Steven K. Kirson

Partner

Biography

Mr. Kirson was born in Detroit, Michigan, was raised in Connecticut, and after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1986, worked as a Human Resources professional for a major defense contractor in Connecticut with a broad range of responsibilities including employee benefits. He moved south and got out of the cold when he attended Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, where he graduated cum laude in 1992, the year he moved to Atlanta and was admitted to practice law in Georgia. Mr. Kirson practiced law with a national labor and employment firm where he had extensive alternate dispute resolution experience, and applies his experience to the employment and benefits issues affecting domestic relations cases, often involving mediation and as well as trial.

Before practicing family law, Mr. Kirson was a series 7 licensed financial advisor with PaineWebber, which was acquired by UBS. He returned to the practice of law in 2003 and has practiced exclusively family law since that time, applying his knowledge gained in the financial services industry to the practice of family law where financial assets are often a significant component of negotiations, settlement, mediation and trial. Mr. Kirson joined Kessler & Solomiany LLC in 2014.

Mr. Kirson enjoys a broad range of family law cases, involving not only divorce but also post-judgment modification and enforcement, custody and support matters, preparation of prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements as well as preparing qualified domestic relations orders (QDRO’s) to divide retirement plan accounts. Mr. Kirson has experience with high net worth cases, using his skills and providing insightful and candid advice to bring his client’s legal issues to satisfactory resolution as efficiently as possible. He often works on cases involving complex financial issues, including the valuation and division of business interests, stock option division, and matters involving doctors, accountants and other professionals in cases involving complex discovery and the use of expert witnesses. He never forgets that as a family law practitioner, his clients are often going through the most difficult period in their lives and guides them through the process to be in as good a position to move forward when the case is concluded as can be achieved under the circumstances of each case.

Mr. Kirson and his wife Amy have lived in Buckhead in the city of Atlanta since 1992. Their son Harris graduated from The Westminster Schools, where he played varsity baseball, before enrolling at the University of Georgia. Mr. Kirson enjoys films and is a member of the Evaluation Committee for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. He was the President of the Tulane Alumni Club of Atlanta from 1997—2007, and is currently a Member of the Board of the Cornell Alumni Association of Atlanta. He was a founding Board Member and Treasurer of the Wesley Bohler Neighborhood Association and volunteers with Atlanta Lab Rescue. Mr. Kirson’s family are avid sports fans and are devoted to their adult adopted shelter and rescue dogs.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Tulane University School of Law
  • B.S., Cornell University

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Selected Honors

  • Peer Review Rated as AV (highest possible, preeminent, designation) by Martindale-Hubbell for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability (Since 2013)
  • Top Lawyers of Georgia, Atlanta Magazine (Family Law), 2014 & 2015
  • Barrister, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, (2010 – Present)
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association – Family Law and Estate Planning and Probate Sections
  • Tulane Alumni Association, National Young Alumni Volunteer of the Year, 2001

Selected Articles and Presentations

  • NACVA Business Valuation Certification and Training, Guest Speaker, Atlanta training course, 2016
  • ICLE of Georgia, Growth Companies Legal and Business Considerations, “Helping Your Emerging Growth Company Survive a Key Shareholder/Member’s Divorce”, 2016
  • ICLE of Georgia, Fiduciary Law Institute, “What Trust & Estate Lawyers Need to Know about Family Law”, 2016.
    Guest Speaker, “Representing High Profile and High Net Worth Divorce Clients”, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, October 2015
  • Speaker, “What Every Trust & Estate Lawyer Needs to Know About Family Law”, Estate Planning and Probate Section, Atlanta Bar Association, October 2015
  • Guest Lecturer, Family Law, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, 2014 & 2015
  • Group Leader, Orientation on Professionalism, sponsored by State Bar of Georgia and Chief Justice’s Committee on Professionalism, Georgia State University College of Law, 2014
  • Speaker, Georgia Society of CPA’s Family Law Roundtable, “Division of Stock Options after Newman v. Patton and Case Law Update”, 2013
  • Co-Author with C. Wilbur Warner, Jr., “The Bounds of Professional Advocacy: A Discussion of Whether There Are
  • Limits—And If So, What Are Those Limits”, Annual Georgia Chapter, AAML Seminar, 2006
  • Editor and Co-Editor, Georgia Domestic Relations Forms, Lexis-Nexis, Edward E. Bates, Jr., 2003 – 2013
  • Co-author with John L. Collar, Jr., Divorce: Your Duties and Obligations, Presentation to Investment Management Consultant’s Association, 2004