Justice David E. Nahmias (pronounced “NAH-mee-iss”) is a champion of the rule of law and the principle of equal justice for all.
Appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court in August 2009 by Governor Sonny Perdue, Justice Nahmias won election to a full six-year term in 2010, soundly defeating two opponents. During his time on the Court, he has written more than 300 published judicial opinions and participated in more than 10,000 rulings. Attorneys and judges from every segment of the legal community, and leaders from across the political spectrum, respect and support Justice Nahmias based on his legal expertise and rock-solid integrity. And through his life on and off the bench, Justice Nahmias has earned the trust and support of Georgians from all walks of life and all parts of the state.
Born and raised in DeKalb County, the son of immigrants and a graduate of our public schools, David Nahmias was named Georgia’s STAR high school student in 1982. He went on to graduate second in his class at Duke University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review.
After serving as a law clerk for a federal appellate judge and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court,Justice Nahmias briefly practiced at a prominent national law firm before beginning an impressive 15-year career as a federal prosecutor. He served as a trial prosecutor and as the United States Attorney in Atlanta, where he handled and supervised many high-profile cases including Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph, a corrupt state senator, former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, and the Atlanta police officers involved in the shooting death of 92-year old Kathryn Johnston. Justice Nahmias also served as a senior Justice Department official in Washington during the three years after the 9/11 attacks, overseeing terrorism cases and other nationally significant matters. He has received numerous local, state, and national awards and honors for his public service, and he serves on several committees and boards that work to improve the legal system and the community.
Justice Nahmias has been married for 23 years to Catherine O’Neil, a partner at the King & Spalding law firm. They are the proud parents of two boys. The family lives in Dunwoody and worships at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church.