Latisha Dear Jackson
LaTisha Dear-Jackson is an Senior Associate with Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP. LaTisha serves in the litigation department defending corporate clients and governmental agencies in medical malpractice, wrongful death, premises liability, and insurance matters. She also represents individuals in medical malpractice, premises liability and personal injury matters.
Prior to joining Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins, LaTisha served as a full time judge in the DeKalb County Recorders Court, where she primarily presided over traffic offenses, misdemeanors, and county ordinance violations. Currently, and for the past ten years, LaTisha has served as a Judge in local courts in DeKalb County. In 2008, LaTisha made history by becoming both the first female and youngest judge to ever serve as a Municipal Court Judge in the City of Stone Mountain, where she now serves a Chief Judge. In 2012, she again made history by becoming the first female Municipal Court Judge in the City of Lithonia.
Prior to becoming a member of the judiciary, LaTisha was an attorney and counselor at law with her own law practice located in the historic City of Stone Mountain, where she specialized in all areas of juvenile law, criminal defense, and family law. LaTisha has served as an Assistant Solicitor General for DeKalb County’s Office of the Solicitor-General, where she served as a trial attorney representing the State of Georgia on various misdemeanor crimes and habeas corpus proceedings.
LaTisha earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law, where she was the second vice-president for the Southern Region of the Black Law Students Association, a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and a Who’s Who of American Law Students. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Spelman College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (Pre-law concentration) and a double minor in Management Organization and Writing.
A native of Los Angeles, California, LaTisha is active in numerous professional organizations. She is a former appointed member of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court Judicial Selection Committee and a current member of both the Georgia Association of Women Attorneys Judicial Applicant Review Committee and Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Judicial Review Committee. In 2014, LaTisha was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court to serve on its Committee on Fairness, Access and Public Trust, and Public Confidence Committee. She is also a member of several bar associations which include but are not limited to the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, DeKalb Bar Association, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Gate City Bar Association, and DeKalb Lawyers Association, where she served an unprecedented two-year term as President. Presently, she is the Vice-President for the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judges which is a statewide council for all Municipal Court judges.
LaTisha is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Georgia, Court of Appeals of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the Supreme Court of the United States.