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AUDREY BERGESON is an attorney at Smith & Lake, LLC, where she practices family law. Ms. Bergeson has experience in divorce, child custody, legitimation and paternity, adoption, domestic violence and protective orders, and is a trained guardian ad litem. Prior to joining Smith & Lake, she was a pro bono fellow in the Atlanta office of a large international law firm. An honor graduate of University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Ms. Bergeson received an undergraduate degree in communication. She is an honor graduate of the Emory University School of Law where she awarded the Custer-Tuggle Award for Excellence in family law by the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Bergeson is a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and serves as the co-chair of the YLD's Signature Fundraiser Committee, in addition to being elected for the 2016 class of the YLD Leadership Academy. She is also a member of the Atlanta, DeKalb and Sandy Springs bar associations. In 2017, Ms. Bergeson was named a Super Lawyer® Rising Star.
RACHEL PLATT is an attorney and founding member at The Platt Law Firm, in Atlanta, Georgia, where she specializes in divorce, child custody, child support, modifications, contempt, adoptions, paternity and legitimation, and special education law. Ms. Platt is an active member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (past president), the State Bar of Georgia, and the Atlanta (co-chair "Beyond the Bar" and Family Law sections) and American (Family Law Section) bar associations. She is trained as a guardian ad litem and in collaborative divorce. Ms. Platt earned her B.S. degree from the University of Georgia and her J.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. She was chosen as a Georgia Rising Star, 2010-2013 and a Super Lawyer for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
TORIN D. TOGUT is a sole practitioner in Lawrenceville. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law and taught special education law, as well as supervised law students in a special education practicum for the past five years. For more than 25 years, Mr. Togut worked as a public interest attorney with Georgia Legal Services Program. He is now primarily engaged in the private practice of law and concentrates on representing families of children with disabilities. Mr. Togut has extensive experience practicing law in the federal courts of Georgia and in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. His practice in federal court has focused on representation of families of children with disabilities, education law, employment discrimination, civil rights and disability litigation, and federal criminal practice. Mr. Togut is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, and the Northern, Middle and Southern districts of Georgia; the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is an inactive member of the State Bar of Vermont, but still a member of the Vermont Federal District Court. Mr. Togut is a frequent speaker in the areas of special education and disability law at local, regional and national workshops and conferences. He also has spoken at conferences and workshops on federal practice, civil rights litigation and legal ethics. He has published a law review article on racial disproportionality in special education, and expects to publish an article on specific learning disability eligibility, Response-to-Intervention, and Child Find. He earned his B.S. degree from Cornell University and his J.D. degree from the University of Laverne College of Law.