"Continuing the legacy of his mentor, Civil Rights Attorney Johnie L. Cochran, Jr."


Brian T. Dunn

Managing partner The Cochran Firm California
Brian Dunn  is the Managing Partner and lead Civil Rights Attorney for The Cochran Firm California, the office founded by the late Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.

As one of the most experienced working advocate for victims of police misconduct in the state of California, Mr. Dunn has a proven track record of victory against the largest municipalities in the state, often in the most complex and misunderstood circumstances surrounding officer involved shootings.


Over the last 24 months, Mr. Dunn has won:

  • 7 Total Jury Trial Victories in civil rights violations by police
  • 6 Jury Trial Victories in Federal Court
  • 5 Consecutive Jury Trial Victories
  • Multiple 7 figure settlements for families and victims

In each of these cases, the offers from representatives of the police were 10% or less of the actual judgments obtained.

Over his 23 year career, Brian has resolved over 200 cases in state and federal court, and the majority of these cases involved police shootings that all too often lead to the death of the victim.

No other attorney has better expertise in handling matters of police shootings, and no other attorney is better equipped to help a jury understand the responsibilities of police officers, departments, and the law, as it relates to a police officer's use of deadly force.


Brian is a native of Los Angeles, CA and graduated from UC Berkley in 1990. He pursued his legal degree at the University of Michigan, graduating law school in 1993.

In 1992, while a student in Michigan, Brian was hand picked by Johnnie Cochran to serve as his law clerk for Civil Rights litigation. Brian was personally trained and mentored by Mr. Cochran, and was hired in 1995 as a staff attorney on Mr. Cochran’s Civil Rights Litigation team.

Having spent his entire career with The Cochran Firm, he has handled many of the Firm’s highest profile police misconduct cases, including those involving Geronimo Pratt, Reginald Denny, Devin Brown, Tyisha Miller.

Brian has received numerous trail attorney honors and is a frequent lecturer on the logistics and complexities of the practice of civil rights litigation, both to attorneys and police officers.

Landmark California Supreme Court Ruling

In 2008, Mr. Dunn joined the ranks of a select few civil rights attorneys who have changed law. He won a unanimous victory in the California Supreme Court in the case of Yount v. City of Sacramento, a landmark Supreme Court ruling which significantly expands the rights of convicted arrestees subjected to excessive force during arrest.

Marine Sergeant Manuel Loggins V. Orange County

Brian’s most recent high profile case settlement was against the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in the 2013 case of Marine Sergeant Manual “Manny” Loggins, a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton who was shot and killed in the presence of his own children.

The case, filed in Federal Court, was settled with the family for $4.4 million. O.C. County Supervisor Todd Spitzer stated that the settlement potentially saved the taxpayers of O.C. “tens of millions of dollars” in a case the county had a “very strong likelihood” of losing in court.