Founder of the Cochran Firm

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.

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 where he received his Juris Doctor. Johnnie’s early legal career began in the City Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles in 1963 where he was assigned to the criminal division. After several years, he entered private practice and founded a Los Angeles-based law firm where 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 has a breadth of experience in both civil and criminal litigation in both state and federal courts. In his over twenty years of practicing law, Howard has established numerous areas of concentration, including 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 dedicated fighter in the battle against injustice, Attorney Shean Williams is a masterful litigator who prides himself on his strong work ethic and tenacity. Mr. Williams simply doesn’t give up, and he always puts his clients first. Mr. Williams is reminded daily of the lessons and wisdom that Mr. Cochran imparted. That inspiration is a driving force for Mr. Williams to continue Mr. 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 has prosecuted and defended hundreds of litigated matters before state courts, federal courts and administrative agencies and has tried over 100 cases to verdict.

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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. Mr. Cherry is nationally acclaimed for verdicts and settlements in products liability cases where, as the lead attorney for the plaintiff, he has obtained over $160 million for his clients.

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The Cochran Firm is one of the nation’s largest personal injury law firms.  Our personal injury attorneys work closely with each client, but retain access to the legal expertise of our entire firm, enabling us to pool resources and provide you with the most effective representation available.

We also have lawyers who focus on criminal defense as well as civil rights issues such as gender and racial discrimination, enabling us to meet the needs of the largest number of people possible.  We are dedicated to justice and have the experience, both in and out of the courtroom, to see that justice is served.

The Cochran Firm is an award-winning law firm, and several of our civil litigation attorneys and criminal defense lawyers have been recognized as leaders in their field.  We continually strive for excellence and remain dedicated 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 are committed to upholding the standards of excellence set by its founding partner in representing all of their clients.  We would be happy to discuss how we can help you and your family during your free initial case evaluation.

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.