Atlanta, July 6, 2016 – Superior Court Judge D. Todd Markle of the Atlanta Judicial
Circuit in Cumming has been designated to serve in place of Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines in
the appeal of Gens, Administrator v. White et al. (S16A1005). The Supreme Court of Georgia
will hear arguments in the cases on Monday, July 11, 2015 during its 10:00 A.M. session. In this
case, a woman is appealing a Forsyth County court ruling that a plot of land on Lake Lanier
belongs to the man who bought it and has lived there, while she argues her family has always
held legal title to the property. In addition to hearing arguments in the case, Judge Markle will
participate in the Court’s decision.
Judge Markle, 51, was appointed to the Superior Court of Fulton County by Gov. Nathan
Deal in 2011. He has been re-elected twice.
Judge Markle began his legal career in Atlanta in 1989. In January 2011, he left private
practice to become Executive Counsel to the Governor. In this role, he served as Governor
Deal’s chief legal advisor during the 2011 legislative session and chaired the initial Georgia
Criminal Justice Reform Council. In 2014, he was appointed by Chief Justice Hugh Thompson to
the Returning Veterans Task Force. He currently presides over Fulton County’s first, and the
state’s largest, Veterans Treatment Court. In 2016, Governor Deal appointed him to the Georgia
Child Support Commission.
Judge Markle is an active member of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church. He serves on
the boards of directors of the Rotary Club of Buckhead, Chris Kids and the Atlanta Film Festival.
He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.
Judge Markle grew up in Cobb County, GA. He graduated magna cum laude from the
University of Georgia in 1986 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1989, he graduated cum
laude from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, where he was a member
of the law review and the Brainerd Currie Honor Society.
Judge Markle and his wife live in Atlanta. They have two teenage children.
(Designated judges are appointed when a justice must recuse himself or herself from a
particular case. The Supreme Court of Georgia maintains a list of select judges from around the
state and when the need arises, the Court appoints the next judge on the list.)