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Elizabeth Gobeil

Elizabeth Gobeil

Judge Elizabeth Gobeil was appointed by Governor Deal to the Court of Appeals of Georgia on June 5, 2018.  Immediately prior to her appointment, Judge Gobeil served as Director and an Appellate Division Judge for the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, a position she held since her original appointment by Governor Deal in November of 2012. 

Born in Thomaston, Georgia to Bea and McKenzie (“Mack”) Dallas, Judge Gobeil attended Emory University, where she graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History.  Upon graduation from Emory, Judge Gobeil worked for the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies in Washington, DC briefly before entering law school.  In 1995, Judge Gobeil graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she was Notes Editor for The Journal of Intellectual Property Law.

Prior to joining the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, Judge Gobeil practiced law both in outside and in house counsel settings.  She served as senior counsel at the U.S. corporate headquarters for both Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and UCB, Inc. As in house counsel, her responsibilities ranged from transactional and regulatory work to labor and employment matters. She managed a large litigation portfolio during much of her tenure. Judge Gobeil also practiced law at Thompson Hine, LLP, where she was recruited to help establish its Atlanta office and its Life Sciences practice group. Ultimately a partner, Judge Gobeil primarily counseled FDA-regulated and health care clients regarding transactions, regulations/compliance, litigation, and government investigations and enforcement matters. She also was Hiring Partner for the Atlanta office and managed the summer associate program.

Judge Gobeil also worked in Washington, DC, including as a Legislative Advisor to U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell covering issues such as health care and the judiciary.

Judge Gobeil is a long-term Board member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and is active with the emerging Savannah Chapter.  She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Savannah Bar Association. Judge Gobeil is also a member of the Statewide Opioid Taskforce headed by Attorney General Carr.

In recent history, Judge Gobeil also was a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute’s Georgia Advisory Committee, the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary (where she served on the Long-Range Planning Committee), and the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (where she served on the Executive Committee). Judge Gobeil is published and has presented widely to state, national, and international audiences on topics ranging from litigation to compliance.  She was a guest lecturer at Temple University School of Pharmacy and at Seton Hall School of Law.

Judge Gobeil resides in Savannah, Georgia with her husband, Bart. Among other community activities, Judge Gobeil and her husband are graduates of Leadership Georgia (Class of 2012). They have been involved with the Ronald McDonald House Charities since 1999 and are members of the Isle of Hope Methodist Church.