Dennis G. CollardAtlanta Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Education

Florida State University College of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude
Florida State University
Bachelor of Science, cum laude

Background

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

Mr. Collard began his legal career at the Am Law top 100 firm Holland & Knight LLP, after which he became 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 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.

Mr. Collard is a registered neutral (mediator and arbitrator) with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and a certified Collaborative Law attorney. He also represents the interests of children as a court appointed guardian ad litem in contentious child custody litigation.

There are many critical moving parts in family law cases and there is much at stake. In selecting an attorney, there is no substitute for experience. Mr. Collard dedicates his practice exclusively to family law and offers knowledge that only comes from years of diligently and thoroughly handling the many complexities of litigation, from discovery to mediation to trial.

Practice Philosophy

Mr. Collard is settlement minded and most of his cases reach a fully informed, satisfactory agreement. He understands, however, that fair and equitable settlements are the result of thorough preparation and a willingness to take the case to trial if necessary. To that end, Mr. Collard performs cost effective due diligence, offers frank and candid advice to his clients, and works to avoid useless and expensive posturing and distractions. Mr. Collard believes that clients benefit most from a calm, dignified and methodical approach to litigation and a civilized working relationship with the opposing attorney.

Honors, Articles and Presentations

  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbel’s peer and judicial review process
  • Named “Super Lawyer” in the area of family law, Atlanta Magazine’s  Super Lawyer edition, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Named, “Georgia Rising Star” in the area of family law, Atlanta Magazine, Super Lawyer edition, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Co-chair and speaker, Same Sex Legal Issues seminar, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia
  • Guest Lecturer, Georgia State University College of Law, 2016
  • Speaker, Winning Settlement Strategies seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 2012, 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, John Marshall Law School, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Speaker, After Marriage symposium, Florida State University College of Law, 2014
  • Contributor, Library of Georgia: Family Law Forms, Daily Report Books, 2011
  • Featured, Fulton County Daily Report, New Partners 2011, February 21, 2011 issue
  • Speaker and panel moderator, 29th Annual Family Law Institute, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 2011
  • Faculty member, Family Law from A-Z, National Business Institute; 2009
  • Co-author, John C. Mayoue and Dennis G. Collard, Third Party Blame – Novel and Expanding Claims, The Family Advocate, Spring 2005, Vol. 27, No. 4

Testimonials

Lisa
Highly Recommended- Awesome Attorney & Staff
Dennis Collard is tough, and he will fight to protect your rights. I hired Mr. Collard when my divorce case was spiraling out of control. I had received two unfavorable temporary hearing rulings that left me devastated. Mr. Collard came into the crisis and with his legal expertise in family law brought justice to my case. I will always hold him in high regard because of his standard of professionalism- he treated me with respect throughout the entire divorce process, showed enormous amounts of compassion for my situation and always addressed my concerns in an honest and straightforward manner. I believe he is an exceptional legal advocate because he made choices in my case that solely focused on what was the greater benefit for me. He was a formidable foe in mediation protecting my rights and worked tirelessly to bring closure to a very contentious divorce. My case ended in mediation because of his efforts. I am so thankful for Mr. Collard- he is a proven man of integrity and a counselor who carries a genuine burden of concern for his clients. Tread carefully when you choose a divorce attorney- they hold your life in their hands. Mr. Dennis Collard partner at the law firm Kessler & Solomiany exceeded my expectations, and I am honored to recommend his legal services.
Arlene
Highly Recommend - Excellent Attorney and Staff
Dennis Collard was extremely sensitive and caring in a highly emotional time. He was fair in his assessment of the issues, always presenting both sides of the argument. However, he was also firm during the negotiations with the other side when needed. He listens well and keeps you informed. His staff is also excellent. Very courteous and prompt to respond. I would highly recommend Dennis Collard and his staff.
Marianne
A Bright Career in Atlanta- Dennis Collard
Well respected by his peers and especially those on the bench. A gentleman.
Very responsive, and always kept me informed.
Explains things in concise, factual, outline form which is good for note taking and also my understanding.
Very knowledgeable and also consults with the best when necessary.
Knows what to say and when to say it. Doesn’t back down when he knows he’s right.
Paul
Highly Recommended
Dennis is exceptional. Very focused, intense, listens well, and highly capable. When selecting counsel, you need to have confidence in who you select — unfortunately you don’t really ‘know’ until you get into the process/ case .. and then it can be too late … so better to hear from someone else who has already used him in a case with great success — Dennis is a real pro.. first class – top notch … I highly recommend Dennis without hesitation.
Elizabeth
Dennis Collard
Dennis is a competent, knowledgeable and ethical attorney. He is very trustworthy and compassionate. Dennis and his paralegal, Stacy, communicated well with me and kept me abreast of the progress and were prompt at forwarding me all correspondence and documentation throughout my divorce. Dennis did a great job interpreting the law and explaining my options. I would recommend Dennis.
Phyllis
Tuggle divorce
Dennis has been wonderful in helping me through a very difficult time. He is very kind as well as professional. I truly feel that I can trust him and am confident that he is doing the best possible job in representing and protecting my interests.
Leigh Hall
VLH's review
A better prepared, more confident and professional lawyer couldn’t exist. He took my divorce case (which involved a TPO, my ex’s suicide attempt in front of my child, and the issue of my homosexuality in a very conservative location) and helped turn what was a nightmare into something I felt I could make it through. And, we were ultimately very, very successful. I have already and will continue to recommend Dennis to anyone needing representation.

Bar Admissions

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

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