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David Gregory Sarif

Family Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   36 reviews

Licensed for 18 years

About David

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David Sarif is a highly regarded, experienced, and top rated divorce and family law attorney who has received many awards and honors over the years.  He has contributed to stories for CBS Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, ESPN Outside the Lines, and Divorce Lawyer Magazine.  Mr. Sarif has also prepared materials for, written articles for, and presented at various Continuing Legal Education seminars for organizations such as the American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, the National Business Institute, the Law Education Institute, and Henning Mediation and Arbitration Service. 

 

He enjoys representing clients from all works of life and wholeheartedly strives to fight for his client's rights and interests.  

 

David was born in Cape Town, South Africa and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. Mr. Sarif subsequently attended Georgia State University College of Law and graduated in May 2004.  In law school, Mr. Sarif achieved accolades including a CALI award and the top grade in Securities, Interests, and Liens. 

 

Selected Honors:

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite

2009 - 2017 Super Lawyers Magazine and Atlanta Magazine

Program Chair and Moderator for the Atlanta Bar Association Program: Tax and Forensic Accounting Issues in Divorce Cases
Co-Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association CLE by the Hour
Moderator for ABA Fall Conference: A Lawyer's Guide to Confronting Mental Health Experts
Appointed Chair of the Trial Practice & Techniques Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Family Law
Atlanta Bar Association CLE Board of Trustees

Chair of ABA Custody Committee

Member of the American Bar Association's Advisory Panel

Moderator for the American Bar Association program "Preparing for Trial: You’ve Tried to Settle, Now Prepare to Win"

Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta

Adjunct Professor of Law at John Marshall Law School

Mr. Sarif is trained as a trial attorney, a collaborative lawyer, and also a Guardian Ad Litem. Mr. Sarif handles all divorce and family law related matters.  

 

Client's Choice 2018
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Featured in Family Lawyer Magazine on Representing High Profile Clients
Licensed for 18 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact David

Naggiar & Sarif, LLC
3490 Piedmont Rd NE
One Securities Centre, Suite 1450
Atlanta, GA, 30305

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
David received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2018
Posted by Jay | January 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Restored my faith in the system and lawyers
Don’t be fooled by other lawyers who promise you the world and don’t deliver the goods. My first lawyer left me in a tough situation after his fancy offices and promises got me nowhere. Thank heavens I found my way to David. He righted the ship and saved the day and me thousands of dollars. I owe him: big time. Hire him for your divorce case and thank me later. And when you do hire him listen to the man! He knows his stuff. And his staff was always friendly and helpful too. I’m Grateful for David.
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Posted by Glen | January 4, 2018
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Proof that Avvo works
David represented me in my divorce. He was super responsive and gave excellent advice as well as kept my head straight. He is the voice of reason while fighting for your rights. Great guy and lawyer.
Posted by Stephanie | August 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best Divorce Lawyer in Atlanta
I interviewed a few lawyers whose names I got from other professionals. I went with David because of his bedside manner and the fact he told me how to save money through the divorce process while I felt the other lawyers just viewed me as a money stream. He gave me great advise and was always very responsive (I mean the guy would respond to my emails late into the evening and on weekends which always helped with my anxiety). I could tell our guardian ad litem and the other lawyer in the case respected him a lot and we were able to mediate and get the case resolved with an outcome I am very pleased with. Thanks David! I sing your praises.
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Posted by Aliaa | January 11, 2020
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Best attorney in Atlanta
David And his team were amazing and on top of things! They represented me in a very difficult and ugly divorce case and made sure me and my kids were taken care of. Most importantly they got me the custody of my three kids that I should have after being the caregiver since they were born. I will forever be thankful to them and would 100% recommend them.
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Posted by Robert | May 14, 2019
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Fantastic
I had a fantastic experience working with David. He is a tremendous advocate for his clients. Highly recommend
Posted by Kelly Carpenter | March 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Naggiar & Sarif Family Law Firm.
Unfortunately 25 years of marriage went up in smoke because the husband decided in a drunken stupor to break the wife's arm. This firm came with a strong referral from a friend and judge. David Sarif is absolutely a fantastic family law attorney. David's professionalism and personality makes for a good working relationship between attorney and client. The important factor for me, he won for me.
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Posted by Olga | February 20, 2019
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Great Lawyer!
David Sarif represented me in my divorce. He was very professional, knowledgeable and responsive. I felt like I could trust him and felt comfortable with him. He gave excellent advice. He helped me through this highly personal and emotional process. He is a great person and lawyer.
Posted by Thalya | December 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
I highly recommend David Sarif for Divorce and/or any Family Law matters. I was desperate to find a new counsel after determining the first Attyn hired was completely incapable of handling the level of assets I earned during a long-term marriage. In reading David’s reviews, I knew his skills in righting cases botched by another attorney was just what was needed. From the first consultation to signing of the divorce decree you will know that you are in the best hands. David forms a team of resources with the exact expertise needed to deliver the best possible outcomes/results! For example, my case needed a Forensic Accountant Firm (who is absolutely the best by the way, just not sure I can include the name of the firm here), to understand, explain in layman terms, and perform calculations for all things asset related. Divorce is hard, and a large percentage of the time you will be reacting based on emotions. David and his Team will be there to help you through the emotions (he will listen to you vent at any time), but manage your case with an unmatched knowledge of the law that will guide you through to the end. So again David Sarif, Esq. of Naggiar and Sarif LLC is who you need especially if there are a high level of assets at risk.
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Posted by Jeffrey | December 5, 2018
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Perfect combination of aggressiveness, compassion, and knowledge
David was referred to me by my attorney neighbor. He did a great job for me in my divorce and knows everyone and is well respected. My spouse had a substance abuse issue and David did an amazing job navigating the intricacies and challenges of that issue. I highly recommend David to anyone who wants the best family law attorney. Very responsive too.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer
David and his team do a fantastic job with family law. I could not be more happy with my experience. They keep you up to speed, explain all of the details very well and provide a comforting experience. I would recommend David to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2018
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Attorney with Heart!
Just wanted to thank you and your staff for making a very emotionally draining experience for me as comfortable and dignified as possible. You explained processes to me step by step and comforted me when I needed it For this I am truly grateful- Naggiar and Sarif run an efficient practice - I felt number one and David Sarif encircled me the top professionals in Atlanta when needed for appraisals or conferences - always timely and always empathetic - always professional and approachable -
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Posted by Katie | September 11, 2017
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David is the right choice
Thank you for everything David. I only gave you five stars cause ten stars wasn't an option on here. You're the best. I'll be referring my friends and family to you when they need help and guidance. Thank you for everything.
Posted by Kimberly | August 2, 2017
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Excellent Attorney in Metro Atlanta
I truly am grateful to God to have had David as my attorney. He is very level-headed and helps walk you through the process with the goals in mind that keep you from getting distracted with the ups and downs of the divorce process. He has your best interest at heart with each step and communicates promptly to keep you up to date with your case. I highly recommend him as the attorney to begin your process with and carry it through to closure. Thank you so much David!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2017
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Outstanding representation
David and his team represented me in a very difficult divorce and did a fantastic job. I work out of state and travel frequently and he was always available to provide sound legal, and other, advice throughout the proceedings. In the end, we were able to mediate and arrive at a settlement that was a win for all parties. I would definitely recommend David.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2017
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Best Divorce Lawyer in Atlanta
David and his team always made me feel like a top priorities in his firm and were able to put any of my doubts at ease. Without them, I would still be stuck in a never-ending cycle of indecisiveness with the judge.
Posted by J | December 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Cannot recommend David enough!!!
David was co-counsel with his partner Danny in my contested child custody case that lasted a year and a half. David is knowledgeable, intelligent and extremely kind. His ideas were always excellent, and he knew which kind of arguments would play better in front of a specific judge. David and Danny are a great team, so give them a chance to represent you and you will not be disappointed!
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Posted by HP | June 28, 2016
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Trustworthy and Truthful
David came highly recommended by a friend who had hired him in a divorce a few years ago. David helped guide me through the divorce minefield and was very responsive. I've used other lawyers before and David restored my faith in attorneys. Many lawyers tell you what you want to hear; but David always kept it real and would think through pros and cons with me regarding each important decision and then advise me as if I was his own family. I fully recommend David if you have a divorce or custody situation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2016
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Professional, knowledgable, and expedient in this tough time for me
David and Natalie helped me with my divorce. Everything they did was with the right attention to detail, delicacy, and perfectly on time. I'm glad I chose the Sarif team.
Posted by William J | May 28, 2016
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I Endorse David 100%
David helped me with a very tough custody situation. He was smart, effective and genuinely cared. Hiring him was the best move I made in my custody case. My first lawyer made a mess that David cleaned up and he got me a better result I could've ever hoped for. Thanks David. And thanks to your staff too.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2016
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3rd time is the charm...
The team of Naggiar and Sarif were my 3rd lawyers in my divorce and child custody case. I was defeated and frustrated by the time they took over. They did a great job with my case. They made me feel safe in the direction that we were going and they protected my interests. In the end, I won the custodial portion of the case and they helped me to tie up the details of the divorce. David was a tremendous help. When asked recently if I would go with another lawyer if we had to return to court? Unequivocally I said no. The team of Naggiar and Sariff is who I would choose every time.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • B.B.A.
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Vakharwala v Vakharwala 799 S.E.2d 797 (2017)
  • Supreme Court reversed part of the award and ruled in favor of our client on this point.
  • Avren v. Garten
  • Trial Court rulings affirmed by Georgia Supreme Court. Client prevailed.

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chairman: Custody Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Sponsorship & Fundraising Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Trial Practice and Techniques Committee
  • Chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association Advisory Panel
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Adjunct Professor teaching Family Law
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Atlanta Bar Association CLE Board of Trustees
  • Member at Large
  • 2010 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Legal Elite
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2009
  • CALI award in Securities Interests and Liens
  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • 2004
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Publications

  • Family Lawyer Magazine
  • Dino and Kirby: An Unexpected Custody Battle
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia Family Law Institute
  • Hot Tips Panel
  • 2016
  • ABA Spring CLE Conference
  • Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements
  • 2016
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Ashley Madison Litigation
  • 2015
  • Fall Family Law Conference
  • Family Law: Effective Legal Brief Writing
  • 2014
  • ABA Spring Conference in Bermuda
  • Old and New Solutions in High Conflict Custody Cases
  • 2014
  • ABA Spring Conference
  • Cross Examining the Mental Health Expert
  • 2013
  • American Bar Association Fall Conference
  • Keeping the Court Awake: How to Effectively Present Tax Evidence at Trial
  • 2012
  • Training Mediators
  • Family Law Nuts and Bolts
  • 2011
  • Preparing for Trial: You’ve Tried to Settle, Now Prepare to Win
  • Preparing for Trial: You’ve Tried to Settle, Now Prepare to Win
  • 2011
  • Legal Technology
  • 60 Tips in 60 minutes
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (38)
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a highly skilled and respected lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is a knowledgeable, strong, and professional advocate for his clients. David is also great at working as a Guardian ad Litem in contentious custody matters."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with David both as an opposing counsel and as a co counsel. He is both knowledgeable and professional. He offers the perfect balance of being easy to work with while zealously representing his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is a very skilled advocate for his clients, both in and out of court. He is professional in his approach, always willing to discuss settlement options, and skilled in his courtroom techniques. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking strong family law representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse David Sarif. He is an excellent family attorney who works hard for his clients."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an active member of the family law bar. As such, he stays on top of current trends in the law. David is also known as a competent and ethical member of the Bar."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with David as co-counsel and as opposing counsel on cases throughout my practice. David is a knowledgeable, zealous advocate for his clients. More importantly, he is professional with opposing counsel and uses his best efforts to resolve the case amicably without incurring unnecessary cost."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David can help turn a highly contested case into a successful past time. He fights hard for his clients and is a great lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a very bright, capable, skilled, and thoughtful advocate. He is highly endorsed."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He was opposing counsel on a matter recently. He did an excellent job advocating for his client."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Sarif is extremely knowledgeable and well known in the legal community. I have not hesitated to refer clients to him and will do so in the future. His attention to detail and compassion for his clients place him head and shoulders above other attorneys in his area."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is one of the finest, most competent and compassionate family law attorneys out there. Simply put, he is excellent."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an outstanding attorney. He is extremely professional and well versed in the area of Family law. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Atlanta Family Lawyer David Gregory Sarif
David Gregory Sarif
Family Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 18 years