Kynna D. Garner Named Partner

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy is proud to announce that Kynna D. Garner is now a partner with the firm.

Ms. Garner’s practice focuses on domestic and family law.  She has twice been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” by Atlanta Magazine, named a “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine, and was awarded the Custer Tuggle Award of Excellence by the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy to Host Fourth Annual Event for Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy will again host a gathering in support of the Guardian ad Litem Program of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Now in its fourth year, the event will be held at the family law firm’s offices in the Riverwood 100 Building on Thursday, August 20, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

In three years the event has raised approximately $50,000 for the Guardian ad Litem Program, which in 2012 had faced the prospect of discontinuing its services after losing a grant from Fulton County.

“Our firm is honored to host one of AVLF’s signature fundraising events for the fourth year in a row,” said Jim McGinnis, a partner at Warner Bates and Treasurer of the AVLF Board of Directors. “The services offered by AVLF and its Guardian ad Litem program are necessary for the continued well-being of youth in need across Atlanta.”

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Fulton County Daily Report, IAG Forensics, Network 1 Consulting, Paces and Vine, Professional Document Services, Signature FD, and State Bank.

AVLF has operated the Guardian ad Litem program in the Fulton County Family Division since 1990. The program provides training for private attorney volunteers to represent Fulton County children from low income households who are the subject of contested custody actions.

Elinor Hitt speaks to fellow attorneys at 2015 Family Law Institute’s annual conference  

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy attorney Elinor Hitt participated in a panel with fellow family law attorneys at the Georgia Family Law Institute’s 33rd annual conference.

Sponsored by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, this year’s event was held May 21 – 23, 2015, at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida.

Ms. Hitt was a panelist for the discussion on child support and custody. The panel was held on Saturday, May 22nd.

Nancy Ingram Jordan Named One of Nation’s “Top One Percent” Among Attorneys

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy is proud to announce Nancy Ingram Jordan has been recognized as a member of the Nation’s “Top One Percent” among attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC). Attorneys awarded membership in this prestigious organization are considered to be “the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation,” according to NADC.

All members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, nominated by a panel of peers from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board. NADC ( strives to “objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.”

Nancy Ingram Jordan discusses appellate experience at Legal Legends event

Warner, Bates, McGough, McGinnis & Portnoy attorney Nancy Ingram Jordan spoke at “Legal Legends,” an educational event to raise money for a scholarship fund created in honor of the late Court of Appeals Judge Debra Halpern Bernes. Ms. Jordan discussed her appellate experience in a session entitled, “Appellate Practice: A Practical Perspective.”

The event was sponsored by the Cobb County Bar Association and was held March 6, 2015, in the Superior Courthouse Jury Assembly Room.

The full agenda for the event can be found online at:

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