3330 Cumberland Blvd., 100 City View, Suite 999, Atlanta, GA 30339

770-953-4300

Katie Kiihnl Leonard Partner

Katie Leonard dedicates her practice exclusively to family law. She has successfully represented clients in simple and complex actions for divorce, child custody, support and alimony, modification of previous orders, paternity and legitimation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and contempt actions. She is trained as a Guardian ad litem and has considerable first-chair trial experience in family law, especially contested divorce actions and complex child custody cases.

In addition to her litigation practice, Katie is active in the Georgia State and Cobb County Bar Associations. She serves as a delegate on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia and the Cobb Bar Association’s Board of Trustees. Within the State Bar of Georgia, Katie is a member of the Family Law Section Executive Committee, where she has served since 2015. Katie is also a member of the State Bar’s Attorney Wellness and Public Interest Committees. As a young lawyer, Katie graduated from the State Bar’s Leadership Academy and went on to serve as the co-chair of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Family Law Committee from 2014 through 2016. Katie is the current President of the Cobb Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division and was recently accepted into the 2020 class of Leadership Cobb. She is the Social Committee Co-Chair for the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and volunteers her time to various fundraising and pro bono legal initiatives, including Legal Aid’s Justice Jam, where she has served on the planning committee since 2016.

As a result of her involvement in various legal organizations and the community, Katie was recognized in the inaugural class of Delta Zeta Sorority’s “35 Under 35,” a program honoring select members nationwide who have achieved success and recognition in their chosen career field by the age of 35.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Katie now lives in Marietta with her husband, Judge Robert D. Leonard II of the Superior Court of Cobb County. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time on the lake with her husband and their two black labs, Memphis and Tuck.

Education

  • J.D., University of Memphis, 2009
  • B.S., cum laude, University of Tennessee, 2006

Organizations

  • Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Cobb, Class of 2020
  • State Bar of Georgia, Board of Governors
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Board of Trustees
  • State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section, Executive Committee, 2015-present
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, President
  • State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division’s Family Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2014-2016
  • Lawyers’ Club of Atlanta, Social Committee Co-Chair
  • Fulton County Family Division Task Force, Member
  • Cobb County Legal Aid’s Justice Jam Committee
  • Hague Convention Attorney Network, Member
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Guardian Ad Litem
  • High School Mock Trial Competition, Evaluator
  • Intrastate Moot Court Competition, Evaluator
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Honors

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2014-present
  • Delta Zeta Sorority, “35 Under 35,” 2018
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Advocates Advanced Graduate, 2014
  • State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy Graduate, 2013
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Georgia Chapter’s Custer Tuggle Award for Excellence in Family Law, 2009
  • CALI Award in Family Law, 2009

Publications

  • “Managing Credit After a Divorce,” Chase.com, Time.com, 2015
  • “Five Habits of Money-Savvy 20-Somethings,” Fox Business, 2015
  • “Women and Divorce: How to Protect Yourself Financially, Part 1 and Part 2,” Go Girl Finance, 2013
  • “Good Night, Sleep Tight: Varying Views on Overnight Visitation,” Atlanta Bar Association’s The Family Lawyer, January 2012

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • “Show me the Money: How to Make Your Attorney’s Fees Award Appellate-Proof,” Cobb County CLE, 2019
  • “Use of New Technology in Family Law Cases,” State Bar Tropical Seminar, 2019
  • “Custody Issues for Unmarried Parents,” State Bar of Georgia’s Family Law Institute, 2018
  • Panelist, “Use of Pre-Trial Conferences in Domestic Relations Cases,” Superior Court Judicial Summer Conference, 2018
  • Moderator, Judges’ Panel, State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section’s Mid-Year Meeting, 2018
  • “Use of Surveillance in Civil and Criminal Cases,” Tropical Seminar, 2017
  • “Basics of Discovery,” Nuts and Bolts of Family Law, 2016
  • “Staff Attorneys Panel: The Ins and Outs of Court,” Fulton County Family Division CLE, 2016
  • “Attorney’s Fees: A View from the Bench,” State Bar of Georgia’s Family Law Institute, 2016
  • “Battle of the Experts: Finding Hidden Income in Tax Returns,” Tropical Seminar CLE, 2016
  • “Divorce 101: A Bird’s Eye View of Family Law,” Tropical Seminar CLE, 2015
  • “Alternatives to Filing an Appeal,” Appellate Road Map for Family Lawyers CLE, 2014
  • “Relief from Judgments: What to Do If the Court Got It Wrong,” Appellate Road Map for Family Lawyers CLE, 2014
  • “Ask the Experts: A Child Custody Roundtable,” Moderator, Family Law Institute, 2013
  • “Hot Tips: Email Dos and Don’ts,” State Bar of Georgia’s Family Law Institute, 2012