Atlanta, March 1, 2017 – Judge Gail C. Flake of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit in Decatur has been designated to serve in place of Justice David E. Nahmias in the appeal of Gibson v. Gibson (S17F0593). The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday, March 7 during its 10:00 A.M. session. In this Fulton County divorce case, a woman is appealing a judge’s ruling, arguing that the trial court failed to include more than $3.2 million in assets she was entitled to share with her ex-husband. In addition to hearing arguments, Judge Flake will participate in the Court’s decision.
Judge Flake was appointed to the Superior Court of DeKalb County in 1993 by then-Gov. Zell Miller. She has been re-elected six times. While on the Superior Court, Judge Flake has served as its Chief Judge as well as Administrative Judge of the 4th Judicial Circuit. Prior to her appointment to the Superior Court, Judge Flake was a judge on both the DeKalb County State and Recorders Courts. Before her appointment to the bench, she was in private practice as a trial attorney and also served as Chief Staff Attorney for the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners.
Judge Flake obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis, her master’s degree from Georgia Tech and her law degree from Emory Law School. She is married to Robert (Pat) Jarvis and has two adult sons, Andrew and Jason, who also reside in DeKalb County with their families.
(Designated judges are appointed when a justice must recuse himself or herself from a particular case. The Supreme Court of Georgia maintains a list of judges from around the state and when the need arises, the Court appoints the next judge on the list.)