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SMP Associate Attorney Lance Dutton, pictured in the middle, is recognized for an ALTA Tennis League Tournament winSMP Associate Attorney Wins Tennis Award 

Our Associate Attorney, Lance Dutton, and the A-6 Mens Tennis Team won the City Tournament this Fall in Atlanta. Lance is pictured in the bottom middle. 




Mary Stearns-MontgomeryMary Stearns-Montgomery to Speak at Divorce Survival Weekend for Women

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor's Founder, Mary Stearns-Montgomery will be speaking at the upcoming Visions Anew Institute's Divorce Surival Weekend for Women October 25-27, 2013. Details on the event including registration can be found by clicking the following link:!.




Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor Associate Attorneys Michaela Mericle & Jonathan BrezelSMP's Involvement in the Georgia Bar's Young Lawyers Division

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor’s Associate Attorneys Michaela Mericle and Jonathan Brezel are active members of the Family Law Section of the Georgia Bar’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD).     

Michaela and Jonathan were on the planning committee for the Supreme Cork, an annual fundraiser held by the Family Law Section of the YLD. The proceeds of last night’s events went to support the Guardian ad Litem Program and the Safe Families Office of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF).  

AVLF’s Guardian ad Litem Program provides attorney volunteers, trained and supervised by AVLF, to serve as Guardians for children from low-income households in contested custody cases. The Safe Families Office provides legal and safety planning assistance on a walk-in basis at the Fulton County Courthouse to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

The event, which included a wine tasting and silent auction, took place on October 17th. For more information on the Georgia Bar’s Young Lawyers Division visit


Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor walk for wishes

SMP Sponsors and Runs "Walk for Wishes"

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor was proud to be a "Strength Sponsor" in the 2013 Walk for Wishes Cobb County 5k. 

Nearly a thousand runners take to the Marietta Square each year, in order to help grant wishes for local children. Under the leadership of Cobb County Manager, David Hankerson, and John Hauser, Cobb County Chief of Police, this event has raised over $338,000 for our chapter since the first race took place in October 2000. For more information, visit


Associate Attorney Randy SabatiniSMP Participates in "Operation Oreo" to Support Troops Overseas

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor was very happy to be a part of "Operation Oreo," an initiative to send Oreo Cookies to the troops who are currently serving in Logar Province, Afghanistan. 

The Alpharetta First United Church helped to put together this event, and had a goal of collecting 3,000 packages of Oreos for the troops.



 MG 6583SMP Participates in the Marietta Basketball 3 on 3 Tournament

Several members of our staff and team of attorneys participated in the 2013 Marietta Basketball 3 on 3 Tournament. Photo 658: Photographed from back left PT, Jesse Andrews (Account Manager) Bottom left - Paawan, Lance Dutton (Attorney). Photo 6606: Jesse Andrews (Account Manager). Photo 6609: Lance Dutton (Associate Attorney) taken down by a middle school player.

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Sleighbells_Race_PictureSMP Participates in the 2012 "Sleighbells on the Square Race"

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor came out on December 8th to support a good cause by participating in the 2012 "Sleighbells on the Square" 5k. Our very own Lance Dutton, Lynn Congdon, and Jenni Farmer participated in this event, which raised money for the Children's Emergency Fund. You can see results from the event by visiting




Left to Right-  Jenn, Lance Dutton, Michaela Mericle, Lynn Congdon, Jenni FarmerCobb County "Make a Wish" 5K Race

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor had several of our attorneys that ran in the Cobb County "Make a Wish" 5K Race. This event helped to raise money to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.



Visions Anew- Ruby Slipper Event

ruby_slipperStearns-Montgomery & Proctor had several attorneys that attended the recent Visions Anew- Ruby Slipper Event on October 4th.

From Left to right: Jen, Lance Dutton, Michaela Mericle, Jenni Farmer, Jennifer Johnson

Visions Anew Institute is a 501(c)3, non-profit, organization that empowers individuals to navigate the divorce process with information, integrity, and dignity. Our programs offer free Divorce Groups, Seminars, a Divorce Directory of referred divorce professionals, radio podcasts, a magazine column, and Divorce Survival Weekends.


SMP Lawyers Participate in CISMCC Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament

_MG_5339-1CISMCC invites the Cobb County and Atlanta communities to participate in and support the Third Annual CISMCC Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Marietta Middle School. The tournament will raise funds to support programs of CISMCC, the local affiliate of the nation’s largest school drop-out prevention organization. This tournament offers the opportunity to have fun while building community spirit to help at-risk kids attain their high school diplomas.

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor actively support the Atlanta and Marietta communities — it's a huge part of our family law firm's culture. While our day to day work is primarily focused on our Atlanta family law practice, we strive to make our community better through individual efforts and team-building company events.

Sleighbells on the Square 5k Run

On December 10, Marietta attorneys Chris Hobson, Wendy Webb, Michaela Hankinson and Paralegal Stephanie Kayler all ran in the Sleighbells on the Square 5k Run in Downtown Marietta. The event was sponsored by the Cobb County Bar Association and Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor participated in being a bronze sponsor. All proceeds went to the Community Service Fund A FAMILY EVENT.


swordsmenAmerican Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Swordsman’s Ball

Mary Stearns-Montgomery served as part of the 2010 Auction Committee for the American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Swordsman’s Ball in Marietta, GA. The event, held in August of 2010 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, was a spectacular tribute to those who work tirelessly on cancer research. The event also served as a stoic reminder of who have succumbed to this terrible disease.

Ms. Stearns-Montgomery’s auction was called “The Funhouse.” She dedicated an auction table to "children of all ages" in keeping with this year’s theme of “Three Rings of Fun, One Night for the Cure.” With help from the Firm’s associates and their family members, the display was eye-catching and well-bid. Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor appreciates the opportunity to support such a worthwhile cause, and we will continue to support the men and women who tirelessly work to develop cancer cures and treatments.

Cobb Justice Foundation

The Cobb Justice Foundation, a program of Legal Aid of Cobb County and the Cobb County Bar Association, is the pro bono project of Cobb County, GA. The Cobb Justice Foundation refers civil legal matters of low-income residents to private attorneys for pro bono representation. The ABA Model Rules governing lawyers call us to perform fifty hours a year of service free of charge, but lawyers volunteering through Cobb Justice find so many other reasons to volunteer. Year after year, Cobb County lawyers are able to help the disadvantaged of the community with their civil legal issues. The work it is challenging, rewarding, motivating, and even fun.  


make_a_wishMake-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 193,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish® .

American Cancer Society

The mission of the American Cancer Society is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Because cancer is a global health problem, this mission extends around the world. Cancer is increasing as a leading killer globally, especially in the developing world. The American Cancer Society is a leader in the global cancer control movement, addressing the growing global cancer and tobacco burden. We fight cancer through a variety of cancer and tobacco control programs and activities.


3on3teamCobb County Schools Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament

Winners of the first annual Communities In Schools 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament held at the Marietta Middle School on June 5th were Team Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor – Robert Tidwell, Chris Bishop, and Jordan Hendrick who won First Place in the Adult Division. Georgia Power Players – Julian Bratton, Dominique Wright, J.C. Ward, and Stefan Woods won First Place in the Youth Division. All proceeds benefit Communities in Schools and help children stay in school and prepare for life.