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Cochran & Chhabra

Mar 20, 2014 03:52PM ● By Cate Reynolds
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Gill Cochran and Mandeep Chhabra
have been working together for over 20 years. They have developed a style and rhythm that has garnered them the respect and admiration of their colleagues and the judges they practice before daily. Most importantly, their clients give them top notch reviews for excellent work. As a result, both lawyers have received the highest honors as trial lawyers including the selection of Leading Lawyers by What’s Up? Magazine and Super Lawyers as published in Baltimore Magazine. Mandeep has been selected by The National Trial Lawyers and the American Society for Legal Advocates as a member of the elite “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.”

Gill Cochran began his legal career as a Public Defender after returning from serving as a Platoon Leader in Vietnam, where he earned a Bronze Star for exemplary service. He graduated from Yale University, and then proudly completed his formal education at the University of Maryland School of Law where he graduated seventh in his class. Gill has been practicing law for 45 years, opening his Annapolis practice in 1970.

Mandeep joined Gill in 1994 after completing his first year at Boston University. Initially, Gill had no position for Mandeep, but Mandeep’s perseverance and charm landed him a job as Gill’s driver during summers which led to his career in law. Eventually, Mandeep also attended the University of Maryland School of Law. Mandeep and Gill now practice as Cochran and Chhabra, LLC.

Gill and Mandeep strive to help clients who are facing serious consequences after being accused of major and minor criminal offenses, and those injured through the negligence of others. As trial lawyers both enjoy the challenges of representing their clients effectively, with their number one goal being a positive end result and addressing any issues they may have that led to their difficulties.

“Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer—not sure what kind of lawyer—but after meeting Gill and working with him I realized that I wanted to be one that actually helped people,” says Mandeep Chhabra. “I truly enjoy the success stories of my clients who I was able to help at their lowest point in life.”

Gill Cochran proudly tells his clients that he has suffered from alcoholism himself. He has not had a drink of alcohol in over 39 years: “Helping clients find the tools to stay sober is rewarding and gives me great satisfaction,” says Gill Cochran.

Gill and Mandeep are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle the dire needs of clients. They often show up at police stations in the middle of the night to advise clients of what to do in difficult situations and protect their rights. Mandeep often meets injured victims at their homes, making the process of hiring an attorney as easy and painless as possible.

If you visit their office in Historic Annapolis, you will be captivated by the unusual design and architecture that blends a contemporary flare with an old world feel, adorned with, of course, a model train and huge murals of Annapolis.

The motto of “Not Your Typical Lawyers” is not just a saying at Cochran and Chhabra. Once you meet Gill and Mandeep you will know what it truly means. These attorneys and their highly trained staff are here to serve your every need.

Image titleCochran & Chhabra
116 B Cathedral Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Q. What should I do if I get pulled over after having drinks at happy hour or a dinner party?

A. We are asked this question many times and there is no simple answer. It is always important to be polite and cooperative with the officer that stopped you and now wants to arrest you. You cannot be compelled to do roadside field sobriety tests. The immediate concern of persons in this situation is whether or not to take the breath test. There are several considerations to be made before making that decision. Let the officer know you intend to cooperate fully, but you want to speak with your attorney or have him present to advise you. It’s important to know your rights and be properly advised when arrested.

Gill Cochran, Cochran & Chhabra