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Mr. Sistrunk has been a trial lawyer for thirty (30) years. His 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. He has prosecuted and defended hundreds of litigated matters before state courts, federal courts and administrative agencies and tried over 100 cases to verdict.
Mr. Sistrunk’s professional recognitions include being named as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in the State of Georgia by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He has earned an “AV” Preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest achievable rating given to an attorney, and has been designated a Georgia Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2007 – 2014. Mr. Sistrunk 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, he was inducted into 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, Mr. Sistrunk 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 only 12 Fellows in Atlanta and only 18 in the state of Georgia.
Following service with the U.S. Army, Mr. Sistrunk graduated, with honors, from North Carolina State University. He attended on full academic scholarship and earned his law degree from Duke University.
Mr. Sistrunk is a member of the American Association for Justice, the American and National Bar Associations, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the Atlanta and the Gate City Bar Associations.
Mr. Sistrunk has 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 his trial experience, lecturing and advising clients, he has served as a mediator in hundreds of matters.
Mr. Sistrunk is a National Partner of The Cochran Firm, Chairman of the Firm’s Executive/Management Committee for national operations and Managing Partner of the Firm’s Atlanta office.