Kayla L. Upchurch
Kayla L. Upchurch is an associate attorney with Burns Smith Law, where she focuses primarily on all aspects of family and domestic matters. Kayla is resolution-focused while also zealously advocating for her clients in the courtroom. She has extensive experience in divorce, custody, child support, alimony, legitimation, contempt, and equitable division matters. She is passionate about helping her clients through what is often one of the most difficult times in their lives.
Kayla accepted a full athletic scholarship to Georgia Southern University for women’s basketball and then transferred to Georgia College. At Georgia College, Kayla was selected to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team each year, as well as to the Capital One Academic All-District Team in her senior season. Kayla graduated summa cum laude from Georgia College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Pre-Law concentration, with a Minor in History, qualified for the President's List every semester, and she was the class of 2015 commencement speaker and Valedictorian at Georgia College. She went on to intern with Governor Deal's Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs before attending law school.
Kayla graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2019 where she was an active member of the Family Law Society and the Women Law Students Association. She was a Tara Baker Memorial Scholar and was also chosen as a Dean's Ambassador for the law school.
Prior to joining Burns Smith Law, Kayla worked as a law clerk in Governor Deal’s Office of Executive Counsel and then with the Honorable Judge Philip C. Smith in the Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit. Most recently, Kayla worked as an attorney with a large family law firm in the metro Atlanta area for more than 3 years.
Kayla is a 6th generation Georgian, and she is proud of her home state and having the opportunity to practice law in North Georgia. When not practicing law, Kayla can be found enjoying local wineries or breweries, spending time with her family, and loudly cheering on the Falcons, Hawks, Braves, Atlanta United, the Dawgs, and the Georgia College Bobcats.
Education & Training
- University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA
Juris Doctor, 2019
- Georgia College , Milledgeville, GA summa cum laude, Valedictorian, 2015
Bachelor of Science magna cum laude Political Science| Minor in History | Pre-law Concentration
Associations & Memberships
- Blue Ridge Bar Association
- Forsyth County Bar Association
- North Fulton Bar Association
- Gwinnett County Bar Association
Areas of Specialization
- Uncontested Divorce
- Contested Divorce
- Uncontested Divorce
- High-asset Divorce
- Contempt Actions
- Legitimation Actions
- Child Custody & Visitation
- Georgia, 2019 (active)