Smith & Lake Law


Kristen E. Files is an associate at Smith & Lake, LLC where she practices family law. She has experience in all areas of family law including divorce, maintenance and alimony, legitimation, paternity, domestic violence and protection orders, child custody and access, adoptions, name changes, and child support actions.

Kristen began her career working for Atlanta’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she investigated cases of housing discrimination and worked to enforce civil rights laws and the Fair Housing Act.  Immediately prior to joining Smith & Lake, Kristen practiced family law with a boutique family law firm in North Atlanta and has been practicing family law exclusively for over five years.

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Emory University, Kristen graduated from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, where she continues to serve as an alumni mentor for current students. She has been admitted to practice law in the state of Georgia since 2010 and is licensed to appear before the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Kristen currently serves on the boards of the DeKalb Bar Association’s Family Law Section, DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (DVLF), as co-chair of the Georgia Bar Association’s YLD Family Law Section Committee and on the Women’s Leaders Group for the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Kristen is also a member of the Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) and DeKalb Lawyers Association. In 2016, she was named as a “Top 40 under 40” lawyer by the National Black Lawyers.  In 2017 and 2018, Kristen was named as a Super Lawyer® Rising Star.

Kristen enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and biking with her daughter. She also enjoys practicing yoga, and taking ballet and modern dance classes.


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