David Nahmias — a former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and senior U.S. Justice Department official — uses his broad experience and distinguished judgment to counsel organizations and individuals on government and internal investigations, litigation and appeals, and compliance and regulatory matters.
Dave served as a Justice on Georgia's highest court for nearly 13 years. Appointed in 2009, he won two statewide elections to six-year terms. He authored more than 470 published opinions and joined more than 2,700 others while becoming an influential leader in the judiciary. The U.S. Chief Justice appointed Dave to serve on the U.S. Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on Civil Rules from 2013 to 2018.
After law school, Dave was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and worked for a large law firm in Washington before serving for almost 15 years in the U.S. Justice Department. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Atlanta, he handled high-profile fraud, public corruption, and terrorism cases and was lead counsel for multiple jury trials. After the 9/11 attacks, Dave worked in the Criminal Division in Washington, including as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Fraud, Counterterrorism, and Appellate Sections.
In 2004, Dave was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia — the chief federal law enforcement official for metropolitan Atlanta and more than six million residents. For almost five years, Dave supervised significant public corruption and corporate, health care, and other fraud cases. He also served on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee (AGAC) and chaired the AGAC's subcommittee on White Collar Crime.
- Harvard University (J.D. magna cum laude 1991; Editor, Harvard Law Review); Duke University (B.A. in Political Science summa cum laude 1986; Salutatorian; Phi Beta Kappa)
- Georgia, District of Columbia, Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- Served on the Georgia Supreme Court as Chief Justice (2021-2022), Presiding Justice (2018-2021), and Associate Justice (2009-2018); United States Attorney (2004-2009) and Assistant U.S. Attorney (1995-2001), Northern District of Georgia; and Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice (2001-2004)
Atlanta Bar Association Logan E. Bleckley Award for Distinguished Judicial Service (2023)
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Southeast Lifetime Achievement Award (2023)
Daily Report Luminary Award (2016)
Crime Victims Advocacy Council Champion of Justice Award (2015)
Common Cause Georgia Democracy Award (2007)
U.S. Justice Department, Criminal Division Exceptional Service Award (2004) and Superior Performance by an Assistant U.S. Attorney Award (2002)
Atlanta Business Chronicle's 100 Most Influential Atlantans
James Magazine's Most Influential Georgians
- Law Clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court (1992-1993) and Judge Laurence H. Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (1991-1992)