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The Platt Law Firm was established by accomplished lawyer, Rachel L. Platt. Whether you have been married for six months and have very little marital assets to divide, or have been married for 25 years and are enduring a high asset divorce, attorneys Rachel L. Platt and Kristin R. Zimmerman will focus on the specific variables of your case only to relieve the unnecessary burden that accompanies the legal process. Practicing law is a passion at The Platt Law Firm. This passion is best met with professionalism, integrity and sincere compassion to help you get through what may seem like your darkest days. Our paralegal also has a passion for supporting both the attorneys and the firms clients and is a dedicated member of our family law team.

A successful outcome is only accomplished by focusing on the details that are important to the family involved. Our attorneys focus on educating our clients on their rights and their goals for the future. The more educated you are about your particular options, the better armed you and your family will be to move forward in a positive way. We fully support our clients and become advocates on their behalf, so their rights are protected as individuals and parents. Establishing a customized approach to settling each divorce, alimony, child custody and child support case is the focus of our firm.

Rachel Platt, Family Law Attorney

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Founding attorney, Rachel Platt, is a highly respected attorney among her peers and clients. Ms. Platt was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyers in the field of family law in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and was previously an honoree on the Georgia Rising Star list in the field of family law since 2010, voted by her peers as one of the best young lawyers in the state. She was also recognized as one of Georgia’s Legal Elite in 2009 and 2012 in the area of family law by Georgia Trend magazine. Ms. Platt also currently holds a “Superb” rating on avvo.com.

Ms. Platt graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2000, and obtained her Juris Doctor at the University of Colorado, School of Law, in 2004. She became a member of the Georgia Bar in 2004. Ms. Platt is an active member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (Foundation President 2010 – 2011) and the Atlanta Bar Association and also serves on the Advisory Board for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Ms. Platt currently concentrates her legal practice in the areas of family law and special education law.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Special Education Law

 

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2004

 

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law, J.D - 2004, Involved with the Civil Legal Aid Clinic, Women’s Law Caucus, and the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law
  • University of Georgia, B.S. - 2000

 

Special Designations

  • Certified Georgia Mediator
  • Trained Guardian Ad Litem

 

Honors and Awards

  • Three Best Rated, Top Three Atlanta Divorce Lawyers, 2016
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, Client Satisfaction Award, 10 Best Female Attorneys, 2016
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Family Lawyers Under 20, 2015 and 2016
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation's Top One Percent, Family Law, 2015
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Under 40, Family Law, 2015 and 2016
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Georgia Rising Star in Family Law, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • Georgia Legal Elite, 2009 and 2012
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers President's Award, Visionary Award, and Committee of the Year Award

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Foundation President, 2010 – 2011; Vice President of Public Affairs, 2011 – 2012; Vice President of Leadership, 2012 – 2013; Representative at Large, 2013 - 2014
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Editorial Board Member of The Atlanta Lawyer, Family Law Section Member, Sole Practioner/Small Firm Section Board Member, Former Women in Profession Section Board Member
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Advisory Board Member
  • Georgia Appleseed, Young Professionals Council
  • Georgia Bar Association, Family Law Section Member
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section Member
  • Sandy Springs Bar Association Member
  • North Fulton Bar Association, Member

 

Publications

  • "New Child Support Guidelines: A Mixed Bag", July 2006 Georgia Association of Women Lawyers Newsletter

 

Lectures

  • “Planning for Disabled Dependents in Divorce” presented for the National Business Institute; December 2010
  • “Ethical Issues in Family Law” presented for VIP GlobalNet, LLC; April 2011
  • “Financial, Property and Custody Issues for Blended & Unmarried Couples” presented for the National Business Institute; April 2010
  • “Working for Your Client an Negotiating for Your Client” panelist; August 2010
  • Panelist on Careers in Education Law at Emory University School of Law
  • Appearance on Divorce Resource radio program discussing family law issues
  • Appearance on Law and Society television program discussing special education issues
  • Appearance on Legal FAQ television program discussing family law issues
  • "Same-Sex Marriage:, Women in Professionalism CLE Speaker; April 2013
  • "Top Ten QDRO Mistakes Experienced Lawyers Make" moderator; July 2013
  • "Public School Disciplinary Hearings in Georgia"
  • "Family Law Issues in Civil Litigation"; Tropical Law Seminar, February 2014 
  • "Building Professional Presence", CLE Speaker; April 2014
  • "Divorce Litigation Start to Finish"; November 2014 
  • "Overview of Adoption Law", NBI CLE Speaker; June 2016

 

Community Leadership

  • Roswell, Inc., Member
  • Cool Girls Advisory Council, Former Member
  • Citizen Advocacy Organization, 2009-2013 President

Kristin Barnhart, Family & Entertainment Law Attorney

Image: Kristy Zimmerman, Family Law & Entertainment Law Attorney - Platt Family Law, Atlanta Georgia

Kristin Barnhart joined The Platt Law Firm in February, 2013, as an Associate attorney.  Ms. Barnhart concentrates her legal practice in the areas of family law and entertainment law.

Ms. Barnhart represents clients throughout Roswell, GA and the Atlanta metro area in cases involving divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, modification and enforcement, mediations and other domestic relations matters. She is committed to being an effective advisor and advocate for all her clients.

Ms. Barnhart’s entertainment practice focuses on providing innovative business and knowledgeable legal advice to individuals and companies in the entertainment industry, with an emphasis on the representation of “celebrity” chefs and restaurateurs. Ms. Barnhart represents her clients in all facets of their careers including brand development, contract negotiations, product endorsements, book publishing, media deals, copyright, trademark, and employment matters.

Kristy graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and obtained her Juris Doctor at Charleston School of Law. She is a member attorney for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, which is a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance and educational programming to artists and arts organizations throughout Georgia. Ms. Barnhart is also a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (Board Member, 2014 – present).

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Entertainment Law

 

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2004

Education

  • Charleston School of Law, J.D – 2012, Involved with the Crisis Ministries Homeless Justice Project and Juris One, sports and entertainment law society
  • Sewanee: The University of the South, B.A. – 2006

 

Honors and Awards

  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, Client Satisfaction Award, 2016
  • National Advocates, Top 40 Under 40, 2015

     

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Board Member, 2014 – present; Special Events Committee Chair; Leadership Committee Member; Art Auction Committee Member; Communications Committee Member; Co-Chair Newer Lawyers Affinity Group; Co-Chair Entertainment and Sports Law Affinity Group
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Council of Young Lawyers Board Member, Family Law Section Member, Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section Member, Women in the Profession Section Board Member
  • Georgia Bar Association, Family Law Section Member, Entertainment & Sports Law Section Member, Intellectual Property Law Section Member, Young Lawyers Division Member
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section Member, Intellectual Property Law Member, Forum Committee of Entertainment and Sports Industries Member
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Sandy Springs Bar Association, Member

 

Pro Bono

  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Volunteer Lawyer

 

Community Leadership

  • Ellevate Network, Membership Manager of Atlanta Chapter

Stacy Recinella, Paralegal

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Stacy Recinella has been a paralegal for The Platt Law Firm since 2013. She has more than five years of experience in legal support, including as a legal assistant, paralegal, and office manager. Prior to being in the legal field, Stacy spent 12 years in the fields of marketing and advertising, after earning her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Journalism. Stacy has worked in small law firms, specializing in insurance defense and family law. Stacy enjoys spending her free time with her family.

Education

  • University of Missouri - Columbia, B.J. - 1999

 

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