Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. '62

1937 - 2005

Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.

Throughout his legal career, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. was a superstar among star litigators. The attorney and civil rights leader rocked the legal world with landmark victories in police misconduct cases and with such high-profile clients as O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Reginald Denny and Geronimo Pratt.

Cochran launched his legal career as a deputy city attorney for Los Angeles’ criminal division. Three years later, he entered private practice, co-founding Cochran, Atkins and Evans. Returning to public service in 1978, Cochran became the first African-American to hold the position of assistant district attorney in Los Angeles. In 1981, he formed the Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., specializing in civil rights, personal injury litigation, criminal defense, sports, entertainment and governmental affairs. Dedicated to community service, Cochran's contributions in Los Angeles include the Johnnie L. Cochran, Sr. Scholarship for male African-American students at UCLA, the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Center for Early Learning at Second Baptist Church, and Cochran Villa, a 10-unit complex providing low-income housing.

Cochran received numerous accolades and awards for his professional and philanthropic achievements. Throughout his career Cochran was guided by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."