(1937 - 2005)
Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. has been recognized as an outstanding trial lawyer, civil libertarian and philanthropist throughout the world. As a seasoned litigator, Mr. Cochran 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. His 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. In 1978, he was invited to serve as the Assistant District Attorney of Los Angeles County. As the third ranking lawyer in the nation's largest law office, he had general administrative responsibility for six hundred lawyers. In 1981, he was eager to return to private practice where he soon began obtaining record verdicts for victims of negligence. As his remarkable achievements continued, he settled or tried to verdict numerous landmark, high-profile cases. Johnnie Cochran may have become well known for his representation of celebrities in high-profile and groundbreaking cases, but his true measure of success came from his lifelong dedication in the fight for the injured and the disenfranchised throughout America.