Anthony (Tony) L. Cochran is a Partner in the Litigation Practice of Smith Gambrell Russell LLP.
During the 45 years he has been practicing law in Atlanta, Mr. Cochran has represented many individuals and businesses on a wide variety of complex matters. He has tried dozens of jury trials in many areas of the law (both civil and criminal, federal and state), bench trials (in federal and state courts), administrative and regulatory hearings (before both federal and state agencies and boards), and medical peer review hearings at hospitals. His unique experience allows him to handle parallel civil, administrative and criminal proceedings, which are common in today’s legal environment. Being able to competently handle civil, administrative and potentially criminal matters for a client simultaneously can be an enormous savings to a client by preventing duplication of effort.
In 2005, Mr. Cochran was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is consistently listed as being one of the “Top 10 Attorneys” in Georgia by Super Lawyers. He is listed in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, under Business Litigation. He is also listed annually in the publication The Best Lawyers in America© (Criminal Law) and in Atlanta Magazine’s compilation of the Best Lawyers in Atlanta (Criminal Law).
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Cochran is quite active as a Yoga Instructor, teaching several classes each week. He also served as former Chair and Director for the Zaban Paradies Center which assists homeless couples obtain housing and employment.
Mr. Cochran regularly appears on continuing education panels, speaking at a large number of seminars on a variety of topics, including summary evidence under Federal Rule of Evidence 1006, the application of Daubert to expert testimony, representing individual physicians, white-collar criminal defense, and internal investigations.
Mr. Cochran graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University Law School in 1976, beginning his legal career in Atlanta with the firm Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy. From 1982 to 1985, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, prosecuting a variety of criminal cases. While an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Cochran received commendations from the U.S. Attorney General in a Department of Defense procurement fraud prosecution, and from the Director of the F.B.I. in a vote fraud prosecution.
He has also served as an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Emory University School of Law from 1986-2000.
State Bar of Georgia, Member
Atlanta Bar Association, Member
Zaban Couples Center, Advisory Board Member
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Presenter – “When the Truth Matters Most: Best Practices for Conducting an Internal Investigation”, Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center, April 27, 2021.
Presenter – “The Storming of the Capitol,” Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center, January 29, 2021.
Numerous seminars and webinars on (1) Daubert and Federal Rule of Evidence 702, (2) representing physicians in peer review proceedings and before the Composite Medical Board, and (3) cautions and risks in parallel proceedings
They Don’t Call Us “Counselor” For Nothing, The Atlanta Lawyer, September/August; Vol. 8; No. 2, 2010
They Don’t Call Us “Counselor” For Nothing: Part Two, The Atlanta Lawyer, November; Vol. 8; No. 4, 2010
They Don’t Call Us “Counselor” For Nothing: Part Three, The Atlanta Lawyer, January/ February; Vol. 9; No. 1, 2011
Conducting Internal Investigations in the Shadow of “Active” Law Enforcement, with William W. Fagan, III, Georgia ICLE, January 28, 2011
Any Port in a Storm: Strategies for Defending Environmental Criminal Enforcement Actions, among other authors, III, Georgia ICLE, January 28, 2011
Defending an Employee During an Internal or External Investigation, Georgia ICLE, January 28, 2011