May 10, 2021
By Dawn M. Jones
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of David H. Gambrell, senior counsel with Baker Donelson in Atlanta, former U.S. senator and fifth president of the State Bar of Georgia, after his passing on May 7 at the age of 91.
A member of the Georgia Bar since 1951, Mr. Gambrell started his legal career with King & Spalding and co-founded his own law firm in Atlanta in 1963. The Gambrell & Stolz law firm combined with Baker Donelson in 2007, and Mr. Gambrell continued to serve as senior counsel, with practice experience in civil and business litigation, computer and intellectual property law, corporate, securities, real estate, international transactions, and trusts and estates.
After the death of Sen. Richard B. Russell in 1971, Mr. Gambrell was appointed by then-Gov. Jimmy Carter to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate, where he served on the Banking Committee, Aeronautics & Space Committee and the Select Committee on Small Business.
Before his service as president of the State Bar of Georgia in 1967-68, Mr. Gambrell was president of the Atlanta Bar Association in 1965-66. He also served his profession in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, on the Board of Editors of the ABA Journal and as a director of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. He was also a founding member of the ABA’s Litigation Section. Mr. Gambrell earned the State Bar of Georgia’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002, the Atlanta Bar Association’s Leadership Award in 2007 and the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award in 2012.
David Gambrell will be missed and fondly remembered by his fellow members of the legal community. We appreciate his dedication and the many contributions he made during his career through his long and distinguished service to the public, our profession and the justice system.
Dawn M. Jones
President, State Bar of Georgia