Atlanta Attorney Kyla Lines Provides Understanding & Effective Legal Representation of All Aspects of Family Law. She Listens to Your Needs & Works to Craft Strategic Solutions.
Kyla’s goal in handling her cases is to make a difficult situation better for her clients. When custody is an issue, she keeps the best interests of the children as her priority. When complex financial issues arise, Kyla strives to provide her clients with strategic, realistic, solution-focused advice.
Kyla is a native of Marietta, Ohio. She graduated from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. She went on to obtain her law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, she was an active member of the Moot Court Board.
Q: When did you know you would pursue a career as an Attorney?
KL: I knew that I wanted to be a lawyer at a young age. I was a very precocious opinionated and argumentative child, when meant that adults would frequently comment that I would make a good lawyer. That stuck.
Q: Can you share with our audience, the types of law you specialize in?
KL: I practice exclusively family law.
Q: What types of cases do you handle?
KL: Divorce, child custody, modification of custody and child support, and other family law related matters.
Q: What is your approach or philosophy to winning or representing a case?
KL: The best cases are prepared with a long term strategy. Having worked for a Superior Court judge for a number of years, I understand that while judges expect people to behave poorly in divorce cases, they do not reward such behavior. I always strongly advise my clients to take the high road, especially when it comes to children.
Q: Can you share with our audience the type of pro-bono work you do?
KL: I volunteer for pro bono divorce cases with Atlanta Legal Aid, and I serve as volunteer Guardian ad litem for both DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.
Q: Were there moments in your career that were pivotal to getting where you are today?
KL: In law school I interned for a Superior Court judge who became a friend and mentor. That internship is what got me my first job out of law school, working as a Staff Attorney in Fulton County Superior Court. That job formed the foundation for my career in family law.
Q: What's your advice for women in male-dominated fields?
KL: Treat other professionals, women in particular, as you want to be treated. Learn to set firm boundaries for yourself and for others.
Q: What's the greatest fear you've had to overcome to get where you are today?
KL: I would not say it was a fear, but I used to be extremely nervous about speaking in public. In law school we had to video ourselves as part of a moot court oral argument, then provide feedback on our own performances. Watching myself made me realize that my nerves were not remotely as obvious to everyone else as they were to me, and that made all the difference.
Q: Can you tell our audience one of your most memorable moments your career?
KL: Every trial lawyer has a list of amazing cross examination moments. I also recently obtained a rare summary judgment order in my client’s favor in a divorce case. That was pretty spectacular.
Q: What’s one lesson you’ve learned in your career that you can share with our audience?
KL: Most every occupation boils down to customer service. This includes lawyering. I am still in the business of serving my customers each day, just as I was in that business when I waitressed in college. A law degree does nothing to change that.
Q: Which woman inspires you?
KL: That’s a no-brainer. Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Q: What are some of the challenges you feel women face today?
KL: Even in the legal profession, women are often expected to be “people pleasers” and to seek approval of others. These expectations lead us to tend to apologize too much rather than saying what it is we want. We need to shift that.
Q: What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
KL: Assertive is a good thing. Saying what you want is a good thing. Recognizing your strengths is a good thing.
Five Things About Attorney Kayla Lines
1. What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Go see live music. I spend more on concerts each year than I care to admit.
2. What’s the most amazing adventures have you’ve ever been on?
Skydiving over Cape Canaveral back when that was still possible.
3. Among your friends, what are you best known for?
Sarcasm, sense of humor, and telling it like it is. I am definitely the one most likely to give friends a reality check.
4. What TV shows did you watch when you were a kid? All of them.
I can still recite all cast members of The Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Charlie’s Angels, and many other shows that were age inappropriate at the time. But it was the 70s, so…
5. Favorite City?
Probably a toss-up between Venice and Amsterdam, with Paris also in the mix.