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Washington, DC—Yesterday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) honored the life and legacy of the late Jock Smith on the Floor of the House of Representatives. Mr. Smith was a distinguished trial lawyer, an avid sports collector, historian, author and family man. Mr. Smith co-founded a partnership with the late renowned attorney Johnnie Cochran and attorneys Keith Givens and Samuel Cherry. The law firm of Cochran, Cherry, Givens and Smith has 22 offices across the country and continues to be one of the most well-known criminal defense and civil plaintiff law firms in this nation.

“Attorney Smith was a well-respected member of the Alabama bar and known nationally throughout the legal community for his exceptional legal abilities, legendary courtroom skills, civic activism and passion for equal justice,” said Rep. Sewell. “His commitment to advocacy to fight for the rights of the disenfranchised is a great example for us all to follow. He left an indelible mark in Alabama and across this nation and his legacy will be remembered for generations to come.”

Mr. Smith’s daughter, Janay Smith, traveled to Washington, DC to witness Rep. Sewell deliver remarks on the House Floor paying tribute to her father’s legacy.

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Mr. Smith passed away in his home on January 8, 2012 at the age of 63.


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