Debbie Segal

Of Counsel

Debbie Segal provides 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 Super Lawyers magazine. She was named one of Atlanta's "Legal Elite" in 2005 and 2012 by Georgia Trend magazine. Ms. Segal is a recipient of the Happy Perkins Award by the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta at its 2014 Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Reception, where she was recognized for her extraordinary contributions to Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. 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.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

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


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D. (1979)
  • Cornell University, B.S. (1976)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1979)


  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Who We Are

Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
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Debbie Segal

Experience Highlights

Grandparent adoption
Represents caregivers seeking to adopt children. One of the firm's signature pro bono programs is the Grandparent Adoption Program. Dozens of lawyers more
Guardian ad litem
Represent children and/or their best interests in a variety of settings and courts. Lawyers routinely serve as guardians ad litem, representing the more
Protective orders for domestic violence victims
Represents victims of domestic violence who are seeking protective orders for themselves and their children against batterers and stalkers. more
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Lawyers at Kilpatrick Stockton, in collaboration with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, wrote and published the definitive more