Justice David E. Nahmias was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia on August 13, 2009 by Governor Sonny Perdue. Prior to his appointment, Justice Nahmias (pronounced “NAH-mee-iss”) served as the United States Attorney in Atlanta from December 2004 until resigning to accept the appointment as a Justice. In November 2010, Justice Nahmias won a statewide campaign for election to a full 6-year term with 67% of the vote in the runoff, after receiving more than one million votes, winning 151 counties, and receiving 48% of the vote against two opponents in the general election.
Justice Nahmias was born in Atlanta on September 11, 1964. He attended Briarcliff High School and was the state's STAR student in 1982. He attended Duke University, where he graduated second in his class and summa cum laude in 1986, and Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1991 and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review (along with President Barack Obama). Justice Nahmias then clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States.
After practicing with the law firm of Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., in January 1995, Justice Nahmias joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta as a federal prosecutor. He worked extensively on the investigation of the Centennial Olympic Park and subsequent bombings that resulted in the indictment of Eric Robert Rudolph. He later worked in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section, where he successfully prosecuted a Georgia state senator on corruption charges and served as co-lead prosecutor on a major investigation of public corruption in the City of Atlanta and Fulton County governments.
Shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Justice Nahmias returned to Washington and became one of the U.S. Justice Department's leading terrorism prosecutors.