Susan Hurst has been practicing family law since 1987. She has been affiliated with Jeffrey Bogart since 1992. Her practice is devoted to the representation of clients and the best interests of children in family law disputes, including custody, divorce, nuptial agreements, reconciliation agreements, child support, enforcement, modification, and legitimation. She holds an "AV" Martindale-Hubbell rating which, as the highest rating, indicates preeminent legal ability and high ethical standards. "
In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Hurst regularly serves as a Guardian ad Litem, representing children in custody disputes. She is frequently appointed by the Superior Courts of Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Forsyth counties, either by the judge on his or her own accord, or by agreement of the attorneys representing the parents. Acting as a Guardian, she conducts an independent investigation and then makes a recommendation in accordance with the best interests of the child.
A problem-solver by nature, Ms. Hurst has been mediating family law cases since 1992. She is repeatedly acknowledged as a “ Best Lawyer in America” in the category of Family Mediation and has been recognized as the “Best Lawyer in Atlanta” in the area of Family Mediation.
Ms. Hurst is also Certified in the area of Collaborative Practice and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Collaborative Practice is a process of resolving family disputes that does not include adversarial techniques or tactics. Using a cooperative model of negotiation, the attorneys and their clients undertake an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving. Both parties and their attorneys agree not to use the court to resolve disputes during the Collaborative Process. Instead, skilled counsel, like Ms. Hurst, assist the client in achieving resolution of their conflict in a manner that supports the family as a whole and the client in their interests.
Ms. Hurst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and her Juris Doctor from the University Toledo of College of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of the University of Toledo Law Review. Before moving to Georgia, she held the position of Instructor of Law at the University of Toledo College of Law and served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Virginia. She is admitted to practice in Ohio and Georgia.
Ms. Hurst is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Atlanta and Georgia State Bar Associations, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She has written and lectured extensively about family law topics including: Mediation; Alternate Dispute Resolution; Nuptial Agreements; Collaborative Practice; Guardians ad Litem; and Appellate Practice.
Ms. Hurst is married and has two children.
Guardian ad Litem