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Barbara E. Katz's practice emphasizes adoptions, assisted reproductive technology law, wills and estate planning, and domestic partnership issues.  Her firm serves individuals, couples and families from both traditional and nontraditional backgrounds.


Ms. Katz has successfully completed hundreds of adoptions, including finalizations of agency and foster care adoptions, representation in private adoptions (both interstate and within the State of Georgia), second parent, stepparent and relative adoptions, and domestications of foreign adoptions.


Ms. Katz graduated from the City University of New York School of Law in 1992.  She was licensed by the State of Georgia and admitted to the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals that same year.


After working as an associate, Ms. Katz formed the partnership of Mackinson & Katz, Attorneys at Law.  In 1998, Ms. Katz opened her solo practice, from which she formed a professional corporation in 2004.


Ms. Katz is a member of the American Bar Association and the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia.   She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Association of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, and a charter Fellow in the Georgia Council of Adoption Attorneys.


Ms. Katz is also a teacher who taught legal writing and research at Emory University School of Law from 1998 - 2004.  She currently teaches a bar review course twice a year for applicants to the Georgia Bar Exam, specifically in the area of legal writing.


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Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 60%
    13 years, 270 cases
  2. Wills: 20%
    23 years
  3. Trusts: 15%
    23 years
  4. Probate: 5%
    23 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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    I highly recommend Barbara Katz for anyone that needs expert guidance on a family law or adoption matter. Her conscientious attention to and concern for clients combined with her vast knowledge of and experience in these legal specialties should place her at the top of the list for anyone seeking legal representation.


    Robert Benfield Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Georgia Kay Lord

    I have referred many individuals to Barbara Katz, both for adoptions and for wills/probate work. People I have referred to her have consistently been very, very pleased with her services. She is meticulous, responsive, highly competent, and pleasant. I endorse her in her practice areas without reservation.


    Georgia Lord Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199207/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Law Students Civil Rights Research Council Summer InternshipNew York University1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyLaw office of Barbara É. Katz, P.C.1998 - Present
Professor, Legal Writing, Research, Advocacy ProgramEmory University School Of Law1998 - 2004
Managing AttorneyMackinson & Katz1994 - 1998
PartnerSchildmeyer, Mackinson & Katz1993 - 1994
AssociateLaw Office of M.P. Schildmeyer1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow2011 - Present
American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology AttorneysFellow2011 - Present
Georgia Council of Adoption LawyersFellow2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Stonewall Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hammond v. City of Atlanta, 93-00061-1-CV-WLHJury Award of $165,000 for Plaintiff
Same Sex Second Parent AdoptionAdoption granted
Private Adoption (Non-agency)adoption granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
City University of New York School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
State University of New York, Stony BrookEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal Issues in AdoptionFinalizing Private Adoptions2013
Adoption Process Through Foster CareFoster Care Adoption2013
Adoption Law for LGBT CommunityAdoption Law for LGBT Community2013
Legal Issues for LGBT CouplesMarriage Laws & LGBT Relationships2012
Legal Issues for LGBT CommunityProtecting LGBT Relationships2012
Children in Foster CareFoster Care Adoption2011
Choice Moms Annual ConferenceEstate Planning for Single Mothers2009
Marriage Laws and the LGBT CommunityProtecting LGBT Relationships2007
Employment Law CLETitle VII Discrimination Claims1996