Georgia Lien Lawyer Stephanie Dodson Dougherty

Telephone: 770-886-5890 ext. 5
Facsimile: 770-886-5976

Practice Areas:
Construction Law
Contract Drafting & Negotiating
Materialmen’s Lien & Payment Bond Law
• Environmental law
• Right to Land Use
• Local Government Issues


Stephanie began her academic career at Washington and Lee University located in Lexington, Virginia, where she was awarded a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Spanish. Her passion for environmental issues and conservation led her to a research and rescue program for manatees in southwestern Florida; from there, she joined a program in Sardinia, Italy to investigate dolphins. When she realized the vast need for better communication between those who create public policies and the biologists who conduct their research in the field, Stephanie returned to the U.S. to study at the Florida State University College of Law, to focus on its nationally recognized project on Environmental Law and Land Use.

She graduated from FSU Law in 2012 with her Juris Doctor degree and certificate in Environmental Law and Land Utilization; upon graduation, she began working as a staff attorney for the House of Representatives of the State of Florida. After several years working for the Florida state government analyzing proposed legislation projects, working with elected officials, lobbyists and local governments, Stephanie decided to join the private practice. Having done research projects for the Cobb Law Group during Law School, Stephanie moved to Georgia, where she joined the full-time law firm in 2015. She is admitted to practice law in both Georgia and Florida.

Stephanie’s commitment to clients and her strong work-ethic allows her to exceed our clients’ highest expectations.  She has drafted and negotiated scores of construction contracts at all levels–Owner/Developer Contracts, Prime Contracts, Subcontractor Agreements, and Supplier Documents.  She continues her focus on understanding the potential risks for construction professionals and drafts contracts to help our clients avoid or shift their risks.  She understands Georgia’s lien laws, federal and state Miller Acts, and regularly participates in construction-related litigation matters.  Stephanie has a breadth of understanding of Georgia construction law, and she uses this passion and understanding to help her clients.

As an active member of both the Georgia and Florida bars, Stephanie’s abilities help our clients with Florida litigation, licensing issues, construction liens and payment bond claims.  In her spare time, she is also a CASA volunteer helping to make sure that the children in neglect matters are given a voice.  To supplement her interst in environmental law, Stephanie participates in numerous organizations including Apalachicola Riverkeepers, Big Bend Coastal Conservancy, and Audubon Florida. She is married and has a beautiful Golden Retriever.