LITIGATION DIVISION


David Levine, Esq.

Title: Senior Partner &  Co-Director of Case and Client Management

Phone: 770-274-2700

Fax: 770-274-2777

Email: David@ATLFamilyLawyers.com

As Senior Partner & Co-Director of Case and Client Management at ATL Family Lawyers, David C. Levine is committed to bringing personal attention and professional service to all of the firm’s clients.  

David brings over 10 years of experience practicing law with his own firm in Fort Lauderdale, FL to the team at ATL Family Lawyers.  During his time in Florida, David quickly became one of the most assertive and attentive lawyers in the state.  As such, David was sought out to bring his legal talents and caring nature to the clients of ATL Family Lawyers.

Mr. Levine received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Georgia in 1999, and his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2007.

  Before attending Law School Mr. Levine worked as a Financial Adviser for Morgan Stanley and Prudential where he enjoyed assisting his clients in protecting and growing assets and wealth. Using this experience and knowledge, he is able to uniquely assist his clients with the potential financial impacts of divorce.  

Mr. Levine is proud to be a Partner at ATL Family Lawyers, and thrives on using his past experience and expertise to help clients navigate family law matters.

In his free time Mr. Levine enjoys spending time with his wife Ilisa and their two dogs – Grace & Samson.   Additionally, Mr. Levine enjoys competitively competing in Triathlons, hiking, road & mountain biking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and deep sea & spear fishing.


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Shaun Bussert, Esq.

Title:  Managing Partner and Co-Director of Case and Client Management

Phone: 770-274-2700

Fax: 770-274-2777

Email: Shaun@ATLFamilyLawyers.com

Shaun is one of the most aggressive & experienced young Domestic and Family Litigators in Georgia.  He has tried, won and settled Domestic & Family cases in practically every single county in Georgia.  Due to his vast experience and success, Shaun became one of the youngest Managing Partners in the State at ATL Family Lawyers.

Shaun attended University of Tennessee College of Law.  While at Tennessee, Shaun was a member of the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy and the Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Team.  He also helped establish the Expungment Clinic at the school.   Additionally, Shaun was the 3L Coordinator of the Legal Aid Advice Clinics his last year and earned several awards including the Legal Aid of East Tennessee Volunteer Law Student Award.  Because of his pro bono work, Shaun was also recognized as a Law Student for Justice by the Tennessee Supreme Court.  While in law school, Shaun developed an interest in mediation and completed the Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediation Training.

A native of Decatur, Georgia, Shaun attended Ball State University where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.  While at Ball State, he was a member of the varsity men’s tennis team and led the team to a conference championship and an appearance in the NCAA tournament as a senior.  Shaun was also a 3-time NCAA ITA Academic All-American as well as a member of the Honors College, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Golden Key.

Shaun lives in Decatur with his fiancé, Whitney.  When not in court, Shaun can be found on the court playing national USTA tournaments.  He is currently ranked no. 2 in the country with his father in the Senior Father-Son division.


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Joel Schneider

Title: Associate

Phone: 770-274-2700

Fax: 770-274-2777

Email: Joel@ATLFamilyLawyers.com

Joel, a Georgia native, graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law. While in law school, he was on the editorial board of the Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Journal and volunteered as a tax preparer and mentor at the local middle school. Prior to law school, he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Georgia where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. 

Joel joined the ATL Family Lawyers Team in October of 2017. Having worked as a legal assistant, law clerk and attorney, Joel strives to use his experience to provide the best service possible - he looks forward to working with you. 


Hayley Settles

Title: Pre-Bar Associate

Phone: 770-274-2700

Fax: 770-274-2777

Email: Hayley@ATLFamilyLawyers.com

Hayley was born and raised in Sandy Springs, Georgia.. She obtained her BA in English Language Arts and Linguistics from The University of Alabama in 2013 and finished her JD at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. During her time in law school she served as the Justice of Phi Alpha Delta, Hollowell chapter, Vice President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and an engaged member of the Family and Juvenile Law Society. 

Hayley joined ATL Family Lawyers as an intern in January 2017 and practiced under the Student Practice Act. She is excited to continue preparing to take the Georgia bar exam. She has been passionate about Domestic Relations and Family Law for many years and looks forward to continuing that passion to ensure the legal process is seamless and understood for our clients. 



 

Sabrina Dove

Title: Senior Paralegal
Phone: 770-274-2700
Fax: 770-274-2777
Email: Sabrina@ATLFamilyLawyers.com

Sabrina joined ATL Family Lawyers in August of 2015.  Sabrina specializes in Family Law, and also has an extensive background in Personal Injury Law.  She obtained her BS in Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice from Everest University in 2012.  Sabrina is passionate about ensuring that each and every one of our clients receives the highest level of dedication and attention, and truly enjoys the opportunity that she has at ATL Family Lawyers to make a positive difference in each of her client's lives. 


Melissa Hitchcock

Title: Paralegal
Phone: 770-274-2700
Fax: 770-274-2777
Email: Melissa@ATLFamilyLawyers.com

Melissa recently moved back to the Metro Atlanta area from Chattanooga, Tennessee.  She obtained her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Chattanooga State Community Technical College.  Melissa is very excited to be a part of the team at ATL Family Lawyers and is always committed to doing her very best to ensure every client is treated with the respect and compassion they deserve.   


Caitlin Malone

Title: Paralegal
Phone: 770-274-2700
Fax: 770-274-2777
Email: Caitlin@ATLFamilyLawyers.com

Originally from Peachtree City, Georgia, Caitlin  graduated from the University of Georgia with her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Caitlin prides herself on being a very driven person with a passion for providing excellence in client service.  She is thrilled to be  a member of the ATL Family Lawyers team, and truly enjoys having the daily opportunity to assist our clients.


FIRM ADMINISTRATION


Adam Scott Jaffe, Esq.

Title: Director of Marketing & New Client Acquisition
Phone: 770-274-2700
Fax: 770-274-2777
Email: Adam@ATLFamilyLawyers.com

Adam S. Jaffe founded ATL Family Lawyers. His goal was to incorporate the aggressive and intense team environment of large law firms with the specific focus and customer service of smaller legal practices. Today, ATL Family Lawyers is one of the most successful and experienced boutique law firms in Atlanta and Georgia, and encompasses all of these things and more. Adam is one of the best trial and litigation lawyers in Atlanta and the State of Georgia, and in lieu of representing clients, he now uses his vast experience outside of the courtroom as the Director of Marketing and New Client Acquisition.  

Over the past 18 years, Adam has become the elite of Atlanta and Georgia trial lawyers and litigators. Adam has won major cases in every single area of his Civil and Criminal Trial Practice in Georgia. He has dominated Atlanta and Georgia Courtrooms in the most complex national custody cases to million dollar verdicts to beating the Federal Government in criminal trials.  His practice areas include all simple and complex family law matters including but not limited to divorce, child custody, child support,modifications, visitation, paternity, prenuptial agreements, mediation, LGBT family rights, division of property, contempt, alimony and spousal support.  His experience also includes simple and catastrophic auto accidents & personal injury, major medical malpractice, simple and complex criminal defense, and breach of contract. During his 18 year career, Adam has litigated, tried, settled and won thousands of cases to conclusion in Federal, Superior, State and Magistrate courts (both statewide and nationally).  With his recent jury verdict in the amount of $1,060,000.00, Adam achieved elite status as one of the few lawyers in the State of Georgia who has won major trials in all of his areas of both civil and criminal trial practice.

Adam was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He obtained a B.A. in Rhetoric at the University of Georgia. There, he advocated as counsel for the UGA Defender-Advocate Society, where his talent was highly recognized and rewarded. Adam was also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (an elite national leadership honor society) and Leadership UGA (top student leaders). During his studies he was named a Richard B. Russell Leadership Fellow.

Adam obtained his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. There, he was President of the Loyola Law School Board of Advocates and was a member of the National Trial Team, where he won the first championship in Loyola Law school history. He also coached and won with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America trial team, and the Louisiana State Bar Trial Team, where he was named champion.

BAR ADMISSIONS:

United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
United States District Court Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court Middle District of Georgia
Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia State and Superior Courts

ASSOCIATIONS:

Mentor, State Bar of Georgia Transition Into Law Practice Program
Leader, State Bar of Georgia Law School Orientation on Professionalism
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association Section of Litigation

PUBLISHED & AWARDS:

Defending Eve: A Divorce Lawyer’s Secrets to Keeping Love – Not Ending It , Amazon paperback, Kindle, Audible.
The Definitive Evolution Of “The Standard of Care” As Applied in Medical Malpractice Litigation, Medical Trial Technique Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 3.
American College of Trial Lawyers Medal For Excellence in Advocacy


Frances Astren

Title: Office Manager &  Fee Coordinator

Phone: 770-274-2700

Fax: 770-274-2777

Email: Frances@ATLFamilyLawyers.com

As the Office Manager and Fee Coordinator for ATL Family Lawyers, Frances Astren has been with ATL Family Lawyers for more than seven years. Frances is an authority on moving cases to conclusion. She believes in elite client services and “being a great listener”.  Frances went to the University of Georgia, and then pursued a career in the telecommunications industry prior to joining ATL Family Lawyers. She is a Georgia native, with two adorable granddaughters who are the apple of her eyes.


Britt Symister

Title: Reception and Client Administrator
Phone: 770-274-2700
Fax: 770-274-2777
Email: Britt@ATLFamilyLawyers.com

Britt moved from New York to Atlanta, Georgia in the early 2000s with her family to experience a new environment. She attended Georgia Piedmont Technical College for Accounting and General Studies prior to becoming a team member of ATL Family Lawyers. Britt has multiple years of experience in a professional office setting, where she collaborates her communication and administrative skills to assist her colleagues and clients with the highest level of service.  Britt really enjoys being of assistance where it is needed and cherishes every moment she has with her loved ones.