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Andrew Pinson

Andrew Pinson

Judge Andrew A. Pinson was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Brian Kemp and was sworn in on August 30, 2021.

A native Georgian, Judge Pinson was born in DeKalb County, Georgia.  He grew up in Lithonia and Lawrenceville until middle school, when he moved with his family to Lincolnton, Georgia.  There, he attended Lincoln County High School and then Briarwood Academy in Warrenton, where he graduated as STAR Student and a National Merit Scholar.

Judge Pinson attended the University of Georgia for both college and law school.  As an undergraduate, he served as president of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and received the national fraternity’s highest award for leadership.  He was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Fraternity, and the Order of Omega, and he graduated summa cum laude as a First Honor Graduate (4.0 GPA) with a degree in Finance from the Terry School of Business.  In law school, Judge Pinson served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review and research assistant to Professors Dan T. Coenen and Peter “Bo” Rutledge.  He also interned for the Executive Counsel in the Office of Governor Sonny Perdue, and he worked for Jones Day in Atlanta and Fortson, Bentley, & Griffin in Athens as a summer associate and law clerk, respectively.  Judge Pinson graduated first in his class (summa cum laude, Order of the Coif) from law school, too, having received the CALI award for the top grade in eight courses and the Attorneys’ Title Fund Award for Best Research Paper in Real Property (Alcohol Regulation’s Effects on Restaurant Development: A Quasi-Empirical Case Study).  His student note was published in the Georgia Law Review (A Bridge Too Far? Directive 1344.10 and the Military’s Inroads on Core Political Speech in Campaign Media, 44 Ga. L. Rev. 837 (2010)).

After law school, Judge Pinson served as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for then-Chief Judge David B. Sentelle.  He then joined Jones Day in Washington, D.C., for a short time before serving as law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Clarence Thomas. 

After clerking, Judge Pinson returned to Georgia, where he re-joined Jones Day in Atlanta as part of the firm’s Issues and Appeals Practice, which focused on appellate litigation and critical trial motions and strategy.  While at Jones Day, he handled a broad range of trial and appellate matters involving a wide variety of legal issues including open records, statutory interpretation, federal preemption, constitutional law, juvenile law, products liability, criminal law, patent law, jury issues, civil procedure, and class actions.

In 2017, Judge Pinson joined the Office of Attorney General Chris Carr, and in 2018, he was appointed Solicitor General of Georgia.  As Solicitor General, he led the State’s appellate and multistate litigation practice and served as the Attorney General’s chief constitutional advisor.  He personally handled high-profile and complex appeals, including in the United States Supreme Court, where he argued an important case about Article III mootness, and he won two Best Brief Awards from the National Association of Attorneys’ General for his work on U.S. Supreme Court briefs.  Judge Pinson also briefed and argued numerous cases in the Supreme Court of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and several other courts in Georgia and across the country.  In addition to appellate practice, Judge Pinson led the State’s multistate litigation, including Georgia’s years-long work leading litigation about the federal “waters of the United States” rule.  And he oversaw matters of special importance to the State in all phases of litigation, including the State’s critical “water wars” litigation.

Judge Pinson serves on the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, where he helped stand up a new program that awards grants to promote legal professionalism in Georgia.  He also serves on the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Lawyer Competency Task Force, the University of Georgia School of Law’s Young Alumni Council, and the Executive Board of the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society.  And he was recently invited to join the Lumpkin Inn of Court as a Master.

Judge Pinson lives in DeKalb County (just north of Tucker) with his wife, Sara Beth Pinson (née Moore).  Sara Beth earned a PhD in Poultry Science from the University of Georgia and now works for a software company and as a professional dog trainer.  They enjoy hiking in the North Georgia mountains and playing dog sports like Frisbee and agility with their three dogs, Nimbus, Goomba, and Elphie.  They attend Embry Hills United Methodist Church.