Jeff Cleghorn

Jeffery M. Cleghorn is a Partner with the law firm of Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC, with offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Athens. Mr. Cleghorn heads the firm’s family law practice. His expertise is in Domestic Relations Litigation (Divorce, Same-sex Partnership Dissolutions, Child Custody Disputes, Modifications, Child Support, Alimony, and Adoptions), Domestic Partnership Agreements and Disputes. Mr. Cleghorn also has extensive experience with mediation, alternative dispute resolution, and is trained in Collaborative Law. Mr. Cleghorn is a 1984 distinguished military graduate of North Georgia College in Dahlonega, where he received a B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, he received a commission in the United States Army as an Officer in the Army’s Military Intelligence Corps. Mr. Cleghorn’s military career included overseas assignments in South Korea and Germany, and stateside assignments in Arizona and South Carolina. Mr. Cleghorn spent his final years in the Army working in Washington, D.C. for the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, on the Joint Staff (Directorate for Intelligence). His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Staff Commendation Medal and the Parachutists Badge. Upon obtaining the rank of Major, Mr. Cleghorn left the Army in 1996 and enrolled in law school at The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. In 1999, he began his legal career as a Staff Attorney with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, in Washington, D.C., where he represented military personnel in matters relating to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Defense Department's administrative personnel policies. Mr. Cleghorn's advocacy on behalf of service members included Congressional lobbying and liaison to senior Pentagon decision-makers. He has appeared as a military and legal analyst on CNN, C-SPAN , FOX News' The O'Reilly Factor, MSNBC's “Buchanan and Press”, and CNNfn. He has authored opinion pieces for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Army Times, The Marine Corps Times, The Navy Times, and the Air Force Times, and has also appeared in local television and radio outlets around the country. He has spoken extensively about the military law and personnel policies to military/veterans, corporate and academic audiences, to include the United States Army War College, Harvard University, University of Virginia, Hofstra University, University of Florida, Mercer, Emory, Georgia State and the University of Georgia. Jeff is a Past President of the Stonewall Bar Association, and the 2011 recipient of the Human Rights Campaign’s Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award.