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In 2016, Mr. Sistrunk received the Lifetime Achievement recognition among America’s Top 100 Attorneys.® This recognition identifies and promotes the most outstanding and impactful legal talent currently serving throughout the nation. Mr. Sistrunk was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 for his work in the area of Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence. To compile the current 21st edition of the annual publication, Best Lawyers conducted an exhaustive peer-reviewed survey. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Nominees were reviewed on the basis of professional expertise and underwent a confirmation process to make sure they were in good standing with their local Bar Associations. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion is considered a singular honor.
The National Bar Association honored Mr. Sistrunk with the Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Legacy Award during the annual convention in July 2014. The award is presented to an honoree for empowering the future and providing leadership of our communities as did the late Honorable Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Jackson was Atlanta Georgia’s first African-American Mayor, serving three terms (1974-1982 and 1990-1994). Jackson was credited for working to improve race relations and providing leadership in developing major public-works projects in Atlanta, including the renovation of the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, which was renamed the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport following Jackson’s death in 2003. The National Bar Association, founded in 1925, is the nation’s oldest and largest association of African-American lawyers, judges and law students, with a network of more than 59,000 professionals.
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.