Four seasoned family lawyers have formed a brand new firm, Elovitz, Edwards, O’Nan & Bauerlein, saying they shared a comparable philosophy to practicing law.
Asked to describe their method in what can regularly be contentious divorce and custody instances, Austin Bauerlein replied that he and his partners—Rachel Elovitz, Regina Edwards, and Gillian O’Nan—take a long-term view of households properly after the felony court cases.
“We are doing what we will preserve events’ capability to cope after a divorce,” Bauerlein said.
“Many family lawyers pass scorched earth right out of the gate,” he explained. “We suppose an extra lengthy period. Our client should address this character for the relaxation in their child’s life. I assume lots of lawyers neglect that—the huge picture.”
As can be the case at smaller firms, workplace space performed a position in Elovitz, Edwards, O’Nan & Buerlein’s formation.
Elovitz and O’Nan had been practicing collectively at Elovitz O’Nan since 2014 and had added a partner, Kelley Webb. They decided they wished for greater space, and a few had to emerge as available of their building at 38 Old Ivy Road in south Buckhead, in which the brand new company now occupies the whole second round.
The companions had been speaking to me with Edwards, an established solo family law practitioner, approximately joining them once they learned that Bauerlein was planning to depart an established Marietta company, Browning & Smith, to begin his practice.
“A bunch of moving elements got together at the equal time,” Elovitz said.
“We put the pieces together—and realized we might want to merge and transition into new space as a brand new company,” stated O’Nan, the coping with a partner for Elovitz, Edwards, O’Nan & Bauerlein, which released in January.
The four have had instances in opposition to every other over the years. Elovitz and O’Nan shared equal values after meeting in a contentious child custody case six years ago.
O’Nan, who in 2013 had merely left the circle of relatives regulation firm Levine, Smith, Snider & Wilson to begin her very own save, stated she become representing a father who’d taken off for Europe together with his infant without telling the child’s mom, who was described by way of Elovitz, a solo circle of relatives lawyer since 2001. The mother and father had never married.
Two days after getting into an appearance for the daddy, O’Nan said, she withdrew from the case. She’d learned from smartphone conversations with Elovitz that the daddy had lied to her about the instances.
“Some of the greatest days of my prison career have been taking flight from a case,” O’Nan stated with amusement, adding that she’d fired some customers when they “were not in keeping with my values.”
That made an impression on Elovitz. “This was a truly moral lawyer,” she said. “I loved that—and we stayed in contact.”
The two consulted informally over the smartphone on cases, Elovitz stated, still figuring out in mid-2014 to emerge as regulation companions.
Elovitz stated that she and O’Nan invited Edwards and Bauerlein to sign up for their company due to their comparable outlook.
“One of the matters I like about Austin is that he is straightforward to get at the side of at the same time as nevertheless performing as a strong endorse for his clients,” she said.
“Regina may be as tough as nails while she wishes to be,” Elovitz introduced. “If the opposite legal professional is unreasonable, she can reduce that.”
Bauerlein stated that he had developed a self-maintaining activity after ten years of exercise. “It was time to make a soar,” he said. “I got here with a brief list of legal professionals I desired to exercise with and met with Gillian and Rachel. The next factor I knew, I changed into a company with four girls.”
Edwards had run her keep because of 2006. “The existence of a solo may be lonely,” she defined. “I’d call Gillian to bop off thoughts, and I concept it might be excellent to have partners, so we ought to paint on every others’ cases and proportion advice.”
Elovitz, Edwards, O’Nan & Bauerlein handle all aspects of family regulation, representing each male and female. Bauerlein said the four companions are experienced with complicated baby-custody instances, and everyone has dealt with divorces regarding estates of more than $25 million.
The companions declined to name clients. “You’re no longer going to look us at the information about our clients,” Edwards said. “But we’ve represented a few excessive-profile athletes and entertainers.”
Along with excessive-internet-well worth clients, Bauerlein said, the company represents “people from all walks of life and backgrounds.”
However, the four deal with cases statewide in the main in Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb, and Gwinnett counties. Bauerlein stated that they have sixty-four years of blended enjoy and feature seemed in approximately 1,500 court hearings in Georgia.
Elovitz and O’Nan also function as guardians ad litem and, like Edwards, mediate divorce and domestic violence cases.