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Dennis G. Collard


Dennis Collard

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Mr. Collard specializes in litigation and mediation of family law cases involving complex financial issues, including separate and premarital property analysis, significant alimony and child support claims, valuation and division of business interests, and extensive discovery, including the use of financial and other expert witnesses. His cases often involve corporate officers, business owners, and professionals such as physicians and attorneys. He has a deep understanding of how to approach difficult divorce litigation and handles each case with care and attention to detail. Mr. Collard began his legal career at the law firm Holland & Knight LLP, after which he specialized in family law as a partner at two of the most prestigious family law firms in Atlanta. He is an honors graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and a teaching assistant in the trial practice program. His internships emphasized trial advocacy. Before entering law school, Mr. Collard served as a police officer.

Mr. Collard is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell's peer and judicial review process. For seven consecutive years, he has been recognized as one of the top family law attorneys in Atlanta Magazine's annual Super Lawyer edition.

Mr. Collard is a registered neutral (mediator) with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and a certified Collaborative Law attorney. He has litigated cases throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area, including presentation of oral arguments before the Supreme Court of Georgia. He has also represented the interests of children as a court appointed guardian ad litem in contentious child custody litigation.

Mr. Collard regularly teaches classes for attorneys and law students and has been quoted about family law matters by CNN.com, National Public Radio, the Fulton County Daily Report, WSB-TV and Creative Loafing.

Areas of Practice:

Family Law
Mediation

Litigation:

80%

Bar Admissions:

Georgia, 2001
Florida, 2002
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2005
Supreme Court of Georgia, 2002

Education:

Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, FL
   J.D. - 2001
   Honors: cum laude
   Law Review: Florida State University Law Review, Member, 1999 - 2001

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
   B.S. - 1995
   Honors: cum laude, Dean's List
   Major: Criminology

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, Registered Mediator, 2015
Collaborative Institute of Georgia, Collaborative Attorney, 2016
Fulton County Superior Court, Guardian Ad Litem, 2011 - present

Past Employment Positions:

Kessler & Solomiany, LLC, Partner, 2007 - 2016
Warner, Mayoue, Bates & Nolen, PC, Partner, 2003-2007
Holland & Knight, LLP, Associate, 2001 - 2003
Pensacola Police Department, Police Officer, 1996 - 1998
Leon County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Sheriff, 1994 - 1996

Pro Bono Activities:

Fulton County (Georgia) Superior Court Family Division Pro Bono Guardian Ad Litem, 2010
Direct representation of family law litigants in metropolitan Atlanta counties, 2003

Classes and Seminars:

Same Sex Legal Issues, Georgia Inst. of Continuing Legal Education, 2012 - 2016
Winning Settlement Strategies, Georgia Inst. of Continuing Legal Education, 2016
Guest Lecturer, Georgia State University College of Law, 2016
Speaker, "Winning Settlement Strategies," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 2012
Guest Lecturer, John Marshall Law School, Family Law, 2012, 2015
Speaker and Panel Moderator, "29th Annual Family Law Institute," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georiga, 2011
Faculty Member, "Family Law from A-Z," National Business Institute, 2008

Honors and Awards:

Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell judicial and peer review process, 2014
Super Lawyer, Atlanta Magazine "Super Lawyer" edition, 2014 - 2016
Rising Star (in area of family law), Atlanta Magazine "Super Lawyer" edition, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Holland & Knight LLP "Pro Bono Champ," 2002

Publications:

Third Party Blame - Novel and Expanding Claims, The Family Advocate, Vol. 24 No. 4, 2005

 Representative Cases:

Newman v. Newman, 291 Ga. 635, Supreme Court of Georgia, 2012
Sides v. Sides, 290 Ga. 68, Supreme Court of Georgia, 2011
In the interest of J.N., et al., children, 302 Ga. App. 631, Supreme Court of Georgia, 2010
In the interest of J.E.T. et al., children, 269 Ga. App. 567, 2004