Rachel has been practicing family law since 1996, representing husbands, wives, mothers, and fathers across the greater metropolitan Atlanta area and in surrounding counties, e.g. Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, Pickens, Clayton, Hall and Coweta Counties.

In addition to representing clients in divorce, custody, paternity, legitimation, contempt, adoption and other domestic relations actions, Rachel serves as a Child Advocate and independent Guardian ad Litem. In the latter capacity, she represents the interests of children in dependency (abuse and neglect) cases.

Rachel is also a registered mediator in the State of Georgia, certified in the areas of civil, domestic relations, domestic violence, dependency, and delinquency (juvenile) mediation.

Rachel is an accessible, empathetic and tireless advocate, whether representing a dependent child, a father seeking to legitimate his son, a wife seeking an order of protection, a mother wanting to establish paternity, or a stepparent wanting to adopt his or her spouse’s child. Rachel works diligently to find creative, viable solutions to complex cases.

While a strong proponent of alternate dispute resolution processes and collaborative dealing generally, when necessary to safeguard the rights or meet the individual needs of her clients, Rachel will prepare for trial with the same zealous and thoughtful advocacy with which she approaches avenues for settlement.

  • Education
    • Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1995
    • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Psychology, Minor Philosophy, 1988
  • Bar Admissions
    • Georgia Court of Appeals, 2002
    • United States District Court, 1999
    • Superior Court of Georgia, 1996
  • Specialized Training and Certifications
    • Dependency Mediation, Justice Center of Atlanta and Atlanta Divorce Mediators, Inc., July 2010
    • Delinquency Mediation, Justice Center of Atlanta and Atlanta Divorce Mediators, Inc., June 2010
    • Divorce and Family Mediation Training for Professionals, Justice Center of Atlanta, Inc. and Atlanta Divorce Mediators, Inc., January 2010
    • Basic Skills (Civil) Mediation Training, Justice Center of Atlanta, November 2009
    • Collaborative law Training, February 2008
    • One Child-One Lawyer, Attorney Ad Litem Training, AVLF, 2005
    • Guardian Ad Litem Training, AVLF, 2001
  • Professional Recognition
  • Professional Membership/Community Service
    • Member, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
    • Member, Georgia Association of Counsel for Children, 2010 – Present
    • Registered Neutral, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution 2010 – Present
    • Member, Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia, 2008 – Present
    • Member, Georgia Bar Association, Family Law Section, Child Advocacy Section, Dispute Resolution Section
    • Life Long Fellow, Atlanta Bar Association
    • Committee Member, 2009 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Annual Taste of the Highlands
    • Committee Member, 2008 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Annual Taste of the Highlands
    • Patron Sponsor, 2007 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta John’s Creek Derby Day Event
    • Sponsor, 2007 Annual Bench & Bar Dinner and Reception Honoring DeKalb Judiciary
    • Past Editorial Board Member, DeKalb Bar Association News
    • Past Editorial Board Member, Atlanta Bar Association
    • Past Associate Editor, The Family Lawyer
    • Silver Level Sponsor, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia – May 22-24, 2014
  • Professional Publications
    • Jurisprudential Diaries: The Bill of Rights: The DeKalb Bar Association News, October 2010
    • A Nation Divided: The Role Lawyers Should Play In Its Healing: The DeKalb Bar Association News, March 2010
    • Ask the Barrister: Stepparent Adoptions and Parental Consent: The DeKalb Bar Association News, February 2010
    • A New Juvenile Code: The Purpose and Status of Senate Bill 292: A Statewide Coalition Garners Bipartisan Support, The DeKalb Bar Association News, December 2009
    • Ask the Barrister: When is a Strip Search Legal in High School: The DeKalb Bar Association News, November 2009
    • Ask the Barrister: Is Civility Incompatible with Advocacy, The DeKalb Bar Association News, October 2009
    • What Tort Reform Means to Georgians; The DeKalb Bar Association News, October 2009
    • Ask the Barrister: How on Earth Does One Prove A Hypothetical, The DeKalb Bar Association News, September 2009
    • Life, Property, and Quasi-Liberty, The DeKalb Bar Association News, January 2009
    • The Evolution of Antediluvian Law: Family Immunity in Tort, The DeKalb Bar Association News, December 2008
    • A More Urbane Style: A Plea for Plainly Written Pleadings, The DeKalb Bar Association News, March 2008
    • Are We Witnessing The Erosion Of Georgia’s Separate Property Distinction, The Georgia Bar Journal, August 2007
    • Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Reaching New Pro Bono Heights and Climbing to Greatness, DeKalb Bar Association News, April 2007
    • Emotions Soar Over Georgia’s New Child Support Support Guidelines, DeKalb Bar Association News, February 2006
    • DeKalb Declares War on Truancy, DeKalb Bar Association News, January 2006
    • Children Are Denied the Same Legal Protection Adults, DeKalb Bar Association News, December 2005
    • A Miscarriage of Juvenile Justice: The Implications of Trying Adolescent Offenders in Superior Court, DeKalb Bar Association News, November 2005
    • Chief Justice Leah Sears: A Profile of Georgia’s First Lady, The Atlanta Lawyer, July 2005
    • Do Your Homework Before Seeking To Remove or Discredit An Expert, The Family Lawyer, June 2005
    • Another Kind of Child Abuse, The Family Lawyer, November 2002
    • When Civil Turns Criminal, The Family Lawyer, October 2002
    • When Therapy Should Be Considered: An Interview with Dr. Elizabeth King, The Family Lawyer, February 2002
    • Beyond the Call, The Family Lawyer, September 2001