Hezekiah Sistrunk, Jr. is a National Partner and President of The Cochran Firm, Chairman of the National Firm’s Executive Management Committee, and the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Atlanta Office. Mr. Sistrunk’s practice focuses largely on the litigation of complex disputes involving common law, statutory law, contract law, physician and hospital liability law, product liability law, commercial, corporate and business issues,catastrophic personal injury cases and class action/mass torts/pharmaceutical litigation. Over the course of his career, in fact, Mr. Sistrunk has prosecuted and defended hundreds of litigated matters before state courts, federal courts and administrative agencies and has tried over 100 cases to verdict. Most recently, he was appointed to the Discovery Committee in the DePuy ASR hip implant mass tort MDL.
Mr. Sistrunk has lectured on medical professional liability issues, complex litigation matters and has conducted risk management and risk assessment seminars for various clients. In addition to his trial experience, lecturing and advising clients, Mr. Sistrunk has also served as a mediator in hundreds of matters.
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 (2011-2017). He has earned an *AV Preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest achievable rating given to an attorney (2007-2017). He is a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and has been named by Men Looking Ahead News Magazine to its 2011 annual “Power List of Georgia’s Most Powerful and Influential Lawyers”.
In November 2011, Mr. Sistrunk 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 it’s 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.
In April 2014 Mr. Sistrunk received the Clarence Darrow Award during the Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference. The Clarence Darrow Award recognizes dedication and excellence in the legal profession and is given to an attorney who has demonstrated exceptional conviction in his work. The prestigious Clarence Darrow Award is a national award that honors the legacy of famed attorney Clarence Darrow. One of the greatest trial lawyers of the 20th century and a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Darrow was know for his eloquent presentations and oral arguments. His role in defending John T. Scopes in the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925 was later depicted by Spencer Tracy in the film “Inherit the Wind”.
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