December 2021 Newsletter














Choose Experience. Get Resolution.

November brought us warm, fall days mixed in with chilly days heralding the winter to come. We counted our blessings in preparation for the December holidays and the new year racing toward us. Despite the busyness of the season, our Atlanta area law offices continued and will continue to help clients move forward with their cases and lives.

Our attorney spotlight this month is a double feature. Learn more about the stellar qualifications held by Judy Sartain and Anne Thompson de Magaña. Also, read about their recognition as 2021 Georgia Legal Elites.

Find out who at SM&P was recognized this year with a Pro Bono Award for hours of service to low-income families in our communities. You probably won’t be surprised when you see who it is.

Judy Sartain was once again invited to speak to the UGA Family Law Society. She delighted the group not just with her helpful advice but with an early holiday gift.

Throughout the month of November, various veteran activities found employees partaking in volunteer efforts. One of our own veterans, Victoria Turney, attended a recognition luncheon and volunteered at the Veterans Day Parade in Marietta this year as recognition and support were given to local veterans, school bands, the drill efforts of the local JROTC units, and more.

Members of the SM&P crew were also seen at a fundraiser for Judge Ann Harris, Cobb County Superior Court. Take a look at the camaraderie they enjoyed there.

All our offices will be closed for Christmas, December 23 and 24, so that our staff can enjoy time with their friends and families. We will also be closed on December 31.

Featured Attorneys

Two SM&P Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Georgia Legal Elites

For the past 19 years, Georgia Trend magazine has asked the state’s attorneys to decide who among them are the best in their fields and therefore worthy of being named Georgia Legal Elites. This year, SM&P’s Judy Sartain and Anne Thompson De Magana were chosen by their colleagues to be recognized as two of the state’s finest, members of the 2021 Georgia Legal Elite.

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Community News

Legal Aid Pro Bono Award Given to Mary Montgomery

Mary Montgomery, SM&P’s founding and managing partner, was listed among the 2021 Pro Bono Stars on Atlanta Legal Aid’s social media pages. The Pro Bono Star Award honors volunteers who have handled three or more cases or volunteered at least 50 hours in the past year.

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Sartain Presents to UGA Law Students

SM&P senior associate attorney Judy Sartain was the guest speaker at a recent virtual Private Sector Panel hosted by the Family Law Society at the University of Georgia School of Law. She offered insight into the practice of family law, adoption in particular, that they often don’t find in textbooks. 

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November – A Month to Recognize our Veterans

Each November, Americans recognize their military veterans with a variety of events. This year, SM&P was involved with two of them in the Atlanta area – the ARMAC 69th annual Military Appreciation Luncheon, and the annual Veterans Day Parade in Marietta.

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Around Town

Attorneys from SM&P were recently seen at a fundraising reception held at The Brickyard in Marietta by the honorable Judge Ann Harris, Cobb County Superior Court. Firm attorneys Alycia Vail, Anne Thompson de Magana, Myia Robinson, and Nicole Crites were among the guests at this event.

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Deciding to divorce is a very personal decision, and so is choosing an attorney to help you through that process. If you are uncertain as to how to choose a divorce attorney, you are not alone. Fortunately, there are some specifics you can look for to narrow down your options and will help make the choice of Georgia divorce lawyer easier, so you can have peace of mind.

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