Sara L. Doyle, 2009- Date
Presiding Judge Sara L. Doyle was elected to the Georgia Court of Appeals in December, 2008 and took office on January 1, 2009. Born in Dallas, Texas, Judge Doyle lived in several states before entering the University of Florida where she graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She graduated cum laude from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in 1994. Judge Doyle was admitted to the Georgia Bar in June, 1994 and began her legal career as a civil litigator with Wilson, Strickland & Benson, P.C. Just prior to taking office, she was an equity partner with the national law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP where she practiced law with a focus on education issues since August, 2000.
As a practicing attorney, Judge Doyle received an A.V. peer-reviewed rating from Martindale Hubbell. She was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer from 2004 to 2008, and in 2006 and 2008, was named one of the top 50 female attorneys in Georgia. She has also been recognized as one of Georgia's legal elite by Georgia Trend Magazine. Judge Doyle is a member of the American Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL), the Gate City Bar Association and the Georgia Association of Black Woman Attorneys (GABWA).
Judge Doyle is involved in many professional, civic and religious organizations. She is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, where she currently holds the position of President and has been a member of the club's executive committee since 2003. She has been a member and director of the Atlanta Bar Association Bard show, is co-editor of the Atlanta Bar Editorial Board, and a member at-large of the Atlanta Bar's Judicial Section. Judge Doyle is a member of the State Bar's Law Related Education Committee, and the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, a member of GAWL's Advisory Board, a Master and Executive Board member in the Lamar Inn of Court and is serving a three-year term on Emory University's Board of Visitors. She has sat as a fee dispute arbitrator for the State Bar of Georgia and is currently the co-chair for the State Bar of Georgia's Commission on the Unlicensed Practice of Law. In 2012, Judge Doyle joined Mercer Law School's Board of Visitors and in January, 2013, was inducted as a member at-large of the Gate City Bar Association's Judicial Section.
Judge Doyle has participated in Leadership Midtown, the Atlanta Regional Commission Leadership Institute, the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Leadership Academy and the 2011 University of Florida Women's Inaugural Leadership Event. Judge Doyle was a Barrister in the Bleckley Inn of Court and a faculty member for the Emory University Trial Advocacy Program. Judge Doyle has participated as a Hands On Atlanta Day team leader, an American Cancer Society Neighborhood fundraiser, as co-chair for her law firm's United Way Committee and a volunteer for the Georgia Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts.
Judge Doyle is married to attorney, Jay Doyle, and they have two children.