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I have been a trial lawyer for over thirty (30) 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 - 2013.  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. There are currently only 12 Fellows in Atlanta and only 18 in the entire state of Georgia.  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 an 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.  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.  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.


Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 30%
  2. Trucking Accident: 30%
  3. Personal Injury: 30%
  4. Medical Malpractice: 10%

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Contact info

The Cochran Firm -Atlanta

The Candler Building
127 Peachtree Street, N.E.,Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA, 30303


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nation's Top AttorneysNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Fourth Annual Power ListLawyers of Color2015
Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Litigation - PlaintiffsBest Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Georgia Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Georgia Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Clarence Darrow AwardNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
President's Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Legacy AwardNational Bar Association2014
Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Litigation-PlaintiffsBest Lawyers2014
The Roundtable 2013: America's Most Influential Trial LawyersThe Trial Lawyer2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Georgia Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
FellowInternational Academy of Trial Lawyers2012
Georgia Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2011
Hall of Fame InducteeGate City BarAssociation2011
Power List of Georgia's Most Powerful and Influential LawyersMen Looking Ahead Magazine2011
Georgia Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2010
Georgia Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Top 100 Trial LawyerNational Trial Lawyers Association2009
Georgia Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2009
Georgia Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Charter FellowLitigation Counsel of America2008
Georgia Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentThe Cochran Firm2012 - Present
National Partner, Chair, National Management CommitteeThe Cochran Firm2010 - Present
Managing PartnerThe Cochran Firm - Atlanta2000 - Present
Partner/OwnerSistrunk & Associates1994 - 2000
PartnerLove & Willingham, LLP1988 - 1994
AssociatePowell Goldstein Frazier & Murphy1982 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2015 - Present
National Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1983 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Gate City Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident-Elect2014 - 2015
National Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President2013 - 2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
North Carolina State UniversityN/AN/A1979