Johnnie Cochran

Lawyer and Activist
Born Oct 2, 1937

Johnnie L Cochran, Jr. was an American lawyer best known for his leadership role in the defense and criminal acquittal of O.  J. Simpson for the murder of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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1937 Birth Born on October 2, 1937.


1955 17 Years Old Cochran later graduated first in his class from Los Angeles High School in 1955.


1959 21 Years Old He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1959 and a Juris Doctor from the Loyola Law School in 1962. … Read More
1963 25 Years Old Cochran took a job in Los Angeles as a deputy city attorney in the criminal division after he passed the California bar in 1963.
1964 26 Years Old In 1964, the young Cochran received one of his first celebrity cases, Lenny Bruce, who had recently been arrested on obscenity charges, and Cochran was assigned the case. … Read More


1978 40 Years Old In 1978, Cochran returned to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office as its first black assistant district attorney. … Read More


1990 52 Years Old In 1990 he joined a succeeding firm, Cochran, Mitchell & Jenna, and joined Cochran, Cherry, Givens & Smith in 1997. … Read More


2001 63 Years Old In 2001, Cochran's accountant estimated that within five years the attorney would be worth 25–50 million. … Read More
2002 64 Years Old In 2002, Cochran told Combs that this would be his last criminal case. … Read More
2004 66 Years Old In April 2004, Cochran underwent surgery, which led to him staying away from the media. … Read More
Public viewing of his casket was conducted on April 4, at the Angelus Funeral Home and April 5, at Second Baptist Church, in Los Angeles and a memorial service was held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, on April 6, 2005 in Los Angeles. … Read More
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