Cochran v. City of Atlanta

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran: Fired for Faith (5/29/2020)

Client Story

Kelvin Cochran

Kelvin Cochran dedicated over 30 years of his life to fighting fires and protecting the communities in which he's lived and worked. (4/19/2020)


Kelvin J. Cochran

Kelvin J. Cochran is the former Fire Chief of the City of Atlanta, terminated for writing a book for a Christian men’s Bible study. (10/14/2020)


No Turning Back: Why Chief Cochran Cannot Leave His Faith at Home

The very faith that drives his career and inspires his life is the same reason that Chief Cochran’s career as a firefighter is over. (5/3/2021)


Christmas Comes Early: Victory for Chief Cochran Also Benefits Other City Employees

The ruling of a federal district court today protects not just Chief Cochran, but all employees in Atlanta. (4/29/2020)


Why Did Chief Cochran Really Get Fired?

In an article for the Wall Street Journal, writer Jason Riley examined the real reason that former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired. (4/20/2020)


Chief Cochran Won His Case! Here’s What His Victory Accomplished.

For the past three years, Chief Cochran was involved in a lawsuit against Atlanta – standing not only for his rights, but also for the rights of all city employees. (4/20/2020)


For Chief Cochran, His Faith Is More Important than His Dream Career

Chief Cochran was fired for his faith, even though he has a record of excellence as a firefighter. ADF is challenging the City of Atlanta's actions in court tomorrow. (4/29/2021)


3 Reasons You Should Pay Close Attention to Former Fire Chief's Case

It’s a dangerous time in our country when a respected leader with 34 years of honorable service can lose his job merely for believing what Christians have always believed about marriage. The government preaches tolerance and diversity, but you can’t promote diversity while threatening and punishing those who don’t agree with you. (4/19/2020)

Press Release

Former Atlanta fire chief to court: ‘I was unjustly fired for my beliefs’

Press conference immediately following hearing Friday (4/23/2021)

Press Release

Atlanta to pay $1.2 million to former fire chief after firing him, violating his First Amendment freedoms

The city of Atlanta has agreed to pay its former fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, $1.2 million in the wake of a December 2017 court ruling that found some of the city’s policies that led to his termination are unconstitutional. (4/19/2020)