Try to imagine this world…
Separating families get the education, information and assistance they need to understand all of their options, and to work out their own divorce settlement agreements, before they begin litigation in the courts.
Or if litigation has already begun, they agree to put it on hold while they get the help they need to resolve their own problems as quickly, privately, conveniently and cost-effectively as possible.
My name is Cynthia Patton. I’m a lawyer and a Georgia Supreme Court Registered Neutral (Mediator). I’ve practiced divorce and family law in Georgia for more than 15 years. In the courtroom, you give up your privacy, control of your future, your time and a lot of your money. But you don’t have to do that.
Profile: Attorney Cynthia Patton
Lawyer, Mediator, Small Business Owner, Legal Instructor
Attorney Patton’s practice has focused on divorce and family law matters at non-profit and private law firms until she founded the Law Firm of Cynthia L. Patton PC in January, 2007. She was recognized as one of Georgia’s Top Lawyers in 2009, is a Georgia Supreme Court Registered Neutral (mediator), has completed Guardian ad Litem required training, and taught the Family Law course in the Paralegal Program at North Metro Technical College. In 2015, Attorney Patton launched Discerning Divorce, Inc. with the intent of revolutionizing the divorce world.
Education & Prior Business Experience
Attorney Patton earned her Juris Doctorate at the St. Louis University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree in communications/journalism at Kennesaw State University. She was selected to serve as staff member of Saint Louis University Law Journal.
Before law school, Attorney Patton held several corporate communications positions with the corporate headquarters/technology center of an Amoco Chemical Company subsidiary, gaining extensive corporate business experience related not only to internal and external communications, but also identifying and developing new products, technologies and markets for the polystyrene foam industry.
Pre-law school experience also included working in local government (planning & urban development/neighborhood revitalization) and reporting for a Knight-Ridder newspaper.
Admitted to State & Federal Courts
- Superior Court of Georgia
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- Georgia Supreme Court
- U. S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Bar Leadership & Membership
- President, Family Law Section, Cobb County Bar Association, 2009-2010
- Board of Trustees, Cobb County Bar Association, 2009-2010
- State Bar of Georgia, Member
- Cobb County Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- Ralston Purina Company corporate legal department: securities, employment law, employee benefits, and corporate governance
- Judge James Barta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District, St. Louis, Missouri
- Chief Judge Hugh Stone and Judge David Barrett, Enotah Judicial Circuit (Lumpkin, Towns, Union and White counties), Georgia
Lead counsel for Plaintiff Webb in the case of Webb v. TNT Auto Sales, Inc., et al. Attorney Patton worked closely with multiple co-counsels, including former Georgia Governor Roy E. Barnes. Case strategies included investigative reports by local television news media (WAGA FOX 5 ATLANTA), and collaboration with state and federal law enforcement agencies (DEA, FBI, ATF, GBI).
Co-counsel for Plaintiff Allen in the case of Allen v. Marietta Housing Authority, a wrongful eviction case that began in the Cobb County Magistrate Court, was appealed through the Cobb County State and Superior Courts, and removed to the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and finally settled on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals.
Profile: Katherine “Katie” Crockett
Docent, Paralegal, Law Firm Office Manager
Katie has managed the offices of the Law Firm of Cynthia L. Patton PC since 2007, and has provided paralegal and supervisory services throughout her tenure. In 2015, Katie became Docent for Discerning Divorce, Inc., bringing her considerable legal experience to guide clients successfully through the process.
Prior Legal & Business Experience
Katie gained experience as a paralegal for multiple divorce lawyers at small and large law firms. Prior to entering the legal field, Katie was an Office Manager for a local residential and commercial energy conservation company, and worked with a national bank.