About Thomas Kennedy

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Thomas Kennedy Partners

Jeffrey E. Tompkins | Thomas G. Sampson, Sr. | Thomas G. Sampson II
About Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP

A 50 Year Legacy of Outstanding Legal Service

Founded in 1971, Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP is the oldest minority-owned law firm in Georgia. The firm serves the legal needs of Fortune 100 corporations, governmental authorities, small businesses and individuals. 

Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP is proud to have each of its partners rated by Best Lawyers in America, listed in Georgia Super Lawyers, and rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available. The firm is named a Tier 1 Regional “Best Law Firm” in two practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2022.

Our Commitment

Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP is committed to excellence and dedicated to the efficient use of resources in the pursuit of a successful result. The staff of attorneys is dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients in a timely and cost-effective manner. We regularly represent clients in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, product liability, medical malpractice, premises liability, and employment matters. 

Notable Cases and Clients

In 2001, Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP was designated “Key Counsel” for The Coca-Cola Company, one of only six law firms nationwide to receive such designation. In 2006, the firm received The Coca-Cola Company’s Partners in the Promise Award, recognizing Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP as Coca-Cola’s minority supplier of the year.

Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP is honored to serve as exclusive Georgia counsel for Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Cars, and Land Rover North America in the defense of Uniform Commercial Code/breach of warranty lawsuits. The firm also serves as Outside General Counsel for tort matters for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Lawyers in the firm are regularly called upon to defend MARTA in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. The firm also serves as defense counsel for the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (“Grady”) in medical malpractice cases. Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Georgia, as well as in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.

In 2005, the firm was proud to serve as trial counsel for The Coca-Cola Company in The Coca-Cola Company v. PepsiCo et al., 1:02-CV-2887 (USDC N.D. Ga.), a major patent infringement case. The firm also served as trial counsel for the State of Georgia in the historic case of State of Georgia v. Ashcroft, 539 U.S. 461 (2003), tried before a panel of federal judges in Washington, D.C., and successfully appealed in the Supreme Court of the United States.

During the Games of the XXVIth Olympiad, Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP was honored to serve as counsel to the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (“ACOG”) and Atlanta Centennial Olympic Properties (“ACOP”). The firm provided ACOG and ACOP a myriad of services, including the negotiation and preparation of nearly $50 million in sponsorship contracts, the negotiation of Olympic venue contracts, and representation in litigation matters.

Who Represents America's Biggest Companies

Featured in Corporate Counsel magazine.

Partners in the Promise Award

The Coca-Cola Company’s 2006 minority supplier of the year.

Firms to Watch

Featured in Black Enterprise magazine.