Allen Russell

Associate Attorney

For the past 25 years, Allen has devoted his practice in multiple jurisdictions exclusively to family law. He has seen it all -- cases involving divorce (contested and uncontested), high assets, paternity, father’s rights, and child support, and an extensive number of complex child custody cases, including interstate custody disputes.

After graduating from Louisiana State University Law School in the top twenty percent of his class, Allen returned home to Missouri to practice law, where he quickly developed an interest in and appreciation for the practice of family law. Before moving to Georgia, he managed a very successful family law practice in Missouri and Kansas spanning more than two decades.

His peer review ratings are very high, earning him a “distinguished” designation every year since 1998, only five years after focusing on family law. Because of his reputation, he has appeared on various television and radio shows as a family law expert covering topics such as annulment, same-sex marriage, and the effects of divorce on children. He has authored materials for and lectured at many continuing education seminars on legal topics.

Among his fellow attorneys, he is regarded as an aggressive advocate for his clients, a skilled mediator and negotiator, and a proficient litigator. “With Allen,” said SM&P founding partner and manager Mary Montgomery, "we get a well-balanced package of critical skills needed by any top-notch family law firm.”

Allen’s clients know him as an attentive listener. He communicates with clients in clear and direct terms, helping them to thoroughly understand their cases and to make informed decisions.

After relocating to Atlanta with his wife Nicole, Allen was drawn to Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor. “I was impressed with the firm’s excellent reputation in the legal community and excited about the opportunity to work with attorneys whose values and dedicated commitment to their clients so closely match my own.”

Allen and Nicole live in Midtown with their rescue dog, Maggie. When not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his family, taking road trips, and playing the occasional round of golf. He is also an avid Kansas City Chiefs and University of Southern California Trojans fan.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Louisiana, 1993
Missouri, 1994
Kansas, 1995
Georgia, 2019

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Cullison v. Thiessen 51 SW3d 508 (Mo App 2001);
Haden v. Riou 37 SW3d 854 (Mo App 2001);
Maciak v. Maciak, 193 SW3d 430 (Mo App 2006);
Traxel v. Traxel, 295 SW3d 215 (Mo App 2009);
In the matter of G.KS, 452 SW3d 244 (Mo App 2014);
Alport v. Alport, 571 SW3d 680 (Mo App 2019)

CLASSES / SEMINARS TAUGHT / PUBLICATIONS

Published CLE materials:
Child Custody and Visitation in Missouri: Guardians Ad Litem, Enforcement (March 5, 1999)
Domestic Law in Missouri: Premarital Agreements and Divorce Procedure (December 8, 1999)
Child Custody and Time Sharing in Missouri: Custody Modification Proceedings (May 28, 1998)
Using the Psychology Expert in Custody and Visitation issues in Missouri: Important Considerations, Nuts and Bolts or a formal individual psychological evaluation, ethical considerations (November 19, 1997)
Equitable Distribution in Divorce Settlements in Missouri: equitable distribution in Missouri (May 29, 1997)
Family Law in Missouri: Recent Developments in Family Law, Preparation and Trial of a Divorce Case (Sept. 26, 1995)
Domestic Law in Missouri: Ethics as it relates to Family Law (August 24, 1994)

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California, 1990
Bachelor of Arts
Major: Political Science

Louisiana State University Law School

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1993