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.
Very professional and quick to respond
I had a very good experience with Sheri. She was always so quick to respond to any question I had and gave me confidence I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have had with another attorney. She also had a good resource of people I needed to speak to or work with during my divorce and after my divorce was final.
Thorough and engaged counsel with a pragmatic approach…
Sheri was hired to assist me in what was anticipated to be a complex and challenging custody case. From the time of initial consultation to the final order of my case, Sheri provided a pragmatic approach and engagement. Sheri’s consistent follow-up and communication brought a level of assurance that my case was being handled efficiently and thoroughly.
Child Support Modification
After moving to CA, Sheri expeditiously and cost effectively modified my child support order. While my ex-husband and I agreed to the changes, Sheri’s professionalism and understanding our desires was exemplary and nonjudgmental. Though we have had modifications in the past, other attorneys prolonged the process and made unsolicited efforts to pit us against each other. As parents, who work together on behalf of our adult disabled daughter, this was not welcomed. Sheri, was indeed, a breath of fresh air and greatly appreciated in this circumstance. We will definitely use her services again, if needed. She is a true star in this very difficult and trying field of law.
After dealing with an inadequate attorney during my divorce, I decided to consult with Sheri, based on the reviews of her former clients. I was able to see her within a couple of days. After firing my former attorney and spending a few weeks of trying to get results on my own, I had to contact Sheri in urgency and she returned my call within a couple of hours. After she explained things thoroughly and told me exactly what I could expect, I decided I needed to hire her. I was very pleased with the outcome she was able to get for me. She returned all emails and phone calls in an exceptional timely manner and never made me feel as if I was asking too many questions. It’s a very good feeling to know that if I ever have to go back to court with my ex-husband, Sheri will be there fighting for me and my kids.
I would, without ANY reservation, highly recommend Sheri and her firm for your legal needs, whatever they may be.
Brilliant, Strong, Dedicated & Determined – Best Attorney EVER
I cannot express the amount of gratitude that my husband and I have for Sheri Lake. We have dealt with attorneys on and off since 2007 trying to get custody of his 2 children. In less than a year, Sheri accomplished this for us. Our case needed someone dedicated and determined and Sheri is 100% both. No matter what time/day we needed her, she was always available by email or phone. When we went to court, we weren’t as stressed because we knew she was going to have our back and if there was a way, she would find it. Sheri is an absolutely brilliant attorney, she outwitted the opposing counsel EVERY TIME there was an opportunity. She is feisty, super strong and DOES NOT back down. She was there for us from beginning to end and we are forever grateful for all that she has done for us and for the future of my husband’s children.
Multi-level support, strategy, and advocacy
Sheri provided guidance through a contentious battle with an unreasonable spouse, but then every divorce that makes it to court would likely be described this way. She was adept at not only describing the law but gave the practical guidance and strategy that only comes with experience in a wide variety of situations. The outcome that she predicted, the settlement that we proffered as our position, was exactly the outcome we got. She protected my daughter and assets very effectively and I never had to wait on her response to me on any issue.
I became a client of Smith and Lake ten days before a hearing. I was with another attorney and switched to them due to contested custody issues. Sheri managed to absorb minute details of a case that had been ongoing for more than 9 months and represented me in court. We came away with major wins that day and my respect for her has grown exponentially since. Her professionalism and experience are impeccable. I cannot discuss my case as its still ongoing but Sheri is there for me all the time and truly wants to see happiness return to my life and the lives of my children. Thanks Sheri. You are the best.
Made me feel confident in the positive outcome
Divorce is a difficult time for anybody. Having a professional like Sheri by my side made feel confident in a positive outcome through a prolonged divorce and a child custody battle. In addition to the solid knowledge of the family law and an extensive network of legal and other support professionals in Atlanta area, integrity and high ethics, Sheri is the person you can talk to. I will definitely recommend Sheri to a friend! You’ll be in good hands with Sheri and her firm.
She is part of why Atlanta is a great city
To have Sheri handling my Granddaughter’s adoption was such a blessing. I had such peace about the rightness of the proceedings and decisions. She was patient to explain and kept me updated. I never had a moments doubt about the outcome. She is amazing.
She saved my life!
Wow, so much to say!
I was up against my ex who happens to be an attorney. He was out to destroy me and take away my daughter. It was a battle that Sheri won! As a mom she totally understood me. As an attorney she was strong, smart and brilliant!
Best family lawyer in Atlanta!
Sheri was incredible. She helped us with the adoption of my 2 daughters to my current husband. Everything couldn’t have gone smoother. She was kind, reliable, prompt, concerned and professional. She is one of those rare lawyers who knows the law “like the palm of her hand”. We couldn’t have been in better hands, we feel so fortunate and happy with our outcome and her work.
Honest and supportive
Sheri helped me through my divorce. It was a really tough Time for me and it dragged on because of my ex-husband. Sheri was supportive, smart and very honest with me at all times. I left with pretty much nothing to name and worked in a business that I owned but he controlled? She worked hard to get a fair settlement and to get me back on my feet. We ended up with a very satisfying result with the custody of my son. And in the end Sheri helped me through this journey and I would 100% recommend her and her firm to represent anyone who asked me. I can’t say enough how much I respect this woman. Thank you Sheri.
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 here.
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