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Ms. Judy F. Davenport Sartain

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor

Judy Sartain was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1995 and presently has over 28 years of experience in and a passion for adoption cases of all types -- foreign, contested, same-sex couple, agency, relative and stepparent, third party independent, DFCS, and interstate (ICPC). She has finalized approximately 900 or so adoptions, including many contested adoptions in her career. Judy is a Fellow with the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys as well as a Fellow with the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers. She is a 2023 recipient of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute honor as an “Angel in Adoption”, joining several of her GCAL colleagues as fellow “Angels”.  At the urging of her late husband, Judy wrote and published a short handbook entitled “A Beginner’s Guide to Georgia Adoption Law” which was written with the adoptive parent and the general practitioner in mind.  The handbook was never intended to be an exhaustive reference book on the subject of adoption; that task is up James B. Outman!  It includes the updates to the code through July, 2020, and is available by request.  Her second book with a working title of “The Adventures of a Traveling Adoption Attorney” is in process and will tell some of the intriguing stories she has encountered in her years practicing adoption law. 

Judy can be reached at (770) 426-1148 or at  She has been with the firm of Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor since 2019 and is a Partner with the firm.

Judy has five children, two of whom are adopted.  She has lived in Georgia since 1981 and in Gainesville on Lake Lanier since 1994. She enjoys boating and traveling, especially to Destin, Florida and Jekyll Island, Georgia. An avid Georgia Bulldogs football fan, she admits to even barking on occasion.