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Johnnie Cochran and Dale Mason



Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. was born on October 2, 1937 in a charity hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana.


Johnnie Cochran died at age 67 on March 29, 2005 at 12:30 p.m. at his home in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles from an inoperable brain tumor. Johnnie had been diagnosed with the inoperable brain tumor in December, 2003.

First Marriage:

Johnnie and Barbara Jean Berry met at college and were married in 1959. They divorced in 1977 when Barbara accused Johnnie of abuse and infidelity.

Johnnie and Barbara had two daughters:
Melodie Cochran

Tiffany Cochran Edwards, married to Javarro Michael Edwards in September, 2004. Tiffany is a news anchor/reporter. Her husband Javarro is a pharmaceutical sales representative.
Tiffany and Javarro's Wedding

Second Family:

While married to Barbara, Johnnie Cochran had a long term relationship with Patricia Sikora. They bought a home together in North Hollywood in 1974. A palimony case against Johnnie was settled privately in 2004.

Johnnie and Patricia had one son, Jonathan Eric Cochran. Jonathan is a California Highway Patrol Officer.

Second Marriage:

Johnnie met his second wife, Dr. Sylvia Dale Mason, at a conference when he was an airport commissioner. She was an executive for an Atlanta-based concessionaire.

Thirteen years his junior, Dale and Johnnie married in 1985 at the Bel-Air Hotel. Dale was at Johnnie's bedside when he died.


Johnnie, Baptist. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California for over 50 years.


A legal superstar, lawyer for O.J. Simpson, a civil libertarian and pphilanthropist, Johnnie was the deputy city attorney for the City of Los Angeles from 1963-1965; assistant district attorney for Los Angeles County from 1978-1982. He has also owned his own law firm, taught as an adjunct professor of law, and served on special congressional committees.


Johnnie Cochran had homes both in Los Angeles and in New York City.

Quotes about Marriage and Family Life:

Johnnie in an interview in "Essence": "I did a lot of stupid things. I paid a price with my eldest daughter and with my [first] marriage. I would like young lawyers not to make the mistakes I made."

Books by Johnnie Cochran:

Compare PricesJourney to Justice

Compare PricesA Lawyer's Life

Book by Barbara Berry Cochran:

Compare PricesLife After Johnnie Cochran: Why I Left the Sweetest-Talking, Most Successful Black Lawyer in L.A.

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