Brooke M. French Family Lawyer

Brooke M. French

Partner

Biography

Brooke M. French represents clients in all aspects of domestic relations litigation, including divorce, separate maintenance, child custody and support modifications, contempt, post-divorce modification and enforcement, family violence, paternity, legitimation, and prenuptial agreements. Brooke understands the stress that couples encounter in divorce and she navigates her clients through this process as efficiently as possible.

She takes a special interest in protecting children and maintaining stability in their lives as the family structure changes. Children’s needs are sometimes inadvertently overshadowed when parents are struggling, and Brooke makes a special effort to educate her clients about the impact their decisions will have on children. The mother of two young children, she has focused on the needs of children in divorce throughout her career. She is trained as a guardian ad litem and is on the list of preferred attorneys for these matters in Fulton and Cobb counties. She writes frequently about custody issues and other family law developments.

Brooke strongly believes mediation is the best option for resolution in the majority of family law cases – particularly those in which children of any age are involved. She completed 100 hours of Civil Mediation and Divorce and Family Mediation training, and is a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.

Brooke is originally from Massachusetts, but she has called Georgia home for the last 16 years. She is an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan, and enjoys spending time with her husband, two young daughters and their rescued border collie mix.

Education

  • Union College, Schenectady, NY; B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, 2000
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2003

Bar Admissions

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

Selected Honors

  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite for 2017
  • Georgia Super Lawyer, 2015, 2016 & 2017
  • Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40 in Georgia for 2017
  • Treasurer, Charles Weltner Family Law Inn of Court (2018 – present)
  • Atlanta Bar Association, CLE Board of Trustees: Chair for 2018-2019
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Law Student Outreach Committee (2017 – present)
  • Atlanta Bar Association, CLE Board of Trustees: Vice Chair/ Chair Elect for 2017-2018
  • Atlanta Bar Association, CLE Board of Trustees (2016 – Present)
  • Barrister, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court (2014 – Present)

Selected Articles and Presentations

  • Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 39th Annual Spring Conference – Speaker, May 2018
  • Atlanta Bar Association CLE “Developing Lawyers Series, Part II” – Moderator, April 2018
  • Charles Longstreet Weltner Inn of Court “Ask the Judges – Attorney’s Fees” Co-Presenter, 2018
  • Atlanta Bar Association CLE “Developing Lawyers Series, Part I” – Presenter on Clearing the Clutter, February 2018
  • Atlanta Bar Association CLE “But You Said You’re a Lawyer?” – Presenter on Family Law Panel 2017
  • WSB TV, Legal Analyst, March 13, 2017
  • WSB TV, Legal Analyst, March 9, 2017
  • Atlanta Bar Association, CLE by the Hour, Speaker on Social Media Revolution: Ethical Implications for the Use of Social Media Platforms (February 2017)
  • Lets Talk Sex Podcast EPISODE 15 – Your Relationship and the Law: What You Need to Know
  • “Family Law for the Family Therapist” – Speaker, Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, November 2016
  • Atlanta Bar Association CLE “But You Said You’re a Lawyer?” – Presenter on Family Law Panel 2016
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Young(er) Lawyers Law Practice Management Series – Speaker on Getting and Staying Organized, October 2016
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Young(er) Lawyers Law Practice Management Series – Moderator, September 2016
  • “Buying After Divorce: 4 Things Your Clients Should Know,” http://blog.rismedia.com/2016/after-divorce/ RIS Media’s housecall, September 9, 2016
  • “Preserving a Business When the Owners Divorce,” Family Lawyer Magazine, August 4, 2016
  • Atlanta Paralegal Association, Inc., Presenter on Family Law, 2016
  • “Managing Your Finances When You’re Separated,” U.S. News and World Report, May 27, 2016
  • Visions Anew – Divorce Survival Weekend, Presenter on Mediation, 2016
  • “When a Partner Divorces,” Accounting and Financial Planning in Law Firms (LJN), February 2016
  • Georgia Family Law Practice Guide, Third Edition, 2016
  • “Interview of Judge C. LaTain Kell,” The Cobb Family Law Quarterly, January 2016
  • Charles Longstreet Weltner Inn of Court “Ask the Judges – Alimony and Equitable Division” Co-Moderator, 2015
  • 2015 Statewide Child Support Conference, Presenter on Social Media, 2015
  • “Your Kids Deserve the Best Custody Schedule,” Solo Parent Magazine, July 2015
  • “Helping Kids Cope with a Post-Divorce Move,” Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionThe Charlotte ObserverThe Detroit Free-PressThe (South Florida) Sun Sentinel, 2015
  • “The Role of Grandparents During Divorce,” The Family Lawyer, 2014
  • The Dangers of Social Media and Divorce,” The Cobb Family Law Quarterly, 2014
  • “Common Issues Franchisors Face When Franchisees Divorce,” Franchising, Business & Law Alert (LJN), 2014
  • “The Dangers of Social Media in a Divorce Battle,” Hope After Divorce, 2014
  • Georgia Family Law Practice Guide, Second Edition, 2014
  • Georgia Family Law Practice Guide, 2013
  • Visions Anew – Divorce Survival Weekend, Presenter on Mediation, 2013