Leo Branton Jr.

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Leo Branton Jr. (February 17, 1922 – April 19, 2013) was an American trial lawyer. He attended Tennessee State University and earned his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1948. He served in the Army during World War II. Branton represented Nat King Cole in a label dispute, and Jimi Hendrix's estate, among others. He was well known for representing Angela Davis during her 1972 murder trial and subsequent acquittal.

In 2011, the NAACP honored Branton by awarding him the William Robert Ming Advocacy Award for the spirit of financial and personal sacrifice displayed in his legal work.[1]


  • William Yardley, "Leo Branton Jr., Activists' Lawyer, Dies at 91", New York Times, April 27, 2013, [1].
  1. ^ Benjamin Todd Jealous (January 2012). "Memorandum to NAACP Units and State Conferences" (PDF). NAACP. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2013-05-23.