Over the past 25 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 the 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 his impressive casework 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 role 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 districts. 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 Magna 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 wife Wendy and together they have 5 children. When not cheering on his children’s sporting activities, Darrell can be found spending his free time snowboarding, hiking, mountain climbing or fishing.
Darrell’s commitment to helping better the lives of children with developmental delays and challenges in our community is something that continues in his personal life. In March of 2018, he and his wife Wendy founded Sky Bridge Therapies, a pediatric speech and occupational therapy clinic working with children of all diagnoses to help them, and their families, achieve the best possible quality of life. This endeavor has provided fulfillment for the entire Cochran family as they all come in to volunteer and work in the clinic which helps over 300 children and their families in the Pierce County Community in achieving their goals.
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1991
Boston College, B.A., 1987
United States Supreme Court
Washington State Association for Justice
American Bar Assn.
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Assn.
King County Bar Assn.
Superlawyer – Washington Law & Politics Magazine
“Eagle” Member – Washington State Association for Justice
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