James  King


James E. King, managing partner and shareholder of The Cochran Firm, P.C., has been a criminal defense attorney for the better part of a decade. Prior to transitioning to the firm, James was a supervising trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) where he amassed a 96% success rate in over two dozen jury trials ranging from assault, weapons offenses, and homicide. Outside of the courtroom, James displayed an equally impressive success rate in revocation hearings before the U.S. Parole Commission and sealed proceedings for juveniles charged with wide-ranging criminal offenses. Additionally, James was an integral member of a legal team that achieved a sentence reduction for a man who had served thirty-seven years of a life sentence. Having fully investigated more than 200 criminal cases as part of his case load, James developed a profound understanding of the complexities of the criminal justice system and the abuse doled out by police misconduct and brutality. As a result, James authored, argued, and obtained case dismissals in criminal cases prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office. 

Galvanized by the horrors experienced by underrepresented communities, James served as founding member for the Black Public Defender Association, a national organization that aims to improve the quality of defense provided to low-income communities across the United States by creating and maintaining a national network of skilled Black public defenders that identify with and are committed to the populations they serve. He is also a long-standing board member of Lawyers for the People, a charitable organization that provides intense legal representation to low-income members of the community. James is also a founding member of the Board of Directors for the School Justice Project, a legal services and advocacy organization serving older students with special education needs who are involved in the criminal system. 

In addition to his criminal defense practice, James has served as a consultant on numerous civil cases. The results include favorable verdicts and settlements for clients nationwide. James also provides training on the essential aspects and skills of trial practice. He has trained various public defender agencies, Criminal Justice Act panels, private practitioners and students. James also previously served as an adjunct professor teaching trial advocacy skills at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC). James also coached the UDC Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial teams for eight years. 

James is an accomplished attorney, educator, advocate and author. He continues to advocate justice for individuals in need of criminal defense or civil representation in the areas of police misconduct, police brutality, civil rights, and personal injury. 

Professional Associations & Memberships

Black Public Defender Association, Founding Member

Lawyers for the People, Board Member

School Justice Project, Former Board Member


J.D. - University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

B.A. - Central Michigan University

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Michigan (Pending)

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