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.


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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.

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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.