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Ms. Dawn Renee Smith

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.