Brian E. Cochran

Brian E. Cochran


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Brian Cochran is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s San Diego and Chicago offices. He focuses his practice on complex securities, shareholder, consumer protection, and ERISA litigation. In particular, Brian specializes in case investigation and initiation, and lead plaintiff issues arising under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. He has developed dozens of cases under the federal securities laws and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injured investors and consumers. Several of Brian’s cases have pioneered new ground, such as cases on behalf of cryptocurrency investors, and sparked follow-on governmental investigations into corporate malfeasance.  

Most recently, Brian was a member of the litigation team that achieved a $1.21 billion settlement (subject to court approval) in the Valeant Pharmaceuticals securities litigation. Brian was also part of the team that secured a historic recovery on behalf of Trump University students in two class actions against President Donald J. Trump one week before trial. The settlement provided $25 million to approximately 7,000 consumers, entitling individual class members for upwards of $35,000 in restitution. Brian prosecuted the case on a pro bono basis. Other notable recoveries include: Scotts Miracle-Gro (up to $85 million); Psychiatric Solutions ($65 million); Big Lots ($38 million); Fifth Street Finance ($14 million); and Third Avenue Management ($14 million). Several of Brian’s pending cases have secured class certification and/or successfully opposed a motion to dismiss against prominent corporate defendants, such as Goldman Sachs, General Electric, JP Morgan, Johnson & Johnson, and Walgreens.

During law school, Brian externed for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also participated in Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, filing a complaint with the Office of Accountability (OA) of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation on behalf of indigenous Mexican villagers which alleged human rights and environmental harms related to an international energy project. Brian secured the first project suspension ever in the history of the OA, for which he was recognized by the ABA’s Student Lawyer magazine. He also oversaw the California Asylum Representation Clinic, the nation’s only fully student-run refugee and asylum clinic, which won asylum for dozens of refugees and was awarded the U.C. Berkeley Chancellor’s Public Service Award during his tenure. In addition, Brian served as a senior editor for the Berkeley Journal of International Law and as a research assistant for Professor Melvin A. Eisenberg.

Brian has been recognized as a Rising Star and a Next Generation Partner by The Legal 500 and a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Princeton University, with honors, and received his Juris Doctor degree from University of California at Berkeley School of Law. His publications include: From Promise to Practice: Towards a Functional Assessment of the Office of Accountability of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, 8 Publicist Berkeley J. Int’l L. (2011); and Reviewing Tom Bingham, Widening Horizons: The Influence of Comparative Law and International Law on Domestic Law, 29 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 710 (2011).


  • Next Generation Partner, The Legal 500, 2020
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2020
  • Rising Star, The Legal 500, 2019

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University of California at Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall, J.D., 2012

  • Order of the Coif
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Business, Social Responsibility and Human Rights

Princeton University, A.B., 2006, Anthropology

  • With Honors 


  • California
  • Illinois
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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