Top Atlanta Divorce Attorneys Combine Experience to Form Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, LLC
Date: July 29, 2009
ATLANTA, July 29, 2009 — Attorneys Robert D. “Bob” Boyd, John L. Collar Jr., Richard M. Nolen and Jonathan J. Tuggle have formed Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, a law firm specializing in domestic relations and family law.
Boyd and Collar founded Boyd Collar in 2005 and have grown the firm steadily since then. Nolen and Tuggle were prominent attorneys at the long-standing family law boutique firm, Warner, Mayoue, Bates & Nolen, and have been recognized throughout the state for their legal expertise and leadership in their profession.
Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle officially opened on July 20 with offices at 400 Galleria Parkway. The four attorneys have known each other as friends and colleagues for many years.
“We have a common bond. John and I have been friends with Richard and Jonathan for a long time and see this combination as a reunion of sorts and a dynamic opportunity, as well,” said Boyd. “We trust each other and share the same principles about how to practice law and handle each case in a way that our clients are proud of and respect.”
The firm sees a bright future for its practice and is excited about the energy and entrepreneurial spirit that will drive Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle forward.
“We have made a real commitment to growing our firm the right way and building it for the long haul,” said Tuggle. “We are excited about combining our collective strengths, which we believe will benefit our clients in numerous ways. We can handle cases at all levels of complexity, from an uncontested divorce to multi-faceted litigation.”
The attorneys at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle realize that divorce is a life-changing experience and often the most painful chapter in a person’s life. The firm’s philosophy is to treat each case as unique and take a holistic view about the support needed during and after a divorce.
“We do not view our work as complete when the divorce decree is filed,” said Nolen. “Our responsibility is to help our clients stay on the right path for the future and sincerely help with their emotional and financial needs. Due to our experience, we know how to provide our clients with the best possible help and resources, especially through other trusted professionals who share the same motivations we believe in so strongly at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle.”
“All in all, we want to be great lawyers who offer wise advice,” added Collar. “This focus is a fundamental part of our mission as a firm and is what we are about as people. We always want to do things the right way and never compromise. Listening to our clients, maintaining trustworthy relationships, offering quality counsel, being people of integrity, going the extra mile and providing positive solutions are very important to us. It is what drives our entire legal team every day.”
Robert D. “Bob” Boyd has exclusively practiced family law for the past 20 years. Since 2005, Boyd has been honored by Atlanta Magazine as one of Georgia’s “Top 100 Super Lawyers” for all areas of legal practice. Since 2003, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America guide under family law. He has also been selected by Atlanta Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in Atlanta” and one of Georgia’s “Super Lawyers.” He was recognized in Georgia Trend as one of the state’s “Legal Elite.” He is trained as a collaborative lawyer in family law. He is a fellow in the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He also served as chairperson of the State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section, from 2000 – 2001. He is a 1973 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and served in the Army for seven years as an infantry officer prior to attending law school. He graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1983, where he served as editor-in-chief of the West Virginia Law Review.
After graduation from law school, Boyd practiced with King & Spalding, served as an assistant United States attorney in the criminal division for the Northern District of Georgia, and served as a partner with both Warner, Mayoue & Bates, P.C. and Davis, Matthews & Quigley, P.C. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section, as well as a member of the West Virginia State Bar.
John L. Collar, Jr., a graduate of the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, is one of Atlanta’s top family law attorneys. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas E. Cauthorn, III, in the Cobb County Superior Court. He then joined as a partner at Cauthorn & Phillips, P.C. in Atlanta. Prior to founding Boyd Collar in 2005, he was a partner at Warner, Mayoue, Bates, Nolen & Collar, P.C.
Collar is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section; the State Bar of Florida, Family Law Section; Cobb County Bar Association and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He currently serves as the legislative liason for the Family Law Section, State Bar of Georgia. He served as chair of the Atlanta Bar Association’s board of directors for the Family Law Section (2007 – 2008); and was named to “The Best Lawyers In America” (2008); Atlanta Magazine’s “Georgia Super Lawyers List” in family law; “Georgia Super Lawyers: 2004 – 2008;” and “The Legal Elite, Georgia’s Most Effective Lawyers” in 2006. He is trained as a collaborative lawyer in family law, and is an accomplished author and speaker, as well as a member of several community boards.
Richard M. Nolen is highly respected inside and outside the field of law. A University of Alabama Law School graduate, Nolen also received his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama. He previously served as a partner at Warner, Mayoue, Bates & Nolen, and has served the legal community in many capacities through his position as chair of the Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section, from 2000 – 2001, as well as chair of the State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section, from 2004 – 2005. He was president of the Trial Lawyers Association from 1990-1991. Nolen has served as editor of The Family Lawyer and was a former president of the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court.
Jonathan J. Tuggle has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” by Atlanta Magazine and is listed in Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite.” Tuggle is a graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia. He previously served as a managing partner at Warner, Mayoue, Bates & Nolen. Throughout his legal career, Tuggle has served in leadership positions in the State Bar of Georgia. He currently serves as a member-at-large on the executive committee of the State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section. In 2004, Tuggle founded the Family Law Committee of the Younger Lawyers Division of the State Bar, which annually raises tens of thousands of dollars for abused and neglected adolescents in Atlanta. Tuggle is a frequent lecturer at professional seminars and continuing legal education courses and has authored numerous articles on a range of domestic relations issues.