Hezekiah  Sistrunk

The Cochran Firm - Atlanta
The Cochran Firm - Atlanta
100 Peachtree St. NW., Suite 2600, Atlanta, GA 30303 United States

Hezekiah is a National Partner and President of The Cochran Firm, founded by the legendary Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. The Cochran Firm is one of the nation’s largest personal injury, medical malpractice and consumer law firms with some of the most aggressive personal injury attorneys, known for their tireless and effective legal representation. Hezekiah is also Chairman of the National Firm's Board of Partners. He has authored and lectured on medical professional liability issues, complex litigation matters, including class action and mass tort litigation, and has conducted risk management and risk assessment seminars for various clients. Hezekiah’s practice focuses largely on the litigation of complex disputes involving common law, statutory law, contract law, physician and hospital liability law, product liability law, commercial, corporate and business issues, catastrophic personal injury cases and class action/ mass torts/pharmaceutical litigation. He has also served as a mediator in hundreds of matters Over the course of his career Hezekiah has prosecuted and defended hundreds of litigated matters before state courts, federal courts and administrative agencies and has tried over 100 cases to verdict. Hezekiah and his trial teams have attained verdicts and settlements on behalf of injury victims and consumers in excess of $1Billion.


  • "Top 100 Lawyers" in the state of Georgia-National Trial Lawyers Association (2011-2023).  
  • AV Preeminent* rating-Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (1989-2022). 
  • Senior Fellow-Litigation Counsel of America (2007-2023).  
  • Men Looking Ahead News Magazine 2011 annual "Power List of Georgia's Most Powerful and  Influential Lawyers".  
  • Super Lawyers Magazine list of Georgia Super Lawyers (2007-2023).
  • Inducted into the Gate City Bar Association Hall of Fame (2011).
  • Inducted as a Fellow into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (2012).  
  • Barrister, Order of Centurions-Litigation Counsel of America (2021-2023).
  • Clarence Darrow Award during the Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference (2014).
  • The National Bar Association Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. Legacy Award (2014).
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and in the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 editions for his work in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Products Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs. The 2021, 2022 and 2023 listings also included Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Plaintiffs. In 2019 named “Lawyer of the Year" Products Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs in Atlanta. Named 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Plaintiffs in Atlanta.
  • President of the National Trial Lawyers (2015).
  • The Lawyers of Color Fourth Annual Power List (2015). 
  • National Trial Lawyers Executive Committee (2008-2023).
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (2015-2023).
  • Advocate, Order of Certus-Litigation Counsel of America (2021-2023).
  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (2016-2023).
  • National Trial Lawyers The RoundTable, America's 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers (2017-2020).
  • Appointed to the NBTA National Board of Complex Litigation Lawyers (2017).
  • America’ Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (2017-2021).
  • Certified-Lawyers of Distinction (2017-2023). 
  • Inducted into The Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame (2018).
  • Member, Trial Law Institute-Litigation Counsel of America (2018-2023).
  • LAWDRAGON 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers (2019 ,2020,2021, 2022 &2023).
  • Lawyers of Color Fifth Power List (2020).
  • National Trial Lawyer Magazine and National Law Journal- America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers (2020).
  • LAWDRAGON 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2021, 2022 & 2023).
  • Lawyers of Color-Ten Most Influential Black Lawyers of the Decade (2021).
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute-Litigation Counsel of America (2018-2023).
  • National Bar Association Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Journey to Justice Award (2021).
  • America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys for Georgia (2022).
  • National Bar Association President’s Award (2022). 
  • Inducted into The National Black Lawyers Hall of Fame (2023).


State Bar of Georgia

American Bar Association

National Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Southern Trial Lawyers Association

National Trial Lawyers Association

National Board of Complex Litigation Lawyers, Founding Member

The Gate City Bar Association

The Atlanta Bar Association


B.A. With Honors, North Carolina State University

J.D. Duke University Law School, Elvin R. Latty Scholar



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