Denise licensed to practice law since 2000, is a trained and registered mediator in the State of Georgia. Since 2010 she’s helped hundreds of families resolve their disputes without the need to step inside the uncertainty of the courtroom. She is active as a mediator for the DeKalb and Cobb County Superior Courts. Additionally, she carries specialized training in mediation for domestic violence situations.
In 2013, Denise became an Arbitrator and is registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Her expertise in family law matters gives litigants an option to the uncertainty of scheduling a hearing and the stress of the courtroom experience in situations where an amicable resolution just cannot be found. She is often called upon to assist and/or represent families in the LGBTQ community with their family law issues and questions because of her expertise with how the law intersects this community; including arguing constitutional matters on behalf of LGBTQ parents before the Georgia Supreme Court. Denise has also assisted with providing input on legislation for more inclusive custody laws. This specialty translates into being able to provide a safe space for all couples going through divorce or separation.
Active in the legal community and community at-large, in 2011, she helped form and found the Family Law Section of the DeKalb Bar Association. She is a Past President of the DeKalb Bar Association and served three years as the President of the Board for the DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, an organization with which she remains active. She currently serves on the Service Council for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.
Denise is married and lives in downtown Decatur with her wife, Jessica and their cat, Eleanor and dog, Harper. She is an active member of Decatur First United Methodist Church where she is the incoming Lay Leader for the congregation.
Tracy Gould Sheinin
Tracy Gould Sheinin has been a professional mediator since 1999 specializing in domestic issues. Her focus is on helping separating and divorcing couples, as well as families post-divorce, develop personalized agreements that are realistic and functional.
Currently, she works regularly with the superior courts in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties as well as with private clients.
Alyson F. Lembeck
Alyson is a partner in the firm of Ellis Funk, P.C., where she exclusively practices family law. Alyson graduated as the Valedictorian from the University of Florida in 1999. She attained her law degree from the Emory University in 2002.
Alyson is a certified mediator, registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, and a certified domestic mediator for the Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb, Forsyth, Cherokee, and Gwinnett County Superior Court. Alyson has experience mediating hundreds of cases including cases with complex financial and custody issues. Alyson also serves as a Guardian ad Litem, in contested custody matters. Alyson was recognized by her peers as a Georgia Super Lawyer in 2018, Legal Elite in 2018, and Best Lawyer of Jewish Atlanta in 2018.
Since 1999, Hank Kimmel, a licensed attorney and registered mediator, has helped parties resolve thousands of disputes and avoid the expense, uncertainty, and stress of courtroom proceedings. As a domestic mediator, Hank encourages parties to work toward specifically-tailored, balanced, and forward-thinking agreements..
Hank works regularly in the DeKalb, Fulton, and Cobb County courts, as well as the 7th and 9th Judicial Administrative Districts. He is active in the community as a playwright, tennis pro and Membership Chair at The Temple. He was instrumental in developing the highly-regarded CLE program, Courtroom Drama.