Melvin Brooks

Managing Partner

140 S. Dearborn Street,
Suite 1020 Chicago, IL 60603

Melvin Brooks is a managing partner for The Cochran Firm Chicago. Mr. Brooks represents clients in wrongful death and serious personal injury matters ranging from trucking and vehicular negligence, police misconduct, premises, and products liability and medical negligence. Melvin began his career on the south side of Chicago at the law office of Benjamin E. Starks. He gained extensive experience as a civil litigator with the Corporation Counsel’s Office handling complex, multimillion-dollar exposure cases in 1986.

His list of high-profile cases included having served as lead counsel in the E2 Nightclub litigation. Through Melvin’s efforts, over $20 million was recovered for families of the E2 victims. He also represented the family of Rekia Boyd, a young lady fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer, and successfully obtained an award of $4.5 million. Melvin has successfully obtained more than $40 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar.

Honors & Awards

  • Leading Lawyers, Civil Rights, 2018 
  • Leading Lawyers, Personal Injury, 2018 
  • Nation’s Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015 – 2017 
  • Women of Wisdom’s Distinguished Service Award, 2009 
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008 – 2011 
  • Harold Washington Historical Award, Cook County Bar Association, 2012

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association 
  • Cook County Bar Association 
  • Habilitative Systems, Inc., Board Chairperson


  • B.A. – Iowa State University 
  • J.D. – University of Iowa College of Law

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