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.

For the past 25 years, Brian Dunn is one of very few attorneys that has focused the majority of his practice on civil rights cases, representing over 200 victims of police misconduct since 1995. As one of the most experienced working advocates for victims of police misconduct in the state of California, Mr. Dunn has a proven track record of results against government entities on the municipal, state, and federal levels, often in the most complex and misunderstood fact patterns surrounding officer involved shootings.

Recently named among the Nations Top 100 Trial Lawyers



Brian Dunn’s level of success in police shooting cases by way of settlement or jury verdict is unparalleled.

•80% success rate in federal jury trials since 2016

•90% victory rate in police shooting cases since 2008

•Dozens of verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million dollars in over 25 years of practice

In the capacity of lead trial counsel, Brian has prevailed in 11 out of 13 jury trials that have been tried to verdict involving civil rights violations and police misconduct in the past five years alone.



J.J.D. v. City of Torrance, et al., Case No. CV14-07463 BRO (MRWx)

Trevor Woods, et al. v. Officer John Fagan, et al., Case No. CV14-08374 VAP (SPx)

 J.L.D. v. City of Los Angeles, Case No. BC560250



Luis Arias v. Deputy Kenneth Fitch, Case No. 2:15-CV-02170 AB (Asx)

William Mears, et al v. City of Los Angeles, et al.,
Case No. CV 15-08441 JAK (AJWx)

Nekesha Robertson, et al. v. County of Los Angeles, et al.,Case No. 2:16-CV-02761 MJP (SKx)


S.B., et al. v. County of San Diego, et al., United States District Court Case No. 14-cv-0072-JAH-WVG (Southern District San Diego)



Scott Stoner v. County of Riverside, et al.,United States District Court Case No. 16-cv-1045-JAK-(PLAx)

Estate of Sinuan Samantha Pream, et al., v. City of Long Beach, et al, United States District CourtCase No. 17-cv-04295-TJH-(FFMx)

Janice Sly, et al. v. LMV II Affordable, Riverside Superior Court Case No. RIC1601732

Emmanuel Bracy v. City of Los Angeles, United States District Court Case No. 13-cv-09350-JC; 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Case No.17-55463


In all but one of these cases, the offers to settle were less than ten percent (10%) of the actual judgments obtained.

Since 2016, in addition to the above trial victories, Brian Dunn achieved multiple 7 figure settlements for the families of police shooting victims.

Very few attorneys have achieved comparable results in police misconduct trials in the United States.

Over his 25 year career, Brian Dunn 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.