Shean D. Williams

Shean D. Williams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Cochran Firm Atlanta
 | The Equitable Building, 100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2600
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-222-9922
Fax: 404-222-0170
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

For the last 20 years, Mr. Williams has earned a formidable reputation for successfully obtaining verdicts and settlements totaling more than $150 million – in cases involving trucking and automobile collisions, medical malpractice, negligent security, maritime injuries, civil rights and police brutality, and medical devices and pharmaceutical litigation.

Williams is also nationally renowned for his expertise in commercial vehicle litigation. His command of the motor carrier regulations and standards have led to record verdicts in trucking cases across several states. In fact, Williams led his firm’s legal team when winning a substantial $22 million verdict – the largest amount of compensatory wrongful death damages ever awarded in the state of Georgia, in a trucking case.

Eight figure verdicts are not rare for Williams.  In 2016, he obtained a $20.5 million verdict against Emory University – stemming from a wrongful death where a 23-year-old man died, as a result of a botched sleep study. He also led a trial team that was awarded a $17.5 million verdict against Grady Memorial Hospital for a young man who suffered brain damage during an elective surgery. In another record-breaking win, Williams received the largest settlement from a Georgia municipality, for a police brutality case where the civil rights of Kathryn Johnston were violated. These victories were all featured in The National Law Journal’s TOP 100 Verdicts.

Williams has received a number of accolades which include:

  • The Men’s Looking Ahead Magazine’s, “Most Powerful and Influential Lawyer Award."
  • The National Trial Lawyers has consecutively named Williams one of its TOP 100 Trial Lawyers since 2012.
  • The well-known attorney was also selected for Georgia Verdict’s Hall of Fame in medical malpractice in 2015.
  • Recipient of the 2018 Gate City Bar Association’s A. T. Walden Outstanding Lawyer Award

About Shean Williams

Admitted: 1996, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.cochranfirm.com/attorneys/shean-d-williams/

Honors/Awards:

  •  The Award is named for Austin "A.T." Walden (1885-1965), a founder of the Gate City Bar Association, who was admitted to the practice of law in 1912. Walden was a noted civil rights leader and political power broker. He was also the first African American Judge in Georgia, since Reconstruction., A.T. Walden Outstanding Lawyer Award, Gate City Bar Association, 2018
  • Since 2012, Mr. Williams has consecutively been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Mr. Williams was selected to the Georgia Verdict's Hall of Fame in Medical Malpractice, Hall of Fame in Medical Malpractice, Georgia Verdict's Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Award honoring excellence of local male lawyers, Most Powerful and Influential Lawyer Award, The Men's Looking Ahead Magazine, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Black Lawyers - Top 100, 2019
  • Speaker and Co-Chair of Harris Martin's MDL and Mass Tort Litigation Conference, 2016
  • Speaker of Harris Martin's MDL and Mass Tort Litigation Conference, 2019
  • American Association for Justice, 2018
  • National Trial Lawyers - Top 100, 2019
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Gate City Bar Association, 2015
  • National Bar Association, 2015

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Let Us Make Man Scholarship Fund, 2019
  • Willie Stargell Kidney Disease Foundation, 2017
  • Green Pastures Christian Church, 2015
  • Alma G. Davis Foundation - Dinner for Divas (Honoring Survivors of Domestic Violence), 2018
  • The Star Struck Foundation
  • New Mercies Christian Church, 2019
  • Gate City Bar Association's Justice Robert Benham Law Camp, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $20.5 Million Verdict against Emory University - stemming from a wrongful death where a 23 years old man died, as a result of a botched sleep study., 2016
  • Received the largest settlement from a Georgia municipaolity for a police brutality case where the civil rights of an Atlanta senior citizen were violated.
  • $17.5 Million Verdict against Grady Memorial Hospital for a young man who suffered damage during an elective surgery

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Featured in The National Law Journal's Top 100 Verdicts, 2016

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Office Location for Shean D. Williams

The Equitable Building
100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2600
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Last Updated: 9/12/2019

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