Civil Rights, Civil Plaintiff
The Cochran Firm - California
4929 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Having spent his entire career with The Cochran Firm's Los Angeles office, Brian T. Dunn was originally hired by Johnnie Cochran himself in the summer of 1992, as a law clerk assigned to legal research and the preparation of pleadings dealing with civil rights litigation, with an emphasis in police misconduct cases. As an attorney, he has handled many of the Los Angeles's office's most high-profile police misconduct cases, including those involving Geronimo Pratt, Reginald Denny, Devin Brown, Tyisha Miller, and, recently Mr. Dunn achieved a significant settlement in the federal civil rights case brought on behalf of the family of slain Marine Sergeant Manuel "Manny" Loggins. As one of the select few Los Angeles attorneys who have handled over a hundred separate civil rights cases, Mr. Dunn has achieved multimillion dollar settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of his clients, and several of his cases have resulted in unprecedented changes in the training programs of municipal police departments. In 2008, Mr. Dunn joined the ranks of the select few civil rights attorneys who have changed the law, having 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.
Brian Dunn has appeared in numerous news and interview format television programs.
Mr. Dunn is a frequent lecturer on the realities of the practice of civil rights litigation, both to attorneys and to police officers, and has been a featured speaker on several occasions at seminars presented by DRI (the Voice of the Defense Bar), as well as several "Law Dog" seminars for law enforcement officers presented by Invictus Tactical. Mr. Dunn has additionally been a featured speaker at a tactical seminar presented by the Manning Marder law firm, in which participating police officers received P.O.S.T. credits.
Throughout his career, Mr. Dunn has achieved consistent results for his clients, achieving well over $50,000,000.00 in jury verdicts and settlements, and in recent years, Mr. Dunn has expanded his areas of focus to include cases involving trucking accidents and premises liability. In September of 2009, Mr. Dunn was a featured speaker at the "Fatigued Truckers" Seminar in Las Vegas presented by APITLA (the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers in America).
In 2006, Mr. Dunn was honored by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the "Top 20 Under 40" attorneys in California, has been honored as a "Super Lawyer" in 2004, 2006, 2012, and 2013, and has been named as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by The American Trial Lawyers' Association from 2008 through 2012. In 2008, Mr. Dunn, along with partner Joseph Barrett, was nominated for the significant honor of "Trial Lawyer of the Year" by the Consumer Attorneys' Association of Los Angeles. In 2009, Mr. Dunn was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" by the Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles.
As a licensed attorney in multiple jurisdictions, Mr. Dunn is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Nevada, and has practiced in the United States District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Dunn has additionally been admitted to the United States Supreme Court, on a motion made to the Court by Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. himself.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Civil Rights
- Defective Products
- Medical Malpractice
- J.D., University of Michigan (1993)
- B.A., with honors, University of California at Berkeley (1990)
- California State Courts
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court