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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. In 2020, she was elected statewide to continue serving on the court.

Born in Thomaston, Georgia to Bea and McKenzie (“Mack”) Dallas, Judge Gobeil graduated from Emory University 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 bench, Judge Gobeil served as Director and Appellate Division Judge for the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, a position she held since Governor Deal appointed her in November of 2012. Before that role, Judge Gobeil served as senior counsel for Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and UCB, Inc., respectively. 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 regulations/compliance, transactions, litigation, and government investigations and enforcement matters. She also was Hiring Partner for the Atlanta office and managed the summer associate program.

Her early experience includes a stint working in Washington, DC, including as a Legislative Advisor to U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell covering health care and judiciary issues.

Currently, Judge Gobeil serves on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education (ICJE). She also chairs the Court of Appeals’ Rules Committee. She is a long-standing 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, the Savannah Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and the Bleckley Inn of Court.

Formerly, Judge Gobeil served on the Statewide Opioid Taskforce headed by Attorney General Carr. She also was a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute’s Georgia Advisory Committee, the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, and the Executive Committee of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators. Judge Gobeil is published and has presented widely to state, national, and international audiences on topics ranging from litigation and compliance to civility and leadership. She has been a guest lecturer at Mercer University School of Law, Seton Hall School of Law, and Temple University School of Pharmacy.

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