Gregory Nevins is the Supervising Senior Staff Attorney in the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.
Nevins brings more than a decade of litigation experience to Lambda Legal's legal and public policy work in the region, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Nevins has won a number of important cases in the family law area. In Perdue v. Mississippi State Board of Health, the state refused to issue a new birth certificate with a four-year-old boy's adoptive name and parents listed, because it objected to the fact that his parents are lesbians. Lambda Legal won a ruling ordering the state to issue the birth certificate. In Kaufman v. Virginia Department of Social Services, Lambda Legal prevailed after the state blocked an exemplary mother from adopting a child from the District of Columbia's foster care system solely because she is a lesbian. Nevins is also exploring numerous potential new cases and speaking extensively throughout the region.
Since opening in Atlanta in 1997, Lambda Legal's Southern Regional Office has won victories that include helping overturn Georgia's notorious consensual sodomy law, and helping end a ban on Georgia insurance companies offering health policies for domestic partners. Lambda Legal also has helped preserve domestic partner benefits in Broward County, Florida, and extend Atlanta's antibias law to lesbians and gay men. Lambda Legal has played a key role in cases to win fair treatment for lesbian and gay parents and their children in Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia and Florida.
A Tennessee native, Nevins joined Lambda Legal in 2002 after working as deputy city attorney with the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, where he submitted San Francisco's friend-of-the-court brief in a tragic case on behalf of a lesbian whose partner was fatally mauled by her neighbor's dogs. The case led to a groundbreaking legal victory for lesbian and gay couples. Previously, Nevins was an attorney for 10 years for the San Francisco law firm of Morrison & Foerster, which is known for its extensive pro bono work.
Nevins is a 1989 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Students for Public Interest Law organization. He received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Memphis summa cum laude.