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.
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For my formal bio, go to my website: www.thebaerfirm.com
Hourly ($200-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2010||10/26/2013|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|20th Annual Law Student Writing Competition||American Judges' Association||2008|
|Attorney / Managing Member||The Baer Law Firm LLC||2011 - Present|
|Associate||Kitchens New Cleghorn||2010 - 2011|
|Registered Mediator, Office of Dispute Resolution||Fulton County Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program||2008 - 2009|
|Legal Technical Editor||PensionLitigationData.com||2008 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Stonewall Bar Association||Board of Directors||2015 - Present|
|Savannah Jewish Educational Alliance||Member||2015 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||2011 - Present|
|Stonewall Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Hotlanta Squares||Past President||2013 - 2014|
|Georgia Association of Counsel for Children||Member||2012 - 2014|
|DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation||Guardian Ad Litem||2012 - 2014|
|Hotlanta Squares||President||2012 - 2013|
|DeKalb Bar Association||Member||2012 - 2013|
|Hotlanta Squares||Vice President||2011 - 2012|
|Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2011 - 2015|
|Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation||Guardian Ad Litem||2011 - 2014|
|Currents (Newsletter for the State Bar of Georgia Dispute Resolution Section)||Mediating Same-Sex Dissolutions||2013|
|Brochure||Roadmap: The Litigation Process||2012|
|Brochure||Child Custody: How to Choose an Arrangement That Works For Your Family||2012|
|Emory University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Smith College||Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
|Georgia State Retirees Association 9th Annual Statewide Conference||Probate Law - The Executor in Your Underwear Drawer||2015|
|Georgia Equality's Marriage Equality Town Hall||Marriage Equality in Georgia||2015|
|Emory Law's 1st Annual Family Law Panel||Careers in Family Law||2014|
|McKesson Corp. OPEN Monthly Meeting||Legal Issues Facing Same-Sex Families in Georgia||2013|
|Georgia State Retirees Assn Chapter Meeting||What Happens to Your Stuff When You Die||2013|
|Macy's Diversity Council Meeting||Unraveling the Myth of the Gay Agenda: Legal Issues Facing Same-Sex Families||2012|
|Georgia State Retirees Association Chapter Meeting||Why You Need an Advance Directive for Healthcare||2012|
|Adult Education Class||You Only Die Once||2012|