Guardian Ad Litem who accepts cases in Chatham County, which means I help judges in difficult custody cases decide what to do by fact-finding, and making recommendations.

I have mediated more than 225 landlord-tenant cases in Fulton County and DeKalb County Magistrate Courts (aka, "dispossessory court"), helping landlords and tenants come up with fair and reasonable agreements that benefit both parties. I have only impassed about 11% of the cases assigned to me.

Before law school, I owned another business called Signature Projects LLC, which provided marketing advice and operational services to political candiates and elected officials, other businesses, and non-profits. Before that, I was the business manager of Georgia Equality, a statewide political interest group that advocates for equality for the LGBT community. In my spare time, I did freelance writing, publishing several op-ed pieces in Southern Voice, the Washington Blade, and the Advocate.


Places I Have Volunteered:

  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (Guardian Ad Litem, Adoptions Attorney)

  • Hotlanta Squares (President Emeritus)

  • DeKalb County Alternative Dispute Resolution Center

  • Atlanta Humane Society (adoptions counselor)

  • Atlanta Pride Committee (board member)


When Not Working, I Enjoy:

  • Trolling yard sales and antique shops

  • Square dancing

  • Running


What I Do:

  • Adoptions (including 2nd parent adoptions)

  • Divorce/Custody Disputes

  • Child Support

  • Alimony Modifications

  • Legitimations/Paternity

  • Domestic Partner Agreements/Dissolutions

  • Contracts

  • Negotiations

  • Litigation

  • Incorporations

  • Wills, Trusts & Powers of Attorney

  • Mediation


For my formal bio, go to my website:




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Practice Areas


  1. Family: 50%
  2. Wills & Living Wills: 40%
  3. Probate: 5%
  4. Business: 5%



Hourly ($150-250/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Daria French Wise

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Daria Wise Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Joshua Eary Stern

    Christie is one of the best family law attorneys I know. Her gift is her ability to put her clients at ease throughout the legal process. Her advocacy is unparalleled and she is a fantastic oral arguer. I would refer a client to Christie in a heartbeat.


    Joshua Stern Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

The Baer Law Firm LLC

6205 Abercorn St.
Suite 214
Savannah, GA, 30145


GAActive Member in Good Standing 201010/26/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
20th Annual Law Student Writing CompetitionAmerican Judges' Association2008
PFLAG ScholarshipPFLAG-Atlanta2008
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney / Managing MemberThe Baer Law Firm LLC2011 - Present
AssociateKitchens New Cleghorn2010 - 2011
Registered Mediator, Office of Dispute ResolutionFulton County Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program2008 - 2009
Legal Technical EditorPensionLitigationData.com2008 - 2008
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Hotlanta SquaresPast President2013 - 2014
Georgia Association of Counsel for ChildrenMember2012 - 2014
DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers FoundationGuardian Ad Litem2012 - 2014
Hotlanta SquaresPresident2012 - 2013
DeKalb Bar AssociationMember2012 - 2013
Hotlanta SquaresVice President2011 - 2012
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2011 - Present
Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers FoundationGuardian Ad Litem2011 - 2014
Stonewall Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Currents (Newsletter for the State Bar of Georgia Dispute Resolution Section)Mediating Same-Sex Dissolutions2013
BrochureRoadmap: The Litigation Process2012
BrochureChild Custody: How to Choose an Arrangement That Works For Your Family2012
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Smith CollegeSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Marriage Equality Town HallMarriage Equality in Georgia2015
Emory Law's 1st Annual Family Law PanelCareers in Family Law2014
McKesson Corp. OPEN Monthly MeetingLegal Issues Facing Same-Sex Families in Georgia2013
Georgia State Retirees Assn MeetingWhat Happens to Your Stuff When You Die2013
Macy's Diversity Council MeetingUnraveling the Myth of the Gay Agenda: Legal Issues Facing Same-Sex Families2012
Georgia State Retirees Association MeetingWhy You Need an Advance Directive for Healthcare2012
Adult Education ClassYou Only Die Once2012