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Hezekiah Sistrunk, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Cochran Firm Atlanta
100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2600
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 888-984-6951
Fax: 404-222-0170
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022
Licensed in Georgia Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

President and a national partner at The Cochran Law Firm, Hezekiah Sistrunk, Jr. represents the people of Georgia in personal injury and catastrophic injury cases. His practice focuses on cases of pharmaceutical litigation/mass torts/class action, business and corporate issues, product liability law, hospital and physician liability law, contract law, statutory law, and common law. During his time as an attorney, he has tried more than 100 cases.

Mr. Sistrunk is a member of The National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100. He holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of both the Gate City Bar Association and The Trial Lawyers and is a Fellow in The International Academy of Trial Lawyers. A member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, he was also named by the Litigation Counsel of America as a Senior Fellow. He has been named to LAWDRAGON 500 leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers and designated as one of the Ten Most Influential Black Lawyers of the Decade by Lawyers of Color.  The National Law Journal and The Trial Lawyer Magazine included him on the list of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers.

After graduating cum laude from North Carolina State University, Mr. Sistrunk obtained a Juris Doctor as an Elvin R. Latty scholar at Duke University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the state of Georgia and was named as one of the Best Lawyers in America for six years straight. He has led trial teams in securing settlements and verdicts of over $1 billion.

Mr. Sistrunk is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Gate City Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the National Bar Association. A Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Mr. Sistrunk also does community service and pro bono work with Project Destiny, Inc., the StarStruck Foundation and the Holifield/Warren Memorial Boys & Girls Club.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Class Actions, Toxic Torts, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Medical Devices


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

Articles about Hezekiah Sistrunk, Jr. appearing in Super Lawyers

About Hezekiah Sistrunk, Jr.

First Admitted: 1983, Georgia

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  •  Law and Contemporary Problems, International and Comparative Law Institute, Duke University School of Law

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Project Destiny, DeKalb County GA Board of Directors, StarStruck Foundation Board of Directors, Holifield/Warren Memorial Boys & Girls Club  

Educational Background

  • Duke University Law School, J.D., 1982
  • North Carolina State University, B.A., cum laude, 1979

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, The National Board of Trial Advocacy National Board of Complex Litigation Lawyers (2017-2020) , 2017
  • Chairman, National Board of Partners and National Partner-The Cochran Firm, 2022
  • President, The National Trial Lawyers Association , 2015
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2016-2020)., 2016
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • President, The Cochran Firm 2012-2022, 2022
  • Member, The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past President, The National Trial Lawyers Association , 2016
  • Member, National Bar Association
  • Member, Gate City Bar Association
  • President-Elect, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Managing Partner, The Cochran Firm-Atlanta 2000-2021., 2021
  • Executive Committe, National Black Lawyers Top 100, 2015-2022, 2022
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, The National Trial Lawyers Association 2011-2022, 2022
  • Chairman, National Executive/Management Committee-The Cochran Firm 2010-2020. , 2020


  • Mr. Sistrunk and his trial teams have secured over $1Billion in settlements and verdicts for his clients in a vast array of areas, including commercial and complex litigation, environmental litigation, products liability litigation, police misconduct and municipal liability cases, auto, truck and vehicle accident cases, medical malpractice and professional negligence cases, premises liability cases and class action/mass tort/pharmaceutical litigation., 2020


  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® for Georgia.  The selection was based on years of exceptional advocacy, litigation success, ethical standards, and extraordinary accomplishments in handling high-value personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, and/or medical malpractice matters.  Less than one-half percent (0.5%) of attorneys in the United States will ever receive this award, making it the premier achievement for Personal Injury Attorneys throughout the nation.  , America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorney's for Georgia, America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys, 2022
  • The National Bar Association Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Journey to Justice Award is presented to an attorney who exemplifies the spirit of fighting for minority communities and the courage to take on hard cases that pushes us forward as a community and a society., Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Journey to Justice Award, National Bar Association , 2021
  • Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”) Order of Certus is comprised of Fellows of the LCA who have made at least three oral arguments before state appellate courts or Canadian Federal or Provincial Courts of Appeal and/or two oral arguments before the United States Courts of Appeals and/or one oral argument before the United States Supreme Court or the Supreme Court of Canada., Order of Certus, Litigation Counsel of America, 2021
  • Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”) Order of Centurions is comprised of Fellows of the who have tried to verdict one hundred or more jury trials in trial courts of record. , Order of Centurions, Litigation Counsel of America , 2021
  • The Trial Lawyer Magazine and The National Law Journal America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, each year, identify a select group of remarkable trial lawyers who have met the challenges of the legal profession and achieved extraordinary success in the courtroom., America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers-2020, National Trial Lawyer Magazine and The National Law Journal, 2021
  • LAWDRAGON’S list of 500 plaintiffs’ lawyers and voting rights advocates, litigators, and deal makers who joined arm in arm to turn the page on hard times in 2020., LAWDRAGON 500 Leading Lawyers in America, The 2021 LAWDRAGON 500 LEADING LAWYERS IN AMERICA, 2021
  • Ten Most Influential Black Lawyers of the Decade-Lawyers of Color Magazine, Most Influential Black Lawyers of the Decade, Lawyers of Color, 2021
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy  appointment, as an inaugural member, to The National Board of Complex Litigation Lawyers (NBCLL)., National Board Member, National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), 2017
  • The Round Table, America's 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • Lawyers of Color Power List 2020, Lawyers of Color Fifth Power List, Lawyers of Color, 2020
  • Top 500 Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in U.S. 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.   LAWDRAGON 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer Guide compiles honorees through editorial research, submissions, and nominations to highlight the top legal professionals across the industry., LAWDRAGON 500 Leading Consumer Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer, LAWDRAGON 500 Leading Consumer Lawyer Guide, 2022
  • America’s Too 100 High Stakes Litigators included the top attorneys who have litigated matters where at least $2,000,000 were at stake.2019-2020, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigator, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, 2020
  • The RoundTable, America's 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers 2017,2018, 2019 and 2020., National Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • National Trial Lawyers Association "Top 100 Lawyers" in the State of Georgia, 2012-2022, Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers, 2021
  • Gate City Bar Association Hall of Fame...the Association’s highest honor., Hall of Fame Inductee, Gate City Bar Association, 2011
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • The Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Legacy Award is presented to an honoree for empowering the future and providing leadership to our communities as did the late Honorable Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Jackson was Atlanta Georgia’s first African-American Mayor, serving three (3) 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 renovation of the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, which was renamed the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport following Jackson’s death in 2003. , The Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Legacy Award, National Bar Association, 2014
  • The Lawyers of Color Power List is a comprehensive catalog of the nation’s most influential minority attorneys and non-minority diversity advocates, including corporate general counsel, law firm managing partners, law school deans and the highest ranking government attorneys., Fourth Annual Power List, Lawyers of Color, 2015
  • Litigation Counsel of America Senior Fellow 2016-2021.  Senior Fellow status in the society is reserved for advanced commitment to and support of the Litigation Counsel of America, the Diversity Law Institute and Trial Law Institute. , Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America , 2021
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow 2016-2021, Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2021
  • Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those few individuals, both past and present, who have left an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the American public, the Constitution and the American Bar., Hall of Fame Inductee, National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • "AV" Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 2007-2021, Martindale-Hubbell, 2021
  • Member, Blue Key National Honor Society, 1979
  • 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 and selects only those lawyers who have demonstrated excellence in courtroom advocacy throughout their careers.., Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Power List of Georgia’s Most Powerful and Influential Lawyers, Power List of Georgia's Most Powerful and Influential Lawyers, Men Looking Ahead News Magazine, 2011
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015-2021, Nation's Top Attorneys, N, 2020
  • The RoundTable:  America's 100 Most influential Trial Lawyers 2012-2019, The Trial Lawyer Magazine, 2019
  • Lawyer of Distinction designation 2017-2021, Certified Member , Lawyers of Distinction, 2021
  • Charter Fellow, The Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) 2007-2019.  The LCA is a close-knit peer-selected, aggressively diverse honorary society of 3,500 of the best trial lawyers in America.  Less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, vigorously vetted for skills, expertise, and service are selected to this invitation-only collegial network of lawyers who effectively represent clients across North America and around the world., Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2021
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society, 1979
  • The Clarence Darrow Award recognizes dedication and excellence in the legal professional and is given to an attorney who has  demonstrated exceptional conviction in his work. The national award 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”., Clarence Darrow Award, Mass Torts Made Perfect, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Products Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, Products Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Plaintiffs 2021 & 2022., Best Lawyers, 2022
  • “Lawyer of the Year” Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs in Atlanta 2019, Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys is by invitation only and is comprised of the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose lifetime accomplishments merit lifetime achievement recognition. This once-in-a-lifetime honor is given to less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active practicing attorneys in the United States., Lifetime Achievement Recipient, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2016
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Office Location for Hezekiah Sistrunk, Jr.

100 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 2600
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 888-984-6951

Fax: 404-222-0170

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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