Susan Hurst has practiced family law in the Atlanta area for over 30 years. 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. Susan has held an “AV” Martindale-Hubble rating which, as the highest rating, indicates preeminent legal ability and high ethical standards, for almost 20 years. She is most pleased to join The Gleklen Law Firm as “Of Counsel” and to work with her esteemed colleague of many years, Adam Gleklen.
Susan frequently serves as a Guardian ad Litem representing the best interests of children entangled in custody disputes and is regularly 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 ad Litem, she conducts an independent investigation and then makes a recommendation to the court in accordance with the best interests of the child. She also assists in court training for Guardians ad Litem.
A problem-solver by nature, Susan has been mediating family law cases for over 25 years. She has been named a "Best Lawyer in America since 2007" and has been recognized as the “Best Lawyer in Atlanta” in the area of Family Mediation. She also arbitrates disputes for parties who seek a private resolution to their family law issues. Susan is certified in the area of Collaborative Practice, a process of resolving family disputes using a cooperative, rather than adversarial, model of negotiation. She is also trained in providing services as a Parent Coordinator for parents who desire on-going private dispute resolution in areas where they might not be able to reach an agreement.
Susan received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and her Juris Doctor from The University of Toledo 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 she served as a judicial law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is admitted to practice in Ohio and Georgia.
Susan is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Atlanta and Georgia State Bar Associations and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She has written and lectured about family law topics including Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Nuptial Agreements, Guardians ad Litem, and Appellate Practice. Susan is married, has two children, and holds a Second-Degree black belt in Taido Karate.