Former Georgia Chief Justice Nahmias joins the Jones Day law firm

(Reuters) – The US law firm Jones Day announced on Wednesday that it has hired former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court David Nahmias as a partner in its Atlanta investigation and legal defense practice.

Nahmias, who was appointed to the Peach State’s highest court by ex-Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2009, left the bench last July after serving a year as chief justice. He was replaced by current Chief Justice Michael Boggs.

According to the court, Nahmias wrote at least 470 opinions and joined more than 2,700. “I believe I have helped make Georgia’s decision making clearer, more consistent and more true to the text and original understanding of our state’s constitution and statutes,” he wrote in his resignation letter to Governor Brian Kemp last year.

On Jones Day, Nahmias will help defend companies and individuals facing government investigations and advise them on regulatory and compliance matters, the firm said. He will also work for the law firm’s problem and appeals practice, it said.

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Earlier in his career, Nahmias served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia and Assistant Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

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