Over the past 24 years, Darrell Cochran has won a significant
number of multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients, both in
Washington state and around the country. His legal philosophy is guided by a desire
to assist those severely injured or damaged by well-funded defendants who have
abused their power or acted recklessly in their disregard for others. A few examples of this philosophy in action include a $95 million class action verdict against the Washington DSHS for
breach of contract, a $7.5 million class action settlement against Multicare
Health System for deceptive billing practices, and his work in negotiating a
$60 million settlement for OSO landslide victims against Washington State and
the timber company. Darrell’s practice
areas include catastrophic injury or death, medical malpractice, sexual abuse,
insurance bad faith, product liability, class action and general serious
Many of his cases attract local and national
media attention, including high-profile litigation involving Puget Sound Energy,
Hunter-Donaldson, Washington DSHS, Apple Computers, Washington State DOC and
various school districs. Darrell often accepts
difficult case requests from across the Northwest, and several of his jury
verdicts have prompted important changes in Washington state law.
Darrell graduated Magnum Cum
Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington in 1990 and received
his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993. His legal career began in 1993 at Gordon
Thomas Honeywell, where he made partner 5 years later at the age of 30. In 2008 he co-founded Pfau, Cochran, Vertetis
and Amala PLLC, a personal injury firm with offices in Tacoma and Seattle.
The members of the influential Washington State
Association for Justice (WSAJ) elected him President for their 2017-2018 term,
and he was named that organization’s ‘Trial Lawyer of the Year’ in 2015. He has also been selected as a ‘Super Lawyer’
every year since 2003. Yet despite the
success Darrell has achieved, he has not lost what he terms the ‘human
touch’. Clients often mention how
accessible he is and how he works to ensure their comfort with the process from
start to finish. Darrell has earned
this praise through countless hours spent listening to his clients, building
their case, then acting as their legal advocate with passion and skill.
Darrell serves on various non-profit boards and performs volunteer work in and around the Tacoma area. He is married to his wife Wendy and together they have 5 children. When not cheering on his children's sporting activities, Darrell spends his free time snowboarding, hiking, mountain climbing and fishing.