Austin R.C. Buerlein

Austin R.C. Buerlein

Marietta, Georgia

Mr. Buerlein has been continuously employed in the legal profession since moving to Atlanta after college in 2001, and is currently licensed to practice in all State courts, including the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia, as well as the Federal Court in the Northern District of Georgia. His practice has concentrated primarily in the area of Divorce & Family Law, where he has successfully represented over 1,000 clients in divorce and family law matters, and he has tried over 200 trials in various courtrooms throughout the state of Georgia. His clients have included professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, business executives, business owners, commissioned salesmen, entrepreneurs, pilots, brokers, teachers, stay-at-home mothers and homemakers, and individuals from virtually all walks of life.

He is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section, the Atlanta Bar Family Law Section, and the Cobb & Gwinnett County Family Law Sections, and has been a featured author in the area of divorce and family law in various publications, including “The Family Law Review,” “The Annual Family Law CLE Handbook,” “The Judges Bulletin,” among others, as well as has been a featured speaker at various symposiums in this area. He has earned various recognitions for his skills as a trial lawyer, including selected as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, "Top 20 Under 40 in Atlanta" by A.C.N., "Top 40 in Matrimonial Law" by The National Advocates, among various other professional honors, and was recently selected (by Judges and other prominent Family Law practitioners) to be a Barrister in the Family Law Inns of Court for his achievements and skillsets in and out of the courtroom.

Prior to joining Browning & Smith, Austin started and chaired a Family Law practice at the mid-size firm Rutherford & Christie, as well as worked on the firm’s commercial litigation team representing various corporate clients, including ones with international presence, such as Delta Air Lines and Chick-fil-A, in various complex litigation matters. Prior to R&C, Austin worked as an attorney at the Ordway Law Group, and at the law firm of Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C., where he concentrated almost exclusively in the area of Divorce & Family Law. His experience also includes working as a Summer Associate for Bank of America’s Global Legal Department, an Assistant in the Family Law group at Lawler, Tanner, Zitron & Pachman, P.C., and an Assistant in business development area at Troutman Sanders.

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia


  • John Marshall Law School
    • J.D. (Graduated with various distinctions)
  • James Madison University
    • (Graduated with various distinctions)
    • Major: Business
  • University of Innsbruck, Austria
    • Major: Abroad Program Graduate

Published Works

  • 'Effective Use of Trial Briefs in Family Law Trials', Annual Family Law Institute Handbook, 2016
  • "Sullivan v. Sullivan: An Example of Treatment of Appreciation in Value of Pre-Marital Stock in a Closely-Held Business;", B.S. Blogs, 2014
  • "TPOS: A Potential Way to Cure that Alienation' of Affection by your Citizen Spouse", The Family Law Review, 2010; Gwinnett Bar Association Newsletter, 2010.
  • "The Default Status of Alimony, post Rivera v. Rivera;", Gwinnett Bar Association Newsletter, December, 2009
  • "Interview with Judge William Ray;", The Family Law Review, 2008; Gwinnett Bar Association Newsletter, 2007
  • "Interview with Judge Michael Clark and Staff Attorney Greg Lundy", The Family Law Review, 2008; Gwinnett Bar Association Newsletter, 2007
  • "Give an Inch, Lose a Yard; the Implications of Lerch v. Lerch Case in Divorce Litigation;", Gwinnett Bar Association Newsletter, November, 2007.
  • "The Admissibility of Polygraph Examinations in Conjunction with Already Scheduled Depositions;", Annual Family Law Institute Handbook , 2007
  • "Time Requirements for Motions;", Judges Bulletin, Spring, 2007


  • “Hot Tips: Use of Trial Briefs;” Presenter/Lecturer at CLE to over 500 family law attorneys and Judges throughout the state; May, 2016
  • “Updates on Grandparent and Third-Party Custody Claims in Georgia;” Presenter/Lecturer for the Family Law Inns of Court presentation to over 40 lawyers & Judges; April, 2016.
  • "Evidentiary Challenges in a Divorce Case: from Writings & Photos, to Text Messages and Social Media;" Presenter/Lecturer at CLE to over 300 lawyers from across the country; November, 2014.
  • “Successful Trial Practice;” Presenter/Lecturer at CLE to over 100 lawyers; February, 2013.
  • “How to Lay Foundation of Evidence at Trial;” Presenter/Lecturer to The John Marshall Law School; October, 2012.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Cobb Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Gwinnett Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Rutherford & Christie, LLP, Attorney, 2011 - 2012
  • Ordway Law Group, LLC, Attorney, 2008 - 2011
  • Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C., Attorney, 2006 - 2008
  • Bank of America’s In-House Legal Department, Summer Associate, 2006 - Present
  • Lawler, Tanner, Zitron & Pachman, P.C., Family Law Paralegal/Legal Assistant, 2003 - 2005
  • Troutman Sanders, LLP, Assistant, 2001 - 2003