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 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. She graduated cum laude from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in 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 involved in many professional, civic, and religious organizations. She 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, the Georgia Association of Black Woman Attorneys (GABWA), and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. Through those affiliations, she has held many leadership positions.
Judge Doyle is a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Law Related Education Committee and the Next Generation Courts Committee, and she is serving a five-year term on the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. She has sat as a fee dispute arbitrator for the State Bar of Georgia and in August 2013 concluded her six-year term as a member and chair of the State Bar of Georgia's Commission on the Unlicensed Practice of Law.
An active member of the Atlanta Bar Association, Judge Doyle is a member and former assistant-director of the Atlanta Bar Association Bard show, a major fund-raiser for the Atlanta Bar Foundation, a member and current co-editor of the Atlanta Bar Editorial Board, a member of the Membership Committee, and the 2013-2014 Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Atlanta Bar's Judicial Section. Judge Doyle is most proud of her membership in the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, where she currently holds the position of Immediate Past-President/Chair and has been a member of the club's executive committee since 2003.
Judge Doyle is currently serving as a Master and Executive Board member of Emory University Law School's Lamar Inn of Court. 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 served a three-year term on Emory University's Board of Visitors (2010-2013), sitting on its Executive Board for the last two of those years. Judge Doyle has participated on GAWL's Advisory Board and 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 Georgia State University law school's 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 former 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.