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Mary A. Stearns-Montgomery

Managing Partner
Founding Partner
Atlanta, Georgia
 

 


Phone
: (678) 905-8492
Fax
: (770) 426-1809
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Recipient of Georgia Trend's 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Legal Elite Award

Founder Mary Stearns–Montgomery has been a practicing family law as a divorce attorney for more than twenty years. After starting her career at a general practice law firm, Mary decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dream of building her own practice. Her initial success compelled her to expand her Georgia law practice into a team of talented divorce attorneys, family law attorneys, and child support attorneys — all of whom demonstrate incredible success in Georgia divorce and family practice cases. Mary manages a capable team of Atlanta lawyers, and, although her team is larger than ever, she still remains involved in every single family law case her practice sees.

In a managerial capacity, Mary's oversight provides clients with creative solutions and unprecedented attorney access. Clients find her to be assertive and determined as she vigorously fights for their rights and goals in the court room, but she remains compassionate and practical in dealing directly with clients. In fact, many of Mary’s referrals are from “the other side of the table,” where those individuals have developed a respect for Mary’s tenacity and integrity.

Mary enjoys mentoring other family law and divorce attorneys, both within her firm and in both the Atlanta and Marietta communities. She is actively involved in the community as a volunteer for organizations like 100 Women Against Domestic Violence, the Cobb Justice Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. Mary is one of the Chairpersons for the ACS Silent Auction Committee— an organization that raises thousands of dollars each year by auctioning off everything from Michael Vick helmets to East Hampton vacation homes. When not fighting for clients or causes, Mary fights for the lead in her favorite sport: motocross.

Areas of Practice:

  • Georgia Child Support
  • Georgia Child Custody
  • Legitimation
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Georgia Adoption
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Grandparent's Rights
  • Father's Rights
  • Alimony and Spousal Support
  • Modification
  • Contempt

Certification / Specialties:

  • Collaborative Law; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2005

Bar Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1989
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1988
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1988
  • Georgia, 1988
  • Florida, 1987

Education:

  • Nova University Center for the Study of Law
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1987
    Juris Doctor
     
  • State University of New York at Albany
    Albany, NY, 1983
    Bachelor of Science
     
  • Monroe Community College
    Rochester, NY, 1981
    Associates Degree: Criminal Justice

Representative Cases:

Classes / Seminars Taught:

  • The Battles of House Bill 221; Cobb County Bar Association, December 9, 2005
  • Advanced Depositions; Lorman Education Services, September 8, 2006
  • Child Support Guidelines Training, Putting it into Practice; Cobb County Bar Association, December 8, 2006
  • Getting Off on the Right Foot–Practice Management for Starting and Growing a Law Practice; Cobb County Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division, February 16, 2007
  • Georgia's New Child Custody Law HB369: Parenting Plans Skills Training; 2007
  • Motion to Compel Discovery Worksheet, 2011
  • Georgia's Child Support Review and Application, 2011
  • Georgia's Uncontested Divorce, 2011
  • What about the Law? What about my Rights? Visions ANew, Divorce Weekend Retreat, October 26, 2013

Honors and Awards:

  • Georgia Trend's Legal Elite, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Family Law President of the Cobb County Bar Association, 2005–2006
  • Cobb Justice Foundation; Chairperson, 2006–Present

Professional Associations and Memberships: 

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Association of Family Court and Community Professions (AFCC), Member
  • Forms Subcommittee of the Georgia Child Support Guidelines Commission, 2005–2006
  • Training Task Force of the Georgia Child Support Commission; Member 2006–2007
  • Supreme Court of Georgia: Mentor in the Transition Into Law Practice Program; 2012-2013
  • Top 100 Family Lawyers in the State of Georgia by the American Society of Legal Advocates, 2014

Pro Bono Activities:

  • Pro Bono Project of the State Bar of Georgia, 2004
  • Pro Se Clinic, Cobb Legal Aid Volunteer
  • 100 Plus Women Against Domestic Violence Fundraiser, January 2010