I have been a trial lawyer for over thirty five (35) years. My practice focuses largely on the litigation of complex disputes involving common law, statutory law, contract law, physician and hospital liability law, products liability law, commercial, corporate and business issues, catastrophic personal injury cases and class action/mass torts/pharmaceutical litigation.
I have prosecuted and defended hundreds of litigated matters before state courts, federal courts and administrative agencies and tried over 100 cases to verdict.
I have lectured on medical professional liability issues, complex litigation issues and trial techniques and presented risk management and risk assessment seminars for various clients. In addition to my trial experience, lecturing and advising clients, I have served as a mediator in hundreds of matters.
I am a National Partner and President of The Cochran Firm, Chairman of the National Firm's Executive/Management Committee and Managing Partner of the Firm's Atlanta office. The Cochran Firm has 28 offices located in 17 states.
My professional recognitions include being named as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers" in the State of Georgia by the National Trial Lawyers Association. I have earned an "AV" Preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest achievable rating given to an attorney. I have been designated a Georgia Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2007 - 2018. I was selected as a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and named by Men Looking Ahead News Magazine to its 2011 annual "Power List of Georgia's Most Powerful and Influential Lawyers".
In November 2011, I was inducted ino the Gate City Bar Association Hall of Fame. The Gate City Bar Association is the oldest African-American Bar Association in the State of Georgia. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the Association's highest award.
In March 2012, I was inducted as a Fellow into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). Chartered in 1954 to facilitate the administration of justice, promote the rule of law internationally, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, IATL limits its invitation-only membership to 500 lawyers from the United States. IATL selects only those lawyers who have demonstrated excellence in courtroom advocacy throughout their careers. Each Fellow is extensively evaluated by his colleagues and the judges in his jurisdiction and has been highly recommended by them as possessing the qualifications for induction into the IATL.
In April 2014, I received the Clarence Darrow Award during the Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference. The Clarence Darrow Award recognizes dedication and excellence in the legal profession and is given to jan attorney who has demonstrated exceptional conviction in his work.
In July 2014, I received The National Bar Association's Maynard H. Jackson Legacy Award. The award is presented to an honoree for empowering the future and providing leadership in our communities as did the late Honorable Maynard H. Jackson, Jr.
In 2015 I was selected by my peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for my work in the area of Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, I was again selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for work in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Products Liability-Plaintiffs. Since it was published in 1983, Best Lawyers has been universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence.
In January 2015, I was installed as President of The National Trial Lawyers Association. The National Trial Lawyers Association is a professional organization comprised of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in each state. I currently serve on the Executive Committee of The National Trial Lawyers (2008-2018).
In March of 2015 I was included on The a Lawyers of Color Fourth Annual Power List. The Power List is a comprehensive catalog of the nation's most influential minority attorneys and non-minority legal diversity advocates, including corporate general counsel, law firm managing partners, law school deans and the highest ranking government attorneys.
In April 2015, I was selected for membership in The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC). Lawyers selected for membership in NADC receive the designation of Nation's Top Attorneys. The NADC is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States is selected for membership in the NADC.
In January 2016 I was designated a Senior Fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America. Senior Fellow status in the honorary society is reserved for advanced commitment to and support of the Litigation Counsel of America, the Diversity Law Institute and Trial Law Institute.
In October 2016, I was selected by America’s Top 100 Attorneys as a Lifetime Achievement recipient. Selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys is by invitation only and is comprised of the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments merit lifetime recognition. This once-in-a-lifetime honor is given to less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys practicing in the United States.
In December 2016, I was elected as a Fellow by the American Bar Foundation (ABF). The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been selected by their peers to become members of The Fellows. Membership in The Fellows is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.
In February 2017, I was the recipient of the Lawyers of Distinction Award. This certification is bestowed upon the top 10% of lawyers practicing in the U.S. and is granted based upon objective evaluation of an attorney’s qualifications, license, reputation, experience and disciplinary history.
The National Trial Lawyers Magazine in February 2017 and 2018 selected me as a participant in The Round Table: America's 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, a very select group of the very best and outstanding trial Lawyers in the nation who have achieved extraordinary success in the courtroom and in the legal profession.
In April 2018, I was inducted into The Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. The Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those few individuals, both past and present, who have left an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the American public, the Constitution and the American trial bar.
I graduated, with honors, from N.C. State University and attended Duke University Law School as an Elvin R. Latty scholar, graduating with a J.D.
I, along with my litigation teams, have obtained over $1 Billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients in a vast array of areas, including commercial and complex litigation, environmental litigation, products liability litigation, police misconduct and municipal liability cases, auto, trucking and vehicle accident cases, medical malpractice and professional liability cases and class action/mass tort/pharmaceutical litigation.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1983||12/19/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Nation's Top Attorneys||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Fourth Annual Power List||Lawyers of Color||2015|
|Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs||Best Lawyers||2015|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs||Best Lawyers||2014|
|President's Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Legacy Award||National Bar Association||2014|
|Clarence Darrow Award||National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|The Roundtable 2013: America's Most Influential Trial Lawyers||The Trial Lawyer||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Fellow||International Academy of Trial Lawyers||2012|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2012|
|Power List of Georgia's Most Powerful and Influential Lawyers||Men Looking Ahead Magazine||2011|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Hall of Fame Inductee||Gate City BarAssociation||2011|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2011|
|Georgia Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||2010|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2010|
|Georgia Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||2009|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyer||National Trial Lawyers Association||2009|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2009|
|Georgia Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||2008|
|Charter Fellow||Litigation Counsel of America||2008|
|Georgia Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers Magazine||2007|
|President||The Cochran Firm||2012 - Present|
|National Partner, Chair, National Management Committee||The Cochran Firm||2010 - Present|
|Managing Partner||The Cochran Firm - Atlanta||2000 - Present|
|Partner/Owner||Sistrunk & Associates||1994 - 2000|
|Partner||Love & Willingham, LLP||1988 - 1994|
|Associate||Powell Goldstein Frazier & Murphy||1982 - 1988|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||President||2015 - Present|
|National Bar Association||Member||1985 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||1983 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Atlanta Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Gate City Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||President-Elect||2014 - 2015|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Vice President||2013 - 2014|
|Duke University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|North Carolina State University||1979|
Posted by Patrick, Angela and Sheriod M.
June 8, 2015