Awards and Honors

Solomiany granted Fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

As stated by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers,

To be represented by a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law. The AAML Fellows across the United States are generally recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. Academy Fellows enjoy a reputation for professionalism, competence and integrity.

The Academy Fellows are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law. These areas include divorce, annulment, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, marital settlement agreements, child custody and visitation, business valuations, property valuations and division, alimony, child support and other family law issues.

For more information, visit the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers at

From the Offices of Kessler & Solomiany, LLC. – May, 2010

KS attorneys recognized as 2010 Georgia Super Lawyers

Randall Kessler Marvin SolomianySarah McCormackDennis CollardRachel ShockleyDavid Sarif

Randall Kessler selected as Top 100 Super Lawyer
Marvin Solomiany, Sarah McCormack, Dennis G. Collard, Rachel Shockley,
David Sarif and were selected as Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2010

KSS Lawyers Selected as Georgia Trend’s Elite 2009

We are proud to announce the following lawyers have been named by Georgia Trend on their list of Georgia’s Elite Lawyers for 2009:
Randall M. Kessler & Marvin L. Solomiany

Georgia Trend Legal Elite, 2003-present

legal elite

Legal Elite 2008

We are proud to announce the following lawyers have been named by Georgia Trend
on their list of Georgia’s Elite Lawyers:

Randall M. Kessler & Marvin L. Solomiany

AV Peer Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, October, 1995 to 2008

Randal Kessler – AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, October, 1995 to 2008

Solomiany 1 of 15 attorneys selected as “on the rise”

Marvin L. Solomiany

On The Rise: Marvin L. Solomiany
Colleagues praise his ethics and calm demeanor as he counsels the (sometimes) rich and famous through high-asset divorces, custody issues and pre-nups.
August 27, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Staff Reporter Meredith Hobbs

MARVIN SOLOMIANY, 34, has become a hot ticket for those involved in high-stakes divorces.
Solomiany—now managing partner of family law firm Kessler & Solomiany Family Law Attorneys – started working for the firm at age 23 after his first year at Emory University Law School.

At that time the firm had only two lawyers, founders Randall M. Kessler and Barry P. Schwarz. Today, it employs 11 lawyers and 10 paralegals.

Solomiany says he wasn’t interested in joining a big corporate firm like many of his classmates. “I wanted to go to a place where I could have a vested interest,” he says. “I figured if I worked hard and devoted time to it, we would be a success. Thank God, it worked out that way.”

He attributes his personal drive to his family’s extraordinary journey during the past century. To escape the Holocaust, his grandparents emigrated from Eastern Europe to Cuba. His parents, who were born in Cuba, “lost everything after Fidel [Castro] came,” he says. They emigrated to Puerto Rico in 1960, where he was born.

Even as a child, he recalls, he thought he’d be a lawyer. His father, who did not go to college and worked as a salesman, told his four sons that he didn’t want them to “carry luggage for a living,” he says. “I just absorbed that being a lawyer is good.” His three brothers are lawyers as well.

Solomiany handles prenuptial agreements, high-asset divorces and interstate child support and custody issues. Many divorce lawyers work with either husbands or wives, but his practice is evenly split between the two camps.

Because there are often children involved, divorce is not a zero sum game where one party wins if the other loses, says family lawyer Bruce R. Steinfeld.

For that reason, clients are not well served by an “aggressive scorched-earth approach,” says Steinfeld, even if that is what they want.

Instead, a good divorce lawyer tries to minimize the collateral damage by working out a divorce agreement that fosters an amicable post-divorce relationship “so it doesn’t screw up the kids,” he says.

Steinfeld, who was Solomiany’s opposing counsel in a contentious divorce case, says he does just that.

Emotions often run high during a divorce and a less-than-ethical lawyer might be tempted “to throw kerosene on the fire,” Steinfeld says. “The more animosity, the bigger the invoice.”

But Solomiany, he says, “was tenacious in trying to get his client to settle, even though it would have been more money if it went to trial.”

Solomiany’s willingness to acknowledge that he had a “problematic client” went a long way toward making a settlement happen, Steinfeld says.

When Steinfield deposed Solomiany’s client, it became apparent that the client had lied to his lawyer about his conduct. “Marvin took him outside and read him the riot act,” Steinfeld says, adding he did so in a calm and professional way.

“I’ve never seen him lose his temper,” Steinfeld says.

Catherine M. Knight, who also has had cases against Solomiany, says that when divorcing parties are at each other’s throats, a good working relationship between their attorneys is crucial; settling a fraught case can hinge on their willingness to negotiate behind the scenes.

She, like Steinfeld, praises Solomiany for his ethics and professionalism. His willingness to work with opposing counsel, the two say, helps settle cases that might escalate otherwise.

“A lot of people come in here wanting to spend tens of thousands of dollars fighting over tens of thousands of dollars,” says Solomiany. He says his job is to set their expectations and so they have a realistic understanding of what they can expect to receive. “If their expectations are unrealistic, they’re not going to settle,” he says.

Keeping clients in line takes maturity, especially when they are rich and, sometimes, famous. A number of Solomiany’s clients are professional athletes, musicians, chief executives and other high-profile types who are accustomed to being in charge.

“I am young, and I look young,” Solomiany acknowledges, but adds that his age stops being an issue once he’s met with the client. What they have to decide, he says, is “Do you trust this person? Do you understand what he’s telling you? And do you have faith in his ability to represent you?”

Knight adds that Solomiany is a tough litigator who’s ready and willing to go to court. She recently had a trial where the opposing spouse brought him in at the last minute to try the case. “He was very prepared. I was impressed with the level of work that he demanded of himself to get ready,” she said.

Atlanta Magazine Super Lawyer, 2003-present: Top 100 Lawyer 2007

Randal Kessler was again selected by Atlanta Magazine and Superlawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Georgia.

Kessler named One of Georgia’s Top Lawyer’s 2007

Randal Kessler named One of Georgia’s Top Lawyer’s for 2007 as published in Georgia Trend.

Kessler Honored by Young Lawyers Division of ABA for assistance during 2006-2007

Kessler Honored by Young Lawyers Division of ABA for assistance during 2006-2007