Thomas A. Cox

Of Counsel / Atlanta

Tom Cox has provided high quality legal services for educational institutions and commercial clients in a variety of litigation and non-litigation matters throughout his 38-year legal career. His clients have included the Atlanta Public Schools, First Financial Management Corporation, Spelman College, Western Union Financial Services, the DeKalb County Schools, Universal Health Services, Inc., the Consortium for Adequate School Funding in Georgia, and the Clarke County Schools. Tom holds a AV Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

While a partner with the firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan (where he practiced from 1976 through 2003), Tom advised and litigated on behalf of public and private educational institutions and supervised the commercial litigation matters on behalf of First Financial Management Corporation.

Tom has also been actively involved in academia, serving as Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory University (where he has taught classes in Education Policy and Law) and at Georgia State Law School (where he has taught Professional Responsibility).

Tom received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee (in 1973), where he was a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams. He received his law degree (cum laude) from Harvard Law School in 1976. He was a partner with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan from 1983 until 2004, and was affiliated with the Decatur education law firm of Weekes & Candler from 2004 until 2008, when he entered into solo practice until joining Carlock Copeland in May 2011.

Tom is a father of three, and all of his children attended Atlanta Public Schools. Tom’s wife, Penny Nash, is an ordained Episcopal priest who currently serves as Associate Rector at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA. Tom has served on the vestry and as the senior warden at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Tom is also a co-founder of the “Faithful Lawyers” of Atlanta, a group formed in 1998 that meets regularly, and has sponsored continuing legal education seminars at Emory Law School, addressing issues of faith and the practice of law.

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