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Clyde L. Reese

Clyde L. Reese

Judge Clyde L. Reese III was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Georgia on November 1 of 2016 by Governor Nathan Deal to begin serving on the Court on December 1, 2016. Judge Reese was born in Florence, S.C. and moved to Atlanta with his parents in 1969 at the age of ten. Judge Reese, along with his cousin, Marsha Reese and her cousin, Alonzo Brown, integrated Pace Academy of Atlanta in 1969. He attended Pace from 1969-1976 (6th through 12th grades) and graduated in 1976.

He attended Georgia State University in Atlanta with a major in world history (emphasis on World War II and the Cold War) and a minor in economics. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980. From 1980-1993, Judge Reese worked in residential real estate in the southwest Atlanta area. His family operated Brown and Reese Realty, one of the first African-American owned residential brokerage firms in Atlanta.

In 1993, Judge Reese entered law school at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He graduated in 1996 with a Juris Doctor degree. In the summer of 1996, Judge Reese began work as an Assistant Attorney General in the Georgia Department of Law under Attorney General Michael Bowers. He began in the Regulated Industries Section, which included the Department of Insurance, the Subsequent Injury Trust Fund, and the State Health Planning Agency (SHPA). In the fall, the SHPA, which administered the Georgia Certificate of Need law, hired him to be its in-house General Counsel. In 1999, SHPA was merged into the newly created Department of Community Health (DCH) along with the Georgia Medicaid program and the State Health Benefit Plan. From 1999 through the summer of 2003, Judge Reese was Deputy General Counsel of DCH, the largest health care agency in the Executive Branch.

In 2003, Judge Reese left state government for the private practice of law. From 2003-2004, he practiced with Rod Meadows at Meadows & Lewis in Stockbridge, Georgia. From 2004-2007 he was owner and principal of Reese & Hopkins, LLC, a firm specializing in state and federal health care regulatory matters. The firm represented hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physicians and physician group practices, imaging providers, and other health care entities.

In the fall of 2007, Judge Reese returned to state government with DCH to oversee the Certificate of Need program and as General Counsel. In May of 2010, Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Judge Reese as Commissioner of DCH. In January of 2011, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Judge Reese as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS oversees the state’s child welfare system, human services benefits, child support and aging programs. In July of 2013, Judge Reese returned to DCH as Commissioner for a second time and served in that capacity until his appointment to the Court of Appeals. At the time of his departure from DCH, it had a combined state and federal budget of over $14 billion with over 1,000 employees. Judge Reese spent considerable time traveling the state visiting hospitals and other health care providers. He took a particular interest in the challenge of access to health care in rural areas of Georgia.

Judge Reese is a member of the Georgia Supreme Court's Chief Justice Commission on Professionalism. Judge Reese is a member of the Mercer Law School Board of Visitors. Judge Reese has established the Judge Clyde Reese Book Award at Mercer University Law School. The award, in honor of Judge Reese’s parents, Clyde and Dorothy Reese, is $1,000 to a deserving minority student selected by the school to help defray the cost of law books. He is also Co-Chair of the State Bar’s SOLACE Committee. In May of 2018, Judge Reese won election to a new six-year term on the Court of Appeals, beginning January 1, 2019.

Judge Reese is a proud father of five children, three girls and two boys. He has three grandchildren, a boy and two girls. He is a resident of Douglas County and has been a member of the Friendship Community Church for over 36 years.