About MBH

I have an “AV” rating from MartindaleHubbell*, the highest available rating, and have been named to the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Georgia Super Lawyers list.


B.A., with Honors, in Psychology,
Agnes Scott College, 1981
J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1986

Professional History

Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable
John Girardeau, 1988-91
Family Law Practitioner, 1986-88, 1991-present

Professional Training

I have had hundreds of hours of continuing legal education, primarily in the area of family law. I was in the first Collaborative Law training in Georgia in 1999 and since that time I have had extensive additional training in the area of Collaborative Divorce. I am a trained mediator and am a frequent lecturer in the
area of Family Law. I have been a speaker for over twenty seminars and organizations.

Organizations and Offices

Former Chair, Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section
Master, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court
Founding Member, Atlanta Collaborative Divorce Alliance (ACDA)
Former Chair, State Bar of Georgia Uniform Superior Court Rules Committee
Advisor, State Bar of Georgia Judicial Procedure & Administration Committee
Member: Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia; Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia;
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; International Association of Collaborative Professionals;
Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
I have served on both the “Fulton County Family Division Rules” and “Fulton County Guardian ad Litem Rules” Committees since their inception.

Publications and Seminars

“Separate and Marital Property in Georgia,” with Paul Tigner, CPA, 2009
“Drafting Clauses for Settlement Agreements,” 2009
“Collaborative Protocols,” International Association of Collaborative Professionals Annual Conference,
New Orleans, Louisiana, 2008
“ ‘Quick and Easy’ Child Support Worksheets and Financial Affidavits,” 2007
“Equitable Division and Separate Property In Georgia,” 2004
“The Guardian ad Litem – Attorney vs. Witness,” 2004
“When the Love Dies: An Introduction to Prenuptial, Postnuptial,
and Cohabitation Agreements in Georgia,” 2003
“Grandparent Visitation or What are Grandma and Grandpa’s Rights?” 2003
“The Financial Affidavit: The Most Important Document in Your Case,” 2002
“Family Law Convocation of Professionalism,” 2001
“How Family Lawyers Judge Mediators,” 1998
“The $500 Divorce,” Atlanta Lawyer Magazine, 1993

Court Admissions

Georgia, 1986
Georgia Court of Appeals, 1986
Supreme Court of Georgia, 1986
U.S. Supreme Court, 2010


As of January 1, 2020, my hourly rate is $405. The retainer for any particular case depends upon the facts in that case. Please call or email me to schedule an appointment to discuss your case. We accept all major credit cards for payments, but not for the initial retainer. There is a 3% service charge for credit card payments.

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MartindaleHubbell certification procedures, 
standards, and policies. MartindaleHubbell is the facilitator of a
peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary.
MartindaleHubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.