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Partner with Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP, Georgia’s oldest minority owned law firm. Received an “AV” rating (the highest rating attainable) for legal ability and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell, the world’s foremost lawyer rating service. Selected as a Georgia “Super Lawyer” each year since 2007. Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

Litigates cases involving a wide range of legal disputes, including wrongful death, breach of contract, medical malpractice, age, race, sex and national origin discrimination, Family Medical Leave Act, premises liability, fraud, and general tort matters.

Received 2011 A.T. Walden Outstanding Lawyer Award from Gate City Bar Association. Received 2008 Walden-Herndon Award from the Judicial Section of the Gate City Bar Association.

1984 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College. Received Doctor of Law degree from Emory University in 1987. At Emory, served as Director-in-Chief of the Moot Court Society and as president of the Black Law Students Association. Received Emory Law School’s D. Robert Owen Memorial Award and the prestigious James C. Pratt Memorial Award (presented to the most outstanding member of the Emory Moot Court Society).


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
    29 years, 500 cases
  2. Employment: 20%
    27 years, 150 cases
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 5%
    1 year
  4. Contracts: 5%
    29 years, 300 cases

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Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins, LLP

3355 Main Street
Atlanta, GA, 30337


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198701/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2008
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Defense Research InstituteN/A2014 - Present
Litigation Counsel of AmericaCharter Fellow2008 - 2010
Atlanta Judicial CommissionsChairman1999 - 2001
Atlanta Judicial CommissionsMember1997 - Present
Gate City Bar AssociationTreasurer1989 - 1989
Gate City Bar AssociationN/A1987 - Present
American Inns of CourtBarristerN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawN/AN/A1987
Morehouse CollegeN/AN/A1984