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As a partner in The Cochran Firm Los Angeles office, Brian T. Dunn was originally hired as a specialist in civil rights litigation, with an emphasis on police misconduct cases. As an attorney, he has handled many of the Los Angeles office’s most high profile police misconduct cases, including those involving Reginald Denny and Geronimo Pratt. Mr. Dunn was also instrumental in prosecuting the litigation surrounding the tragic shootings of Devin Brown, Tyisha Miller, Mario Paz, William Wilkins, and Michael Anderson, cases which not only brought multimillion dollar settlement awards to the plaintiffs, but additionally resulted in unprecedented changes in the departmental policies of the Los Angeles, Riverside, El Monte, and Oakland Police Departments.
In recent years, Mr. Dunn has expanded his areas of focus to include premises liability, auto negligence, truck accidents, and severe personal injury cases. He was lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the cases of Sutton, et al. v. Joe Coehlo Trucking, et al.; and Bentwood, et al. v. Host Marriott, et al.; both of which were auto & truck negligence cases culminating in multimillion dollar settlements.
Additionally, Mr. Dunn was lead trial counsel in the 2003 jury trial of Keith Nelson v. Los Angeles Unified School District, a premises liability case which resulted in a $7.8 million gross verdict for the plaintiff. In September of 2009, Brian 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 joined forces with Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley on the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2006, a proposed initiative that would mandate 25-years-to-life sentences be imposed after a third offense only if that offense falls under specified exceptions or is a serious or violent felony.
In 2006, Mr. Dunn was honored by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” attorneys in California, and has been honored as a “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine in 2006 and 2004.
In 2008, Mr. Dunn’s clients were blessed with several significant court victories in jury trials, including a historic $1.36 Million dollar jury verdict in Winston Hayes v. County of Los Angeles, arising out of the highly publicized videotaped shooting of Winston Hayes by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, in which Mr. Dunn served as lead trial counsel, as well as a $6.87 Million dollar jury verdict in Sandra Griffin v. City of Los Angeles, in which Mr. Dunn served as co-counsel, along with The Cochran Firm attorneys Joseph Barrett and Mariel Gerlt.
Additionally, in 2008, Mr. Dunn won his first civil rights case in the California Supreme Court, after a unanimous decision in Steven Yount v. City of Sacramento, a ruling which significantly expands the rights of convicted arrestees subject to excessive force during arrest. In September of 2008, Mr. Dunn, along with partner Joseph Barrett, were nominated for the significant honor of Trial Lawyers of the Year, by the Consumer Attorneys’ Association of Los Angeles. In February of 2009, Mr. Dunn was awarded Trial Lawyer of the Year, by the Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles.
Mr. Dunn is a frequent lecturer on the realities of the practice of civil rights litigation, both to attorneys and police officers, and has twice been a featured speaker at seminars presented by DRI (The Voice of the Defense Bar), as well as several “Law Dog” seminars for law enforcement officers presented Invictus Tactical. In June of 2009, he was a featured speaker at a tactical seminar for law enforcement officers presented by the Manning Marder law firm, in which participating police officers received P.O.S.T. credits.
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 District of California, Eastern District of California, Northern District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and has been admitted to the United States Supreme Court, and the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Mr. Dunn is a Member of the Consumer Attorneys’ Association of Los Angeles and the American Trial Lawyers Association. In 2008, he was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association.
Brian Dunn earned his B.A. with honors from the University of California at Berkeley, with a major in Rhetoric. He attended the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.