Professional and Educational Background
Judge Gregory V. Sapp was sworn in to serve as a judge on the State Court of Chatham County on August 5, 2011 by Governor Nathan Deal.
Judge Sapp is a native of Savannah. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in History and Political Science from the University of Georgia where he graduated in 1983. Judge Sapp is a 1986 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. In law school, he served on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law and became a member of Phi Alpha Delta.
After law school, Judge Sapp moved to Savannah and began a career in the private practice of law. Prior to going on the bench, Judge Sapp practiced law for 25 years, most recently as the Principal in Sapp Law Group. Over the course of his career, Judge Sapp represented individuals and businesses in a wide range of civil and criminal legal matters in both state and federal courts. Judge Sapp regularly provided pro bono representation in cooperation with Georgia Legal Services, and, like all members of the Federal Bar, represented federal defendants in appointed criminal cases. As an attorney, Judge Sapp was admitted to practice law before the state courts of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, Judge Sapp represented clients before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, State Department of Labor, Federal Department of Labor, Social Security Administration and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Judge Sapp is also certified in the alternative dispute resolution discipline of Collaborative Practice and was a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia, and Collaborative Practice of Savannah.
Judge Sapp is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Association, and the Savannah Bar Association (President 2011-12, Executive Committee 2008-12, President-Elect 2010-11, Treasurer 2008-10, Hot Topics Seminar Chairman 2007).
Judge Sapp is also a Fellow of The Lawyers Foundation of Georgia.
Public Service and Community Involvement
In November 2004, the Citizens of the fourth (4th) district elected Judge Sapp as their Savannah-Chatham County School Board Representative. Judge Sapp held this position until his appointment to the bench in 2011. In his first year on the school board, Judge Sapp led the Policy Review Committee in a comprehensive review and revision of the policy and governance structure of the school board for the first time in decades. This restructuring resulted in the school board being honored as a Georgia School Boards Association “Board of Distinction.” At that time, only 30 school boards in the state had attained this distinction. Judge Sapp served three terms as Vice-president of the school board. Judge Sapp served on the Superintendent’s Community Engagement Task Force, as Chairman of the Capital Improvement Committee, led a board effort to revise the student discipline appeal and hearing procedure, and served on the district Disciplinary Rules/Code of Conduct revision committee.
Judge Sapp served as President of the Governing Board at Oglethorpe Charter School in Savannah, which, during his tenure, was recognized by the United States Department of Education as one of the top achieving charter schools in the country. He has been involved in many other education-related efforts including as a member of the Parents Network for Better Education Advisory Committee of the Center for Education Reform, a member of the Chatham County Truancy Protocol Committee, and a member of the Council of Urban Boards of Education.
Judge Sapp remains active in the community as a member of the Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club (past Board member), The Savannah Philharmonic Advisory Board of Directors, the United We Stand anti-crime task force, 100 Celebrity Men Who Cook, Communities In Schools Board of Directors and an active member at Southside Baptist Church where he has served as a deacon.
Judge Sapp has been married to Theresa, a cellist and public school music teacher, since 1984. They have a daughter, Jessica, a 2011 graduate of Berry College who is married to Brett, and a son, James, who attends the University of Georgia. They also have a dog named Buddy.