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Lydia Jackson Sartain

Family Attorney at Gainesville, GA

4.6   10 reviews

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About Lydia

Learn Lydia’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    divorce, custody, modification

    20 years

  2. Mediation
    primarily in Family Law

    14 years

  3. Criminal defense

Licensed for 38 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1984
Updated 02/03/2023

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

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Posted by Alan | February 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
There is no finer attorney than Lydia Sartain. She is brillant in and out of the courtroom. Her knowledge is unsurpassed. I have called on Lydia for several different legal matters. With great care she takes the time to address my legal needs. I feel confident knowing she is my stalwart. There are many words to describe Lydia but these two speak volumes compassionate and professional.
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Posted by Alex | August 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Super heroes
Lydia has completely changed my outlook on attorneys and the court process. I came into her office expecting to be stressed and unhappy when I left due to previous encounters with attorneys, but I am very happy to say that what I experienced was quite the opposite! Lydia and her assistant Dawn Smith were extremely personal and professional! Since meeting with and attending court with them I feel like I finally have a team that actually cares about my son, my family, and myself. She has a very extensive resume and it clearly shows in how she conducts herself in court as well as in the office. I am attempting to keep this to the point, but I cannot say enough good things about Lydia and Dawn! They have been the light in a dark time for my son and myself, and I cannot thank them enough…
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Posted by Amanda | July 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lydia = Amazing
My husband and I hired Lydia after having an attorney that never listened to a word we said, and made more trouble then helped. We consulted with Lydia, she listened to everything we had to say, she reviewed our case file and we got started on a custody modification. Lydia combed through all of our "evidence" and proved our case. She has always contacted us when needed or requested. She reassured us with honesty and confidence. If you want a lawyer who will do what they say their going to do then this is the lady for you. My husband and I are so thankful and blessed to call Lydia Sartain our lawyer.
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Posted by Marrisa | March 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Domestic Relations Order
I would highly recommend Lydia Sartain. I had a QDRO from a divorce that needed to be made final. Ms Sartain and her staff made this process stress free. Ms Sartain answered all my questions and addressed my concerns. Quick to respond to messages left and get things done. Thank You, Thank You !!
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Woman!
I am forever thankful for Lydia's professional and passionate help. She helped me through a critical time in my life, making sure I was protected as a mother and individual. It wasn't easy being single after recently filing for a TPO, but I knew I had to do what was necessary for my children. Shortly after, I went on to pursue a higher degree and have had the courage to help others in similar situations and work with kids in traumatic situations. Thanks to Lydia, I am a safe, happy, and making a difference in this world.
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Posted by Misty | February 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My husband and I were fighting my mother over custody of our son. After a long battle in the court system, Lydia helped our family. My mother had my son for 6 months, once we got in front of the judge, Lydia got our son back!!!!!!!! Lydia helped with every little detail, she always gave the best advice. I will be using for anything I need in the future. She is well worth it. I couldn't be happier with how things happened. She is all about her clients. She treats you like family. I would highly recommend Lydia to anybody. You will never find a better attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My husband and I have been in a battle with my mother in law over getting custody of our nephew ! Lydia was by far the most amazing lawyer I have ever seen work the courtroom! She was so classy and professional in her wardrobe ....she was fierce and attacked when she needed and she was sweet and understanding of our situation also ! She finally convinced our nephews therapist that she had been manipulated by my mother in law and had the therapist in tears ! If your looking for someone who will fight for you and your kids, then Lydia Sartain is your Lawyer!!!!!! I'll never use anyone else !
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Posted by Grayson | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mrs. Sartain represents my wife and I , in our custody case for our nephew. Yesterday (16 August) we witnessed first hand in the courtroom , a lady with class, high intelligence in her career field, destroy the opposing council. She will fight for you, fight for your child, without missing a beat. She will remain my attorney for as long as she practices law! She makes you feel safe, and treats you with respect !
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Posted by Maria | October 18, 2012
Fearless, Passionate, Smart. This lawyer knows what she is doing.
Lydia Sartain delivered! I am speachless, just yesterday during depositions this attorney turned into a lioness and fought for my children's rights like if they were her own cubs. I felt safe having her on my side, she asked the right questions and was extremely prepared. I walked out of that deposition knowing that justice triumphed over the heartless acts of my ex husband.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lying Lawyers
Failed to "have my back" as arrogantly promised me. She spewed vile language and had no regard for my feelings leading to a parting of the ways. My question now is "did she take a payoff" My advice is to run away as fast as you can from her! Again,, this is only my opinion, based on my case. Ty.
Response from Lydia Sartain February 12, 2019
Regrettably people who have suffered chronic domestic abuse have difficulty with trust. Also it is oftentimes hard to make decisions and stick with them. Lashing out and blaming others is common. I wish this person the very best and hope they find the support they need and deserve.
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP
  • 2002 - Present
  • District Attorney
  • Northeastern Judicial Curcuit
  • 1993 - 2002
  • Executive Director Children and Youth Coordinating Council
  • State Of Georgia
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Solicitor
  • Hall County, Georgia, State Court
  • 1987 - 1991
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  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Mercer University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981
  • Young Harris College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • Shell v Gibbs
  • Jury verdict in favor of my client


  • Rotary Club of Gainesville, Ga
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Silver Shovel
  • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce
  • 2001
  • One of the state's Forty Under Forty
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 1998
  • Youth Service Award
  • Kiwannis Club of Gainesville, Ga
  • 1998
  • Vocational Excellence Award
  • Rotary Club of Gainesville
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Brown Bag Lunch
  • Women elected to public office
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Lydia
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lydia Sartain is an exceptional Family Law Attorney and fierce litigator. Her stealth background as a longtime District Attorney makes her dangerous in a courtroom. Also, an exceptional Mediator and colleague."
Mediation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lydia is an excellent mediator who knows how to help the parties move to common ground and resolve their differences."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been opposing counsel on several cases with Mrs. Sartain over several years. She has always been professional, ethical and courteous with me as we work through cases. Like me, she initially approaches cases with an intent to settle the case (as beneficial to her client as possible) to keep her client's litigation expenses down. However, when a case can't be settled, she has no hesitation to "take the gloves off". And she is always a very worthy opponent."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lydia was a great mediator. She worked well with both parties. Our case was lingering for three years and she managed to get in there and settle it in three hours. I would use Lydia as a mediator anytime!"
Divorce and separation

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Gainesville Family Lawyer Lydia Jackson Sartain
Lydia Jackson Sartain
Family Attorney
Gainesville, GA
Licensed for 38 years