Johnnie Cochran Net Worth

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Cochran attended Los Angeles High School, and in 1955 matriculated at the top of his class. He went on to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating with a degree in business economics, then in 1962 he received a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School. According to reports, Johnnie was inspired by Thurgood Marshall’s victory in “Brown v. Board of Education” and this led to him pursuing law. After passing the California bar, he took a job as a deputy city attorney focused on criminal activities. During his time there, he got his first celebrity case with Lenny Bruce, who was arrested because of obscenity. Two years later, he went into private practice and started his own firm called Cochran, Atkins & Evans. One of his first notable cases was against several police officers charged with the murder of Leonard Deadwyler. Despite losing the case, he was able to change many things concerning the black community, after which he was involved with a number of criminal and police brutality cases.

In 1978, he returned to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office to become the first black assistant district attorney. After staying there for five years, he resigned to establish the Johnnie L Cochran, Jr. law firm, but after winning $760,000 for a case involving Ron Settles, he expanded to Cochran, Mitchell & Jenna, and later Cochran, Cherry, Givens & Smith. His offices were growing in size as a result of his successes in court, and his growing net worth led to him owning a Jaguar and Rolls-Royce cars, two apartments in West Hollywood, and homes in Los Angeles.

One of his most notable cases was defending OJ Simpson accused of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. He used the phrase “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” for evidence of a bloodstained glove that didn’t fit Simpson. He also brought out the issue of race which led to criticisms. He then represented Abner Louima who was sodomized with a plunger by police, and helped him get $8.75 million, making it the largest police brutality settlement in New York City. In 2001, he represented Sean ‘P. Diddy‘ Combs on stolen weapons charges and bribery, which led to an acquittal. Combs would be the last criminal case he represented.

For his personal life, it is known that Johnnie was married to Barbara Berry Cochran from 1960 to 1977. He was then married to Sylvia Dale from 1985 until his death. He had three children from his marriages. In 2003, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor that eventually led to his death in March 2005.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Johnnie Cochran
  • Net Worth: $8 Million
  • Date Of Birth: October 2, 1937
  • Died: 2005-03-29 Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Place Of Birth: Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Profession: Lawyer
  • Education: Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School, University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles High School
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Sylvia Dale m. 1985–2005, Barbara Berry Cochran m. 1960–1977
  • Children: Melodie Cochran, Tiffany Cochran, Jonathan Cochran
  • Parents: Hattie Bass Cochran, Johnnie L. Cochran, Sr.
  • Siblings: Ralonzo Phelectron Cochran, Martha Jean Sherrard, Pearl Baker
  • IMDB:
  • Movies: Showtime, Showtime
  • TV Shows: Cochran & Grace, Cochran & Grace


  • [To the jury of the O.J. Simpson murder case, referring to police corruption in his closing arguments] who then “polices” the police? You police the police.
  • [on wining the OJ Simpson case] We fought all the battles, we fought by their rules and we won.
  • [Referring to the black gloves found at the crime scene] If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.


  • Has represented many high profile clients such as actor Todd Bridges, singer Michael Jackson, rappers Tupac Shakur, Sean Combs, Snoop Dogg, heavyweight championship boxer Riddick Bowe, and athlete Marion Jones.
  • [During the OJ Simpson murder trial] the media gave their defense team the nickname “The “Dream Team” because the team consisted of prominent lawyers such as F. Lee Bailey, Robert Shapiro, Robert Kardashian and Alan Dershowitz., all led by Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.
  • Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives”. Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 87-89. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
  • Was an L.A. high school classmate of Dustin Hoffman.
  • Known in Los Angeles as a brilliant trial attorney at the start of the 1990s, Cochran reportedly received only $100,000 of the multi-million dollar fee paid by O.J. Simpson to attorney Robert Shapiro. Shapiro acted as a broker for the defense, assembling the defense team and bringing in Cochran, F. Lee Bailey and Barry Scheck, all of whom helped save Simpson from what seemed, at first, to be a sure conviction for murdering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. Though his fee was relatively small, the publicity generated by the trial was enormous, and before the trial ended with an acquittal, Cochran was world famous.
  • He was the basis for Jackie Chiles, the flashy lawyer played by Phil Morris on the TV series Seinfeld (1990). Even the initials are the same.
  • His catchphrase in the Simpson trial, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” became famous over the years. It derived from a dramatic moment during which Simpson tried on a pair of bloodstained “murder gloves” to show jurors they did not fit.
  • Was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
  • Graduated from UCLA; law degree from Loyola Marymount University.


Title Year Status Character
Showtime 2002 Johnnie Cochran, ReRun’s Lawyer
JAG 2000 TV Series Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1999 TV Series Foxy Woxy
Arli$$ 1998 TV Series Johnnie Cochran
Title Year Status Character
Morning Breath 2002 Short executive producer
Title Year Status Character
Woman Thou Art Loosed 2004 financier – as Johnnie Cochran
Title Year Status Character
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1987 TV Series Himself
Access Hollywood 2004 TV Series Himself
Larry King Live 1995-2004 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 2003 TV Series Himself – Audience Member
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2003 TV Series Himself
3rd Annual BET Awards 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
Pete Rose on Trial 2003 TV Movie documentary Defense attorney
2003 Trumpet Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2002 TV Series Himself
2nd Annual BET Awards 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jim Brown: All American 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (Attorney)
HBO First Look 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Biography 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
First Monday 2002 TV Series Himself
Soul Food 2001 TV Series Himself
Journeys in Black 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2000 TV Series documentary Himself – Attorney (segment “Officer Young”)
The Hughleys 1999-2000 TV Series Himself
Bamboozled 2000 Himself
American Justice 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Absolutely 100% Guilty 1999 Video documentary Himself (as Johnny Cochrane)
The Roseanne Show 1999 TV Series Himself
1999 Essence Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
CHiPs ’99 1998 TV Movie Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1998 TV Series documentary HImself
The Chris Rock Show 1997-1998 TV Series Himself
Family Matters 1998 TV Series Himself
The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1998 TV Movie Himself (as Johnnie Cochran)
Howard Stern 1996 TV Series Himself
Martin 1996 TV Series Himself
The Caleb Crump Show 1996 TV Series Himself (1997)
The Trial of O.J. Simpson 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Johnnie Cochran)
The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 TV Special Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Dateline NBC 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Kardashian: The Man Who Saved OJ Simpson 2016 TV Movie Himself (as Johnnie Cochran)
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself
20/20 2015 TV Series documentary Himself – Lawyer
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of 2015 TV Series Himself
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
On the Record w/ Brit Hume 2014 TV Series Himself
Mad As Hell 2014 Documentary Himself
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Where Are They Now? 2014 TV Movie Himself
True Crime with Aphrodite Jones 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Medium 2009 TV Series Himself
Biography 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The O’Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2006-2008 TV Series documentary Himself
4Chosen: The Documentary 2008 Documentary Himself
California Bail Bonds 2007 Documentary short Himself
Anything to Win 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Frontline 2001-2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Michael Jackson’s Boys 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Johnny Cochrane)
The N Word 2004 Documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2001 TV Series documentary Himself – Attorney (segment “Officer Young”)
The Simpsons 2001 TV Series Himself
The Natural History of the Chicken 2000 Documentary Himself
The Larry Sanders Show 1995 TV Series Himself


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