Debbie Segal leads the firm's attorneys in providing pro bono legal services to low-income clients, community groups and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Segal joined the firm from the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, where, as executive director, she was responsible for the administration of the city's largest Pro Bono Program.
Ms. Segal is recognized as a 2008 Georgia "Super Lawyer" in Legal Aid/Legal Services by SuperLawyers magazine. She was named one of Atlanta's "Legal Elite" in 2005 and 2012 by Georgia Trend magazine. Ms. Segal was a 2012 recipient of the H. Sol Clark Pro Bono Award. The Clark Award honors an individual lawyer who has excelled in one or more of a variety of activities that extend legal services to the poor, and Ms. Segal was recognized for her professionalism and commitment to, and support for, the delivery of pro bono civil legal services to the poor and underserved in Georgia. In 2012, she received the Partner of the Year Award from the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) in recognition of her work on behalf of asylum seekers and immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault. Ms. Segal received the William Reece Smith Special Services to Pro Bono Award by the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals in 2005 and the Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest Award from Emory University School of Law in 2003. She was recognized in Atlanta magazine feature "Women Making a Mark" in 2002. Ms. Segal also received the Families First Award, Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section in 2000 as well as the State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section Professionalism Award in 1997. Ms. Segal also received the Community Service Award from Emory University School of Law School Legal Association of Women Studies in 1988. She is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*
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Professional & Community Activities
American Bar Association, Chair of the Commission on Domestic Violence and Past Chair of Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service
Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Advisory Board Member
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Advisory Board Member
Emory University School of Law, Advisory Board Member
Health Law Partnership, Advisory Board Member
North Carolina Bar Association, Public Service Advisory Committee Member and NC LEAP Board Member
Pro Bono Partnership Atlanta, Advisory Board Member
Vox Teen Communications, Member and Immediate Past President of Board of Directors