Dawn R. Smith

Top rated family law attorney in Tucker, Georgia

Smith & Files LLC
Dawn R. Smith
Smith & Files LLC

Practice Areas: Family law, Schools & education; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1990

Education: Georgia State University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023

Smith & Files LLC

3554 Habersham at Northlake Rd
Building H
Tucker, GA 30084 Visit website


A co-founder of Smith and Files, LLC, Dawn R. Smith focuses her practice primarily on family law. Located in Decatur, Georgia, she provides representation to residents throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan area who are contemplating or going through a divorce and who thus need to deal with related matters such as the division of complex assets and debts, child support, alimony, and child custody and visitation. Ms. Smith has often been appointed as guardian ad litem for children in custody and other family law litigation, and she is a certified mediator and arbitrator.

Other family law matters that Ms. Smith has experience in include paternity disputes, fathers' rights, adoptions, and the preparation and review of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She also helps obtain protective orders for clients who have become the victim of domestic violence. In addition to family law, Ms. Smith has a background in special education, representing parents of disabled children in matters involving Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Her successful track record and high degree of ethics have earned her a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating from Avvo.

As an undergraduate, Ms. Smith attended North Carolina State University, where she majored in business administration and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. She then pursued her legal education at Georgia State University College of Law, where she was a member of the Georgia State University Law Review before being awarded her Juris Doctor cum laude in 1989. After graduation, Ms. Smith served a clerkship with a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia before entering private practice. She is a fellow of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Practice areas

Family law, Schools & education

Focus areas

Adoption, Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Divorce, Domestic violence, Name change, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law, Father's rights, Education

  • 90% Family law
  • 10% Schools & education

First Admitted: 1990, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.smithfileslaw.com/dt_team/dawn-smith/

  • Style Editor, Georgia State Law Review
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Georgia Bar, Family Law Section, Member
  • Atlanta and DeKalb County Bar Associations, Member
  • Board of Directors, Family Law Section, Atlanta Bar Association 
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Member
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Past President
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Member
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Board of Director
  • President Board of Directors, DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation , 2020
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Arbitrator and Mediator
Educational Background:
  • North Carolina State University, BA Business Management, 1985
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Ethics & Professionalism Subcommittee of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Cool Girls, Inc., Founder
  • Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Member
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Deputy Director
  • Emmaus House, Advisory Board
  • Leadership Atlanta, Graduate
  • Autism Society of America, Board of the Greater Georgia Chapter
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter, Guardian Ad Litem Training , Atlanta Bar Association, 2013
  • Georgia Psychological Association – Custody Evaluator Training – December 2009 – Lecturer
  • Program Chair and Lecturer, Guardian ad Litem Training, Atlanta Bar Association, 2010
  • Fulton County Superior Court, Family Division, Guardian ad Litem Training for GeorgiaAssociation of Black Female Lawyers – June 2007 – Program Chair and Lecturer
  • Presenter, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Lorman, 2003
  • 10th Judicial Circuit, Guardian ad Litem Training – Program Chair and Lecturer – 2007,
  • Presenter, Special Education Law , National Business Institute, 2002
  • ICLE Georgia – School and College Law, Special Needs Trusts, Due Process Hearings, Administrative Law – Lecturer – 2005, 2004
  • Presenter, Bringing Georgia Special Education Law into Focus, MEDS/PDN, 2004
  • Marcus Institute – Update on IDEA – Lecturer- 2005
  • Presenter, IDEA Changes in a Nutshell, ICLE Georgia, 2005
  • Lorman Education Services – Asperger’s Syndrome, Family Education Rights and Privacy – Lecturer – 2003, 2005
  • Presenter , Compensatory Education , Council Of Parent Attorneys And Advocates, 2010
  • Fulton County Juvenile Court – Discipline and Special Needs – Lecturer – 2001
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates – Advanced Advocate Training, ADHD, Compensatory Servicers, Transition – Lecturer – 2003, 2005, 2008
  • Presenter , Family Law for the Low Income Client , Atlanta Bar Association, 2010
  • Trainer, New Attorney Training, Council Of Parent Attorneys And Advocates 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Presenter , Domestic Violence Law , Atlanta Bar Association, 2009
  • Writer, Guardian ad Litem Manual, 2010
  • Co-Author, Georgia School Law Manual , 2004
  • Program Chair and Lecturer , Guardian ad Litem Training , Atlanta Bar Association, 2009
  • Program Chair and Lecturer , Guardian ad Litem Training, Atlanta Bar Association, 2008
  • Program Chair and Lecturer, Guardian ad Litem Training , Atlanta Bar Association, 2007
  • Presenter, Guardian Ad Litem Training, Atlanta Bar Association, 2012
  • Presenter,  Effective Use of Guardian ad Litems and the Emergence of Parenting Coodinators, Georgia Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2011
  • Speaker, Third Party Custody Actions , Georgia Superior Court Judges Winter Conference, 2017
  • Presenter, Fertile Ground: Cross Examination and Direct of Custody Evaluator , Georgia Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2013
  • Speaker, Sexual Abuse Allegations and Custody , Georgia Superior Court Judges Winter Conference, 2016
  • 2014 Family Law Institute, Presenter, Special Needs/Special Education in Custody and Support Cases, Family Law Institute, 2014
  • Pro Bono March Madness 2014, Presenter, Volunteer Guardians ad Litem, Atlanta Bar Associaition, 2014
  • Georgia Superior Court Judges Summer Conference & Educational Sessions "Substance Abuse and Custody" July 27-30, 2015
  • Speaker, Substance Abuse and Parenting, Georgia Superior Court Judges Winter Conference, 2015
  • Speaker, Special Education and Custody, Georgia Superior Court Judges Summer Conference, 2015
  • Presenter, Substance Abuse and Parenting, Association Of Family And Conciliatory Courts Annual Conference, 2015
  • Tropical Seminar "Impact of Cheating and Drinking in Family Law, Does it Really Matter?" February 12-14, 2015
  • ICLE Special Needs Trust "Special Education Law Basics" February 11, 2015, State Bar of Georgia Conference Center, Atlanta
  • Council of Superior Court Judges 2015 Winter Conference “Special Needs, Special Education in Custody and Support” January 21, 2015, Athens, GA
  • Cobb County Bar Association – Guardian ad Litem Training – Ethics and the GAL – Lecturer – 2013
  • Georgia Bar Association, Family Law Section – Nuts and Bolts of Family Law – Lecturer – 2012
  • National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder - Legal Issues for Families – Lecturer – 2012
  • Founder’s Award, Cool Girls Inc, 2014
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Georgia
  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite Top Lawyers, Georgia Trend Magazine
  • Volunteer of the Year , Atlanta Legal Aid Society, 2016
  • Super Lawyers® list of Top 50 Women in Georgia
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Dawn hosts a weekly podcast with Kristen Files, Esq. focusing on family crisis and parenting.  Untying the Knots can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play and all other podcast platforms.  , 2020
Industry Groups:
  • American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers

Office location for Dawn R. Smith

3554 Habersham at Northlake Rd
Building H
Tucker, GA 30084

Phone: 404-909-8300

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