Member, EDUCATION

University of Georgia School of Law; Athens,Georgia;
               • Juris Doctor cum laude, 1983

Jacksonville State University; Jacksonville, Alabama;
              • Bachelor of Arts with distinction,  Political Science, 1980

FOCUS OF PRACTICE

               • Family Law

                • Divorce

                • Adoption

                • Paternity

                • Legitimation

                • Guardian ad Litem

                • Child Custody

                • Child Support and Alimony

                • Division of Property

                • Modification of Child Support and Alimony

                • Name Changes

                • Appeals

                • Collaborative Divorce

• Wills and Probate

COURT ADMISSIONS

• All Georgia trial courts, June 1983

Georgia Court of Appeals, June 1983

Georgia Supreme Court, June 1983

United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, September 1983

United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, November 1983

United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, December 1983

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, November 1983

United States Supreme Court, October 2000

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

• Martindale Hubbell Peer Review AV®rated attorney

• Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court
                                • Barrister               

Cobb County Bar Association
                                • Member and Former President, Family Law Section

Atlanta Bar Association
                                • Member, Family Law Section
                                • Member, Solo Practice and Small Firm Section

State Bar of Georgia
                                • Member, Family Law Section
                                • Member, General Practice Section
                                • Member, Medical Insurance Task Force

American Bar Association
                                • Member, Family Law Section
                                • Member, General Practice Section

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
                               • Serve as Guardian ad Litem for children in contested divorce cases
                               • Pro bono representation of low income clients in divorce and family law cases

Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia      

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Murdock Elementary School Foundation, Inc.
                                • Volunteer, Business Development, Grant Writing

Curtain Call Youth Players (Children’s Theater)
                                • Former Member, Board of Directors
                                • Technical director for numerous productions

Centerstage North Community Theatre

                                • Former President, Vice-President, Secretary, Board Member
                                • Director
                                • Scenery and lighting design
                                • Performer
                                • Active on play selection committee

Mountain View Arts Alliance
                                • Past Member, Board of Directors

Cobb County Chamber of Commerce
                               • Member

Marietta Business Association
                                • Member

East Cobb Business Association
                                • Member

Canton Road Business Association
                                • Member

• Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children (FANC)
                                • Member, Board of Directors

ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS

• Constitutional Issues in Family Law: The Georgia Family Violence Statute

• Parental Alienation Syndrome and Georgia Law on Custody and Visitation

SPEECHES AND PRESENTATIONS

• Superior Court of Cobb County Program for Cobb County Schools High School Government Teachers, Constitutional Issues in Family Law: The Georgia Family Violence Statute,  August 2000.

• Superior Court of Cobb County Program for Cobb County Schools High School Government Teachers, The First Amendment and Religious Issues in Child Custody Cases,  August 2001.

• Georgia Fatherhood Foundation Seminar on Parental Alienation Syndrome: Coping with an Interfering Parent after Divorce: From the Attorney’s Perspective, November 2000.

• Cobb County Bar Association, Family Law Section 2000 Seminar: Custody and Visitation: Resources for Family Law Attorneys and Their Clients; Program Chair and Presenter, December 2000.

• Seminar Chair, Cobb County Bar Association, Family Law Seminar, December 2000.

• Adjunct Professor, Construction Law, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fall 2001.

Georgia Association of School Psychologists and Georgia Psychological Association, Division G, Joint Conference, Legal and Ethical Issues in Working With Changing Families (Divorce 101) , February 2007

Parents Without Partners, Marietta Chapter, Step By Step Process of Calculating Child Support in Georgia, February 2007