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Smith & Lake Law


Sheri T. Lake has practiced family law exclusively for over 15 years.  She began her legal career as law clerk to the Honorable Michael E. Hancock, Superior Court of DeKalb County where she gained valuable insight into the court system and its consideration of family law matters.  Thereafter, Sheri worked for some of the most prestigious family law firms in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  She was recognized in 2006 & 2007 as a Super Lawyers® Georgia Rising Stars and in 2013 & 2015 as a Georgia Trend Legal Elite, in addition to a 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers.   Sheri has lectured to other members of the State Bar of Georgia and nationally on issues related to family law, custody, social media discovery and admissibility, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements and financial settlements.  In addition to representing parties to a family law dispute, Sheri is also frequently appointed to represent the best interests of children involved in such disputes as a Guardian ad litem, and Sheri also mediates family law matters.

Sheri received her J.D. from Georgia State University in 1997, and a B.A. in History in 1990.  Prior to beginning her career in the law, Sheri worked in sports marketing and management.  She has been licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia since 1997 and in the state of California since 2005.

Sheri is a member of the Family Law Sections of the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of California.  In addition, she is a member of the DeKalb County, Sandy Springs and Atlanta Bar Associations.  Since 2015, Sheri has been a barrister member of the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court.

Sheri lives in Atlanta with her husband, Doug, their two boys and their dog, Django.



The Nuts and Bolts of Family Law Seminar“Tools For Successfully Working With A Guardian Ad Litem” August 25, 2017 — ICLE: Savannah Series at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront. To view presentation click .

37th Annual Family Law Institute
The Impact of Childhood Trauma and Other Mental Health Issues 2019

Not Your Every Day Custody Case: Advanced Issues Facing Custody Litigators and Guardians Ad Litem
The Profound Challenge of Childhood Trauma 2018

AVLF Guardian ad Litem Training
Role Play: Cross-Examination of Guardian ad Litem and Discussion 2018

Nuts and Bolts of Family Law – Savannah
Tips for Successfully Working with a Guardian Ad Litem 2017

Not Your Everday Custody Case
The Rules Governing Custody Claims by Third Parties 2017

27th Annual Tropical Seminar
The Discoverability and Admissibility of Electronic Communications and Social Media 2017

Financial Topics In Family Law
Mock Deposition of a Financial Expert 2016

26th Annual Tropical Seminar
Prenuptial Agreements: How to Protect Your Assets When You Marry 2016

Evidentiary Challenges in Divorce Cases: From Writings and Photos to Text Messages and Social Media CLE Webinar
Evidentiary Challenges in Divorce Cases 2015

25th Annual Tropical Seminar
“The Impact of Cheating & Drinking in Family Law Cases: Does it Really Matter?” 2015

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