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Dorothy "Dodie" Sachs


  • The University of North Carolina

    Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1997

    B.A. Religious Studies

  • Tulane University Law School

    New Orleans, Louisiana 2004

    Juris Doctor


I love being a divorce attorney. Family law is one of the few areas of the law, where we work to build a better future for our clients and the parties in a case, instead of focusing only on problems that occurred in the past. Most importantly, I understand what my clients are going through, when they chose to take the next step and hire an attorney. I am a child of divorced parents. I have stepparents and stepsiblings and stepchildren. I am divorced and remarried. I have been personally involved in a Modification of Custody case, where a Guardian ad Litem was involved. I know what it feels like when you finally decide to file for divorce, and when the divorce is finally over. I know how hard it is to take the high road when conflicts arise, but it is always the right path. These life experiences give me perspective on family law cases that not every attorney has.

I have years of experience representing people through all kinds of family law cases. I have practiced in Gwinnett County primarily focusing on family law since I graduated from Tulane University School of Law in 2004.In the complex storm of emotions that a family law case causes, I represent my clients to the best possible resolution by being calm, compassionate, and knowledgeable in the law.

I am committed to helping the legal profession and the local community. I have been an active volunteer with the Gwinnett Pro Bono Project, part of Atlanta Legal Aid Society since I was admitted to the Bar. I am the recipient of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, which is an award selected by all of Atlanta Legal Aid which serves the seven metro Atlanta counties, and the 2015 Volunteer of the Year for Gwinnett County Legal Aid. I developed the Family Law Information Class, in partnership with the Gwinnett Legal Aid, to teach people how to represent themselves in their family law cases (register for the free class at I have served as a Mentor for the Transition into Law Practice Program, a program for new attorneys in Georgia. I am a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education Classes, and I am the President of the Gwinnett County Bar Association for the 2020 - 2021 membership year.