Darrell L Cochran

Darrell L Cochran: Attorney with Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC AV stamp icon
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Biography

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 personal injury. 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.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Personal Injury
  • Class Actions
  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Malpractice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
253-533-2269  Phone
253-627-0654  Fax
pcva.law
Year of First Admission:
1993
Admission:
1993, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington; 1993, Washington; 2002, U.S. Supreme Court; 2001, Washington; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
Memberships:
Pierce County, Washington State and American Bar Associations; Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Birth Information:
Shelton, Washington, December 4, 1967
Reported Cases:
REKHTER V. DSHS – $95,000,000 JUDGMENT ON JURY VERDICT

OSO LANDSLIDE LAWSUIT – $60,000,000 SETTLEMENT
ABA SHEIKH V. KING COUNTY, DSHS & SHELL OIL – $10,300,000 JURY VERDICT
HUNTER DONALDSON AND MULTICARE CLASS ACTION – $7,500,000 SETTLEMENT
KAZAN V. KENNEDY - $5,000,000 SETTLEMENT
LARSON V. WA STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (DOC) – $4,250,000 SETTLEMENT
CARLISLE V. CTI, INC. – $3,500,000 SETTLEMENT



ISLN:
900360402

Peer Reviews

4.8/5.0 (25 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 12/08/16 in Civil Litigation

    Darrell is highly committed to zealous advocacy for his clients. His planning and work ethic are the best in the business. His intelligence, command of the law, the court rules, and the issues his clients face is exceptional. The results he has ac... Read more

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    Darrell is highly committed to zealous advocacy for his clients. His planning and work ethic are the best in the business. His intelligence, command of the law, the court rules, and the issues his clients face is exceptional. The results he has achieved for his clients have been among the best in the business. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 11/30/16 in Civil Litigation

    Mr. Cochran is known in the community to be a fierce advocate for his clients, and has been very successful on their behalf. I give him the highest marks.

    Mr. Cochran is known in the community to be a fierce advocate for his clients, and has been very successful on their behalf. I give him the highest marks. Read less

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