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Rufus D. Sams, III

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Degrees & Certificates

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mercer University, B.A., 1971
Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, J.D., 1971, with honors

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  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Trial Courts
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • United States Supreme Court


Rufus D. Sams joined the law firm of Jones Cork, LLP upon graduation from law school in 1971 and he has been a partner since 1975.

Mr. Sams represents employers, self-insured employers, and insurance carriers in connection with the defense of workers’ compensation claims in the State of Georgia. This includes offering general advice on defense of workers’ compensation claims, providing training seminars to employers and insurers for effective handling of claims and defending of employers, self-insurers and insurance carriers in contested claims at both trial and appellate levels.

Mr. Sams also represents defendants, whether self-insured or through liability insurance carriers in connection with personal injury claims such as motor vehicle collisions and premises liability. He represents insurance carriers on coverage issues involving declaratory judgment actions. His trial experience in these areas includes the defense of cases involving motor vehicle collision, personal injuries and property damages for both automobiles and tractor-trailers, premises defense for slip and falls, dog bites, and other types of personal injuries.

Mr. Sams has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Speech & Hearing Center. He has been active as a Youth Leader with the Explore Scouts and Boys Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and was selected by that organization as an instructor at the Annual Trial Academy. While in law school, Mr. Sams served as an editor of the Mercer Law Review.

Mr. Sams enjoys spending his free time with his wife, the families of his two children, and his grandchildren. In addition, he is an avid fisherman.

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