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  • Juris Doctor: Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University
  • Master of Arts in Modern European History: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor of Arts in History: University of Georgia

Biography

Jacquelyn, known as Jackie, is a founding partner of The Saylor Law Firm LLP. She currently serves as Chair of the Estate Planning & Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. Jackie served as the 107th President of the Atlanta Bar Association. She received the 2016 Outstanding Woman in the Profession (WIP) Award from the WIP Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. Super Lawyers has rated her as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia. She also has been rated a Preeminent Lawyer, a Legal Leader, a Top Attorney, Super Lawyer and a Legal Elite Lawyer by various rating authorities. She was awarded the Justice Benham Award for Community Service by the State Bar of Georgia. Jackie is the Co-Editor and Co-Author of Women and the Law: A Guide to Women’s Legal Rights in Georgia, which she coordinated as a member of The Georgia Commission on Women. Jackie is on the Editorial Boards of The Mortmain, the official newsletter of the Estate Planning & Probate Section and The Atlanta Lawyer, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Bar Association.

Prior to founding The Saylor Law Firm, Jackie was Of Counsel to a Peachtree Center law firm, where she practiced Trusts & Estate Law, Business Law, Litigation and Real Estate Law. Previously, she was Legal Counsel to the Special Judiciary Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives, was a Staff Attorney for the Georgia Court of Appeals and worked and volunteered for other governmental organizations.

Notable Publications & Presentations

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Selected Honors and Awards

Memberships

  • Atlanta Bar Association Board of Directors, Immediate Past President, 2015-2016, Executive Committee, 2006 – 2016, President, 2014 – 2015, Vice President/President Elect, 2013 – 2014; Secretary, 2012 – 2013, Treasurer, 2011 – 2012, 2006 – 2007, Board of Directors, 2004 – 2016.
  • Estate Planning & Probate Section Board 2009 – 2019; Chair 2018-2019; Vice Chair/Chair Elect 2017-2018; Treasurer 2016-2017, Secretary, 2015-2016, Editorial Board & contributor, The Mortmain, The official newsletter of the Estate Planning & Probate Section, 2005 – present.
  • The Atlanta Lawyer, Advisor, 2014-2016; Editorial Board & contributor, 2004 – present.
  • Atlanta Bar Foundation, Board of Directors 2014-2015; Gift Planning Committee 2017-2018.
  • Ex-Officio Member, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board of Trustees, 2013-2015.
  • Chair, Public Relations Committee, 2008 – 2012.
  • Chair, Pro Bono Committee 2005-2006.
  • Atlanta Bar Foundation, Charter Life Time Fellow-program donates to organizations that help the public receive low cost legal services.
  • Chair, Women in the Profession (WIP) Committee, 2000 – 2002, Treasurer 2011 – 2012, WIP Section Board 2010 – 2013, 2005 – 2008, Atlanta Bar Association, Past Founder and Editor, WIP Lash.
  • Past Chair, Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section, Past Editor, The Information Exchange, SP/SF newsletter, Atlanta Bar Association.
  • Member, Business, Elder Law, Litigation Sections, Atlanta Bar Association.
  • State Bar of Georgia (Member, Business and Fiduciary Law Sections).
  • Fellow, Lawyers Club of Atlanta & Atlanta Bar Foundation.
  • Vice-Chair 1995-1996, Georgia Department of Corrections, Women’s Advisory Council, 1994-1996. The Council was initiated at the request of Governor Zell Miller to investigate sexual abuse of women in state prisons. Jackie visited all state prisons for women in Georgia.
  • Member, Old War Horse Lawyers Club.
  • Member, Selden Society.
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL), Sisters in Law.
  • American Bar Association, National Council of Bar Presidents,  Gate City Bar, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, past member.

 

Community Involvement

Jackie is active in the Atlanta community; this dedication was recognized when she received the State Bar of Georgia Chief Justice Benham Community Service Award. Jackie and Murray have been long time contributors to the “I Have a Dream” program to support students from elementary school through college as well as Sponsors of the Sawbones (doctors) vs. Jawbones (lawyers) basketball game to benefit Side by Side Brain Injury Center. They support the High Museum of Art as Circle/Cornerstone Members. They or The Saylor Law Firm have been sponsors of Atlanta Bar Association events, Stonewall Bar Association events, GreenLaw’s “Environmental Heroes” celebration, the Piedmont Park Conservancy’s Landmark Luncheon, and Trees Atlanta events. The Saylor Law Firm is also a sponsor of the Atlanta Bar’s Women in the Profession Section. Jackie and Murray are regular sponsors of the Ansley Park Tour of Homes where Jackie volunteers. She is a member of the Ansley Park Civic Association, the Ansley Park Garden Club and Ansley Park Book Club. Both Jackie and Murray are Atlanta Bar Foundation Fellows which support Pro Bono Projects in the Bar and the community. Jackie is a 2015 and 2016 Sponsor of GreenLaw’s Environmental Heroes Celebration.

Jackie was a member of the Associate Vestry & was a Sunday School Teacher at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; now she is a Lector, Intercessor and a member of the Good Shepherd Society. Jackie was an Advisory Board member for Women on Board of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation for eight years. She served on the Atlanta Symphony Ball Committee and was an Arthritis Ball Patron. As Editor & Contributor for the Georgia League of Women Voters, League Legislative Newsletter, she coordinated volunteer advocacy efforts. Jackie served on the Atlanta-Fulton League of Women Voters Board of Directors. Jackie also worked for increased funding and legislation to expand pre-natal care and reduce infant mortality when she was the Public Affairs Chair for the North Georgia March of Dimes. Jackie previously served as President and Treasurer for the Trinity School Parents Council, and is a member of The Carter Center’s Board of Councilors.

Pro Bono

  • Fulton County Probate Information Center (PIC), Volunteer Attorney through the (AVLF) Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, since 2007.
  • DeKalb County Probate Information Center (PIC), Volunteer Attorney through the (DVLF) DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.
  • Recognized by the Pro Bono Project of the State Bar of Georgia “Outstanding public service in providing legal representation to low income citizens of Georgia,” December 31, 2007.
  • Past Chair, Pro Bono Committee of the Atlanta Bar Association.
  • Volunteer Lawyer Project for Cuban Detainees 1985.
  • All Bar Association volunteer activities are considered Pro Bono Service by the Supreme Court of Georgia (See Membership and Awards)

Testimonials

  • The Saylor Law Firm LLP was invaluable in helping me traverse the legalities of my partner's estate upon his recent death. For me, being a non-spouse beneficiary and the executor of Robert’s estate, the logistics were not an easy process to navigate. However, through the compassion and expertise of Jackie and Murray Saylor and their excellent staff, the process was realized. Robert had chosen them from the ‘yellow pages of the phone book and made “cold call” one afternoon, knocking on the door, asking them for their assistance in establishing his advance healthcare directive and last will and testament. Without an appointment, the Saylor staff invited Robert in and took care of his requests. They took time with Robert in defining his needs and creating the necessary documents. These documents have allowed for a smooth transition in making decisions about his medical care and upon his death. Both Murray and Jackie have been present to my needs and to answer questions throughout this whole process. Consequently, my will has been established with their firm. It has been satisfying and comforting working with them.
    Lynn