Brian D. Trulock


Brian D. Trulock’s practice concentrates in the areas of medical malpractice and general liability. His career began as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps. As a Judge Advocate, he gained significant trial experience serving as lead prosecutor in several felony and misdemeanor jury trials.

Since leaving active duty in 2007, Brian has represented hospitals, individual medical providers, and corporations in complex litigation. In each case, Brian develops a comprehensive litigation plan with the client and ensures that the client is apprised of important developments in the litigation process. Brian believes that regular communication and collaboration with the client is the best way to achieve an efficient resolution of any matter which is consistent with the client’s desired results.

Brian graduated from Emory University in 2000 with a B.A. in Political Science and earned his Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003. Following law school, he spent three years as a prosecutor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. After leaving active duty, he joined a prominent civil litigation defense firm as an associate where he continued to develop his litigation skills.  He has been with Bendin Sumrall & Ladner since its inception in 2010.

Brian also has a demonstrated commitment to public service, and has continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves.  He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel and is assigned as the Staff Judge Advocate for Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve.

Brian resides in Decatur with his family.

Practice Groups

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice
Brian has represented individual medical providers and hospitals in a variety of medical malpractice matters at all stages of the litigation process. He has been involved in cases alleging misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, improper surgical technique, improper cancer treatment, improper use of certain medical devices, and negligent post-surgical care, among others.

General Liability
Brian has represented corporations and retailers in a variety of general liability claims, including cases alleging hazardous or defective grounds, negligent hiring and supervision, inadequate security, and intentional interference with business relationships.

Brian has experience in the both the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court.  His experience guarantees that he can anticipate legal issues early in litigation and develop a strategy for dealing with and overcoming those issues on appeal.


  • Juris Doctor, 2003, Washington University
  • Bachelor of Arts, 2000, Emory University


  • Georgia, 2007
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Missouri, 2003


  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Bar Association