Mary B. Galardi

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Galardi Law
 | 1418 Dresden Drive, Suite 240
Atlanta, GA 30319
Phone: 678-235-9628
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (80%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
Attorney Profile

Mary B. Galardi is the principal of Galardi Law in Atlanta, Georgia. Mary practices business, estate planning and probate law, representing clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area including Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

After graduating cum laude from Texas Tech University, Mary earned her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is admitted to practice in both Georgia and Texas as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mary is a Fellow in The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).*

Mary is rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible, by the attorney peer-review organization Martindale-Hubbell and has an extensive foundation of experience thanks to her roles in a variety of Georgia-based legal organizations. In addition to her Martindale-Hubbell rating, she was named one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers in the State of Georgia” several years in a row by Atlanta Magazine.

Throughout her legal career, Mary has lectured on business and estate planning topics for a variety of groups and individuals, including at the Georgia Bar Fiduciary Law Institute. She has also authored articles for publications such as the American Business Women’s Association newsletter and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.

Active in various professional and community organizations, Mary has been a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, the American Bar Association and the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. She also volunteers with Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and has served roles within the Boys and Girls Clubs of Gwinnett County.

*ACTEC members are elected to the College by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Membership in ACTEC is by election of the regents of the College. Individual lawyers meeting the criteria for membership are nominated for membership by fellows of the College, and subjected to careful review by both state and national membership selection committees, prior to consideration by the regents of the College. Applications for membership by members of the bar are not accepted by the College.

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 

 
Practice Areas

Estate Planning & Probate (80%)
Business/Corporate (20%)

Estate Planning & Probate (80%): Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About Mary Galardi

Admitted: 1994, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://galardilaw.com/team-members/mary-galardi/

Honors/Awards:

  • Chosen by peers as a Georgia Super Lawyer in the area of Estate Planning by Atlanta Magazine every year since 2006
  • Awarded the 2006 Woman of the Year Award of the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors
  • Chosen as one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in the State of Georgia 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 through 2016 by Atlanta Magazine
  • “AV”® Preeminent rating by MARTINDALE Hubbell
  • Chosen as one of Georgia Trend’s 2012, 2015 and 2016 Legal Elite

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section, Board of Directors, 1999 - 2000
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Representative-At-Large – State Executive Board, 2002 - 2005
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1994
  • State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Section, Secretary, 2015 - 2016
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section, Member, 1997 - Present
  • National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, Women’s Bar Leadership Summit 2004 – “The Secrets of Our Success,” Chair
  • United States Supreme Court
  • State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Section, Vice Chair, 2016 - 2017
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Elder Law Committee, Chair, 1999 - 2000
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Chair, 2011 - 2012
  • National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, Board of Directors, 2002 - 2006
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council
  • State Bar of Texas, 1994
  • American Bar Association, Real Property and Estate Planning Section, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section, Board of Directors, 2005 - 2013

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Board of Advisors, 2008 - 2010
  • Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Gwinnett County, Secretary, 2005 - 2011
  • Pro Bono Volunteer, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
  • Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Gwinnett County, Board of Directors, 2001 - 2011
  • National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, Vice-President of Fundraising, 2004 - 2005
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church, Norcross, President—Congregational Council, 2004
  • Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Gwinnett County, Public Relations Chair, 2002 - 2004

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • The Road to Independence, 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms; Commission on Women in the Profession, American Bar Association; 2011
  • Establishing a Successful Solo Practice; Thomason Reuters/Aspatore; 2011
  • “Essential Estate Planning Documents” Women in Insurance & Financial Services National Quarterly Publication, Summer 2001
  • “Basic Estate Planning Needs” American Business Women’s Association Newsletter, March 1999
  • “Managing an Estate Planning Practice” presented to the Institute for Continuing Legal Education Basic Fiduciary Practice; March 2016 and October 2016
  • “Engagement Letters for Lawyers” presented to the Institute for Continuing Legal Education Basic Fiduciary Practice; March 201
  • “Interplay between Family Law and Estate Planning” presented to the Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section; September 2014
  • “Avoiding Estate Planning Regrets” presented to the 58th Annual Estate Planning Institute of the State Bar of Georgia, Athens; February 2013 and the Atlanta Bar Estate Planning and Probate Section; January 2014
  • “Probate Tips for Financial Planners from Lawyers and Judges” presented to Financial Planners Association of Georgia; June 2011
  • “Practice Tips for Attorneys in Probate Court” Moderated panel discussion of probate judges presented for the Fiduciary Law Institute of the State Bar of Georgia, St. Simon’s Island; July 2010
  • Guest Lecturer, Emory University; April 2010
  • “Probate Tips Panel” presented for the Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section; October 2008 and January 2010
  • “Probate: Perils, Props and Tips I Wish I’d Known” presented for the 53rd Annual Estate Planning Institute of the State Bar of Georgia, Athens; February 2008
  • “Secrets of my Success” Panel Discussion presented to Women in Insurance & Financial Services, Atlanta Chapter; November 2007
  • Guest Lecturer, John Marshall School of Law; October 2007
  • “Estate Planning Topics” presented to employees of the CDC; October 2007
  • “Estate Planning for the Executive” presented to Kettering Career Network; August 2006
  • “Marketing to Professionals” presented to Women in Insurance & Financial Services, Atlanta Chapter; February 2006
  • “Practical Ethics: Avoiding Client and Beneficiary Conflicts—Panel Discussion” presented for the Fiduciary Law Institute of the State Bar of Georgia, St. Simon’s Island; July 2004
  • “The Basics of Drafting Wills and Trusts in Georgia” presented for Lorman Education Services, Atlanta, Georgia; January 2003
  • “Choosing a Business Entity” presented to Georgia Women Entrepreneurs Conference, Columbus, Georgia; April 2002
  • “Investing and Giving in a Recession” presented to Financial Advisors Seminar, Gwinnett Community Foundation; October 2001

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2017

Educational Background:

  • Oxford University, Oxford, England, Institute on International and Comparative Law, Summer 1992
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, B.S., cum laude, 1980
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Office Location for Mary B. Galardi

1418 Dresden Drive
Suite 240
Atlanta, GA 30319

Phone: 678-235-9628

 

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Last Updated: 10/3/2018

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