Austin has been continuously employed in the legal profession since moving to Atlanta after college in 2001, and is currently licensed to practice in all State courts, including the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia, as well as Federal court in the Northern District of Georgia. His practice has concentrated primarily in the area of Divorce & Family Law, where he has successfully represented over 1,000 clients in divorce and family law matters, and he has tried over 200 hearings in various courtrooms throughout the state of Georgia. His clients have included professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, business executives, business owners, commissioned salesman, entrepreneurs, pilots, brokers, teachers, stay-at-home mothers and homemakers, and individuals from virtually all walks of life.
He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section, the Atlanta Bar Family Law Section, as well as the YLD Family Law Section, and has been a featured author in the area of divorce and family law in various publications, including “The Family Law Review,” “The Annual Family Law CLE Handbook,” “The Judges Bulletin,” among others; he has also been a featured speaker at numerous symposiums throughout the State on family law topics. Austin has also been recognized by "Top 20 under 40 in Atlanta"; recognized as a "Georgia Super Lawyer" by Atlanta Magazine; selected as a Barrister to the CWL Family Law Inn of Court (by Judges and other prominent family law practicioners); among various other professional honors.
Prior to joining Browning & Smith, Austin started and chaired a Family Law practice group at the mid-size firm Rutherford & Christie, as well as worked on the firm’s commercial litigation team representing various corporate clients, including ones with international presence, such as Delta Air Lines and Chick-fil-A, in various complex litigation matters. Prior to R&C, Austin worked as an attorney at the Ordway Law Group, and at the law firm of Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C., where he concentrated almost exclusively in the area of Divorce & Family Law. His experience also includes working as a Summer Associate for Bank of America’s Global Legal Department, an Assistant in the Family Law group at Lawler, Tanner, Zitron & Pachman, P.C., and an Assistant in business development area at Troutman Sanders.
Austin cares about his clients, and takes great pride in his ability to treat each case/client as his "top" case/client.
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I am glad to endorse Austin. I referred a client to him a short while back for a divorce/separation case and he handled it marvelously. He cares about his clients a great deal and is a strong advocate. As an immigration attorney, I now refer clients that have divorce/separation cases to Austin.
Peter Acker Immigration Attorney
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Austin is an outstanding and knowledgeable attorney in all areas of family law practice. I have personally referred a number of clients to Austin based on his ability to take charge of a complicated case and formulate a clear plan of action while remaining respectful and helpful to the client. He is the first attorney I would call with any family law issue.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2008||11/27/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||Atlanta Magazine||2016|
|Attorney||BROWNING & SMITH, LLC||2013 - Present|
|Attorney||Rutherford & Christie, LLP||2012 - Present|
|Attorney||Ordway Law Group, LLC||2010 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Margaret Washburn||2008 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court||Barrister||2015 - Present|
|Cobb County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2013 - Present|
|Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2012 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Gwinnett Bar Associastion, Family Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|Annual Family Law Institute Handbook||Effective Use of Trial Briefs in Family Law Trials||2016|
|BSW||Sullivan v. Sullivan: An Example of How Appreciation in Value of Pre-Marital Stock in a Closely-Held Business May Remain the Spouse's 'Separate Property' in the Event of Divorce||2015|
|Web Blogs||Challenges Grandparents Must Face in a Grandparent Visitation Case||2014|
|The Family Law Review||Temporary Protective Orders: A Potential Way to Cure that 'Alienation' of Affection by your Citizen Spouse||2010|
|Gwinnett County Bar Association Newsletter||The Default Status of Alimony, post Rivera v. Rivera||2009|
|The Family Law Review||Interview with Judge William Ray||2008|
|Gwinnett County Bar Association Newsletter||Give an Inch, Lose the Whole Yard||2007|
|The Family Law Review||Interview with Judge Michael Clark and Greg Lundy||2007|
|The Annual Family Law Institute CLE "Handbook"||The Admissibility of Polygraph Examinations In Conjuction with Already Scheduled Depositions||2007|
|Judge's Bulletin||Time Requirements for Motions||2007|
|John Marshall (Atlanta)||N/A||J.D.||2008|
|James Madison University||N/A||BBA in Business Finance||2001|
|Annual Family Law Institute||Effective Use of Trial Briefs in Family Law Trials||2016|
|Presentation||Grandparent and Third Party Custody Issues||2015|
|Nationwide CLE||Evidentiary Challenges in Divorce Cases: From Writings and Photos to Text Messages and Social Media||2014|
|Domestic Relations Course||How to Law Foundation for "Staple" Evidentiary Records in a Divorce Trial||2012|
|"Sucessful Trial Practice"||Dilemas and Ethical Issues Typical to Litigation||2012|