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Nahmias to Join Court

August 17, 2009

On Thursday, August 13, 2009, Governor Sonny Perdue appointed current U.S. Attorney David Nahmias to the Supreme Court of Georgia, succeeding Justice Leah Ward Sears. Nahmias will have the remainder of the Court’s traditional August recess to prepare his chambers.

The newly-appointed Nahmias grew up in Atlanta, graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, then attended Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and was an editor of  the Harvard Law Review.  He clerked for Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

After practicing with the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, Nahmias served in a variety of positions with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta before returning to Washington to serve in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  President Bush nominated Justice Nahmias to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia on December 1, 2004, a position he held until August 13, 2009.

Nahmias is married to Catherine M. O’Neil, a partner at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta.  They have two sons.

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