Despite Johnnie Cochran’s notoriety and list of famous clients and friends, he never lost sight of his mission to bring access to justice to people from all walks of life. While expanding The Cochran Firm to a national platform Mr. Cochran knew to really achieve success, he would have to surround himself with like-minded attorneys who shared his commitment to justice, attorneys he could trust to continue his legacy.
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.
October 2, 1937 – March 29, 2005
Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. has been recognized as an outstanding trial lawyer, civil libertarian and philanthropist throughout the world. As a seasoned litigator, Johnnie was considered to be one of the leading authorities on the criminal and civil justice system, as well as an international leader in the legal profession.
Born in Shreveport, LA, Johnnie Cochran moved with his family to California. With an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles, Johnnie attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he received his Juris Doctor. Johnnie’s early legal career began in the City Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles in 1963 where he was assigned to the criminal division. After several years, he entered private practice and founded a Los Angeles-based law firm where he developed a practice handling a substantial volume of both civil and criminal cases.