Thomas Sampson

Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP
3355 Main St
Atlanta, GA 30337
(404) 688-4503

Thomas ("Tom") G. Sampson is the Managing Partner of Thomas Kennedy Sampson, & Tompkins, and is the product of a family steeped in the law. His roots are in Durham, where his father, the late Daniel George Sampson, was a law professor and Dean at North Carolina Central University. Like his father, Sampson graduated from Morehouse College and sought a career in the law. He has since practiced law for more than 35 years, building a national trial practice and reputation in the fields of personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice litigation.

Sampson has represented the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia in major litigation, and has prosecuted catastrophic injury cases resulting in several record setting, seven figure verdicts in state and federal court. Additionally, Sampson has successfully represented Fortune 500 corporations in major litigation.

Throughout his career, Sampson has often been tapped to serve government, the Bar, and the community. He was appointed by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to a special panel to evaluate the Atlanta Municipal Court and the City Court of Atlanta. He is also a Special Assistant to the Attorney General for the State of Georgia, having been appointed by Attorney General Thurbert Baker. He was the first African American inducted into the Georgia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 1993. Sampson has served as a Master in both the Bleckley and Logan Inns of the American Inns of Court. In 2007, Sampson was inducted as a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honor reserved for less than one half of one percent of lawyers in America.

Locally, Atlanta Magazine has consistently included Sampson in its list of the "Best Lawyers in Atlanta," and he has been a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in every year of its existence, an honor reserved for the top 5 percent of the lawyers in the State. In 2006, Morehouse College honored Sampson with its Bennie Trailblazer Award, the highest level of recognition bestowed upon alumni by the College. In 2010, for his civic contributions, accomplishments and leadership, the Atlanta Hawks honored Sampson as a Trailblazer during a special presentation at a Hawks game in Phillips Arena.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Juris Doctor
London School of Economics
Member, Society of International Business Fellows
Morehouse College, B.A.


Listed in "Best Lawyers in America" in every edition since 1993
Listed in the "Top 100 Lawyers" in Georgia by the American Trial Lawyers Association, 2007-2010
Listed as a Georgia "SuperLawyer" in every edition since its inception
Trailblazer Award, Atlanta Hawks, February 5, 2010 (Black History Month Awardee)
Former Master, Logan E. Bleckley Inn of Court
Former Master, Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court
Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Bennie Trailblazer Award Recipient, Morehouse College
Fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia


Atlanta Judicial Commission
Board of Councilors for the Carter Center
Boards of Directors of the Atlanta Urban League
Board of Directors, Senior Citizens Services of Metropolitan Atlanta
Charter Member & Former Vice Chairman, Neighborhood Justice Center
President, Gate City Bar Association
Barrister, Logan E. Bleckley Inn of the American Inns of Court
Member, Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia
Special Assistant, Attorney General for the State of Georgia
President, Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Chairman, State Bar of Georgia Client Security Fund
Vice President, State Bar of Georgia Disciplinary Board
Vice President, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers
Regional Director, National Bar Association
Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgia State University
Instructor, Atlanta College of Trial Advocacy