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David Purvis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Savannah, GA

The Manely Firm, P.C.
128 Habersham St
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-748-1192
Fax: 912-200-6773
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020
Licensed in Georgia Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

David Purvis advocates for families in Southeast Georgia including Chatham, Liberty, Bulloch, Effingham, and Bryan Counties, and beyond. His compassion and extensive knowledge and experience in handling complex family law matters, domestically and internationally, make him an asset to the Coastal Empire’s legal community.

David is a Partner of The Manely Firm, P.C. in Savannah, Georgia and has established himself as a thought leader in family law. He has successfully argued in front of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, and has tried International Child Abduction cases in federal district courts in Florida and Georgia. David has heard appeals for the State’s Child Abuse Registry, conducting hearings throughout Southeast Georgia as a Special Assistant Administrative Law Judge. He has served as the adjunct professor of Family Law at Savannah Law School and was the adjunct professor of Domestic Relations at Savannah Law School from 2015 to 2019. David has presented at Continuing Legal Education seminars for the State Bar Mid-Year Meeting and for the Savannah Bar Association over the last couple of years on the issues of current trends in family law and access to justice.  He recently presented at the Family Law Institute Continuing Legal Education seminars on assisted reproduction law and surrogacy law in Georgia. David works closely with our Founding Attorney, Michael Manely, on complex family law matters throughout our firm's many offices in Georgia.

Located adjacent to Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, David has extensive experience in handling military divorce, child support, and child custody cases. He possesses a keen understanding of the military community’s unique procedures and policies and is devoted to assisting soldiers, veterans, and their families as they navigate complicated family law matters.

He is an active member of the community, serving as a deacon at his church and a moderator of the diaconate for 2020. David serves as an Ambassador for the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Savannah Bar Association, and serving on the Pro Bono Committee for the Georgia Legal Services Program. He is annually recognized for his pro bono legal services to the Savannah community and believes access to justice should have no financial restrictions. David was proudly recognized by Savannah Magazine as a 2021 Best of Savannah “Best Lawyer” and Connect Savannah’s 2022 “Best Local Attorney” as well as recognizing David and his team as “Best Law Firm” and “Best Place to Work.”

David is a double alumnus from Georgia State University and graduated with a B.A. in history in 2001 and from the College of Law in 2010. During law school, he was the president of the Student Bar Association and received the Patrick Wiseman Moot Court Award. Prior to joining The Manely Firm, David had his own practice in Savannah and previously worked for Breakfield & Associates in Gainesville, Georgia where he had a general practice which included family law, criminal defense, and personal injury.

Other Locations to Serve You:

 

211 Roswell St
Marietta, GA 30060  

148 S Clayton Street
Ste. B
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  

102 Mary Alice Park Road
Suite 602
Cumming, GA 30040  

75 14th Street NE
Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30309  

128 Habersham Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Practice Areas
Family Law
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020

About David Purvis

First Admitted: 2010, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.allfamilylaw.com/About-Our-Firm/David-Purvis.sht...

Newsletters

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 2021
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Savannah Bar Association, 2013
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Appointed as Special Assistant Administrative Law Judge by the Office of State Administrative Hearings to conduct hearings for Georgia's Child Abuse Registry statutes until their repeal in July 2020.

Educational Background

  • Georgia State University, B.A., Major: History, 2001

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Georgia Legal Services Program, Savannah Office, Pro Bono Service Recognition, 2014
  • Brief Grader for Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition for Georgia-based law schools, 2020
  • Georgia Legal Services Program, Savannah Pro Bono Committee Member, 2016
  • Pro Bono Committee, Georgia Legal Services Program, 2016
  • Ambassador for the Savannah Chamber of Commerce
  • Georgia Legal Services Program, Savannah Office, Pro Bono Service Recognition, 2015
  • Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Member and Former Ambassador, 2022

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker, State Bar of Georgia, Mid-Year Meeting, Expanding Access to Justice, 2016
  • "On Bulldogs," The Manely Firm, PC Blog January 2022, Partner, On Bulldogs, Blog, 2022
  • "This Year, Give Grace," The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog December 2021, Partner, This Year, Give Grace, Blog, 2021
  • "The Airport," The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog May 2021, Partner , The Airport, Blog, 2021
  • Co-presenter at the 37th Annual Family Law Institute of the State Bar of Georgia, Co-Presenter, The Changing Face of Family: ART, IVF, and Surrogacy, Family Law Institute of the State Bar of Georgia, 2018
  • Georgia Practice and Procedure, Guest Lecturer, Savannah Law School, 2014
  • Georgia Practice and Procedure, Guest Lecturer, Savannah Law School, 2016
  • Adjunct professor, Family Law at Savannah Law School, 2015-2020
  • Savannah Family Law Attorney Too Late, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2016
  • I do Family Law and 21 Other Practice Areas, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2015
  • Grasping Family Law's Moral Center, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2017
  • Presenter, Savannah Bar Association, Hot Topics CLE, Family Law Case Law Update, 2016
  • Presenter, Savannah Bar Association, Hot Topics CLE, Sex Lies and Digital Files: Family Law Evidence in the Digital Age, 2017

Representative Clients

  • Oral Argument before the Georgia Supreme Court on the legitimacy of children conceived through in vitro fertilization. , 2017
  • Represented mother on International Child Abduction case out of Honduras, successfully obtained the return of child to mother., 2021
  • Oral Argument before the Georgia Court of Appeals on the legitimacy of children conceived through in vitro fertilization during the separation of their parents, but before the divorce., 2019
  • Oral argument before the Georgia Court of Appeals on issues of legitimacy of a child conceived as a product of an affair., 2021

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Belliveau v. Floyd, Georgia Court of Appeals, 359 Ga. App. 475, 2021
  • Munoz v. Buenrostro, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, 2022
  • Rishmawy v. Vergara and Brooks, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, 540 F. Supp. 3d 1246, 2021
  • Patton v. Vanterpool (Supreme Court of Georgia 2017)

Videos

Honors/Awards

  • Recognized by Savannah Magazine as a 2021 Top Three Best of Savannah “Best Lawyer” , Top Three Best Lawyer, Savannah Magazine, 2021
  • David led his team to be named Connect Savannah's 2022 "Best Place to Work", Connect Savannah's "Best Place to Work", Connect Savannah, 2022
  • David led his team to be named Connect Savannah's 2022 "Best Law Firm", Best Law Firm, Connect Savannah, 2022

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Voted Connect Savannah’s 2022 “Best Local Attorney", 2022
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Office Location for David Purvis

128 Habersham St
Savannah, GA 31401

Phone: 912-748-1192

Fax: 912-200-6773

Last Updated: 8/26/2022

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