The Cochran Firm Atlanta

The Cochran Firm

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About The Firm

Founded over 50 years ago, The Cochran Firm is one of the nation's premier plaintiffs' litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, civil rights, product liability, and criminal defense law firms. With regional offices throughout the United States, The Firm is a diverse group of highly esteemed and experienced men and women, dedicated to bringing quality representation for injured people and their families.

The attorneys with The Cochran Firm handle the most challenging civil cases involving personal injury, product and drug liability, wrongful death, fraud, truck and automobile accidents, medical malpractice, environmental pollution, complex and commercial litigation, class action, mass torts and nursing home abuse. We are devoted to handling cases for all people with civil claims due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of others. Additionally, our criminal defense attorneys aggressively defend those clients charged with criminal offenses by developing strategies that will most effectively shape their cases.
All of our civil cases are handled on a contingent fee basis. This means our fee is solely based on a percentage of the money we recover for you. The initial consultation is free. If there is no financial recovery, then we charge no fee.

This allows our attorneys to represent individuals who otherwise might not have the money to hire a lawyer. Our criminal defense cases are handled on a case-by-case basis. The nature of the charge and the complexity of the case will determine the fee. A free consultation is given on all cases.

Our partners have practiced law in courtrooms throughout the United States for over five decades. We handle each case in the appropriate state, based on its licenses and regulations. We have access to the best technical support and resources available, which allows us to fight major corporations and insurance companies on behalf of our clients.

The Firm’s experience and resources allow us to take on corporate giants, but the greatest strength of our firm is the determination of the lawyers and support staff to help injured people obtain justice and fair compensation.

With billions of dollars obtained in verdicts, settlements and judgements, the lawyers of The Cochran Firm have won 10 unprecedented verdicts in excess of $100 Million each… and hundreds of verdicts or settlements in excess of $1 Million. See for a sample of some of our verdicts and settlements.


Practice Areas

The Cochran Firm is one of the nation’s largest personal injury, truck accident, & medical malpractice law firms with some of the most aggressive personal injury attorneys, known for their tireless and effective legal representation.

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Our Mission

The Cochran Firm’s mission is to serve the Nation with a diverse group of talented men and women dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation for injured people, their families and those who are in need.

Through our work we will promote respect, compassion and understanding for all people no matter their race, religion or political beliefs. Whether a civil rights violation, a serious injury wrongfully imposed or a tragic human death, The Cochran Firm will always fight for justice.

Contact The Cochran Firm today to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney in your area. We offer FREE consultations in-person and over the phone. Call 1-800-THE-FIRM to get the legal representation that you deserve. No Fee Charged if No Recovery. 

No Fees

No fee charged if no recovery


Our call center staff is available 24/7 to hear your case.

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Phone Number:
(404) 222-9922
Managing Attorney: 
Hezekiah Sistrunk, Jr.


Phone Number:
(312) 262-2880
Managing Attorney: 
Melvin L. Brooks

Los Angeles

Phone Number:
(323) 435-8205
Managing Attorney: 
Brian T. Dunn

New York

Phone Number:
(212) 553-9215
Managing Attorney: 
Derek Sells


Office Locations

The Cochran Firm is a national law firm with offices conveniently located throughout the United States. Our Firm has partners and attorneys in over 40 different regional offices. At The Cochran Firm, we want our clients to benefit from the experience and resources our collective offices and attorneys can offer. Find out more about each office so you can make the right choice of location and practice areas or feel free to contact our National toll free number 1-800-The-Firm.

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Meet Our Attorneys



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Johnnie Cochran's Signature in Gold
Founding Partner
Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.
1937 - 2005

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.

Mr. Cochran’s story is one of great trials and great success; his grace as a man only equaled by the fierceness with which he defended his clients. Follow along as we tell the great litigator’s rise from Shreveport, Louisiana to being known as one of the most influential and important attorneys of all time. This is the Cochran story.

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Community Matters

Community outreach is very important to our firm and our partners across the country are dedicated to continuing our commitment to the people in our neighborhoods. From sponsoring local events and back-to-school supply drives to mentor programs and scholarships, our attorneys believe that investing in our future and community is a vital part of our firm's mission.

  • African World Festival
    Austin Drive Senior Center
    AVID College/Career Preparedness
    C5 Youth Foundation - Atlanta
    Career Day for local schools
    Cinderella’s Closet
    Chicago Legal Defense Fund
    Chosen Heirs Foundation
    Covenant Hospice
    Downtown Hoops Classic Tournament
    Eden Village for Homeless Women and Children
    Food Bank Local Chapters
    Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation
    Gate City Bar Assn. Law Clinic
    Hope House - New Orleans

  • Hosea Feed the Homeless
    Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Middle School Debate Mentoring Program
    Johnnie L. Cochran Foundation
    Johnnie L.. Cochran High School Basketball Classic
    Johnnie L. Cochran Public Service Award - Loyola Law School
    Juneteenth Sponsorships - Local Celebrations
    Just the Beginning Foundation
    Lafayette Elementary School Class Adopters
    Langston Bar Assn. Scholarship
    Los Angeles Southwest Community College
    Loyola Law School Scholarship Program
    Free Local Law Clinics

  • Miami Children’s Museum
    Noah’s Ark & Company, Inc.
    Project Destiny
    Operation Push/Rainbow Collection
    SOLACE PROGRAM New Orleans Cancer Support
    Spectrum Center for Autism
    Star Struck Foundation
    Students Without Mothers
    Taste of Soul
    Teen Court Learning Conflict Resolution
    Trial Advocacy Team - Loyola Law School
    Youth Sports Team Sponsorships
    Volunteer Lawyers Program for Legal Services of Alabama

Verdicts and Top Settlements

$11.9 Million Jury Verdict

$11.9 Million Jury Verdict

$11.9 Million Jury Verdict for failure to adequately warn of electrocution hazards or cover exposed metal located on the boom tip of the lift truck by an aerial lift device manufacturer.

$10.9 Million Settlement

$10.9 Million Settlement when 119 individuals had drugs planted on them, were falsely arrested, and were subjected to excessive force by a group of Oakland Police officers known as The Riders. The case resulted in reforms to the Oakland Police Internal Affairs Department, use of force reports, and new tracking systems for officer data.

Undisclosed Verdict/ Settlement

Undisclosed Verdict/ Settlement

Undisclosed Verdict/ Settlement against a drilling rig and an oil company when a Jones Act seaman fell from an elevated platform of a semi-submersible drilling rig. The 46 year-old plaintiff was restricted to sedentary activities after undergoing multiple surgeries on his wrist and arthroscopic surgery on both knees. 

$9.6 Million Settlement

$9.6 Million Settlement

$9.6 Million Settlement on behalf of the estate of an attorney among the five people killed in an October 2003 high – rise office fire in Chicago. The building management company was sued for improperly evacuating the building’s occupants, failing to inform fire fighters of the building’s evacuation plan, and ignoring signals from the security console what indicated that the evacuees were trapped.

$9.1 Million Jury Verdict

$9.1 Million Jury Verdict for the family of a Cambodian woman who was shot seven times in the back by Long Beach Police officers while she brandished a kitchen knife. The 37 – year – old was possibly a transient and likely suffered from mental illness. In the record setting verdict for the city of Long Beach an eight – person jury decided that the officers acted with “malice and oppression.”

$9 Million Jury Verdict

$9 Million Jury Verdict

$9 Million Jury Verdict for a client as a result of an equipment lease/brokerage firm did not honor the original terms of an equipment lease/purchase agreement that resulted in higher payments and interest rates.

$9 Million Settlement

$9 Million Settlement for infant who suffered head pocsik ischemic in some Salafi or brain damage resulting from doctors failure to perform C-section despite babies non reassuring heart rate which should just did that baby may not be getting enough oxygen from the mother's blood as the baby's blood passes through the placenta.

$8.75 Million Settlement

$8.75 Million Settlement

$8.75 Million Settlement for Abner Louima. Louima was arrested by NYPD and later assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized. The suit was the largest police brutality settlement in .New York City History

$8 Million Verdict

$8 Million Verdict

$8 Million Verdict for a client who received brain injuries when a steel plate fell on his head while he was working on an elevator.

$7.5 Million Settlement

$7.5 Million Settlement

$7.5 Million Settlement for the family of a 3 year old child who was killed when the Weed Wizard cutting link adapter of a gasoline powered weed trimmer broke free, allowing the metal piece to become a bullet like projectile . As a result of this case, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned this product.

$6.9 Million Settlement

$6.9 Million Settlement for victim whose vehicle was broadsided by a police vehicle travelling 51 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone without the sirens activated. The victim was parked on the side of a Los Angeles highway when the officer swerved to avoid another moving vehicle.

Confidential Settlement

Confidential Settlement

Confidential Settlement for death of a motorcyclist when he lost control of a California Interstate, causing an underride collision of the side of a tractor trailer. Settlement was reached through lack of side guard

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The Cochran firm is constantly recognized for extraordinary legal work on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys have obtained remarkable case results and received national acclaim for courtroom successes. These honors and awards have been documented by many of the legal profession's most influential publications an esteemed organizations

The Cochran firm has an impressive scorecard with a stable of heavyweight lawyers” – The National Law Journal

Awards and Recognition

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