Thomas G. (Woody) Sampson, II

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP
Thomas G. (Woody) Sampson, II
Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice; view more

Education: University of Georgia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2013, 2017 - 2024

Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP

3355 Main Street
Atlanta, GA 30337 Visit website


Thomas G. "Woody" Sampson II is a partner at Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP, one of the oldest law firms in Georgia owned by minorities. He provides legal services to Fortune 500 companies, individuals and governmental entities across the United States, with a particular focus on Georgia. With 28-plus years of legal experience, he assists his clients with a wide range of matters, including but not limited to:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Trucking litigation
  • Negligent security claims
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Wrongful death lawsuits
  • Legal and medical malpractice

Mr. Sampson is adept at representing plaintiffs and defending major corporations. He has dealt with a diverse range of cases, having been involved in over a hundred trials. He has also demonstrated exceptional prowess in handling high-stakes personal injury cases, ranging in value up to multimillion dollars. 

After completing his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College in 1991, Mr. Sampson attended the University of Georgia School of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 1994. He obtained his license to practice in Georgia a year after he graduated from law school. His exceptional standing extends well beyond his work as a lawyer. He actively contributes to the American Association for Justice, while also serving as a distinguished barrister at The Bleckley American Inn of Court.

A zealous trial attorney, Mr. Sampson’s outstanding achievements in the legal field have earned him prestigious recognition. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was honored as a charter fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. He has also been included in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's "The Power Book" as one of the leading 50 professionals in the legal field. Furthermore, he has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Sampson has also held the position of General Counsel for the Fulton County Government Board of Ethics for nearly two decades. Moreover, he has been a trusted adviser to elected officials, offering counsel on election law violations and other ethical concerns surrounding elections. 

*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: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Defense, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dental Malpractice, Dram Shop Laws, Informed Consent, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Defense, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 60% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 20% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

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Educational Background:
  • Morehouse College, B.A., Class of 1991
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.
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
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Charter Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of Of America. This trial honorary is by invitation and consists 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
  • Super Lawyers, 2009 – 2013; 2017 – 2023, Super Lawyer
  • 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 since 2018, Best Lawyers
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Certified Mediator, Bay Mediation and Arbitration Services, LLC, 2013
  • Member, American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Barrister, Logan E. Bleckley American Inn of Courts
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Chairman, Gate City Bar Foundation, 2009
  • General counsel, Atlanta Public Schools Ethics Commission, 2012
  • Member and President (2008), Gate City Bar association
  • General counsel, Fulton County Ethics Board.
  • Member, National Bar association
  • State Bar of Georgia Investigative 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
  • Strayer University, Speaker, Strayer University Presentation on Small Law Firms, 2011
  • Gate City Bar Association CLE Presentation, Speaker, Discovery Tactics, 2008
  • Speaker, Discovery Tactics, Gate City Bar Association CLE Presentation, 2006
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 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 juvenile 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

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


Office location for Thomas G. (Woody) Sampson, II

3355 Main Street
Atlanta, GA 30337

Phone: 404-963-9442


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2013, 2017 - 2024

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