Austin R.C. Buerlein

Austin R.C. Buerlein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Marietta, GA

Browning & Smith, LLC
 | 31 Atlanta Street, Suite 201
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 770-424-1500
Fax: 770-424-1740
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Austin's practice has concentrated primarily in the area of Divorce & Family Law, with an emphasis on high net worth and complex divorce matters. He has successfully represented over 1,000 clients in divorce and family law matters, and has tried over 300 hearings in various courtrooms throughout the state of Georgia. His clients have included professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, business executives, business owners, commissioned salesman, entrepreneurs, pilots, brokers, teachers, stay-at-home mothers and homemakers, and individuals from virtually all walks of life.

He is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section, the Atlanta Bar Family Law Section, and the Cobb & Gwinnett County Family Law Sections, and has been a featured author in the area of divorce and family law in various publications, including “The Family Law Review,” “The Annual Family Law CLE Handbook,” “The Judges Bulletin,” among others, as well as has been a featured speaker at various symposiums in this area. Austin has also earned various recognitions, including selections as "Top 40 under 40 in Matrimonial Law" by National Advocates, "Top 20 under 40 in Atlanta" by ACN, and a "Rising Star" by Atlanta Magazine & Georgia Super Lawyers. Austin has also been an elected Barrister in the Family Law Inns of Court (by other family law attorneys and judges) since 2014.

Prior to joining Browning & Smith, Austin started and chaired a Family Law practice at the mid-size firm Rutherford & Christie, as well as worked on the firm’s commercial litigation team representing various corporate clients, including ones with international presence, such as Delta Air Lines and Chick-fil-A, in various complex litigation matters. Prior to R&C, Austin worked as an attorney at the Ordway Law Group, and at the law firm of Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C., where he concentrated almost exclusively in the area of Divorce & Family Law. His experience also includes working as a Summer Associate for Bank of America’s Global Legal Department, an Assistant in the Family Law group at Lawler, Tanner, Zitron & Pachman, P.C., and an Assistant in business development area at Troutman Sanders.

About Austin Buerlein

Admitted: 2008, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


  • Top 20 Under 40 in Atlanta; A.C.N., 2013
  • "Rising Star;" Super Lawyers; 2015-Current
  • Top 40 Under 40 in Matrimonial Law; The National Advocates; 2015 - Current
  • Barrister, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inns of Court; 2014 - Current
  • Frequently featured Author and Lecturer throughout the State in the area of Family Law; 2008 - Current

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Charles Weltner Longstreet Family Law Inn of Court
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Gwinnett Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Cobb Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • SPEAKER - Cobb Bar Family Law Section Annual CLE; "Child Support Trends and Hot Tips", 2017
  • PRESENTER/SPEAKER - Family Law Inns of Court presentation (to over 40 lawyers & judges); “Updates on Grandparent and Third-Party Custody Claims in Georgia" , 2016
  • SPEAKER - Annual Family Law Institute; “Effective Use of Trial Briefs in Family Law Trials", 2016
  • SPEAKER - Stafford CLE (presentation to over 300 lawyers from across the country); "Evidentiary Challenges in a Divorce Case: from Writings & Photos, to Text Messages and Social Media" , 2014
  • AUTHOR - "Sullivan v. Sullivan: An Example of Treatment of Appreciation in Value of Pre-Marital Stock in a Closely-Held Business;" B.S. Blogs, 2014
  • SPEAKER - “Successful Trial Practice” CLE (presentation to over 100 lawyers); "Q & A Panel", 2013
  • SPEAKER/LECTURER - The John Marshall Law School; “How to Lay Foundation of Evidence at Trial” , 2012
  • AUTHOR - The Family Law Review (statewide publication of Georgia Bar); "TPOS: A Potential Way to Cure that Alienation' of Affection by your Citizen Spouse" , 2010
  • AUTHOR - Gwinnett Bar Association Newsletter; "The Default Status of Alimony, post Rivera v. Rivera", 2009
  • CO-AUTHOR - Annual Family Law Institute Handbook; "The Admissibility of Polygraph Examinations in Conjunction with Already Scheduled Depositions" , 2008
  • AUTHOR - The Family Law Review (statewide publication of Georgia Bar); "Interview with Judge William Ray" , 2008
  • AUTHOR -  The Judges Bulletin; "Time Requirements for Motions" , 2007
  • AUTHOR - Gwinnett Bar Association Newsletter; "Give an Inch, Lose a Yard; the Implications of Lerch v. Lerch Case in Divorce Litigation" , 2007
  • AUTHOR -  The Family Law Review (statewise publication of Georgia Bar); "Interview with Judge Michael Clark and Staff Attorney Greg Lundy", 2007

Educational Background:

  • John Marshall Law School, 2008
  • James Madison University, 2001
  • University of Innsbruck (Study Abroad Program), 2000
Office Location for Austin R.C. Buerlein

31 Atlanta Street
Suite 201
Marietta, GA 30060

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Last Updated: 9/27/2018

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