Lynn Goldman (from left), Eileen Shuman, Andrea Hirsch and Ryan Schwartz. (Courtesy photo) Lynn Goldman (from left), Eileen Shuman, Andrea Hirsch and Ryan Schwartz of the new Dunwoody Bar Association. (Courtesy photo)

The city of Dunwoody now has its very own bar association.

Dunwoody’s neighbor city, Sandy Springs, has its own bar group, as do Decatur, Atlanta, North Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Clayton and a host of other metro-Atlanta counties.

So why not Dunwoody? Almost a decade after the DeKalb city incorporated, several local lawyers decided it was high time, so they’ve started the Dunwoody Bar Association.

Eileen J. Shuman of Shuman & Shuman and Andrea Hirsch of The Hirsch Law Firm led the effort to launch the new group and are now its co-presidents.

Shuman, a Dunwoody native, said she and Hirsch, who are old friends and both live in the city with their families, had been talking about Dunwoody lawyers’ need for their own bar association for some time. Finally, Hirsch said to her, “No one else is doing this—we need to do it.”

And so they did.

“Eileen knows everyone,” said Ryan Schwartz of Schwartz Trial Law, who was quick to join and is now the group’s treasurer. “We needed a place where lawyers who live and work in Dunwoody can network and be part of the community.”

The group’s other officers are George Fox of Fox+Mattson as vice president and Neil Wilcove of Miller & Martin as secretary. Members at large include Lynn Goldman of Claiborne Fox Bradley, Ashley Wine of Hacket & Wine; and Erin S. Stone of Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin.

The Dunwoody Bar Association is modeled somewhat after the Sandy Springs Bar Association, Schwartz said. Sandy Springs started the city incorporation trend in 2005, followed by Dunwoody on Dec. 1, 2008.

The group has a bank account, a website and a logo, and Fox is putting together the bylaws, Schwartz added.

The Dunwoody Bar Association’s kickoff meeting will be a 7:30 a.m. breakfast on Aug. 2 at the Broken Egg Cafe, located at 4745B Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The mayor of Dunwoody, Denis Shortal, has agreed to speak at the inaugural event.

Thereafter the group will hold monthly breakfasts on the first Thursday of the month.

For more information or to join, contact Shuman and Hirsch via the Dunwoody Bar Association’s email, dunwoodybarassociation@gmail.com.