Mission

The mission of the Cochran Firm – Los Angeles was set forth by our founder, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.:

Justice for all.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

We are the key to justice for those in our community who have been oppressed, violated, taken advantage of, injured, discriminated against, and who seek our legal talents and efforts to effectively and passionately fight back through our Constitution and our laws.

Our legacy began with Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. and those he chose to shape his legacy with, and continues to this day through our partners Brian Dunn and Joseph Barrett.

 

These are Johnnie Cochran’s words:

“I’m a big believer in the fact that life is about preparation, preparation, preparation.”

“We’ve got to be judged by how we do in times of crisis.”

“Nobody has had the courage to say this is wrong. You are empowered to say this is wrong … Stop this cover-up! Stop this cover-up!”

“I work not only for the OJs, but also the No Js.”

A Cochran Firm attorney understands that they are called to a special position in the law. They are expected to be a skilled advocate for our core community in Los Angeles, and an ambassador on behalf of that legacy throughout America.

The Cochran Firm’s roots are found in the African-American experience, and the Cochran Firm is expected to be ready to assist and represent that community in any righteous fight with a commitment and skill no other law firm can provide.

The Cochran Firm serves all the people of California, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, faith, or lifestyle preference. Everyone is entitled to justice, and we are committed to improving this world, one case at a time.

A Cochran Firm employee is a part of a special team of people who see their professional commitment to this Firm as being a significant part of a larger mission, as each case, each trial requires the effort of all, an unbroken chain. Our collective faith, commitment and efforts allow us to say with conviction that this is the greatest law firm in the greatest city in the greatest country.

The Cochran Firm is willing to use its talents and place its reputation with cases that are consistent with its mission: to serve the people and provide justice to those who need it. We are a high-profile law firm. We take on controversial matters others shy away from. We realize that what we do is significant, and must remain consistent with the legacy of Mr. Cochran.

In order to fulfill this commitment to the community and maintain our role as the preeminent law firm in Los Angeles, the Cochran Firm is willing to consider both civil and criminal cases. We fight for rock stars and janitors, for CEO’s and homeless people, not shying away from the limelight, but willing to work hard in the shadows.

If there’s a cop beating a man for the wrong reasons, we’ll be there. If there’s a terribly injured person, no matter their status in society, and we can help, we’ll be there. If there’s a controversy in our society and it is right to speak and stand for the people, we’ll lead the fight. The Cochran Firm does not follow, it blazes the trail.

The Cochran Firm is based in Los Angeles and serves not just the city, but California . The Firm is willing to take on any fight throughout the Golden State, and has been ready to represent those significant legal cases across America when it made sense. We do not limit ourselves except to the extent that we insist that each case is handled expertly, with the personal commitment required to fulfill Johnnie’s legacy.

All the lawyers with The Cochran Firm – Los Angeles are trial lawyers. Born leaders. Team players. Our attorneys collaborate in every way, woven together to form the tightest and most talented group of trial lawyers in California.

The office environment at The Cochran Firm – Los Angeles is ambitious and dedicated. Everyone participates in case intake. Everyone participates in bringing the best cases in to the Firm from the community. Everyone is willing to participate in trial preparation, case management, and we expect excellence from every employee. It is a fast-paced environment which truly provides the needed support for the trial and litigation attorneys.

The Cochran Firm is committed to ensuring that it has a vibrant and diverse staff. The Cochran Firm is committed to providing that staff with the tools of excellence in their office environment, and commensurate with the dedication and sacrifices employees are asked to make, The Cochran Firm makes every effort to ensure that employees are paid well and enjoy stability and solid benefits. We are a family.

Like its founder Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. our attorneys are expected to be sharp, brilliant, impeccably groomed, ready for prime time, yet humble and gracious. When a Cochran Firm attorney is in the courtroom or anywhere in the city, you know which one he or she is. They shine, they lead. We will market ourselves to the extent possible, and assume leadership roles in the community. We aim high, but never place our ego before the needs of those clients whom we serve.

The Cochran Firm is a national firm with an outstanding reputation. We work together with our brothers and sisters spread across America, and honors our leaders whom Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. chose to affiliate himself with, including Jock Smith, Sam Cherry, Keith Givens, Hezekiah Sistrunk, James Montgomery, Derek Sells and others. From Atlanta to New York, Los Angeles to Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Miami, Washington, Philadelphia, and on and on, the same level of excellence and spirit of cooperation exists: we are there across America to serve the people, bring justice to all. This collective effort is something the Los Angeles office is committed to continue.

The Los Angeles Office has a special distinction. We are the heart of the Firm, the place where Johnnie established his reputation, forged his legacy. It all began here, and as far as we are concerned, it still is the center of the “Cochran Universe.” Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.’s office is intact, and shall remain so. We maintain our offices at the same location Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. did, because that continuity is important. We welcome all past Cochran Firm family, and look forward to the future. Our commitment is simple: trial lawyers for the people, serving our community, committed to being the best.