Jeffrey E. Tompkins

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

Thomas, Kennedy, Sampson & Tompkins LLP
Jeffrey E. Tompkins
Thomas, Kennedy, Sampson & Tompkins LLP

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Business & Corporate, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 1987

Education: Emory University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2024

Thomas, Kennedy, Sampson & Tompkins LLP

3355 Main Street
Atlanta, GA 30337 Visit website


A nationally renowned attorney who helps people across many legal disciplines, from personal injury, medical malpractice, premises liability and wrongful death matters to tort defense, reviewing contracts and handling discrimination cases on the basis of age, race, gender and origin, Jeffrey E. Tompkins is a partner at the law firm Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, and represents clients throughout the United States.

With over 35 years of experience, Mr. Tompkins stands ready to defend and advocate for his clients through every hurdle that obstructs him to his way of obtaining the goals his clients so deserve. With his encyclopedic knowledge of the law combined with his tenure ensures that no surprise developments can deter him from his mission to give his clients the top-quality representation they need to make their lives easier.

Whether it comes to defending clients in a negligent security case against the state, an age discrimination case against a hospital or a multibillion-dollar breach of contract case involving a multinational corporation, Mr. Tompkins is always informed and ready for every case. He has been recognized for his eminent advocacy by a host of prominent legal organizations, including:

  • Being rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, the organization’s highest rating
  • Recognition as one of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in labor and employment law and personal injury (defendants)
  • Holding a perfect “10.0” rating on Avvo
  • Being anointed a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
  • Being awarded the A.T. Walden Outstanding Lawyer Award by the Gate City Bar Association (GCBA)

Prior to receiving his Juris Doctor in 1987 from the Emory University School of Law, Mr. Tompkins completed his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College, and before graduating magna cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in 1984, he took part in many activities and served many roles in student organizations, including Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha. Moreover, he was included in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges list.

While in law school, Mr. Tompkins did not slow down his efficacious journey and ramped up his prowess and leadership skills, with him being part of the winning moot court team of the Jerome Prince Invitational Moot Court Evidence Competition and being named Runner-up Oralist. He also received the James C. Pratt Memorial Award and the D. Robert Owen Award, and to add to his list of accomplishments, he was president of the Black Law Student Association and part of the National Order of Barristers.

Permitted to practice across all Georgia state courts since 1987, Mr. Tompkins is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Georgia Supreme Court. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Atlanta Judicial Commissions and the GCBA.

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Defense, Business/Corporate, Civil Litigation: Defense, Civil Rights, General Litigation, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense

Focus areas

Americans with Disabilities Act, Birth Injury, Contracts, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dental Malpractice, Informed Consent, Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 10% Business/Corporate
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10% Civil Rights
  • 10% General Litigation
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Other

First Admitted: 1987, Georgia

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Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Director-in-Chief, Emory Moot Court Society, Emory University School of Law
  • Dean’s Student Advisory Group, Emory University School of Law, Member
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Law Schools
  • President, Black Law Students Association, Emory University School of Law
  • D. Robert Owen Award, Emory University School of Law, Recipient, 1987
  • James C. Pratt Memorial Award, Emory University School of Law, Recipient, 1987
  • National Order of Barristers, Member
  • Winning Team and named Runner-up Oralist, Jerome Prince Invitational Moot Court Evidence Competition, New York
  • A.T. Walden Outstanding Lawyer Award, Gate City Bar Association (Atlanta), 2011
  • Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Recognized as a Georgia “Super Lawyer”, 2008 - Present
  • Received a Rating of “AV”, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Walden-Herndon Award, Gate City Bar Association (Atlanta) Judicial Section, 2007
  • As lead trial counsel, he obtained a defense verdict in favor of Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority following a jury trial in Blair King v. Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority (United States District Court of the Northern District of Georgia). The case involved claims of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and violation of the Family Medical Leave Act.
  • In 2016, successfully defended a local police agency in a federal court trial involving allegations of excessive force. Despite the subject incident having been captured on video was able to show the jury that the force used was not excessive.
  • In 2015, successfully defended a major Atlanta law firm in a pregnancy discrimination case.
  • Lead counsel in the successful defense of Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Pickle Logging, Inc. v. Georgia-Pacific Corporation, 276 Ga. App. 398 (2005), a multi-million-dollar breach of contract action involving timber and logging operations in southwest Georgia.
  • Trial counsel for the State of Georgia in State of Georgia v. John Ashcroft, 539 U.S. 461 (2003), tried before a panel of federal judges in the District of Columbia and successfully appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
  • Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority in William Hicks and Marlow Roberson v. MARTA, a premises liability case alleging negligent security. Plaintiffs alleged to have suffered traumatic brain injuries after being severely beaten by a group of juveniles at a transit station.
  • Trial counsel on the issue of damages for plaintiff The Coca-Cola Company in The Coca-Cola Company v. PepsiCo et al., 1:02-CV-2887 (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ga.), a patent infringement action that resulted in a multi-million-dollar jury verdict.
  • Lead trial and appellate counsel for the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority, Emory University, and several medical professionals in Rosie Miranda et al. v. Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, Emory University at al., 284 Ga. App. 203 (2007), cert. denied 207 Ga. LEXIS 516 (2007), a wrongful death action wherein the plaintiffs sought more than $10 million.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Opening and Closing Statements from the Defense’s Perspective, Gate City Bar Association CLE Seminar, San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 25, 2014
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Reading Tutor, Perkinson Elementary School Reading Program
  • Advisory Board of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Board of Directors of Sadie G. Mays Health and Rehabilitation Center
Educational Background:
  • Morehouse College, B.A. in Political Science, Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Political Science Departmental Honors, 1984
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Georgia, 1987
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1987
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 1987
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1987
  • Mayor’s Commission on the Future of Atlanta, 1987
  • Atlanta Blue Ribbon Commission on Capital Projects, 1991
  • Chairman, Atlanta Judicial Commission, 1997 - Present
  • South Atlanta District of the Boy Scouts of America, 2003 - 2005
  • Board of Directors of The Study Hall, 2009 - Present
  • Board of Directors of The Study Hall, 1998 - 2002
  • Editorial Board of the Georgia Bar Journal, 1996 - 1997
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Judicial Selection/Tenure Committee, 2001 - 2005
  • Gate City Bar Association, Executive Board, 1989 - 1992
  • Olympic Games - Atlanta Committee (ACOG), Licensing Counsel

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Attorney Thompkins is a brilliant attorney. He has the highest ethics, and he is a phenomenal trial attorney.”

“One of the best.”

Office location for Jeffrey E. Tompkins

3355 Main Street
Atlanta, GA 30337

Phone: 404-963-9442


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