The Hon. Steve Cochran is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2017 by former governor Jerry Brown. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. John L. Henning (Ret.).
He is a registered Democrat.
Judge Cochran received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
After graduating from law school, Cochran externed for the Hon. Cecil F. Poole with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and also served as a clerk for the Hon. William P. Gray with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California from 1982 to 1983.
After completing his clerkship, Cochran became a deputy federal public defender for the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Central District of California.
After three years in the public sector, Cochran joined the law firm of Wyman, Bautzer, Kuchel, and Silbert in 1987, where he practiced as an associate before being named a partner in 1990. Then, in 1991, Cochran became a partner at the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. During his 26 years with the firm, Cochran represented financial institutions, energy companies, as well as handled entertainment and media litigation. His areas of practice ranged from intellectual property, trademark, and copyright litigation, to criminal defense involving mail fraud, money laundering, election fraud, and tax evasion. He remained with Katten until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2017.
His memberships have included the Central District of California Attorney Admission Fund Board, the Federal Pro Bono Civil Rights Panel, the Los Angeles South Valley Area Planning Commission, and the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee.
He was named a Southern California Super Lawyer from 2004 to 2016.