Our Team

JoAnna Smith

Founding Partner


Bar Admission

Georgia 2015



  • Emory University, J.D./M.P.H December, 2014
  • American University, B.A., December 2007



  • Certified Mediator, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Truman Scholar, 2007
  • Woodruff Fellow



  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL)

JoAnna is a Founding Partner of the Georgia Family Law Project, LLC, devoted to serving families throughout Georgia.  Working as a doula (a birth support person) before becoming a lawyer, JoAnna developed a passion for providing the information and support families needed to get through a big life change. Now JoAnna applies those skills and that passion to helping Georgians successfully navigate their family law issues in the areas of divorce, custody, visitation, and child support. She is a certified family law mediator and a Guardian Ad Litem.

JoAnna graduated summa cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in Law & Society, and a certificate in Women, Politics & Political Leadership. She is a Truman Scholar and a Truman-Albright Fellow.

Prior to law school, JoAnna worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation, as a doula in a local birth center, and a sexual assault victim advocate. She attended Emory University Law School as a Woodruff Fellow, where she received both a law degree and a Masters of Public Health. While in law school, JoAnna worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Legal Aid Society.

JoAnna lives in Kirkwood with her wife, Kate, who is a presbyterian pastor, their son, Truman, and their golden retriever, Arlo.