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Kristen Files 

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 and 2018, Kristen was named to Super Lawyer® Rising Stars.

Kristen enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and biking with her daughter. She also enjoys practicing yoga, and taking ballet and modern dance classes.



Great help
Ms Files took my case with short notice, and helped me out tremendously. Very understanding person and will do everything she can to help.

Each interaction I had with Kristen was a pleasant experience and I always felt as though I mattered. I would recommend her to anyone that needed assistance in their divorce proceedings.

Highly Recommend
Kristen is very professional, punctual, and thorough. She represented me very well during a difficult process. I would strongly recommend her.

Kristen Files
Ms. Files represented me on a personal/legal matter. I applaud her services. She represented me very well. She was professional, thorough, efficient and tactful. I would highly recommend her !

Could not ask for a better person!
Kristen made me feel like I had a true advocate and friend by my side. She was always quick to respond, and truly listened to your needs and put those first. I would highly recommend her, smart and dependable but without the typical "attorney feel".