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Meet The Former U.S. Attorney

Donald Q. Cochran was appointed as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee on September 21, 2017.  Mr. Cochran was nominated by President Donald Trump on June 29, 2017 and he was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 14, 2017. Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, he was a law professor at Belmont Law School in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama where he taught courses in criminal law and trial advocacy.  From 1998 to 2002 Mr. Cochran was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama.  During that time, Mr. Cochran prosecuted criminal cases involving white collar crimes, public corruption, and violent crimes, including successful prosecution of the final defendant charged with the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  Mr. Cochran began his prosecutorial career in the Jefferson County (Birmingham, Alabama) District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted homicides, sexual assaults, and other violent crimes.  Mr. Cochran clerked for Judge Julie E. Carnes of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Law School.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Cochran was an Army Ranger and Special Forces officer for nine years.



Updated March 11, 2021