Founded in 1971, Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP is the oldest minority-owned law firm in Georgia. The firm serves the legal needs of Fortune 500 corporations, governmental authorities, small businesses and individuals. Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating available), and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, published by Martindale-Hubbell.
Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP is committed to excellence and dedicated to the efficient use of resources in the pursuit of a successful result. The staff of attorneys is dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients in a timely and cost-effective manner. We regularly represent clients in tort, product liability, wrongful death, employment, Uniform Commercial Code, warranty, medical malpractice and premises liability matters. We have significant experience in commercial litigation, municipal and corporate finance, commercial real estate and marketing law.
In 2001, Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP was designated “Key Counsel” for The Coca-Cola Company, one of only six law firms nationwide to receive such designation. In 2006, the firm received The Coca-Cola Company’s Partners in the Promise Award, recognizing Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP as Coca-Cola’s minority supplier of the year.
Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP is honored to serve as exclusive Georgia counsel for Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Cars and Land Rover North America in the defense of Uniform Commercial Code/breach of warranty lawsuits. The firm also serves as Outside General Counsel for tort matters for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Lawyers in the firm are regularly called upon to defend MARTA in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. The firm also serves as defense counsel for the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (“Grady”) in medical malpractice cases. Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Georgia, as well as in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.
In 2005, the firm was proud to serve as trial counsel for The Coca-Cola Company in The Coca-Cola Company v. PepsiCo et al., 1:02-CV-2887 (USDC N.D. Ga.), a major patent infringement case. The firm also served as trial counsel for the State of Georgia in the historic case of State of Georgia v. Ashcroft, 539 U.S. 461 (2003), tried before a panel of federal judges in Washington, D.C. and successfully appealed in the Supreme Court of the United States.
During the Games of the XXVIth Olympiad, Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP was honored to serve as counsel to the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (“ACOG”) and Atlanta Centennial Olympic Properties (“ACOP”). The firm provided ACOG and ACOP a myriad of services, including the negotiation and preparation of nearly $50 million in sponsorship contracts, the negotiation of Olympic venue contracts and representation in litigation matters.
Leaders In Our Community
As a firm and as individuals, we are involved in numerous worthwhile groups and organizations. Attorneys from our ranks have gone on to serve in important judicial, legal and civic positions throughout metropolitan Atlanta, including the current Fulton County District Attorney (who in 1996 became the first African-American District Attorney in Georgia), a current judge of the State Court of Fulton County, and a current member of the Atlanta City Council.
Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins has been recognized in the National Law Journal’s feature on “Who Represents Corporate America,” and in Corporate Counsel magazine’s 2005 feature “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies.” In 1990, Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP was identified as a “firm to watch” by Black Enterprise magazine.
All of the partners in the firm’s litigation section are Charter Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society whose membership represents less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Membership in the Litigation Counsel of America is by invitation only.