• J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1980
  • A.B.J., University of Georgia, 1977

License to Practice

  • Tennesee
  • United States Tax Court

Specialties and Courses

  • Conflict of laws
  • Contracts
  • Federal income taxation
  • Law and economics
  • Taxation of business entities


Cochran was an associate with Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry in Nashville, Tennessee (now known as Bradley Arant Boult Cummings), from 1981 through 1985, where his practice centered on Federal Taxation.

Cochran served as Professor-in-Residence at the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and he has served as a visiting professor at the University of Texas, the University of Georgia and Vermont Law School. He has been a member of the St. Mary’s faculty since 1985 and he regularly teaches federal income taxation, taxation of business entities and conflict of laws. He is also the Law School’s Director of Evening Studies and a former Co-Director of the Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association in 2001.


  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of the Coif
  • Professor-in-Residence, IRS Chief Counsel’s Office, Washington D.C., 1988-89


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