Theodore S. Eittreim
- University of Virginia, B.A., 1995
- Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1998
- New Jersey
Areas of Practice:
- Domestic Relations
- Family Law
Theodore S. “Ted” Eittreim has been practicing family law for over twenty years, and since 2003, he has been focused exclusively on assisting clients in this difficult and highly emotional area of the law. Ted is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, one of only thirty-four family law attorneys so-designated in the entire State of Georgia, and he is the current Chairperson of the Family Law Section of State Bar of Georgia. Understanding that his clients come to him for counsel in one of the most difficult periods of their lives, Ted’s focus is to ensure that his clients receive passionate, yet compassionate, representation, whether that is in the courtroom or at the negotiating table.
In the course of his career, Ted has been sought out for his expertise by high-net-worth and high-profile individuals and their spouses, including business owners, professionals, executives, sports figures, and entertainers, but he is pleased and fortunate to be able to represent clients from all levels of means and all walks of life. Every client that Ted represents benefits from his reputation in the legal community as well as the solutions-oriented approach that he employs in helping each of them navigate their unique family law matter.
In his family law practice, Ted concentrates primarily on representing his clients in complex divorce cases, which typically involve the division of significant assets as well as addressing highly-contested custodial and parenting time issues. In addition to representing clients in complicated divorce actions, Ted also handles all manner of other family law matters including initial custody and parenting time determinations through paternity and legitimation cases for non-married parents, child support actions, the negotiation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, as well as conflicts that arise after a divorce has been finalized, such as contempt actions, modification cases dealing with custody, parenting time and child support, and appeals to the Georgia Appellate Courts.
Among other accolades, Ted has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer in the area of family law every year beginning in 2014, and he has been named a “Top 100” Super Lawyer, listed as one of the top 100 attorneys in the entire State of Georgia, every year since 2020. He has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2018, and he was recognized as the Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” for all of Atlanta in 2020 and again for 2023 by Best Lawyers. He is rated “AV – Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubble, the highest possible rating awarded, and has been recognized as one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine. Ted is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor bestowed upon only one percent of attorneys nationwide.
In addition to being the current Chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar, Ted has been on the Executive Committee of the Section since 2017, serving in various roles and positions, including being the Editor of the Family Law Review, the quarterly periodical published by the State Bar and the Family Law Section. Ted is a frequent speaker on family law topics at continuing legal education programs and seminars, and he enjoys membership in several organizations that recognize professionalism and excellence in family law practice, including the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, where he is a Master and a member of the Executive Committee, currently serving as the Membership Chair. Ted is also a member of several bar and professional associations, including the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He is also an adjunct member of the faculty at Emory University School of Law, guest lecturing on family law and trial practice topics, and teaching the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, one of the most highly regarded and intensive trial skills programs offered at any law school in the nation.
Ted graduated from the University of Virginia in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in history. Immediately thereafter, he relocated to Atlanta to attend Emory University School of Law, graduating in 1998 with his law degree. While Ted has called Atlanta home for over twenty-five years, he grew up in the shore town of Rumson, New Jersey, and he maintains significant ties to his original home state, including being licensed to practice law in New Jersey.
Ted, his wife Holly, and their three daughters live in the Chastain Park neighborhood of Buckhead. When away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, playing the (very) occasional round of golf, and traveling with his immediate and extended family, especially when making their annual pilgrimage to Walt Disney World.
Organizations & Activities
- Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Officer, Chairperson, Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, former Editor of The Family Law Review
- Member, State Bar of Georgia (Family Law Section)
- Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
- Member, Atlanta Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- Faculty, Emory University School of Law, Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques
- Executive Committee, Membership Chair, Master, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court
- Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta
- Member, American Bar Association (Family Law Section, Litigation Section)
- Georgia Super Lawyer, 2014 – 2023
- Top 100 Super Lawyer for State of Georgia, 2020 – 2023
- Awarded “Lawyer of the Year” for Atlanta in the area of Family Law by Best Lawyers in America for 2020 and 2023
- Listed, Best Lawyers in America, 2018 – 2023, by Best Lawyers
- Georgia Super Lawyer “Rising Star,” 2012
- Rated “AV – Preeminent” (highest possible designation) for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubble, 2014 – 2023
- National Association of Distinguished Counsel, “Top One Percent” Award, 2015 – 2023
- Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite,” 2016
- Rated a perfect 10 out of 10 “Superb” on Avvo.com
Selected Publications & Presentations
- Professionalism: A Lawyer’s Creed, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Georgia Chapter, Family Law Seminar, December 9, 2022, Moderator.
- Professionalism Throughout the Litigation Process – Lessons from Former Civil Litigators Who Have Taken the Bench, Family Law Institute, May 19, 2022, Moderator.
- Ethics Hour, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Georgia Chapter, Family Law Seminar, December 10, 2021, Speaker and Author, with Paula J. Frederick, General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia.
- Nuts & Bolts of Family Law, February 25, 2021, Chairperson.
- Domestic Relations Considerations for the Trusts and Estates Practitioner: A Primer for Preventing Pitfalls in the Divorce Law World, Atlanta Bar Association, November 18, 2020, Speaker and Author.
- 26th Annual John C. Mayoue Family Law Conference on Professionalism, Chairperson and Moderator, February 13, 2020.
- Don’t Get Burned By Your Boilerplate, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Georgia Chapter, Family Law Seminar, December 13, 2019, Speaker and Author.
- Blade Running: Tips on How to Effectively Manage Your Clients Without Driving Them Away, Nuts and Bolts of Family Law, Atlanta, September 19, 2019, Author and Speaker.
- A View From The Bench – Current Topics in Family Law, State Bar of Georgia Midyear Meeting, Macon, Georgia, January 10, 2019, Chair and Moderator.
- Alimony Factors in Georgia and Reform Efforts Beyond: Is Discretion Really the Better Part of Valor?, Nuts and Bolts of Family Law, Savannah, August 17, 2018, Author and Speaker.
- “Delivering A Dose of Perspective: Techniques for Managing Client Expectations,” The Family Law Review, Spring 2018 Edition.
- The Collision of Protest Law with Family Law: Political Proclivities Playing Into Parenting, Program Chairperson and Presenter, a Joint Presentation by the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court and the Lamar Inn of Court, January 23, 2018.
- Admissibility of Electronic Evidence – Exposure of How Easy It Is to Create Fraudulent Records, Succeeding in Family Law Hearings and Trials, October 19, 2017, Moderator and Speaker.
- Techniques for Managing Client Expectations, Nuts & Bolts of Family Law, September 29, 2017, Speaker and Author.
- John C. Mayoue Family Law Convocation on Professionalism, March 22, 2017, Program Co-Chairperson and Moderator.
- Resolving Family Law Disputes Through ADR, JAMS and the Women in Profession Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, October 19, 2016, Speaker and Panelist.
- The Collision of Bankruptcy and Divorce: A Survival Guide, Nuts and Bolts of Family Law Seminar, September 30, 2016, Speaker and Author.
- 34th Annual Family Law Institute, Case Law Update – Recent Developments in Grandparent Rights and Multi-State Jurisdiction, May 18 – 21, 2016, Speaker and Author.
- Bedroom to Courtroom: The Ashley Madison Litigation, Atlanta Bar Association, October 7, 2015, Speaker and Panelist.
- Financial Topics in Family Law, Mock Direct and Cross Examinations of Financial Experts, January 27, 2015, Presenter/Lecturer.
- 21st Annual Family Law Convocation on Professionalism, March 26, 2014, Program Chairperson and Moderator.
- 31st Annual Family Law Institute, May 23-25, 2013, Presenter and Author, Testing the Enforceability of Prenuptial Agreements: Newman v. Newman as a Case Study.
- Forensic Accounting & Tax Issues in Divorce Cases, a joint presentation of the Georgia Society of CPAs and Family Law Section of the Georgia Bar, January 26, 2012, Presenter and Lecturer.
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