Founder of the Cochran Firm

October 2, 1937 – March 29, 2005

Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. is recognized as an outstanding trial lawyer, civil libertarian and philanthropist throughout the world. In addition, Johnnie was considered to be one of the leading authorities on the criminal and civil justice system. As a result, Johnnie Cochran was known as an international leader in the legal profession.

Born in Shreveport, LA, Johnnie Cochran moved with his family to California. With an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles, Johnnie attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. There, he received his Juris Doctor. After that, Johnnie Cochran’s early legal career began in the City Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles in 1963. Subsequently, he was assigned to the criminal division. After several years, he entered private practice and founded a Los Angeles-based law firm. Consequently, he developed a practice handling a substantial volume of both civil and criminal cases.

We pride ourselves on providing each of our clients with the same personal treatment, in-depth legal expertise, and tireless representation.


Our personal injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm of the Mid-South continue to carry on Mr. Cochran’s legacy. Contact us today about your injury case and we will provide you with a free case evaluation. If your case proceeds, then you can expect our full support and vigorous management to obtain the best settlement possible.

Howard Manis



Practicing law since 1993, Howard Manis possesses a ton of experience in both civil and criminal law. He has experience in both state and federal courts. With over twenty years of practicing law, Howard Manis has numerous areas of concentration. These include criminal defense in State and Federal courts, auto accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, police misconduct, civil litigation, estate planning, and civil rights.

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A fighter in the battle against injustice, Attorney Shean Williams is a masterful lawyer. He prides himself on his strong work ethic and tenacity. Shean Williams simply doesn’t give up, and he always puts his clients first. Shean Williams remembers daily of the lessons and wisdom that Mr. Johnnie Cochran left behind. As a result, that inspiration is a driving force for Mr. Williams to continue Johnnie Cochran’s legacy today.

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Hezekiah Sistrunk, Jr. is a National Partner and President of The Cochran Firm, Chairman of the National Firm’s Executive Management Committee, and the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Atlanta Office. Over the course of his career Mr. Sistrunk prosecutes and defends hundreds of legal matters before state courts, federal courts and administrative agencies. As a result, Hezekiah Sistrunk has tried over 100 cases to verdict.

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Sam Cherry



Sam Cherry is a founding partner of The Cochran Firm, Managing Attorney for The Cochran Firm – Memphis, and serves as a member of The Cochran Firm’s management team for national operations. Sam Cherry is nationally acclaimed for verdicts and settlements in products liability cases. For one case, as the lead attorney for the plaintiff, he obtained over $160 million for his clients.

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Above all, Mr. Clarke is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. And, since graduating from law school, he has only worked for Plaintiff firms representing victims of negligence or intentional misconduct of others. As a result, Mr. Clarke has successfully represented clients by way of settlement or trial.

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Mari-Elizabeth L. Sanford is a strong advocate of fighting for justice and the rights of victims who have been injured due to the negligence of another. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Ms. Sanford earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis in 2015. Prior to her graduation from the University of Memphis, she served an internship at the Shelby County District Attorney General Office.

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Personal Injury Lawyers

The Cochran Firm is one of the nation’s largest personal injury law firms. Furthermore, our personal injury attorneys work closely with each client, and have access to the legal expertise of our entire firm. As a result, this enables us to pool resources and provide you with the most effective representation available.

Criminal Defense Lawyers

We also have lawyers who focus on criminal defense, as well as civil rights issues such as gender and racial discrimination. As a result, we are able to meet the needs of the largest number of people possible. We commit ourselves to justice and have the experience, both in and out of the courtroom, to see that justice occurs.

The Cochran Firm is an award-winning law firm. For example, several of our civil litigation attorneys and criminal defense lawyers are leaders in their field.  We continually strive for excellence and dedicate our practice to the execution of Johnnie’s vision to have “a diverse law firm which reflects society and is capable of handling cases throughout America.”

The attorneys and staff at The Cochran Firm of the Mid-South will uphold the standards of excellence set by its founding partner in representing all of their clients. In conclusion, we would be happy to discuss how we can help you and your family during your free initial case evaluation.

Contact The Cochran Firm of the Mid-South

To learn more about us or to meet with an experienced personal injury attorney or criminal defense lawyer in your area, please contact The Cochran Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.