“I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.”
Johnnie Cochran was the most famous trial attorney of the 20th century, he
was born on October 2, 1937 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Many readers may question my statement about Johnnie Cochran being the most famous trial attorney of the 20th century. The O.J. Simpson trial was not only the most watched trial in American history, it also showcased one of the most brilliant legal minds that ever entered a courtroom.
After the O.J. trial Johnnie Cochran became the go-to lawyer for A-list celebrities.Early on in his career as a trial attorney Johnnie Cochran had solidly established a reputation in the black community and it was during the 1970’s he took on a number of high-profile cases that dealt with police brutality.
One of the most remarkable actions taken by Johnnie Cochran is when he arranged a meeting with the owners of the NFL teams and in that meeting he strongly encouraged the owners to hire black head coaches. He smiled as he let them know he was willing to file a class action lawsuit if they did not take action.
They began to hire black head coaches in the National Football League!
In the movie LETHAL WEAPON 4 Chris Rock plays a hard boiled trash talking detective and after he arrest a bad guy, he warns him:
“YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO A LAWYER, IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD ONE, WE’LL PROVIDE YOU WITH ONE, BUT IF YOU GET JOHNNIE COCHRAN, I’LL KILL YA!”
Yes friends, no American lawyer has been so worshiped as the great Johnnie Cochran. Johnnie Cochran died on March 29th 2005 from a brain tumor, he was 67-years old.