Kristen Files

Kristen Files is a partner and co-founder of Files Hayle.  She practices primarily in the area of family law, often handling complex high-asset, high-conflict cases.  Her focus is on navigating her clients through litigation in a way that centers the best interests of their families and children. Kristen is a certified mediator and regularly serves as a neutral in family and civil litigation matters. She is also a trained and experienced guardian ad litem. 

After completing her undergraduate degree at Emory University, Kristen went on to graduate from  Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 2010.  Since then, she has practiced primarily in the area of family law, working at several top family law firms in the Atlanta area before opening her own practice.

With over 13 years of family law experience, Kristen has seen firsthand the impact contentious and extensive litigation can have on family relationships.  Because of that experience, Kristen centers her approach on minimizing the conflict that can be created through litigation and preserving the integrity of the family unit so that it continues long after the litigation has ended.

Kristen lives in midtown Atlanta with her daughter Sydney and her dog Lola. 

“At Files Hayle, our clients’ needs drive our decisions. We work hard to ensure that you get the best legal care for you and your family.”

-Kristen Files, Partner & Co-Founder

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, J.D. 2010
  • Emory University, B.A. 2005

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Certifications

  • Certified Mediator
    • General Litigation
    • Domestic Relations
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy

Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer 2024
  • Georgia Trend, Legal Elite, 2019-2021
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division, Outstanding Service to the Profession, 2019
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2017-2023
  • National Association of Black Lawyers, Top 40 under 40, 2016

    Leadership

    • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL), Board Member, 2023 – present
    • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section Executive Committee
      • Legislative Committee Member, 2021-2022
      • Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member, 2021-2022
      • Member at Large, 2020-2021
    • Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Board Member
      • Member at Large, 2020-2022
      • DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Board Member
        • Membership Committee Member, 2019-2021
      • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division Leadership Team
        • Family Law Committee Co-Chair, 2019-2020
        • Disaster Relief Committee Chair, 2019-2020
      • DeKalb Bar Association, Family Law Board Member
        • Secretary, 2019-2020
        • Member at Large, 2017-2019
        • State Bar of Georgia, Leadership Academy, Class of 2019
        • Charles Longstreet Weltner Inn of Court, 2018-2020
        • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), Leadership Team
          • Young Lawyers Division Committee Co-Chair, 2014-2016
        • GABWA Professional Development Academy, Class of 2012

        Memberships 

        • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
        • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA)
        • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL)
        • American Bar Association, Family Law Section

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