Matrimonial and Family Law
Smith & Lake LLC
1 West Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
Kristen E. Files is an associate at Smith & Lake, LLC where she practices family law. She has experience in all areas of family law including divorce, maintenance and alimony, legitimation, paternity, domestic violence and protection orders, child custody and access, adoptions, name changes, and child support actions.
Prior to joining Smith & Lake, Kristen was an Associate with a North Atlanta family law firm. She also worked at Atlanta’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she worked on cases involving enforcement of civil rights laws and the Fair Housing Act.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, Kristen graduated from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, where she continues to serve as an alumni mentor for current students. She has been admitted to practice law in the state of Georgia since 2010 and is also licensed to appear before the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Kristen is a member of the Atlanta, Cobb, DeKalb County and Sandy Springs Bar Associations; the Family Law Section and the Young Lawyers Division of the of the Georgia Bar Association and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. In 2016, she was named as a “Top 40 under 40” lawyer by the National Black Lawyers. In 2017, Kristen was named as Super Lawyer Rising Star.
Kristen enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and biking with her daughter. She also enjoys practicing yoga, and taking ballet and modern dance classes.