David E Nahmias

Chief Justice David E. Nahmias

Justice David Nahmias served on the Georgia Supreme Court for almost 13 years. He was initially appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue in August 2009 and then won statewide elections in 2010 and 2016. He became the Court’s Presiding Justice in 2018 and its Chief Justice in 2021, before resigning in July 2022. As a Justice, he authored more than 470 opinions and joined more than 2,700 others, filling 27 volumes of the Georgia Reports. Chief Justice Nahmias previously was a federal prosecutor for almost 15 years, including service as a line prosecutor and as the United States Attorney in Atlanta and as a senior Justice Department official in Washington, where he oversaw terrorism cases and other matters for three years after the 9/11 attacks. He attended public schools in DeKalb County, Georgia, and was the state’s STAR Student; Duke University, where he finished second in his class; and Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and was an editor of the Law Review. He was a law clerk for D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He recently was married to Linda Willis; they have five children.