As a divorced mother and adoptive parent, I identify with my clients and am passionate about assisting them through difficult life transitions to achieve an outcome that is best for their family.
After graduating from the University of Georgia and then Wake Forest University School of Law, I represented the Department of Family and Children’s Services in abuse and neglect cases. This gave me extensive court experience that prepared me to litigate the most complex child custody cases. Soon after, I began to focus on contested custody and divorce cases, handling hundreds of complex custody and family law issues throughout metro Atlanta. I have experience and knowledge that clients can trust.
My interest in family law began in law school, where I volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem in juvenile court and held family law clerkships in both public interest and private firms. My achievements in advocacy also began in law school, when I exposed that the Atlanta Municipal Court was restricting public access to weekend hearings. My work was highlighted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and my efforts caused the Atlanta Municipal Court to reevaluate its practice of barring the public from the courtroom on weekends. Additionally, I earned two CALI Awards for Academic Excellence.
I use my experience, strong advocacy skills, and passion for family law to work with clients to create a customized strategy to protect their children and create a better life for their family.
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Relationship: Worked together on matter
Jeanette and I work in the same community and I recently had a case with her that had the potential of becoming a overly complicated because of the emotional issues involved. Jeanette did an exceptional job working in tandem with her client and myself to achieve a sound result for both parties and avoid unnecessary litigation. I enjoyed working with Jeanette and look forward to working on more case in the future.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2006||02/04/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Excellence for the Future in Criminal Procedure||CALI||2005|
|Excellence for the Future in Criminal Justice Reform||CALI||2005|
|Associate Attorney||Callner Portnoy & Strawser||2010 - 2010|
|Associate Attorney||The Shriver Law Firm||2007 - 2010|
|Associate Attorney||Thompson & Cline||2006 - 2007|
|Law Clerk||Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic||2005 - 2005|
|Law Clerk||Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, LLP||2003 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||N/A|
|Cobb Bar Association||Editor, Cobb Bar Newsletter||N/A|
|Georgia Association of Women Lawyers||N/A||N/A|
|Cobb Bar Association||Family Law Continuing Legal Education Committee Co-chair||2011 - 2011|
|Cobb Bar Association||Law Day Service Project Committee Member||2008 - 2008|
|Blue Ridge Bar Association||Law Day Committee Co-chair||2006 - 2006|
|In the Interest of P.N., 291 Ga.App. 512, 662 S.E.2d 287 (2008)||Trial court judgment affirmed.|
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|Cobb Bar Association Newsletter||Reflections on My Adoption Journey||2012|
|Visions Anew Guest Blogger||Minimizing Attorney Fees in Divorce||2009|
|Wake Forest University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Georgia, Athens||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||2002|
|National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education course||Practical Guide Through the Adoption Process||2013|
|UGA Law School Orientation||Legal Professionalism Group Leader||2012|
|Top Current Challenges in Family Law||Children in Divorce||2012|
|GSU Law School Orientation||Legal Professionalism Group Leader||2012|
|Atlanta Bar Association Continuing Legal Education course||Starting Your Law Firm||2012|
|Annual Georgia Adoption Reunion||Overview of Adoption Law||2011|
|Family Law Workshop||Family Law Procedures||2009|
|Divorce Resource Radio Program||Minimizing Attorney Fees in Divorce||2009|