Amateur sailor, sports enthusiast, son, nephew, brother, uncle, avid outdoorsman, recreational musician, aspiring chef, all-around hobbyist, attorney, member of the State Bar of Georgia, and dedicated student of the law. These are just a few of the terms I might use to identify myself, in no particular order of importance.
I grew up in Lawrenceville, GA and graduated from Central Gwinnett High School (’03). I have returned to this community (Gwinnett County and Northeast Georgia) to give back to individuals and business if this community what was given to me while growing up here: a chance at success. I attended the University of Georgia and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication (B.A.’07). After college, I worked in the Fleet Management office in my home county of Gwinnett.
I then attended the University of Mississippi School of Law in beautiful Oxford, MS. I graduated in 2011 with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.’11). While in law school, I served as President of the Lamar Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, a philanthropic legal fraternity, and volunteered at the District Attorney’s Office, Federal Public Defender’s Office, and Low-Incoming Housing Law Clinic.
My legal career began in an intensive research and legal writing position where the focus of the practice was on the protection of financial investors in mutual funds, corporations, LLCs, and partnerships. I became familiar with sophisticated business transactions and the roles of fiduciaries. Also, this practice involved complex civil litigation, including class actions, securities fraud, business disputes, partnership dissolution and trust litigation. Notably, I assisted in motion practice in federal district courts, filing briefs in federal appellate courts, and assisted in the filing of a petition for certiorari in the highest court in our nation: the Supreme Court of the United States.
Why did I leave the world of securities fraud class actions, complex litigation, and appellate practice to begin my own practice? I desired, longed, thirst for the personal connection with individual clients that I could not receive sitting behind a computer day-in and day-out researching and writing.
In founding Alford & Burkhart and focusing in the areas of Family Law and Business Law, particularly concentrating on litigation and dispute resolution, I have satisfied my need for personal connection with clients. I enjoy working with others, helping them solve their legal issues.
I have compassion for clients navigating the legalities involved in family issues, and I am currently assisting clients in a wide range of family law matters. As a business owner myself, I also identify with all local business owners, small and large, and truly aspire to help local businesses build strong foundations, grow, and succeed in their own ventures.
You may be thinking, “Family Law and Business Law? Those sound like opposite ends of the spectrum to specialize in.” Well, in my experience, not necessarily. From the human perspective, both of these areas are intensively focused on relationships — relationships between partners (whether a married couple or co-owners of a business), relationships between family members, and relationships between two or more businesses. Understanding relationships, both from practical and human perspective and from a legal perspective, allows me to better serve families and businesses in disputes. In fact, how the Georgia law views the dissolution of a marriage (a.k.a., a civil partnership) has a number of similarities to the dissolution of a business partnership.
My law practice has also afforded me the opportunity to give back to Northeast Georgia through my work as a court-appointed attorney and Guardian Ad Litem in the Hall County Probate Court. I often represent children, incapacitated adults, the elderly, and the mentally-ill in proceedings before the Hall County Probate Court.
When a client comes into our office, it is through communication with and understanding of the client that we, together with client, begin to form strategies to solve legal issues. Truthfully, I am interested in forming a relationship with you, understanding your interests and concerns, and then guiding you through legal processes accordingly.