Brian T. Dunn

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"Real attorneys change the world....the team of people that work here, all strive to do those kinds of things with their careers." - Brian Dunn

Brian T. Dunn is the managing partner of the Cochran Firm California, the Los Angeles based office of founder Mr. Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. 

As one of the most experienced working advocate for victims of police misconduct in the state of California, Mr. Dunn has a proven track record of victory against the largest municipalities in the state, often in the most complex and misunderstood circumstances surrounding officer involved shootings.

Over the last 24 months, Mr. Dunn has won:


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In each of these cases, the offers from representatives of the police were 10% or less of the actual judgments obtained.  

Over his 23 year career, Brian has resolved over 200 cases in state and federal court, and the majority of these cases involved police shootings that all too often lead to the death of the victim.

No other attorney has better expertise in handling matters of police shootings, and no other attorney is better equipped to help a jury understand the responsibilities of police officers, departments, and the law, as it relates to a police officer’s use of deadly force.

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Mr. Dunn is continuing the legacy and great work of his mentor and predecessor, Mr. Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.

Having spent his entire career with The Cochran Firm’s Los Angeles office, Brian was originally hired by Johnnie Cochran himself in the summer of 1992, as a law clerk assigned to legal research and the preparation of pleadings dealing with civil rights litigation, with an emphasis in police misconduct cases. As an attorney, he has handled many of the Los Angeles’s office’s most high profile police misconduct cases, including those involving Geronimo Pratt, Reginald Denny, Devin Brown, Tyisha Miller, and, recently Mr. Dunn achieved a significant settlement in the federal civil rights case brought on behalf of the family of slain Marine Sergeant Manuel “Manny” Loggins. As one of the select few Los Angeles attorneys who have handled over a hundred separate civil rights cases, Mr. Dunn has achieved multi million dollar settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of his clients, and several of his cases have resulted in unprecedented changes in the training programs of municipal police departments. In 2008, Mr. Dunn joined the ranks of the select few civil rights attorneys who have changed the law, having won a unanimous victory in the California Supreme Court in the case of Yount v. City of Sacramento, a landmark Supreme Court ruling which significantly expands the rights of convicted arrestees subjected to excessive force during arrest.

Brian Dunn has appeared in numerous news and interview format television programs. View some of his clips here:   The Cochran Firm California – You Tube

Mr. Dunn is a frequent lecturer on the realities of the practice of civil rights litigation, both to attorneys and to police officers, and has been a featured speaker on several occasions at seminars presented by DRI (the Voice of the Defense Bar), as well as several “Law Dog” seminars for law enforcement officers presented by Invictus Tactical. Mr. Dunn has additionally been a featured speaker at a tactical seminar presented by the Manning Marder law firm, in which participating police officers received P.O.S.T. credits.

Throughout his career, Mr. Dunn has achieved consistent results for his clients, achieving well over $50,000,000.00 in jury verdicts and settlements, and in recent years, Mr. Dunn has expanded his areas of focus to include cases involving trucking accidents and premises liability. In September of 2009, Mr. Dunn was a featured speaker at the “Fatigued Truckers” Seminar in Las Vegas presented by APITLA (the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers in America).

In 2006, Mr. Dunn was honored by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” attorneys in California, has been honored as a “Super Lawyer” in 2004, 2006, 2012, and 2013, and has been named as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by The American Trial Lawyers’ Association from 2008 through 2012. In 2008, Mr. Dunn, along with partner Joseph Barrett, was nominated for the significant honor of “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys’ Association of Los Angeles. In 2009, Mr. Dunn was awarded “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles.

As a licensed attorney in multiple jurisdictions, Mr. Dunn is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Nevada, and has practiced in the United States District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Dunn has additionally been admitted to the United States Supreme Court, on a motion made to the Court by Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. himself.