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Joseph M. Barrett
The Cochran Firm, With Offices Located Nationwide
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Joseph M. ("Joe") Barrett is considered by his peers to be one of the finest lawyers in Southern California. Since joining The Cochran Firm in 2007, Mr. Barrett has helped lead the Firm to amazing success in the diverse fields of civil rights, product liability, negligence, catastrophic injuries and death, traumatic brain injury, elder abuse, and government liability. Mr. Barrett is considered to be one of the best product liability lawyers in the West.
As a partner with The Cochran Firm Los Angeles, Mr. Barrett is recognized in the community for his accomplishments in the diverse fields of civil rights, products liability, governmental liability, insurance bad faith, negligence, and other torts. He has tenaciously made history taking dozens of cases to successful verdicts. In 2008, Mr. Barrett and Brian Dunn were nominated Los Angeles Trial Lawyers of the year for their back-to-back stunning historic verdicts exceeding $9,000,000 in Los Angeles and Compton, arising from civil rights and disputed police crash case. Each year since 2006 he has been recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as a "Super Lawyer." Together with some of California's finest lawyers, Mr. Barrett has been instrumental in achieving multimillion-dollar results in trial and settlement, while making history in civil rights and product liability law.
All The Cochran Firm attorneys are skilled trial lawyers, and Mr. Barrett applies a team concept to use our resources fighting for justice in every case. Though most of our work involves matters of catastrophic injury (traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, lacerations, fractures, chronic pain syndromes, burns, amputations) and wrongful death, The Cochran Firm evaluates every case individually, and will take matters involving damage to reputation, business, or unfair discrimination on the basis of race, age, gender, ethnicity, or other illegal conduct.
Mr. Barrett is a leader in the Los Angeles trial lawyer bar, and has been for over a decade. He was elected to the Executive Committee of The Consumer Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) in 2009, and is expected to serve as CAALA's President in 2015. He is on the Board of Governors for The Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). Mr. Barrett is a long-standing member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Recently he was honored to be the Vice-President of Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities. Mr. Barrett is very active in charity work and helping the disadvantaged, both through his Catholic Church affiliations and through the legal world. He is often seen in the community helping out, teaching civics, Constitutional law, civil liberties and related topics in middle schools and high schools.
Mr. Barrett loves to be a trial lawyer, and does not shy away from a good fight. His passion for justice leads him to many trials a year, through the State of California. With his unique brand of Boston Irish charm, intellect, passion, preparation and creativity, Joe Barrett has been able to obtain success for his clients through trial and settlement during his 20 years of practice as an attorney in the Los Angeles area. His practice areas include major personal injury and death litigation and trial, civil rights, products liability, negligence, insurance issues, government claims and business torts. He has extensive experience in complex medical cases including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, chronic pain syndromes, burn cases, pediatric and geriatric injury.
Mr. Barrett was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts in a family of Irish immigrants. He graduated from University of Massachusetts -Amherst in 1981 (Journalism/Political Science) and worked his way through law school at night while working as a security guard in the day, graduating from Southwestern University School of Law in 1989. Since that time, Mr. Barrett has exclusively worked as a Trial Lawyer for the People, representing people from all over California, America, and the world, of all professions, rich and poor, young and old. Je spends his free time with his wife and family in the South Bay. He is active in his Catholic Church, and regularly volunteers to help the poor, the elderly, the intellectually disadvantaged, spinal cord injured, and others through community organizations in the Los Angeles area. Mr. Barrett plays competitive baseball (20 years in LABL) and ice hockey, among many sports.
Mr. Barrett helps children. His work through the years includes obtaining justice through verdicts and settlements for burned children, injured and emotionally damaged children, pediatric traumatic brain injuries, those injured through dangerous cars, infant clothing, toys, and playgrounds.
Mr. Barrett helps the elderly. He has fought for positive changes in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and insists on respect and dignity for the elderly we represent.
Mr. Barrett helps the oppressed, the disadvantaged, those who have been taken advantage of or injured through carelessness: He has worked for people throughout California, from all walks of life, from every ethnicity, and no matter the language, Nationality, or status, demands equal justice for all.
Mr. Barrett helps businesses. When businesses are taken advantage of and jobs are on the line, He insists on fairness, and works to protect jobs and reputations for those who come to The Cochran Firm. We have worked for entrepreneurs, for police, fire department personnel, doctors, nurses, teachers, farmers, and community organizations because the people of California need The Cochran Firm to fight for and preserve access to justice for all.
Mr. Barrett doesn't back down from a tough fight. His record speaks for itself; whether it is the government, General Motors, big insurance companies, whoever comes at him, in the end it is Mr. Barrett fighting for his client against their lawyers in the courtroom, and he's used to winning his fights.
- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Criminal Defense
- Social Security
- Other Practice Areas