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Family Law Institute

CLE Hours: 14 including 14 General, 1 Ethics, 1 Professionalism, 3 Trial Practice

Omni Amelia Island Resort - Fernandina Beach, Florida

Schedule at a glance


  • Speakers, session times and credit hours are subject to change.
  • Ethics | Professionalism | Trial Practice

  • Presiding:
  • Theodore S. Eittreim, Program Co-Chair; Chair, Family Law Section, Co-Chair, 39th Annual Family Law Institute, Eittreim Martin Cutler, LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Karine P. Burney, Program Co-Chair; Vice-Chair, Family Law Section, Co-Chair, 39th Annual Family Law Institute, Burney & Reese, LLC, Atlanta, GA

    JUNE 2, 2023

  • 8:00
  • Theodore S. Eittreim
  • Karine P. Burney

  • 8:15
  • Hon. Rebecca Crumrine Rieder, Resolute Law, Atlanta, GA
  • Andy Flink, Flink ADR, Alpharetta, GA
  • Hannibal F. Heredia, Hedgepeth Heredia Family Law, LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Pilar J. Prinz, Pilar Prinz, P.A., Atlanta, GA & Santa Rosa Beach, FL
  • Christina L. Scott, Covenant Mediation Services, Atlanta, GA

  • 9:15
  • Dan Branch, CPA/ABV, ASA, MBA, IAG Forensics & Valuation, Atlanta, GA
  • Ansley S. Callaway, CPA, Callaway & Company, Atlanta, GA
  • Charles V. Crowe, Eittreim Martin Cutler, LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Deborah S. Gibbon, Gibbon Financial Consulting, Atlanta, GA

  • 10:00
  • Jonathan J. Tuggle, Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle Roddenbery, Atlanta, GA

  • 10:45

  • 11:00
  • Hon. E. Trenton Brown, III, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta, GA
  • Kyla S. Lines, Bloom Alexander & Lines, Atlanta, GA
  • Hon. Amanda H. Mercier, Vice-Chief Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta, GA
  • Hon. Brian M. Rickman, Chief Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta, GA

  • 12:00
  • Kathleen B. Connell, Connell Cummings, LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Hon. Connie L. Williford, Superior Court, Macon Judicial Circuit, Macon, GA

  • 12:30
  • Hon. Henry L. Balkcom, IV, Pataula Circuit Superior Court, Blakely, GA
  • Alexander R. Cutler, Eittreim Martin Cutler, LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Hon. Kevin M. Farmer, Superior Court of Fulton County, Atlanta, GA
  • Hon. Mark Anthony Scott, Superior Court of DeKalb County (Ret.), Lithonia, GA

  • 1:30

    JUNE 3, 2023

  • 8:00
  • Daniel Bloom, Bloom Lines Alexander, LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Amanda N. Moulthrop, Moulthrop Law LLC, Marietta, GA
  • Dawn R. Smith, Evolve Family Law, Tucker, GA
  • McKenzie Wren, SOJOURN, The Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Atlanta, GA

  • 9:00
  • Marvin L. Solomiany, Kessler & Solomiany, Atlanta, GA

  • 9:30
    Hon. Christopher S. Brasher, Chief Judge (Ret.) Fulton County Superior Court, Senior Judge, Superior Courts of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
    Dr. Howard A. Drutman, Ph.D., Atlanta Behavioral Consultants, Atlanta, GA
    Dr. Kim Oppenheimer, Ph.D., Atlanta Psych Consultants, LLC, Atlanta, GA

  • 10:15
  • Roslyn Grant Holcomb, The Grant Group, Atlanta, GA
  • Hon. Asha F. Jackson, Judge, Superior Court of DeKalb County, Decatur, GA
  • Hon. Pandora E. Palmer, Judge, Superior Court of Henry County, McDonough, GA

  • 10:45

  • 11:00
  • Aisha Blanchard Collins, Blanchard Collins, LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Brandy Daswani, Brandy Daswani, LLC, Marietta, GA
  • Debra M. Finch, Debra M. Finch, PC, Athens, GA
  • Amanda Love, The Love Law Firm, Savannah, GA
  • David G. Sarif, Naggiar & Sarif, LLC, Atlanta, GA

  • 11:45
  • Jeremy J. Abernathy, Abernathy Ditzel Hendrick, LLC, Marietta, GA

  • 12:00
  • Mark L. Bryce, Bryce Law, LLC, Marietta, GA
  • Kelly Anne Miles, Smith Gilliam, Williams & Miles, P.A., GAinesville, GA
  • Tina Shadix Roddenbery, Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery, LLC, Atlanta, GA

  • 1:00

    JUNE 4, 2023

  • 8:00
  • Hon. Lisa G. Colbert, Judge, Superior Court of Chatham County, Savannah, GA
  • Jonathan V. Dunn, Jonathan V. Dunn, P.C., Savannah, GA
  • David “Whit” Frost, Roach Caudill & Frost, Canton, GA
  • Hon. David S. Lyles, Judge, Superior Court of Paulding County, Dallas, GA

  • 9:00
  • Hon. Bruce R. Cohen, Presiding Family Court Judge, Maricopa County Superior Court, Phoenix, AZ
  • Gabriel Goltz, Educational Programs Manager, Arizona Supreme Court, Phoenix, AZ

  • 10:30

  • 10:45
  • Hon. Kellie S. Hill, Superior Court of Cobb County, Marietta, GA
  • Victor P. “Vic” Valmus, Valmus Law, Marietta, GA

  • 11:30
  • Christopher Beanland, Wolverine Consultants, LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Kevin J. Rubin, Rubin Family Law, LLC, Atlanta, GA

  • 12:15
  • Audrey Shapiro Chapman, Audrey Shapiro Chapman, P.C., Brunswick, GA
  • Hon. Robert "Bert" Guy, Judge, Judge, Superior Courts of Georgia Brunswick Judicial Circuit, Woodbine, GA

  • 1:00



Mr. Theodore Scott Eittreim's Profile

Mr. Theodore Scott Eittreim Related Seminars and Products

Eittreim Martin Cutler LLC

Ted Eittreim is the managing partner of Eittreim Martin Cutler, LLC, a boutique family law firm in Atlanta, Georgia.  He has been practicing family law for over twenty years, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, one of only approximately thirty lawyers so-designated in the entire State of Georgia.

While he provides representation in all areas of family law practice, Mr. Eittreim’s primary focus is on representing his clients in complex, high asset divorce cases, as well as in divorce and non-divorce matters involving highly-contested custody and parenting time disputes.

Among other accolades, Mr. Eittreim has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer in the area of family law every year beginning in 2014, and since 2020 he has been recognized as a Top 100 Super Lawyer, listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in the entire State of Georgia, regardless of practice area.  He is listed among the Best Lawyers in America, and he was recognized as the Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in 2020 and again in 2023 for all of Atlanta by Best Lawyers.  Mr. Eittreim is rated “AV – Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubble, the highest possible rating awarded, and he has been recognized as one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine.  He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor bestowed upon only one percent of attorneys nationwide.

Mr. Eittreim currently serves as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.  He is a past Editor of the Family Law Review, the quarterly periodical published by the State Bar and the Family Law Section, and he is a frequent speaker on family law topics at continuing legal education programs and seminars.  He enjoys membership in several organizations that recognize professionalism and excellence in family law practice, including the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, where he is a Master and a member of the Executive Committee.  Mr. Eittreim is also a member of several bar and professional associations, including the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.  Mr. Eittreim is also an adjunct member of the faculty at Emory University School of Law, where he is a guest lecturer on family law and trial practice topics and an instructor at the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, one of the most highly regarded and intensive trial skills programs offered at any law school in the nation.

Mr. Eittreim graduated from the University of Virginia in 1995 and Emory University School of Law in 1998.  He is licensed to practice law in Georgia and New Jersey.

Mrs. Karine Polis Burney Related Seminars and Products

Burney & Reese LLC

Karine P. Burney has been exclusively practicing family law since 2005. Prior to forming Burney & Reese, Karine was a partner at Kessler & Solomiany in Atlanta.  Karine is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and received the Georgia Chapter Distinguished AAML Award in 2022.  There are only approximately 32 AAML fellows in the State of Georgia, and Karine is one of the youngest. 


Karine is also the Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section.  She will be sworn in as the Chair of the Family Law Section in July, 2023.  She previously served as President of the Cobb County Bar Association Family Law Section and Fundraising Chair of the Family Law Institute. Karine is co-chairing the Family Law Institute that will take place this year at Amelia Island in June, 2023.


She has been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer since 2020 and was recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2013 through 2019.  She has also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Cobb County to prosecute nuisance actions in a continued effort to combat sex trafficking since 2018.

Ms. Kyla Suzanne Lines's Profile

Ms. Kyla Suzanne Lines Related Seminars and Products

Bloom Lines Alexander LLC

Top-Rated Divorce Lawyer in Atlanta

Kyla Lines is a Managing Member of Bloom Lines  Alexander in Atlanta. Kyla has practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law for the entirety of her legal career. She is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.  Kyla has been recognized by her peers as a Georgia SuperLawyer since 2015, and she has been selected as one of Georgia’s Top 50 Women Lawyers since 2019.

Prior to her employment with BLA, Kyla spent nine years as the Staff Attorney to the Honorable Cynthia D. Wright in the Superior Court of Fulton County’s Family Division. Kyla’s tenure as a judicial staff attorney provides her with a unique perspective, allowing her to advise her clients effectively and strategically while evaluating potential outcomes.

Kyla’s goal in handling her cases is to make a difficult situation better for her clients. When custody is an issue, she keeps the best interests of the children as her priority. When complex financial issues arise, Kyla strives to provide her clients with strategic, realistic, solution-focused advice.

Kyla handles all aspects of complex divorce cases, including child custody disputes, modification of child support, and modification of custody in Atlanta. She is a mediator and serves as an arbitrator. 

Kyla is certified to practice Collaborative Law and also frequently serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in contested custody cases. She is often invited to speak to peers, other professionals, and law students regarding various Family Law issues. 

Georgia Trend Magazine has recognized Kyla as “Legal Elite” in the area of Family Law, and she has been selected for inclusion as a “Super Lawyer” and a “Rising Star” in Family Law by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine for the last four consecutive years. Kyla is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the DeKalb Bar Association and currently serves on the Board of the State Bar of Georgia’s Family Law Section and on the Board of the DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

Kyla is a native of Marietta, Ohio. She graduated from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. She went on to obtain her law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, she was an active member of the Moot Court Board.

Hon. Brian M. Rickman's Profile

Hon. Brian M. Rickman Related Seminars and Products

Georgia Court of Appeals

2015 – Present

Chief Judge Brian M. Rickman was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals in November 2015 by Governor Nathan Deal and took office on January 1, 2016.


Born in Madison County, Georgia, Judge Rickman was a jailer working in the Rabun County Detention Center before entering Piedmont College where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in 1998. He earned his Juris Doctor from The University of Georgia School of Law in 2001. While in law school he was a member of the Mock Trial Board and was involved in the Prosecutorial Clinic. Judge Rickman was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia on October 29th, 2001. He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit and then the Mountain Judicial Circuit. In 2004 he left the District Attorney’s Office to become a partner in a small town law firm in Rabun County, Georgia. He was a partner at Stockton & Rickman. At Stockton & Rickman, in addition to taking on whatever clients came through the door, including several pro bono cases, he was involved in civil litigation and was defense counsel in several cases including murder cases. In 2008, Judge Rickman was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to be the District Attorney for the Mountain Judicial Circuit and this was the position Judge Rickman held prior to taking office at The Georgia Court of Appeals.


In 2004, Judge Rickman became an adjunct professor at Piedmont College. He has taught several courses, including, American Government, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Courts and Society. He is a member of the Piedmont College Board of Trustees.


Judge Rickman was involved in several Professional Organizations as District Attorney. He was a member of the Georgia Board of Public Safety. The Georgia Board of Public Safety has statutory oversight over the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Public Training Center. He was elected to be Secretary of the Georgia Board of Public Safety. Judge Rickman also served on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council as the Board of Public Safety representative. Judge Rickman was elected by colleagues to serve on The Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia. The Prosecuting Attorney’s Council has statutory oversight over the State budget and training of Georgia’s District Attorney’s Offices. He served as chairman of the Personnel Committee.


In 2008, Judge Rickman was a recipient of the Piedmont College Alumni Association’s Pacesetter Award. In 2013 he was named by the Fulton Daily Report as a “40 under 40 On the Rise,” selection.


Judge Rickman’s most important role is as husband to his wife, Maggie, and father to his two young children.

Hon. Rebecca Crumrine Rieder's Profile

Hon. Rebecca Crumrine Rieder Related Seminars and Products

Resolute Law

Rebecca Crumrine Rieder (“Becca”) served as a Superior Court Judge in Fulton County Georgia through December 2020 at which time she began a full-time alternative dispute resolution practice, Resolute Law.  As a former civil litigator, domestic relations attorney and Superior Court Judge she has decades of experience in Domestic Relations as a litigator, Guardian ad Litem, mediator and arbitrator. 

Recognized by her peers and the legal community as one of the top-rated attorneys in Georgia, Becca is a past chair of the Family Law Sections of the State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association, and the DeKalb Bar Association.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; and, prior to taking the bench, Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine repeatedly recognized Becca as one of Georgia’s "Top 100 Lawyers" and “Top 50 Women Lawyers.” 

Prior to obtaining her JD, Becca taught middle and high school English and History. 

Becca received her undergraduate degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1991, her MEd from the University of Georgia in 1994, and her JD from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2001. 

Becca frequently authors materials and speaks on professional and legal matters throughout the state and the country.


  Becca believes in giving back to her community both professionally and personally.  Becca has extensive community involvement including volunteer leadership roles with several non-profit boards throughout metro Atlanta, including Oakland Cemetery, DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Neighbor in Need and Breakthru House Woman’s Advisory Board.  Currently, Becca serves the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution (Member & Ethics Committee); the Atlanta Bar Association (Immediate Past Chair); her alma mater, Sewanee as the Alumni Council Chair and as a member of the Board of Trustees; and, as a member of the Bascom Board in Highlands, North Carolina. 


Becca resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Doug Rieder.  

Ms. Pilar Jolie Prinz's Profile

Ms. Pilar Jolie Prinz Related Seminars and Products

Pilar Prinz PA

Pilar Prinz has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the field of family law, a SuperLawyer in Georgia and Florida every year since 2010 (including one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Georgia for 5 years in a row), and one of Georgia Trend's Legal Elite.  Pilar has sat on the Executive Committee of the State Bar's Family Law Section, serving as the section's legislative liaison and actively involved in the drafting of family law legislation.  She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.  A gradaute of Emory Law School and Goizueta Business School, Pilar was a founding partner at Lawler Green Prinz. She now splits her time between Atlanta and her home in the 30A area of the Florida panhandle. She is a certified family law mediator.  

Christina L. Scott's Profile

Christina L. Scott Related Seminars and Products

Covenant Mediation Services

Christina L. Scott, J.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of Covenant Mediation Services, a conflict resolution organization that provides clients with mediation, negotiation, arbitration, and conflict consulting services.  Over the last 15 years, Christina has mediated over 2100 cases in the areas of tort law, contracts, and family law.  She has helped to resolve cases for all types of people from all walks of life, including business owners, engineers, police officers, corporate executives, accountants, ministers, politicians, surgeons, professional athletes, music producers, high profile actors, and many others.


Over the years, Christina has consulted on many conflict resolution topics to public, private, and non-profit corporations and organizations.  She has written numerous articles on mediation and was internationally published in 2014 by the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society, Alberta, Canada.  Christina was appointed as a board member of the Georgia Child Support Commission by Governor Brian Kemp in August 2021, where she currently serves on the Statutory Review Committee.  She is a former Business Law professor at Georgia Perimeter College where she taught as an adjunct for 5 years.  Christina has also been a featured speaker for the Atlanta Bar Association’s Family Law Section and was recently a panelist at the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution’s 29th Annual ADR Conference.


Christina is a proud “Double Gator” receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Advertising from the University of Florida (UF) and her Juris Doctor Degree from UF’s Levine College of Law, one of the Top 25 law schools in the nation.  During her tenure at UF law, she was a member of the prestigious UF College of Law Trial Team and a Virgil D. Hawkins Fellow.


Christina is an avid traveler, having visited more than 15 nations on 5 continents. When she is not working or traveling, Christina enjoys family time with her husband of more than 25 years marriage and their two teenage sons. She also enjoys mentoring married couples through church ministry, food & cultural festivals, designing with digital photographs, and reading a good book.      

Mr. Jonathan Joseph Tuggle's Profile

Mr. Jonathan Joseph Tuggle Related Seminars and Products

Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery LLC

Ms. Tina Shadix Roddenbery's Profile

Ms. Tina Shadix Roddenbery Related Seminars and Products

Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery LLC

The University of Georgia, A.B.J. cum laude 1984; The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. 1987.

State Bar of GeorgiaBoard of Governors, 1993-present; Family Law Section, Chair, 2009-2010; ICJE Board of Trustees 2010-2016; Disciplinary Board, Investigative Panel, 1993-1994; Disciplinary Board, Review Panel 1994-1995; ICLE Board of Trustees, 1993-1996; Board of Court Reporting, 2023-2025.

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: Fellow, 1999-present, Georgia Chapter Past-Chair,  National CLE Co-Chair 2018 to 2021.

International Academy of Family  Lawyers: Fellow, 2014 to present.

Younger Lawyers Section, State Bar of GeorgiaPresident, 1994-1995.

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation:  Chair, Board of Trustees, 2010; Member, Board of Trustees, 2003 to 2011.

Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency:  Board member appointed by Supreme Court of Georgia, 2007 to 2012; Chair, 2011 to 2012.

Awards, Recognitions and Accomplishments:  The 2021  AAML Fellow of the Year;   2022 National Law Journal’s Family/ Elder Law Trailblazer; The Joseph T. Tuggle Jr. Professionalism Award, 2015;   The Ross Adams Award,  2011 and 2020;  Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent Rating  since 1997; Board Certified Family Trial lawyer by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, 2014 to present; Lawyer of the Year 2018, Best Lawyers of America,  Recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by that publication, 2011 to present; Named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s  Legal Elite as selected by fellow lawyers, 2003 to 2019 and 2022;  Super Lawyers, 2006 to Present; Top 10 Attorneys in State of Georgia 2022, Top 50 Women Attorneys in the State Bar of Georgia 2009 to Present, Co-authored  the Georgia Child Support Guidelines 2005.

Other:  Master,  The Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, 1998 to present and  Old War Horse Lawyers Club, 2006 to Present.




Hon. Connie L. Williford's Profile

Hon. Connie L. Williford Related Seminars and Products

Macon Circuit Superior Court

Judge Connie L. Williford was appointed to the Superior Court bench for the Macon Judicial Circuit (Macon-Bibb, Peach and Crawford Counties) on October 29, 2020.

Previously, she worked for five years with a prestigious Macon personal injury firm before opening her own firm, “The Law Offices of Connie L. Williford” in January 2006. For the next 15 years, until taking the bench, she practiced almost exclusively as a family law attorney throughout Middle Georgia.

Born and raised in Newnan, Judge Williford attended Newnan High School.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of West Georgia and her juris doctorate from Mercer University School of Law, where she received the “Outstanding Law Student” award.  While at Mercer Law, Judge Williford was the President of The Association of Women Law Students (AWLS) and founded the AWLS Charity Ball and Auction which is still an annual spring tradition at the law school and has now raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities in Middle Georgia.  

Judge Williford has been named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Macon Bar Association and has also received the prestigious “Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award.” Additionally, in 2020 she was awarded The President’s Volunteer Service Award.  Judge Williford is a member of several organizations and boards including the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL), William A. Bootle American Inn of Court, the Georgia Child Support Commission, where she currently co-chairs the Statute Review Subcommittee, and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.

Judge Williford is married to James Marsh and they reside in Macon.

Mr. Alexander Roberts Cutler's Profile

Mr. Alexander Roberts Cutler Related Seminars and Products

Eittreim Martin Cutler LLC

Alex Cutler specializes in the areas of divorce and family law, including high net worth divorce litigation, child custody litigation, alimony and child support matters, actions for modification of custody and support, and contempt actions.  Before joining the firm as a partner, he was previously a partner with the family law firm of Lawler Green Prinz, LLC.  Prior to that, he spent seven years as a litigator with a mid-sized Atlanta firm where, in addition to practicing family law, he specialized in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and lender/debtor workouts and litigation.  Alex puts his diverse legal background to use assisting clients whose cases may involve complex business interests and extensive property holdings.


Alex has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the area of family law every year since 2014 and by Best Lawyers in America since 2021.  Alex has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 2004, and is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.  Alex is very active in the Atlanta Bar Association, where he is the Vice Chair of the Family Law Section.  Alex is also a member of the Cobb County Bar Association.

Ms. Dawn Renee Smith's Profile

Ms. Dawn Renee Smith Related Seminars and Products

Evolve Family Law

Dawn Smith is a partner at Evolve Family Law, LLC where she practices family law. She has represented children and families for over 34 years. Dawn is one of the fellows of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a highly respected organization comprised of the top family law practitioners in the State. Every year since 2018 she has been named to the Super Lawyers® list of Top 50 Women in Georgia and Top 100 Super Lawyers® in Georgia.  In addition to numerous other awards and recognitions, Dawn received the 2021 AAML Public Service Award and the 2016 Atlanta Legal Aid Volunteer of the Year Award. 


In addition to her time in private practice, Dawn also served as Deputy Director of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation where she was responsible for administration of the city’s largest pro bono family law programs. She lectures frequently on issues involved in high conflict cases such as mental health concerns, substance abuse issues, and children with special needs. Dawn is also a certified arbitrator and mediates family law cases.


Dawn began her career as Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge Marvin H. Shoob and subsequently was appointed Special Administrative Master for the Court. She is a 1985 graduate of North Carolina State University and a 1989 cum laud graduate of Georgia State University College of Law where she served as Style Editor on Georgia State Law Review.


Dawn is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association where she currently serves as President of the Board of the Family Law Section. She is also a member of the DeKalb County Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the Georgia Bar.  Dawn serves on the Judicial Selection and Tenure Committee of the Atlanta Bar and is the Co-Chair of the Racial, Ethnicity and Religious Considerations in Family Law Committee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Founder of Cool Girls, Inc., served on the Board of the Greater Georgia Chapter of the Autism Society of America and was on the Advisory Board of Emmaus House. Dawn is married to Robin Griffith, has two sons and resides in Decatur, Georgia.



Mr. Marvin L. Solomiany's Profile

Mr. Marvin L. Solomiany Related Seminars and Products

Kessler & Solomiany LLC

Biographical Overview

Mr. Solomiany, a former chair of the State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section, has worked as a trial attorney exclusively in the area of family law for over 25 years. Mr. Solomiany provides representation in all Domestic Relations legal areas, with an emphasis on high-income divorce cases, cases involving corporate entities, prenuptial agreements, and interstate child support and custody matters.

Mr. Solomiany has been repeatedly recognized as a Top 100 Super Lawyer in Georgia and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is frequently hired by other family law attorneys to serve as co-counsel in complex family law cases.

Over the years, Mr. Solomiany’s clients have included nationally known athletes and entertainers, professionals, and high ranking executives from Fortune 500 Companies. Mr. Solomiany has appeared in television, radio and internet programs to discuss family law issues and is a frequent lecturer in both state and national family law seminars.

As an IFR rated private pilot, Mr. Solomiany is able to travel throughout Georgia to represent clients outside the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan area. He also uses his piloting skills to volunteer for charitable organizations such as Angel Flight, Veterans Air Lift Command and Pilots N Paws. Mr. Solomiany has been married to Kerry Solomiany for over 25 years and has two adult children.


Hon. Christopher Samuel Brasher's Profile

Hon. Christopher Samuel Brasher Related Seminars and Products

Fulton County Superior Court

Former Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County when he retired from the bench in late 2022, Chris Brasher served on Georgia’s busiest trial court for nearly seventeen years. During his time on the Superior Court bench, Judge Brasher presided over more than 20,000 cases, ranging from commercial disputes involving hundreds of millions of dollars, to catastrophic injury cases, to professional negligence and malpractice cases, to high-asset divorce cases, to complex and vexing custody matters, to capital murder and other violent felony cases. As a lawyer prior to his service on the bench, Judge Brasher tried cases in more than 130 counties in Georgia, as well as in all of Georgia’s Federal District Courts. As an appellate advocate, Judge Brasher argued more than forty cases in appellate courts, including before Georgia’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and in the United States Supreme Court. Judge Brasher has more than 70 reported decisions as lead appellate counsel.

On the bench, Judge Brasher earned a reputation as a hard-working, efficient, and effective jurist who was always prepared, patient, and fair. Judge Brasher’s court was known to be a place where disputes were resolved in an efficient way, where parties and counsel would be heard, and where professionalism and respect were expected and practiced.

As a colleague and in the community, Judge Brasher has served in leadership roles in local, county, and statewide organizations. Teaching and mentoring have always been a part of Judge Brasher’s efforts to equip others in their professional, academic, and personal lives. As a veteran trial judge with over two hundred jury trials, Judge Brasher knows what works and what does not before a jury. As a trained and certified mediator, Judge Brasher has honed the skills needed to assist in resolving disputes.

Mrs. Roslyn Grant Holcomb's Profile

Mrs. Roslyn Grant Holcomb Related Seminars and Products

The Grant Group

Attorney Holcomb is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Born to loving parents, Larry and Linda Grant, also of Atlanta.  Attorney Holcomb is a proud “Double Dawg.” She received both her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and her Juris Doctorate in law from the University of Georgia.        Attorney Holcomb secured her license to practice in May of 2006.


Attorney Holcomb began her legal career as a Legal Advocate for the Flint Circuit Counsel Against Family Violence.  As Legal Advocate she helped victims of domestic violence obtain protective orders against their abusers.


In 2008, Attorney Holcomb hung out her own shingle, The Grant Group.  Over the past seventeen years, The Grant Group has continued as a boutique family law practice whereby Attorney Holcomb practices family law exclusively, litigating issues related to divorce, child custody, child support, legitimations, and domestic violence.  Between November 2016 and August 2020, Attorney Holcomb had the privilege to serve as Judicial Officer in Fulton County Superior Court's, Family Division.


In addition to practicing and presiding, Attorney Holcomb has continued her early custom of participating in various civic and social organizations.  Attorney Holcomb served for two years as Mock Trial Coach at her alma mater Stockbridge High School. She has volunteered for such non-profit parent advocate organizations as the Single Parent Coalition and The Fatherless Generation.  She has also routinely volunteered as speaker for pro se Family Law Workshops in both Henry and Fulton counties as well as for World Changers Church's Annual Law Day.  Attorney Holcomb is a member of the Magnum Opus Honor Society comprised of University of Georgia School of Law alum.  Additionally, Attorney Holcomb currently serves as Member-at-Large of the Family Law Section’s Executive Committee. 


Attorney Holcomb has had the privilege of speaking at multiple Continuing Legal Education Conferences and Seminars, most notably, the 2015 & 2022 Family Law Institutes and at the 2016 Superior Court Judges Conference in Athens, Georgia.


When she is not working, Attorney Holcomb enjoys spending quality time with the loves of her life, her husband of 6 years, Allan Holcomb, and her 5-year-old daughter, Allyson Holcomb, as well as other close family and friends.  She also enjoys listening to music, taking in the sites of the city, and both interstate and travel abroad. 


For over 15 years, Attorney Holcomb was an active member of New Life Church in Decatur, Georgia. There she was a part of the Usher Ministry and the Student Education Support Ministry, where she helped prepare students for the SAT.  Last year, Attorney Holcomb joined One Church, in Fayetteville, Georgia where she now serves with the Children's Ministry, One Kids.

Hon. Asha F. Jackson's Profile

Hon. Asha F. Jackson Related Seminars and Products

DeKalb County Superior Court

The Honorable Asha F. Jackson was appointed to the bench in 2012 and twice elected in uncontested races in DeKalb County. Judge Jackson has the distinct honor of having clerked for her predecessor on the bench, Judge Michael Hancock, just after graduating from law school. Prior to becoming a Judge, Judge Jackson was a partner practicing commercial litigation out of the Atlanta office of Barnes and Thornburg, LLP and prior to this, she was a partner practicing tort litigation and professional negligence out of the Atlanta office of Carlock, Copeland, and Stair, LLP. While practicing, Judge Jackson tried numerous cases to verdict including mass tort, personal injury, product liability, and professional negligence cases on behalf of corporate and individual defendants. Her more notable cases include the representation of NFL football great Ray Lewis in a civil suit arising out of two murders after the Atlanta Super bowl and the representation of a funeral home sued after the owner of a North Georgia crematory failed to cremate hundreds of bodies.


In her current position, Judge Jackson presides over more than 1000 complex civil, felony criminal, and domestic cases assigned to her division. She is very active in judicial leadership serving on numerous committees of The Statewide Judicial Council, The Council of Superior Court Judges and The Statewide Judicial Taskforce. Judge Jackson was appointed by the President of the State bar to serve on the newly formed committee of the Georgia Business Court. Because of her passionate commitment to the community and her belief in young people, Judge Jackson created Project Pinnacle, a one-year mandatory in-court experience for non-violent offenders under the age of 25. The goal of Project Pinnacle is to discourage young people from committing further offenses by providing them with life skills training, legal rights, and responsibilities education, and career development opportunities. Project Pinnacle is a co-ed program and Judge Jackson is dedicated to restoring young people to a respectful position in the community.
Judge Jackson is the founding and presiding Judge of the felony mental health court in DeKalb County. In this role, she is responsible for working with severe and persistently mentally ill defendants with a focus on health management, accountability in behavior, and therapy. Participants are referred from all divisions in the DeKalb Superior Court. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Statewide Council of Accountability Court Judges as the Mental Health Court representative.


Judge Jackson is very active in the legal community. She has held various leadership positions in the Atlanta Bar Association, the Gate City Bar Association, and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. Judge Jackson was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only Trial Order for the top 1% of litigators in the country and she has been consistently recognized by her peers for excellence in litigation, professionalism, and service including being named to the Georgia Trend Magazine Top Attorney’s List, the Georgia Rising Stars List, The Atlanta Daily Report Lawyer on the Rise and the NBA Trailblazer Under 40 just to name a few. In the community, Judge Jackson volunteers with a number of groups and organizations including her service as a Board Member of the State Commission on Family Violence, The Atlanta Area Council of Girl Scouts where she serves annually as the Judge for Law Merit Badge Day, The Atlanta Area Council of Boy Scouts where she teaches the Law Merit Badge and served as a fundraising captain, and The National Advisory Board of Forever Family; a youth mentoring organization committed to servicing children of incarcerated parents.

Hon. Pandora E. Palmer's Profile

Hon. Pandora E. Palmer Related Seminars and Products

Henry County Superior Court

The Hon. Pandora E. Palmer was sworn into the Henry County Superior Court by Governor Brian Kemp on October 21, 2020. Prior to joining the Henry County Superior Court, Judge Palmer was appointed by former Governor Nathan Deal to the Henry County State Court on January 7, 2019 as the first female to join the bench. She has presided over the Henry County Veterans Treatment Court since May of 2020.

Judge Palmer was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1994, the Hawaii State Bar in 2001 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018. She completed a J.D. at Georgia State University College of Law in 1994 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia in 1988. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program for Judicial Studies at the University of Nevada in Reno.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Palmer was in private practice in Jonesboro, Georgia until she moved to Maui, Hawaii in 1999. In 2001, she became licensed in Hawaii and served as the supervising attorney for the Maui branch of the nonprofit organization, Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline. Judge Palmer returned to Georgia in October of 2001 to open her private practice. In 2004, she joined the firm, Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC formerly known as Smith, Welch & Brittain, LLP where she later became a Manager. In October of 2012, she left the firm to open her own practice in McDonough specializing in the areas of family law, criminal defense, juvenile law, and personal injury until her appointment to the Henry County State Court.  She is the author of Divorce Proceedings in Georgia: What you Need to Know.

Judge Palmer’s memberships include serving on the board of the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, the Boys and Girls Club of Henry County, the Hands of Hope Board of Directors where she formerly served as Secretary, the Henry County Bar Association where she formerly served as President in 2016, the Atlanta Lawyers Club, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and the Kiwanis Club of Henry County.

She is a recipient of the Top 50 Southern Crescent Women of Influence Award (2023), the Alex Crumbley Distinctive Service Award from the Henry County Bar Association (2022) and the National Women’s History Month Award from the City of Stockbridge (2019).

Mr. David Gregory Sarif's Profile

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Naggiar & Sarif LLC

David Sarif is a founding partner of Naggiar & Sarif LLC in Atlanta, GA.  He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in U.S. News and World Report as well as Georgia Trend Magazine as a Legal Elite attorney in Family Law and Divorce. He has also been honored as a Super Lawyer in numerous years. David has been an adjunct professor of law at John Marshall Law school where he taught family law and has been quoted by, assisted with stories for, written articles for, or appeared on CBS Atlanta, ESPN Outside the Lines, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, OK Magazine, the Fulton County Daily Report, and Family Lawyer Magazine. Many of David’s cases focus on high asset divorce or complex family law matters.  David is a trial attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and also a Guardian Ad Litem. 

Ms. Aisha Blanchard Collins's Profile

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Blanchard Collins Law Firm LLC

Aisha Blanchard Collins is the owner and principal of the Blanchard Collins Law Firm, LLC, a family law firm located in Atlanta.  Aisha opened her own family law firm in August of 2013 after spending four years working as the Pro Bono Fellow for Hunton & Williams LLP (now Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP) where she exclusively represented low-income clients in family law matters and Pachman Richardson, LLC (now Bloom Lines Alexander, LLC) where she represented middle to high-income clients in family law matters.


Aisha also spends a lot of time serving as a Guardian ad Litem in contested custody cases representing the children of the parties.


Prior to practicing law, Aisha was a Teach for America corps member in Phoenix, Arizona and taught 7th and 8th grade Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies.  After spending two years teaching, Aisha recruited for the Teach for America program and spent a short stint in corporate America as a recruiter.


Aisha graduated from Hood College in 1998 with a B.A. in Economics and Sociology and Northeastern University School of Law in 2008.


Aisha is married and has a fourteen-year-old daughter, Elena, who runs her life when she is not practicing law. Outside of practicing law, Aisha enjoys spending time with her two Goldendoodles, going to concerts, listening to true crime podcasts, and taking care of and adding on to her small forest of plants.

Ms. Brandy James Daswani's Profile

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Brandy Daswani, LLC

Brandy Daswani, Esq.

2440 Sandy Plains Rd., Bldg. 27, Suite 100

Marietta, GA 30066


Brandy Daswani is the founder of Brandy Daswani, LLC, where she exclusively practices family law and serves as a Guardian ad Litem. She attended Georgia State University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1998. She then obtained her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State College of Law in 2002.

In 2017 through 2023, she was selected as a Super Lawyer. She was also listed as a Georgia Rising Star from 2013 through 2016 and as a Top Forty Family Lawyer Under 40 in Georgia by the American Society of Legal Advocates and was named one of Georgia’s Legal Elite in 2016.

She currently serves as the President of the Guardian ad Litem Section in Cobb County and on the Cobb Bar Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Cobb Bar, Atlanta Bar, and Lawyers Club. She is also a member of the Cobb Bar Family Law Section and Atlanta Bar Family Law Section.

Brandy and her husband Sean have three (3) children together and live in Marietta.

Ms. Amanda Jean Love's Profile

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The Love Law Firm, LLC

Amanda Love has been a Family Law attorney in the Savannah area for over fifteen years. She is the Director of Family Law Services for the Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire and is the Director of the Guardian Ad Litem Program for Chatham County. Amanda has been a Guardian Ad Litem for over eight years and has presented on a variety of topics during that time. Amanda is a mediator, is collaboratively trained and was recently named a Super Lawyer for 2023 in the area of Family Law. 

Jeremy Abernathy Related Seminars and Products

Abernathy Ditzel Hendrick Bryce

Ms. Kelly A. Miles's Profile

Ms. Kelly A. Miles Related Seminars and Products

Smith Gilliam Williams & Miles PA

Kelly Anne Miles is a partner in Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles, P.A. in Gainesville, Georgia, where she has practiced for over 38 years since graduating from Mercer Law School.  She is a Board Certified Advocate in Family Law through the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys, currently serving as the President of the Georgia Chapter.  Ms. Miles served as Chair of the Family Law Section for the State Bar of Georgia in 2012-2013 and was the 2022 recipient of the Joseph T. Tuggle, Jr. Professionalism Award.  She has been named to Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite and has an “AV” rating from her peers by Martindale-Hubbell.  Ms. Miles is a frequent presenter at CLE programs and is extensively involved in a multitude of non-profit organizations in her community, serving in key leadership roles for many of them. 

Mr. Jonathan Victor Dunn's Profile

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Jonathan V Dunn PC

Jonatha Dunn has managed the firm of Jonathan V. Dunn, P.C., since its inception in late 2018.  His principal practice areas include Family Law and Criminal Defense.  Jonathan currently serves as Secretary to the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and is a former editor of the Family Law Review. 


Jonathan was previously a partner in the firm of Johnson, Kraeuter & Dunn, from 2012-2018, an associate at McCorkle & Johnson, from 2008-2012, and an Assistant District Attorney with the Eastern Judicial Circuit from 2003-2008.  Before moving to Savannah in 2003, Jonathan was an associate at the firm of Thompson & Sweeny, in Lawrenceville.


Jonathan was admitted to the practice of law in 2002 after graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Latin at Mercer University, and is privileged to have taught English and coached Wrestling at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn for two years between his undergraduate studies and law school.


Jonathan is pleased to call Savannah his home, where he and his wife, Sharnette, have raised their two sons, Hunter and Stewart, and he enjoys availing himself of volunteer opportunities at Benedictine Military School and Hancock Day School, where his children have attended.

Hon. Lisa Goldwire Colbert's Profile

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Chatham County Superior Court

Judge Lisa Goldwire Colbert is a Chatham County Superior Court Judge.  She was elected to succeed the Honorable James Bass, Jr. in 2020.  Judge Colbert is a graduate of Groves High School, Savannah State University, and the University of Georgia School of Law.  She also served six years in the Georgia Air National Guard. 

Judge Colbert previously served as judge of the Chatham County Juvenile Court for 8 years.   She has also worked as an Associate for Alston & Bird, LLP in Atlanta; an Associate for the Law Office of Charles W. Bell & Associates, P.C.; Senior Staff Attorney for the Office of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee; Staff Attorney for Chatham County Superior Court Judge Louisa Abbot; and Assistant County Attorney for Chatham County, Georgia.   She has served on the boards of the Savannah CASA, Inc. and Parent and Child Development Services, Inc. She currently serves on the boards of Goodwill Southeast Georgia; Step Up Savannah, Inc., Elevate Savannah, Inc. and on the Board of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice by appointment of the Governor.

Judge Colbert has been deeply involved in activities associated with the legal profession.  She is the former president of the Port City Bar Association. She is also a member and committee co-chair of both the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the Georgia Council of Superior Court Judges.  Judge Colbert is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and Leadership Savannah.  She was recognized by the Younger Lawyers Section of the Savannah Bar Association for her professional service and protection of the rights of others with the Robbie Robinson Award in 2006.  She was also recognized by The Georgia Legal Services Program as the 2018 Champion of Justice for her commitment to justice for all.

Judge Colbert has been married to Eldries (EJ) Colbert for 27 years and they have three daughters.

Hon. Kellie Stevens Hill's Profile

Hon. Kellie Stevens Hill Related Seminars and Products

Superior Court of Cobb County

Judge Kellie Hill was elected to serve on the Superior Court of Cobb County, Georgia in June 2020.

Prior to her election to Superior Court, Judge Hill served four years as a full-time Magistrate and Assisting Superior Court Judge in the Cobb Magistrate Court. As a trial attorney in both the public and private sectors, she established “The Kellie Hill Legal Group”, served as the managing attorney for a personal injury practice, an adjunct professor at the John Marshall School of Law, and served as a lead prosecutor on many complex and notable cases in Fulton and DeKalb Counties.

Judge Hill’s work has been featured on national media outlets. She has appeared as a legal expert on nationally and locally aired programs. Judge Hil was recognized by the Georgia House of Representatives for her work as a trial attorney and has been the recipient of numerous other awards and distinctions.

Judge Hill is a member of The State Bar of Georgia, The Council of Superior Court Judges, The Supreme Court's Committee on Interpreters, The Association of Black Women Attorneys, The Gate City Bar Association, The National Bar Association, The Weltner Inn of Court, The Lawyers’ Club of Atlanta, Leadership Cobb Alumni and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Mr. Kevin Jeffrey Rubin's Profile

Mr. Kevin Jeffrey Rubin Related Seminars and Products

Rubin Family Law LLC

Kevin Rubin graduated from Emory University School of Law in 2008. Kevin received a Master’s of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) from George Washington University in 2001.


Kevin is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). Kevin has been recognized by Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and Georgia Trend Legal Elite.


Kevin serves as a Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Georgia’s Family Law Section and the Board of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Family Law Section. Kevin is also on the Executive Board of the Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF), a non-profit whose mission is to provide interest-free last dollar loans for higher education to Jewish students in need.

Ms. Audrey Shapiro Chapman's Profile

Ms. Audrey Shapiro Chapman Related Seminars and Products

Audrey Shapiro Chapman PC

Audrey S. Chapman is the sole practitioner for Audrey Shapiro Chapman P.C. Mrs. Chapman has served as lead counsel and has extensive experience in numerous civil trials, including those involving divorce, child support, alimony, child custody, grandparent custody, property division, adoption and international adoption, and grandparent rights. She has developed a specialty in advising clients in complex financial and business-related divorces, as well as high conflict family law matters. She is licensed in the State, Superior, Appellate, and Supreme Courts of Georgia.


Mrs. Chapman is the Associate Juvenile Court Judge in Glynn County Juvenile Court and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of the Family Law Section. She has served on the YWCA board and the Children's Advocacy Center advisory board.  Additionally, she is a member of the American Bar Association and the Glynn County Bar Association.  


Mrs. Chapman earned her license to practice law in Georgia in 2006.  She received her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law and has been in private practice as a solo practitioner since 2008. Before becoming the Associate Juvenile Court Judge in Glynn County in 2014, Mrs. Chapman would frequently serve as a Guardian Ad Litem for children of parents in custody or divorce actions in the Superior Courts of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, as well as appointed counsel for Glynn and Camden County drug courts from 2008 until 2014.


Mrs. Chapman is married with two children.   


When away from the office, she enjoys running, boating, and traveling.

Andy Flink's Profile

Andy Flink Related Seminars and Products

Flink ADR

Prior to becoming a registered mediator, Andy spent almost 3 decades in the retail industry as an entrepreneur, executive and board member.  His goal was simple: to help people find creative, efficient, and cost cutting ways to navigate through a divorce, something which Andy had experienced personally.

Andy is called upon to navigate complex financial and custody issues between parties and their counsel.  He has authored many articles for the State Bar of Georgia Family Law Review and several local county Family Law Section publications. As well, he has presented at the Atlanta Bar Association, Lawyers for Equal Justice, the Cobb Family Bar, and in previous years (as well as 2023) at the Family Law Institute,.

In 2022 he expanded staff and services, rebranding the firm to Flink ADR.  His firm offers a myriad of alternative dispute resolution services with a roster of 5 neutrals  including mediation, arbitration, late case evaluation, judicially hosted settlement conferences, private trials and more.

When he’s not settling disputes you can find Andy attending a concert, playing golf or rescuing cats and dogs with his wife and 5 boys.

Dan Branch's Profile

Dan Branch Related Seminars and Products

IAG Forensics & Valuation


Dan Branch (CPA/ABV, ASA, MBA) is a partner with IAG Forensics & Valuation with over twenty years experience.  He specializes in and has provided testimony for all aspects of forensic accounting for family law matters, including business valuations.  Prior to his work in forensic accounting (aka “sexy accounting”), Dan was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and nuclear aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65 – yes, the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear aircraft carrier, and no, he does not glow in the dark; usually).  He also enjoys having three teenagers -- it's never boring!

Deborah S. Gibbon's Profile

Deborah S. Gibbon Related Seminars and Products

Gibbon Financial Consulting, LLC

Debbie Gibbon is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). She is a trained financial neutral and mediator with over 30 years of experience. Before starting her firm, she worked as a Tax Manager with Arthur Andersen and as a Senior Manager in the Valuation/Litigation Support practice at Bennett Thrasher. 

Debbie is the founding shareholder of Gibbon Financial Consulting, a firm dedicated to expert witness testimony, business valuation services and forensic accounting for family law cases. She has been qualified as an expert witness in multiple jurisdictions, assisted in numerous mediations, and is a frequent speaker for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Family Law Institute, the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar, and the Georgia Society of CPAs. Over her career she has provided counsel on hundreds of divorce cases for middle to high income couples. 

She grew up in Illinois, graduating cum laude from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting but after spending a winter working in Chicago headed to Georgia. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband of 38 years, her three grown sons, and her two-year-old granddaughter.

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Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Ms. Debra McDonald Finch's Profile

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Debra M Finch PC

Debra Finch has been practicing law in Athens and the surrounding communities since 1993. Her practice is limited to child advocacy and adoption law.  Debra serves on the board of Georgia Guardians ad Litem, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to creating statewide training opportunities and standards for Guardians ad Litem.  Debra is one of the founding organizers of the Western Judicial Circuit’s Access to Justice Initiative, providing free legal help to the underserved in her community. She is the former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Western Circuit Bar Association and is the current Secretary of the Western Circuit Bar Association. She is also an active member of the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers, an organization representing Georgia’s most accomplished adoption lawyers.  She is rated at the highest level of professional excellence – AV Preeminent – by her peers and members of the judiciary based on her legal abilities and ethical practices.

Christopher Beanland's Profile

Christopher Beanland Related Seminars and Products

Christopher "Beaner" Beanland is a graduate from Towson University with a B.S. degree in Computer Science.  Chris worked as a software engineer at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Edgewood Arsenal. Additionally, Chris was an IS II (Intelligence Special, Petty Officer second class) with the United States, Navy Reserves stationed at Navy Space Command, Dalhgren, Virginia. Chris EOD with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in January of 1995.  After succsessfully completing the FBI academy in Quantico, Virgina, Special Agent(SA), Christopher Beanland was assigned to the Atlanta Division, Rome Resident Agency (RA).  During his time at the Rome RA , SA Beanland worked any and all Federal violations in his nine county territory.  SA Beanland worked violent crimes (fugitives, bank robbery), white collar crimes(finacial institutional crimes), public coruption, drugs, kidnapping and parental kidnapping cases to name a few. During this time, SA Beanland became a member of the FBI Atlanta SWAT team as an operator. Additional certifications completed by SA Beanland are: FBI Firearms Instructor, FBI Defensive Tactics Instructor, Tactical Instructor and FBI Instructor Development Course (IDC)  certified.   Following the Sandy Hook Active Shooter critical incident, SA Beanland was one of fifty FBI Special Agents sent by the Obama White House to Austin, Texas, University of Texas to complete ALERRT "active shooter" training.  This was done to assist with training of local law enforcement officers nation wide.  SA Beanland was able to travel to much desired garden spots world wide to include but not limited to theater of wars in Bagdad, Iraq and Colombo, Sri Lanka. June 2005, Iraq,  SA Beanland was part of rotation thirteen to assist with preparing the Iraqi Tribunal for trial of the high value detainees.  SA Beanland took part in interviews with Ali Hassen Al-Majid (AKA Chemical Ali) and Tariq Aziz.  SA Beanland was a member of a team that traveled to Sri Lanka during that countries civil war with the Tamil Tigers.  The purpose of travel was for training and assisting the Sri Lanka National Police.  SA Beanland transfered to FBI Atlanta Headquarters where he took on the job of training coordinator and principle firearms instructor responsible for training and qualifing all FBI special agents in the State of Georgia.  SA Beanland retired from the FBI in 2016. He started his own business, Wolverine Consultants LLC as a Georgia certified private investigator and a process server.  Additionally, Chris continues to provide active shooter and situationall awareness training to civilians, local and national buisnesses. He also provides firearms training for civilians, VIP's and VIP protection as requested.  Chris is also a State of Georgia P.O.S.T. certified firearms instructor, deadly force instructor and a de-esculation instructor. Lastly, Chris is a technical advisor and armorer for the entertainment industry in Georgia and Pittsburgh, PA.   Chris currently lives in Altanta, Georgia with his wife, the honorable Supreme Court Justice, Shawn LaGrua.

Ms. Amanda Nichole Moulthrop's Profile

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Moulthrop Law LLC

Amanda Moulthrop spent the majority of her career as a civil and family law litigator with Legal Aid of Cobb County, serving as the director of their pro bono project, the Cobb Justice Foundation.   Amanda also spent time in private practice, providing legal representation and strategic advice to clients in a wide variety of civil matters, including employment, estate planning and probate litigation.   She is the founder of Moulthrop Law & Moulthrop Mediation,  where she focuses exclusively on guardian ad litem work in Cobb County, as well as domestic, general civil and probate mediations and arbitrations all over the metro area. 


Amanda’s background includes a B.S. in Social Science Education (cum laude) from the University of Georgia, where she studied to become a high school history teacher.   Amanda later attended the University of Georgia School of Law, where she graduated with honors.     


In addition to being a member of both the State Bar of Georgia and the Cobb Bar Association, where she has held key leadership positions, Amanda is a certified neutral and is registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, with a specialized certification in domestic mediation and domestic violence mediation.    She is also a Georgia certified arbitrator.  She served for several years as a Member at Large for the Board of Trustees of the Cobb Bar Association and is a founding member and past president of the Guardian ad Litem Section of the Cobb Bar Association.  She continues to serve on the executive board of the section in an advisory role.


Mckenzie Wren's Profile

Mckenzie Wren Related Seminars and Products

McKenzie Wren (she/her) is a skilled facilitator who believes that conversations about things that matter can heal our divided world by building bridges across differences. As Program Manager for SOJOURN, she helps synagogues, institutions and communities be more welcoming to all people - especially members of the LGBTQ+ communities. She is also an independent diversity, equity and inclusion consultant specializing in culture.  SInce 2015 she has been helping businesses, schools and nonprofits create culture on purpose: intentional culture that supports collaboration, authentic inclusion and belonging, and furthers equity.


McKenzie holds a BA from American University and an MPH from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, where she also taught a course on community engagement for three years.

Lodging Options

Omni Amelia Island Resort Hotel

39 Beach Lagoon Rd, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

Residence Inn Amelia Island

2301 Sadler Road Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

Courtesy room block is sold out. Rack rate rooms may be available.

Know Before You Go...

Family Law Institute, June 2-4, 2023


  • If you have an impairment or require any assistance, please email
  • Children are not permitted to attend ICLE programs. Please arrange for childcare prior to arrival.
  • Although a power charging station will be available, please arrive with all electronic devices fully charged.


  • WI-fi address and password: Family Law
  • Registration for the Institute will open on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 7:00 AM in the foyer of the Magnolia Ballroom.
  • Breakfast will be served on each day of the program from 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM.
  • First Timer’s Breakfast will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 7:15 AM – 8:45 AM in the Cumberland A Ballroom.
  • Discounted self-parking is $3/ night and discounted valet parking is $20/night.
  • Complimentary shuttle service is provided for those who have registered for the Andrew R. Pachman golf tournament on Friday, June 2, 2023. You may board the shuttle outside of the front lobby beginning at 1:00 PM.
  • The welcome reception will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Magnolia Garden.
  • The IAG Afterparty will be held Friday, June 2, 2023 from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM in the Magnolia Foyer.
  • Complimentary shuttle service is provided for those who have registered for the Tennis Tournament on Saturday, June 3, 2023. The courts are located at the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center, also known as Racquet Park. You may board the shuttle outside of the front lobby beginning at 1:00 PM.
  • The YLD reception will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2023 on the beach! (Oceanside Beach) at 2:00 PM.
  • The Family Law Section Reception will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 6:00 PM in the Magnolia Garden.
  • 10% Discount off Beach Rentals.
  • 10% Discount off spa services.
  • 15% Discount off Putt Putt.


Omni Amelia Island Resort

39 Beach Lagoon Rd, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034, United States
(888) 261-6161


The Following Activities Are Available As You Register:

If you change your mind or wish to register for one of these activities after you have completed registration you can sign up on the links under the "Related Products" tab

Welcome Reception
Date/Time: Fri, Jun 02, 2023 - 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Omni Amelia Island Resort 39 Beach Lagoon Rd Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Let us know you are coming by selecting the "Add-On Product" to RSVP for this event.

Andrew R. Pachman Memorial Golf Tournament
Date/Time: Fri, Jun 02, 2023 - 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Oak Marsh Golf Course, 39 Beach Lagoon Rd, Amelia Island, FL 32034

Ride the "Golf Shuttle" to the course from the Omni Amelia Island Resort.

Lunch and Greens fees covered by the player sign-up cost of this activity.

Golf club rental are a separate "add-on" item.

Single Player - Andrew R. Pachman Memorial Golf Tournament
Date/Time: Fri, Jun 02, 2023 - 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM (EDT)
Player Plus One - Andrew R. Pachman Memorial Golf Tournament
Date/Time: Fri, Jun 02, 2023 - 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM (EDT)

Inclusion Committee Luncheon
Date/Time: Sat, Jun 03, 2023 - 01:15 PM to 03:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Omni Amelia Island Resort 39 Beach Lagoon Rd Fernandina Beach,Florida 32034

There is a limit of 50 seats.

Let us know you are coming by selecting the "Add-On Product" to RSVP for this event.

YLD Beach Reception
Date/Time: Sat, Jun 03, 2023 - 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Omni Amelia Island Resort Beachfront

Please let us know you are coming by selecting the item in the "Add-On Products" list as you register for the program.

Family Law Section Reception
Date/Time: Sat, Jun 03, 2023 - 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Omni Amelia Island Resort 39 Beach Lagoon Rd Fernandina Beach,Florida 32034

Let us know you are coming by selecting the "Add-On Product" to RSVP for this event.

Tennis Round Robin
Date/Time: Sat, Jun 03, 2023 - 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM (EDT)


Location:  Cliff's Drysdale Tennis Center, also known as Racquet Park. Courts 1-4.

Participants can catch the shuttles from anywhere on property to the Tennis Facility.

Includes racquet rental and balls

Participants who play during the round robin will have access to the courts and rentals for the remainder of the day.

Important Information

Please be advised that your credit will not be reported to the State Bar of Georgia CLE Regulation Department until after you have completed the steps necessary to earn credit for that program. 

Self reporting is required for all other jurisdictions.

The information presented is solely for educational purposes. The opinions expressed by the faculty in their materials and presentations are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the State Bar of Georgia, its officers, directors and/or employees. The faculty is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional advice and these presentations and publications are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. All publications and presentations were created to serve the continuing legal education needs of practicing attorneys.

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