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Gail Tusan

Hon. Gail S. Tusan, Senior Judge

Case Manager
Jessica de Leon
T: 404-566-2154
F: 404-588-0905
1201 W. Peachtree St., NW, #2650, Atlanta, GA 30309


Hon. Gail S. Tusan, Senior Judge brings more than 30 years of judicial service in various Georgia jurisdictions to her practice at JAMS. Most recently, Judge Tusan retired from her sixth elected term as a superior court judge in Fulton County. During her time on the superior court, Judge Tusan served two successful terms as chief judge and played an active role in the design and launch of the Family Division, where she also served for over a decade.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Tusan practiced civil litigation in a variety of areas, including intellectual property, unfair competition, franchise law, family law and other general business matters.

Judge Tusan’s diverse career and extensive legal and community service have garnered her a reputation for building consensus during disputes and forging partnerships among the legal community, government and the public they serve.

Judge Tusan regularly presents educational programs to the judiciary, attorneys and law students on a variety of legal issues, especially those in the family law sector. 

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Regularly hosted judicial settlement conferences as an alternative to trial
  • Served 30 years on various Georgia courts, presiding over thousands of civil, family and criminal cases spanning numerous subject areas
    Served as Fulton County Superior Court’s first deputy chief judge
  • Served two terms as chief judge of the Fulton County Superior Court
  • Served 10 years in the Family Division of the Fulton County Superior Court and as chief judge of the Family Division
  • Chaired the Fulton County ADR Board

Representative Matters

Business Commercial: breach of contract, products liability, dissolution of professional partnerships, insurance claims, medical malpractice claims, subrogation and indemnification matters, covenants not to compete, trade secrets

Construction: construction defect, delayed payment claims, surety issues, subcontractor and developer payment disputes  

Employment: whistleblower, wage and hour, workers’ compensation, labor, discrimination, wrongful termination

Family Law: divorce, custody and modification issues, grandparent custody and visitation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, asset division, alimony and child support, dissolution of family businesses, termination of parental rights


  • Logan E. Bleckley Award for Judicial Excellence, Litigation Section, Atlanta Bar Association, 2019
  • Empowerment Summit Trailblazer Award, Gate City Bar Association, 2018
  • Professionalism Award, Atlanta Bar Association, 2016
  • Woman of Influence, Atlanta Business League, 2015
  • Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore Legacy Award, Judicial Section, Gate City Bar Association, 2015
  • Distinguished Merit Award, Concerned Black Clergy, 2014
  • Community Leader of Faith Award, Day1, 2014
  • Henry Brown Service Award (Co-Recipient), First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 2013
  • Family First Award, Family Law Section, Atlanta Bar Association, 2012
  • Leah Ward Sears Distinction in Profession Legacy Award, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, 2009
  • Horace T. Ward Legacy Award, Judicial Section, Gate City Bar Association, 2007
  • Inductee, Academy of Women Achievers, YWCA of Greater Atlanta, 1995
  • LRE Supporter of the Year, Georgia Law-Related Education Consortium, 1991–1992
  • Distinguished Working Mother, Nu Lambda Omega, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 1991
  • Peace and Justice Community Service Award, MLK Center, 1991
  • Charter Inductee, John Muir High School Hall of Fame, 1989
  • Alumna, Leadership Atlanta, 1987–1988
  • Honoree, Outstanding Young People of Atlanta, 1986


  • Member, State Bar of Georgia, 1981–present
  • Member, Reputation & the Public Trust Committee, Atlanta Bar Association, 2015–present
  • Member; Access, Fairness, Public Trust & Confidence Committee; Judicial Council of Georgia; 2014–2018
  • Education Co-Chair, Annual Meeting, National Association of Women Judges, 2017
  • Board of Directors, Judicial Division, American Bar Association, 2010–2012
  • Chair, Judicial Section, Gate City Bar Association, 2009–2010
  • Chair, Judicial Section, Atlanta Bar Association, 2010
  • Founder, Georgia Association of Black Women Lawyers Foundation, Inc., 1993
  • Founding Member and President, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, 1983
  • Member, Georgia Commission on Family Violence and Commission on Child Support, 2001–2002
  • Chair, Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency, Supreme Court of Georgia, 1996–1999
  • President, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, Georgia Council, 1999–2002
  • Board Member, Georgia Council, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, 1997–2002
  • Vice Chair, Legal Clinic for the Homeless, 1990
  • Vice President and Board Member, YMCA of Greater Atlanta, 1988–1990
  • President, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, 1988
  • Board Member, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, 1984–1988
  • Board Member and Co-Director, Camp Anytown, National Council of Christians and Jews, 1984–1986
  • Member, Georgia Council on Vocational Education, 1984–1986

Professional Activities

  • Guest Speaker, Behind the Case podcast, Episode 2, Atlanta Attorney at Law Magazine – Attorneys to Watch 2020
  • Adjunct Professor, Emory University School of Law, 2014–present
  • Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Spelman College, 2018–present
  • Panelist, Jury Trials in Divorce – A Lost Art? Round II With A Touch Of Technology, Judge’s Perspective: What Divorce Lawyers Need to Know About Jury Trials, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE): State Bar Series, State Bar of Georgia Headquarters, 2018
  • Group Leader, Orientation to Professionalism, Georgia State University College of Law, 2018
  • Panelist; The National Youth Summit on Education, Justice and the U.S. Economy; The Leadership Academy at Morehouse College; 2017
  • Moderator, Civil Rights Lessons for Today’s Issues, National Association of Women Judges, 2015
  • Panelist, Family Law: Where Are We Going – What The Future Holds Judges’ Panel, Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2007
  • Panelist, Women Getting Down to Business Symposium, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, 2007
  • Presenter, Fatherhood Re-Entry Employment Consultative Session, Co-Hosted by The Center for Working Families, Inc. and Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, Inc., TCWFI: Dunbar Neighborhood Center, 2007
  • Speaker, The Judicial Assistant – The Judge’s Catalyst for Positive Office Energy and Effective Transition or Change, Judicial Secretaries’ Seminar, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education , 2006
  • Panelist, Using Civility as a Tactical Tool in the Practice of Law, Monthly Luncheon, Association for Women Lawyers, 2006
  • Panelist, Second Annual Women’s Judicial Panel Discussion, co-hosted by Alston & Bird LLP and the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Alston & Bird: Atlanta Office, 2006
  • Class Speaker, Prisons and Punishments I – Crime in America, Course Instructors: Steve Sencer and Kent B. Alexander, Emory University School of Law, 2005
  • Moderator, Getting Elected or Selected: A Woman’s View, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, 2005
  • Speaker, The American Jury, We the People in Action, Law Week USA, NPU-C, 2005
  • Lecturer, A Glimpse at Family Law from Behind the Bench, Georgia State University College of Law, 2005
  • Panelist, Quality Standards for Batterer’s Intervention Program Utilized As Sentencing Resources, 2003
  • Annual Judicial Seminar for Superior Court Judges, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of Georgia, State Bar of Georgia, 2003
  • Moderator, How to Represent Your Client With Dignity, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, 2001
  • Group Leader, Orientation to Professionalism, Emory University School of Law, 2001
  • Guest Speaker, African American History Month, D.M. Therrell High School, 2000
  • Guest Speaker, Monthly Membership Meeting, Atlanta Junior Chamber of Commerce, 2000
  • Keynote Speaker, Black Law Students Association, University of Alabama School of Law, 1994
  • Legal Expert, Channel 11’s Noon-Day Show (WXIA-TV) and GABWA’s Legally Speaking Series, Atlanta Cable Television Broadcasts
  • Trial Judge, Superior Court of Fulton County, 1995–2019
  • Trial Judge, State Court of Fulton County, 1992–1995
  • Judge, City Court of Atlanta, 1990–1992
  • Magistrate Judge (Pro Hac), Magistrate Court of Fulton County, 1986–1990
  • Administrative Law Judge (Pro Hac), Office of Contract Compliance & Bureau of Vehicles for Hire, 1984–1986
  • Of Counsel, Joyner Law Offices, 1986–1990
  • Associate; Asbill, Porter, Churchill, & Nellis; 1984–1986
  • Associate, Kilpatrick & Cody, 1981–1984
  • Intern, United States Department of Justice, Executive Office of the U.S. Attorneys and the Commercial Litigation Section of the Civil Division, 1980–1981
  • J.D., George Washington University School of Law, 1981
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1978



Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Business & Commercial
  • Construction
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury/Torts


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