Andrea Hastings

Top 30 Matrimonial and Family Law
Waggoner Hastings LLC
3820 Mansell Road
Suite 170
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 641-8200
www.whfamilylaw.com


Andrea ("Andee") focuses solely on the practice of Family Law. She handles divorce, separate maintenance, child custody and child support, alimony, modification actions, contempt, domestic violence, paternity and legitimation cases, counsels clients in premarital planning and preparing Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Settlement Agreements, Separation Agreements, name change, Domestic Partnership Agreements and dissolutions, mediation, case evaluation, and is certified as a Collaborative Law attorney. Andee has significant experience in handling complex domestic litigation cases, and she brings that experience to each and every case she handles, for the benefit of her clients.

Andee is trained as a Guardian ad Litem, specializing in protecting the interests of children who are involved in contested custody matters. Andee is a trained and certified domestic Mediator. She lectures on Family Law issues at events sponsored by church, civic, and business organizations. Andee also volunteers her time mentoring high school, college and law school students competing in Mock Trial events and honing their skills as future lawyers and advocates.

Areas of Practice:

Family Law
Divorce
Child Custody and Support
Paternity
Legitimation Cases
Alimony
Adoption
Prenuptial/Post-Nuptial Agreement
Guardian Ad Litem
Mediator
Domestic Partnerships
Post-divorce Modification and Enforcement

Bar Admissions:

Georgia, 1997
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2001
U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 2002
Georgia Court of Appeals, 1998
Georgia Supreme Court, 2005

Honors and Awards:

Top 100 Lawyers Award, The National Advocates, 2014
10 Best in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
10 Best in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2015
Top 100 Family Lawyer- State of Georgia, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2016
Top 100 Family Lawyer- State of Georgia, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2015
Nation's Top One Percent Honor, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2017
Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
Nation's Top One Percent Honor, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2016
Top One Percent, National League of Renowned Attorneys, 2016
Georgia Trend Legal Elite, 2016
10 Best Female Attorneys, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016-2017
Global Directory of Who's Who Top Attorney 2016
Top 100 Lawyers Award, The National Advocates, 2015
Nation's Top One Percent Honor, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
10 Best in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2014
Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2015
The Order of Barristers, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
Georgia Rising Stars, 2011
Georgia Rising Stars, 2012
Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2014
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Russian, with highest distinction, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Golden Key National Honor Society
Phi Beta Kappa
Recipient, Cody E. Welborn Scholarship
Delta Phi Epsilon

Special Licenses/Certifications:

Trained Mediator, State of Georgia, 2010
Family Law Mediator, State of Georgia, 2010
Trained in Collaborative Practice by the Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia, 2006
P.O.S.T. Certified Expert in Domestic Violence (Training and Evidence collection)

Bar/Professional Activity:

Judge, The National Mock Trial Competition, 2012
Supreme Court of Georgia, 2005
U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 2002
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2001
Georgia Court of Appeals, 1998
Georgia, 1997
Executive Committee Member, The National Advocates: Top 100, 2015
Member, North Fulton Bar Association
Member, International Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2009-present
Trained Guardian ad Litem for Children in Contested Custody Cases, 2006 - Present
Judge, Cobb County High School Mock Trial Competition
Barrister, The Lamar American Inn of Court
Judge, National High School Mock Trial Competition
Judge, J. Melvin England Mock Trial Competition, 1998-2001
Judge, The National Mock Trial Association, Atlanta Regional Mock Trial Competition, February 2014
Judge, 2013 Regional Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the University of Georgia School of Law
Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2003 - present
Member, Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia, 2006-present
Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court
National Association of Professional Women
Member, State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

Volunteer/Sponsor/Event Organizer- Atlanta Free to Breathe 1k/5k Race to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer research, 2009- present
Foster/Rescue Volunteer/Fundraiser Volunteer- Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, 2013- present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

Speaker, "Advanced Issues in Divorce", National Business Institute, 2009
Guest Lecturer, "The Role of the Child Specialist in Collaborative Law", Georgia State University School of Law, March 14, 2013
Speaker, "The Essentials of Adoption Law" at the National Business Institute's Adoption Law: Start to Finish Seminar, March, 2015
Speaker/Trainer, Police Officers, Sheriff's Deputies and Investigators in Evidence Gathering and Documentation in Domestic Violence Cases, Rockdale County District Attorney's Office,1997-2000
Speaker, "Post-Divorce Considerations" at the National Business Institute's Advanced Issues in Divorce Seminar, July 2012
Speaker, "Drafting Common Marital Agreements and Understanding Protective Orders and Domestic Torts", Oddities and Challenges of Family Law Seminar, National Business Institute, April 2014
Instructor, Domestic Mediation Training, Resolve to Solve, October 2012
Speaker/Trainer, Statewide Training of 911 Operators and First Responders in Evidence Gathering in Domestic Violence cases, Georgia Public Safety Training Safety Center, 1997- 2000
Speaker, "Strategies for Effective Use of Discovery," Divorce Law From A-Z Seminar, National Business Institute, December 2013
Guest Lecturer, "Collaborative Divorce," Georgia State University College of Law, Spring 2012

Representative Clients:

Friday v. Friday, 294 Ga. 687 (2014)
State of Georgia vs. Dean, 235 Ga. App. 847 (1998)
Mallen vs. Mallen, 280 Ga. 43 (2005)
Davison v. State, 241 Ga. App. 685 (1999)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

After only one year of practice, as an Assistant District Attorney, I represented the People of the State of Georgia and a victim of repeat instances of domestic violence.  Because of the multiple family violence instances between this victim and her spouse, I asked the grand jury to indict the case as a felony "family violence battery".  At the time, the law provided that a "upon second or subsequent conviction of a family violence battery against the same or another victim," the defendant may be charged with a felony.  In the instant case, the defendant's prior conviction for battery was a family violence battery under the current definition of the statute, but it had not been called a "family violence battery" because that description did not exist in the law at the time of the previous conviction. Defendant moved to dismiss the felony indictment on this basis, and the trial court ruled the previous batteries, although clearly family violence and involving the same parties, would not serve to elevate the then current case to a felony because the previous cases had not been called "family violence battery".  The trial court's view constituted strict construction of the language of the statute at that time.  I felt this construction created a potential loophole in the law for family violence recidivists, violated the true intent of the legislature, and constituted a failiure to properly protect domestic violence victims from repeat offenders.  The case was dismissed by the trial court.  As the State of Georgia, I appealed to the Georgia Court of Appeals.  I asked the court to make law on this issue because it was the right this to do.  The Court of Appeals agreed.  Shortly thereafter, the Georgia Legislature did as well.  Given the danger that domestic violence poses to our society, our children, our law enforcement officiials, this was a special and deep personal victory to me, fighting a battle for so many who often are unable to fight for themselves.

Educational Background:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, B.A., with highest distinction, in International Studies, Dean's List, Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key National Honor Society, 1994
University of Georgia School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1997

Fraternities/Sororities:

Delta Phi Epsilon

Representative Cases:

State of Georgia vs. Dean, 235 Ga. App. 847 (1998)
Mallen vs. Mallen, 280 Ga. 43 (2005)
Davison v. State, 241 Ga. App. 685 (1999)
Friday v. Friday, 294 Ga. 687 (2014)

Past Employment Positions:

Warner, Mayoue, Bates & Nolen PC, Attorney/Partner, 2004 - 2009
Lawler, Tanner & Zitron, Associate, 2003 - 2004
Hawkins & Parnell, LLP, Associate, 2000 - 2003
Rockdale County District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, 1997 - 2000