Kathy L. Portnoy
Kathy Portnoy is a founding member of Portnoy Garner & Nail LLC. She has spent most of her more than three-decade career representing individuals in family law and domestic relations matters, including prenuptial agreements, divorce, custody, modification, child support, contempt, and legitimization actions. During her career, Kathy has represented fathers, mothers, grandparents, homemakers, business owners, professionals, Fortune 500 executives, and athletes at their most vulnerable times
Well known for her trial and courtroom skills, she has successfully tried hundreds of cases and contested hearings in courtrooms across the country. Kathy is a fierce and loyal advocate for her clients when necessary, but she possesses a unique ability to discreetly and consensually resolve the difficult issues faced by her clients. She has faced nearly every issue that may arise in domestic and family law matters, which gives her unique and creative perspectives that allow for successful resolution of her cases. In particular, Kathy is known as a go-to lawyer for difficult and contested child custody cases and is routinely recognized by her peers as being among the best lawyers handling domestic and family law matters.
Kathy has been awarded the SuperLawyer designation every year since 2005, which is reserved for the top 5% of lawyers in Georgia and is based on recommendations from her fellow lawyers, and was recognized as being included in the SuperLawyers Top Women Attorneys in Georgia published by Atlanta Magazine. Additionally, she has received the Legal Elite designation by Georgia Trend and holds the highest possible AV rating from both peers and judges in Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s preeminent information and attorney rating agency. She has published articles in the Family Law Quarterly and Georgia Psychologist and is the author of the Georgia Domestic Relations Case Finder, published by LexisNexis, which is in its fifth edition.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook she earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law, and she served as a member of the Emory Law Journal and graduated Order of the Coif, the highest graduating honor. Kathy entered private practice after clerking for the Georgia Court of Appeals. She has served as a faculty member on the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and as an adjunct faculty member at the Emory University School of Law, teaching legal research and writing and appellate presentations.
Kathy and her family live in the Atlanta area. She is an avid reader and advocate for the Atlanta arts community, was a founding member of the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, was co-chair of the Community Book Festival, and was past president of the Atlanta Literary Group and remains a member today. Kathy also formerly served on the board of the Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia.