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State Bar of Georgia Elects Damon E. Elmore as New Executive Director

January 1, 2021
Contact: Sarah Coole or sarahc@gabar.org

Atlanta – The State Bar of Georgia has announced the election of Damon E. Elmore as its new executive director. Elmore will begin his duties Jan. 1, 2021, succeeding Jeffrey R. Davis, who is returning to private law practice after more than six years of leading the State Bar’s more than 100-member staff.

Elmore is a past president of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and former member of the Bar’s Board of Governors and Executive Committee. He returns to Georgia from Muncie, Indiana, where he has worked as senior executive director and general counsel of Muncie Power Products since 2017.

The executive director is responsible for managing and executing the operations of the State Bar of Georgia and its offices, and implementing the policies, programs and objectives set by the Board of Governors. Elmore will be instantly charged with guiding the Bar and its staff through the current COVID-19 climate, focusing on finance and the Bar’s programs and services with an eye on member value, and placing the Bar in a proper position for long term growth.

State Bar President Dawn M. Jones said Elmore emerged as the top candidate from a months-long search for a new executive director, which included interviews with seven candidates by a Senior Staff Search Committee and final approval by the State Bar’s Board of Governors.
“I speak for our Bar leadership and current staff, all of whom wholeheartedly agree that Damon is the best candidate for this position,” said President Jones. “He has a natural ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships and teamwork, both internally and externally. Damon is exactly the right person we need right now leading our Bar.”

Elmore is a 1993 graduate of Savannah State University and earned his law degree from Emory University School of Law in 1996. He began his legal career as an assistant city attorney for the City of Atlanta and joined Gorby, Reeves, Peters & Burns, P.C., in Atlanta in 1998. He entered the field of corporate counsel in 2002 with Genuine Parts Company, working as associate counsel, director of diversity and employee relations and as vice president of human resources for the company’s Rayloc Division and Altrom Group over a 10-year period. In 2012, Elmore joined Nowell Sparks LLC, where he served as business counsel for five years before his departure to Indiana.

The new executive director has extensive professional leadership experience with the Bar. Elmore served two stints on the State Bar’s Executive Committee, both as a YLD representative (2004-07) and at-large member (2017-18). He also served on the Bar’s Board of Governors (2010-18) and as YLD president (2005-06). Additionally, Elmore has served as chair of the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency (2017-18), as president of the Georgia Legal Services Program (2014-15) and on the Executive Committee of the Gate City Bar Association (2014-16).