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Renée H. Neary Associate

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Renée consistently counsels her clients in a variety of complex family law issues. She has advised clients on nearly every aspect of family law from prenuptial agreements through divorce litigation, child custody and support disputes, post-judgment contempt and appellate actions.

Prior to joining Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, Renée practiced with the late John Mayoue, one of the most respected family lawyers in the country. Renée also draws substantive experience from large law firm practice, having worked in Alston & Bird’s tort litigation section for several years where she specialized in medical malpractice defense, products liability and premises liability. Additionally, she brings to her clients in-house counsel experience, having worked for several years in the Atlanta legal departments of Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., Alumax Inc. (now Alcoa) and LaRoche Industries Inc.

A native Marylander, Renée has resided in Atlanta since 1988, having made her way to the South via Charlottesville, Va. and Chapel Hill, N.C.. After graduating from The University of Virginia, where she received her degree in English Literature, Renée received her law degree from The University of North Carolina, which she attended on a UNC Law Alumni scholarship. In law school, Renée was active on the Editorial Board of the UNC Law Review. After earning her law degree, she had the honor of serving for a year as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Albert J. Henderson, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Outside of the office, Renée is an avid reader, capable cook and mediocre gardener. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, who is also a trial attorney, and their three children, two college students and a high schooler.

Education

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., University of Virginia, with distinction, 1983.

Organizations

  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section, Member
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Georgia Asian Pacific Bar Foundation, Founding Member
  • Stonewall Bar Association, Member

Admissions

  • Georgia, 1988.
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia, 1989.
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1989.
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 1989.

Publications

  • Georgia Bar Journal, Vol. 20, No. 5, “A Re-Examination of the Protection of Children’s Best Interests in Public Custody Proceedings,” 2015.