The New York Post has the exclusive story about Johnnie Cochran's surgery--
He has a reputation for slickness and winning, so when controversial lawyer Johnnie Cochran was diagnosed with a tumor requiring brain surgery, the man who normally seeks the limelight dropped into a self-imposed isolation — keeping his condition secret even from his mother-in-law.
Five months later, in an exclusive first interview with The Post, Cochran says he's "90 percent" recovered from his life-threatening illness — and gearing up for a massive expansion of his personal-injury practice.
"I'm feeling pretty good," said the natty legal eagle, who went under the knife at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on April 7, just six days after a press conference at his office in the Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway.
It's been quite awhile since I did an update on Johnnie Cochran's attempt to snatch up clients in Madison County, Illinois--the last one was in March. Shortly after that, I heard some rumors that Johnnie was going to be in town to shoot TV commercials, which were supposedly going to run in St. Louis all summer. But I never saw them, and I wondered what had happened.
The Post article explains the mystery. Apparently the surgery won't slow Cochran down. According to the Post, his return "comes as he plans a major expansion of the Cochran Firm, which bills itself as the country's largest personal-injury practice for plaintiffs. Plans are to double the 14 current locations and ramp up a new marketing campaign that touts Cochran as 'America's Lawyer.'"
To Johnnie, I say "good luck"--except in Madison County, of course, where I'm still waiting to buy him lunch.
UPDATE: Two posts on Johnnie's death: Goodbye Jonnnie Cochran and Law-Related Things that Suck: The Death of Johnnie Cochran