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Gill Cochran is the senior member of Cochran and Chhabra, LLC. He founded the practice after working with the public defender’s office for seven years. Mr. Cochran primarily focuses on criminal defense and serious traffic matters.

Mr. Cochran served as a rifle platoon leader in Vietnam. During his time in combat, he decided that practicing law was much more fun. Mr. Cochran is a recovering alcoholic. He believes it allows him to understand the issues surrounding addiction, which then enables him to know the whole client and find a better solution.

Mr. Cochran is also an amateur magician, and he often greets his clients with a few magic tricks. He does these to relax the client, and also to show what carefully crafted magic can do. He says one has to do a trick at least 1,000 times to be effective. In court, one has to do it at least 10,000 times to be equally good.

Mr. Cochran has made significant case law in his extensive career. Most notably, in 1986 in Brosan v. Cochran, 307 Md. 662, he established the First and Fourth Amendment right of an attorney to administer a breath test prior to a police administered breath test.

Mr. Cochran received the award for Leading Attorney from What’s Up Magazine.

Mr. Cochran’s writings include, “Nuts & Bolts: The DUI/DWI Case,” Trial Reporter – Journal of the Maryland Association for Justice, Trial Lawyers Organization, 2011, which is a basic summary of issues that can occur in a Maryland DUI/DWI case. The article includes trial tactics and tips, as well. He collaborated with Mandeep Chhabra on this matter.

He is actively involved in the legal community. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association; the Anne Arundel County Bar Association; the Maryland Association for Justice; the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Mr. Cochran received his Bachelors of Arts from Yale University in 1964. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1970, and graduated with honors. Mr. Cochran currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife, cat, Dusty, and dog, Lilly. They actively participate in the Annapolis Yacht Club Regatta Series. He sails his Hershoff Sloop along with his dog regularly.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
  3. Personal Injury: 5%
  4. Speeding Ticket: 5%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Raquel Melody Smith

    I endorse this lawyer. Gill has been practicing for decades and truly cares about the well being of his clients. Those who are represented by Gill are lucky to have an experienced, compassionate and talented trial attorney.


    Raquel Smith Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Mandeep Singh Chhabra

    I am happy to endorse my partner, Gill Cochran. He is not only a great lawyer but also my mentor. His skill set is unmatched. Clients love Gill for his masterful work in court and his down to earth personality that allows him to relate to everyone.


    Mandeep Chhabra DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Cochran and Chhabra, LLC

116 B Cathedral Street
Annapolis, MD, 21401-2765


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Leading AttorneyWhat's Up Magazine (Annapolis)2012
Leading AttorneyWhat's Up Magazine (Annapolis)2011
Leading AttorneyWhat's Up Magazine (Annapolis)2010
Leading AttorneyWhat's Up Magazine (Annapolis)2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding AttorneyCochran and Chhabra, LLC1970 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Anne Arundel County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Maryland Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's AssociationMemberN/A
National Criminal Defense Attorneys AssociationMemberN/A
American Civil Liberties UnionMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brosan v. CochranIt was limited to drunk driving cases where the singular decision whether to submit to the State test is of such critical importance.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of the Maryland Association for Justice, Inc., Trial Lawyer: Criminal LawNuts & Bolts: The DUI/DWI Case2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1970
Yale UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1964