Civil Rights

The Cochran Firm Fights For Your Civil Rights

The Cochran Firm built its reputation on the back of its work in civil rights and police brutality cases.

Our founder, Johnnie L. Cochran made his name as an advocate for civil rights, representing those who have been mistreated and wronged by police. He believed in representing those wronged, no matter who they were and where they came from. As his status grew, his principles remained the same – stay humble, work fervently, and help those in need.

Long after our founder’s passing, his principles live on in the Firm he built. If you have been mistreated or wronged, please call The Cochran Firm of the Mid-South.

Our attorneys continue the legacy our founder, Johnnie Cochran left behind. Many are pillars in their community and are on the front lines fighting for the civil rights of our minority Americans. 

We have been fighting since the 1970’s for our clients and our work has led to:
• Policy reforms
• The release of wrongfully imprisoned men after 20 years
• The changing of state flags
• Justice for the families of loved ones lost to hate crimes

Our attorneys are in the courtroom every day fighting for the rights of Americans like you.

Fighting For Your Civil Rights For Over 50 Years


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What are Civil Rights?

Civil rights, as described here, are certain inalienable rights a U.S. citizen is born with that protect them from discrimination based on their age, sex, race, or religion. They are the rights of individuals to receive equal treatment and the equal pursuit of freedom and expression in a number of settings, including education, employment, housing, public display, and much more.

Civil rights are not only a fight for our African-American community, but a fight for every race, creed, and religion who feels discriminated against. If you feel you have ever been denied employment, refused service, or treated unfairly because of your religion, sexual identity, economic class, or the color of your skin, please, give us a call.

The Cochran Firm of the Mid-South is here to fight for you.

Civil Rights and the Police

The chief protectors of our civil rights are often times the ones found abusing them. Police brutality has been a disturbing trend found growing across the country – or more accurately, being exposed.
Police have an incredibly difficult job and many, if not most, treat their duties with the highest respect and treat your civil rights with that same respect. However, there are also many who will look to abuse their power. When interacting with police, know you are still entitled to your civil rights. 

If you feel like your rights are being threatened or you are being treated unfairly by police because of your class, race, or religion take these steps:
• Be Respectful – do not use hostile or antagonizing language
• Calmly Document – record your interaction with police and let them know that this will be turned over to your attorney
• Remain Silent if Required – if you feel you are being unfairly questioned or led to incrimination, calmly inform the officer you will be happy to answer questions with an attorney present

Contact the Cochran Firm of the Mid-South Today

If you or someone you love has been a victim of a Civil Rights injustice in Tennessee, Alabama, or Mississippi, you deserve an aggressive civil rights attorney with the experience necessary to win your case. Call our office at 901-523-1222 for a free consultation.
40 South Main, Suite 1700
Memphis, TN 38103
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Managing Attorney
Howard Manis
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