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Johnnie Cochran Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is Johnnie Cochran worth? $8 Million

How did Johnnie Cochran earn his money and wealth?

Johnnie Cochran was born on October 2, 1937, and died on March 29, 2005. He was an American lawyer best known for his role as a lawyer in the defense and criminal case of O.J. Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her pal, Ron Goldman. Cochran also fought the case for Sean Combs during his trial on bribery and gun charges. He had been involved with Michael Jackson, Todd Bridges, Tupac Shakur, famous actor, and singer Snoop Dogg, Riddick Bowe, who was a former heavyweight champion, an activist Geronimo Pratt and Reginald Denny.  He fought the famous case of athlete Marion Jones when she was faced with the charges of doping during her track career in high school. Cochran was known for his excellent skills as a lawyer and his confidence in representing every criminal case.

In 1963, after passing the bar, Cochran did a job in Los Angeles as a deputy city attorney in the criminal sector. In 1964, the young Cochran got an opportunity to fight the case of one of the celebrities, Lenny Bruce, a comedian who was arrested on offensiveness charges. Two years later, Cochran started doing private practice. Soon after, he opened his own company, Cochran, Atkins & Evans, in Los Angeles.

In his first remarkable case, Cochran stood for a widow belonging to a black community who was accused of charging several police officers for shooting and killing her husband, Leonard Deadwyler. Though Cochran lost that case, it acted as a catalyst in the boosting his career.

He saw the positive out of that case and realized that the trial itself had aroused the black community. Keeping in mind that case, Cochran wrote in The American Lawyer, “those were extremely tough cases to fight in those days. But what Leonard Deadwyler established for me was that this issue of police abuse really spurred the minority community. It taught me that these kinds of cases can really give me the attention. After that case, in 1970’s, Cochran had established his reputation in the African community. He fought several criminal cases belonging to the black community.

One of his famous cases is of his client Sean Combs which he fought in 2001. Combs was charged with stealing weapons and in taking bribes. Sean hired Cochran for his case. Cochran successfully fought for Combs’ release, and Combs was proven innocent by the court. This case was his last criminal case and after the trial, Cochran retired in 2002. Even After retirement, he was offered many cases of celebrities but he declined to represent them.

What are the most popular appearances of Johnnie Cochran?

  1.       Showtime (2002) : $77,741,732
  2.       Arli$$ (1998)
  3.       Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1999)
  4.       JAG (2000)

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