Adam Sutton

Associate Attorney

Marietta divorce attorney Adam SuttonMarietta divorce attorney Adam Sutton understands that contested divorce can be one of the most difficult things a person can endure. Often, they have no idea how to navigate the process or what to expect in the end.

Mr. Sutton has seen what happens when people attempt to go to court alone and how heartbreaking the results can be. By practicing family law, he is able to help people avoid those situations and make a genuine difference in their lives.

“People deserve a fair hearing and their children deserve a strong foundation to grow from regardless of whether their parents are married or divorced,” Mr. Sutton said.

The stakes are high for many people during the divorce process and raw emotions often get in the way of sound decision making. During his many years as a mediator working primarily in high-conflict situations, followed by his time as a litigator focused on child custody issues, Mr. Sutton developed a degree of control and professional steadiness that allows him to always stay focused on his client’s goals and the litigation end game.

“An attorney must be able to stand firm against an overly aggressive opposing counsel, re-focus an angry judge, and bring a biased expert witness back to reality,” Mr. Sutton said.

Mr. Sutton also encourages his clients to remain in control of their emotions. When they step into an attorney’s office, they are usually angry, and often rightfully so. Betrayal, frustration, fear, and anxiety all meld together into a tightly wound ball of negativity and can cloud one’s judgment.

“Focus on your future and, more importantly, focus on your children’s future,” Mr. Sutton said. “Children need their parent to be that good guy, to make the right choices, and do what is right for those kids. Not only is that approach the best way to plan for your long-term future, it is also the best way to win the judge’s favor during your case.”

Licenses & Admissions

Mr. Sutton is licensed in Georgia.

Education

Mr. Sutton received his Bachelor of Science in Public Service from Macon State College. He earned his Juris Doctor from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and graduated in the top 13% of his class.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Mr. Sutton was the founder, president, and attorney for The Sutton Law Office, a family law, mediation, and criminal defense firm in Kennesaw, Ga. He litigated hundreds of cases throughout the Metro-Atlanta area primarily in the areas of family law and divorce. He was also the Assistant Director and lead attorney for a clinic styled office dedicated to providing family law representation and legal services to those of limited financial means. In addition to his experience as a litigator, he is also an experienced mediator and guardian ad litem. He also regularly volunteered pro bono legal services through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and the Cobb County Justice Foundation.

Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia, 2010
  • Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar, Chairman 2015
  • Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar, Treasurer 2013
  • Atlanta Bar Association, 2010
  • Cobb County Bar Association, 2010
  • Registered Neutral/Mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution

Awards

Awards while in law school:

  • The Custer-Tuggle Award of Excellence in Family Law
  • Cali Excellence Award for Domestic Relations
  • Cali Excellence Award for Professional Responsibility
  • Cali Excellence Award for Legal Writing, Pretrial Procedure

Post-law school community awards:

  • Fulton County District Attorney’s Certificate for Outstanding Service
  • Young Litigators of Solstice Award of Appreciation

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

  • “Pre-Divorce Mediation” Published in the Spring 2012 edition of the Bar publication DR Currents.
  • “Conflict Resolution in Court, in Politics, and in Life” Published in The Bright Side Newspaper, Kennesaw, Georgia in March 2011.

Mr. Sutton has published many law and mediation related articles online including:

  • “The Child’s Choice: How Age of Election Works in Georgia”
  • “Parenting Plan: What it is and How it Works”
  • ” New Divorce Options for the New Year”
  • “Getting the Most From Your GAL: Working with a Guardian Ad Litem”
  • “Effectively Preparing for Mediation”
  • “How to Negotiate Better in Three Steps”
  • Mr. Sutton presented the interactive online web seminar “Divorce 101” in 2011.
  • Mr. Sutton has been a guest lecturer in college level conflict resolution classes.
  • Mr. Sutton has been the guest speaker at multiple middle and high schools on subjects such as the US Constitution, civil rights, resolving conflicts, and careers in law.
  • Mr. Sutton has been an associate trainer for CLE and CEU seminars.
  • Mr. Sutton is also a former coach and current regular judge for Atlanta Teen Court and Moot Court competitions.

Mr. Sutton frequently contributes responses to Ask a Lawyer questions for DadsDivorce.com.

Reviews

5/5

“I had a great relationship with Adam. He worked with me very well and was very patient and understanding. I really appreciated this to help get me through a difficult time.”

4/5

“I liked the services, the follow-up and the Client Portal. It made me feel confident that you were attending to my needs and helped me to keep track of costs. I felt like I could trust your team to do what they needed to do for me.”

5/5

“Adam is great.  He is always good about calling and getting a hold of me.  The firm is awesome. You helped through my first divorce and custody suit.  I have been very happy with the whole experience.”

5/5

“Adam Sutton is a fantastic listener and fabulous in working strategy with me to achieve my goals.  I receive updates weekly.  The whole team at Cordell & Cordell has treated me great. …”

5/5

“Adam always gets back with me right [away] and is professional.  I have to say he has completed his research and knows my case well.”

5/5

“Adam always responded. Even when he was busy with other cases, he always made it a priority to get back to me. Everything was great.”

5/5

“From the moment I contacted Cordell & Cordell, I was shown great respect and attention by everyone I came into contact with. I was very impressed by the resources, both personal and electronic, that were available to me during my case.  My attorney, Adam Sutton, was calm, well-informed, and responsive.  Excellent lawyers, great infrastructure.”

5/5

“Adam is very direct; he provides you options without sugarcoating, which I like.  It has been nice dealing with him since day one.”

5/5

“I really appreciate working with Adam.  I have limited finances, and he has worked with me.  Adam Sutton is great.”

5/5

“Adam was excellent. Your firm was referred to me by a colleague of mine who is also an attorney. I must say I was impressed with your entire staff at the firm. I always felt that everyone at the office was working on my behalf.”

5/5

“Adam is a really great and caring attorney.  He kept me informed from beginning to end.  I can say I knew from the start that Adam had mine and my kid’s best interest at heart.  …”

5/5

“I think Adam did a great job. He was very accessible throughout. He always returned my calls and emails quickly. I couldn’t have asked for much more honestly.”

5/5

“My case was settled in mediation. … Adam always gave me updates on progress. Phone calls and emails were returned in a timely manner.”