State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

Georgia legal community mourns loss of Judge Tom Dillon

October 17, 2022
By Sarah B. "Sally" Akins

Daily Report
Northside Neighbor

To the Editor:

The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Thomas J. “Tom” Dillon, longtime Atlanta Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court judge and former resident of Sandy Springs, on his passing at the age of 91.

A member of the Georgia Bar since 1962, Judge Dillon began his legal career in private practice and was elected to three consecutive terms in the Georgia House of Representatives before his appointment as judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court, later serving as presiding judge of the Atlanta Circuit Juvenile Court. 

His court and detention center received numerous national awards and often hosted dignitaries from other countries through the U.S. State Department. In 1992, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners declared Jan. 8 as “Judge Tom Dillon Day” in the county in honor of his judicial service.

Judge Tom Dillon’s exemplary career of service is an inspiration to all Georgia lawyers and judges. We appreciate and will remember his many contributions to the justice system in our state.

Sarah B. “Sally” Akins
President, State Bar of Georgia