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.