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Thomas G. "Woody" Sampson, II

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins, LLP
3355 Main Street
Atlanta, GA 30337
Phone: 404-688-4503
Fax: 404-684-9515
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2013, 2017 - 2023
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Mr. Sampson has worked as a plaintiffs' attorney, trying multimillion-dollar personal injury cases, and also as a defense attorney, defending major corporations against multimillion-dollar lawsuits. He has 20 years of experience in medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability, consumer warranty, and other general civil litigation matters. In addition to his trial experience, he has served as general counsel to the Fulton County Board of Ethics for the past18 years. As counsel to the Board of Ethics, he has advised the Board on the complaints that come before them concerning the ethical violations of Fulton County elected officials and Fulton County employees.

About Thomas G. "Woody" Sampson, II

Professional Webpage:

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Wolfpack Enters. v. Arrington, 272 Ga. App. 175.  This was a Court of Appeals decision which created case law on when a case can be dismissed with prejudice pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 9-11-41(b) and (c).  
  • MARTA v. Mitchell, 289 Ga. App. 1.  This was a Court of Appeals decision which created case law on the ability of a plaintiff to obtain attorney's fees under O.C.G.A. Section 13-6-11.
  • Dale v. Kolb, 61 So. 3d 251.  This was a Supreme Court of Alabama action which created case law on whether the judge has the discretion to grant a continuance for a party to obtain additional discovery once a summary judgment motion has been filed.
  • Sampson v. Ga. Dep't of Juvenile Justice, 328 Ga. App. 733.  This was a successful Court of Appeals decision which created case law on the issue of res judicata and standing.  
  • MARTA v. Maloof, 304 Ga. App. 824.  This was a Court of Appeals decision which created case law on whether the tolling provision of O.C.G.A. Section 9-3-33, which tolled the ability to appoint an administrator for an estate, tolled the statute of limitations for a wrongful death action.  The Court ulimately held that it did not toll the statute of limitations for a wrongful death action.

Representative Clients

  • Fulton County
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority
  • City of Atlanta

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board member-- Child Advocate Board of Fulton County
  • Member - 100 Black Men of Atlanta
  • Board member ---- A Crystal Stair
  • Sponsor and Supporter of One Prayer Foundation Annual Shoe Box Party 2014 and 2015.
  • Fellow in the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, 2007
  • Member - Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity---Professional Fraternity and Community Service Organization.

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Charter Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of Of America. This trial honorary is by invitation and consits of less than 1% of trial lawyers in America., 2007


  • Named one of  50 men of influence in Atlanta, Men of influence, The Atlanta Business League, 2008
  • Named one of the top trial lawyers in Georgia, member, American Trial Lawyers Association , 2009
  • Named on one of the top 50 leaders in the law in Atlanta, The Power Book, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2008
  • Best Lawyers In America 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Certified Mediator - Bay Mediation and Arbitration Services, LLC, 2013
  • Member- State Bar of Georgia
  • Chairmain- Gate City Bar Foundation, 2009
  • General counsel -- Atlanta Public Schools Ethics Commission, 2012
  • Member and President (2008) -- Gate City Bar association
  • Generral counsel - Fulton County Ethics Board.
  • Member - National Bar association
  • State Bar of Georgia Invesstgative Panel and Disciplinary Board, 2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker, Ten Practical Tips for Closing Arguments, Gate City Bar Association CLE, 2014
  • Speaker, Ten Practical Tips for Closing Arguments, National Black Lawyers Association Masters In Trial Seminar CLE, 2014
  • Speaker, NFBPA Ethics Leadership Presentation, Fulton County Government, 2012
  • Speaker, Strayer University Presentation on Small Law FIrms, Strayer University, 2011
  • Speaker, Discovery Tactics , Gate City Bar Association CLE Presentation, 2008
  • Speaker, Discovery Tactics, Gate City Bar Association CLE Presentation, 2006


  • 650,000 dollar settlement against a nursing home for the death of an 83 year old woman.
  • Gunn V. Family Dollar Inc et. al.- This case was a premises liability case where a customer was physically assaulted by a stock boy. The case resulted in a three million dollar verdict for the my client. 
  • D.M. v. Howell et. al. This was a 1983 action for violations of the 8th amendment in a juvenille youth detention center.  My client was sexually assaulted because of a lack of adequate supervision. The case settled for 1.24 million dollars.
  • Stafford v. MARTA ---I represented  a MARTA police officer accused of using excessive force and shooting and killing a teenage boy. The case resulted in a defense verdict.

Industry Groups

  • Ethics Organizations
  • Fortune 500 Companies
  • Governmental Entities
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance Companies
  • Public School Systems
  • Public Transportation Systems
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Office Location for Thomas G. "Woody" Sampson, II

3355 Main Street
Atlanta, GA 30337

Last Updated: 8/29/2022

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