Darrell L. Cochran

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  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1993
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Communications


  • Super Lawyer, Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2001-2020
  • Litigation Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, 2020
  • Damage Attorney’s Round Table, Member
  • EAGLE, Washington State Association for Justice
  • Washington State Association for Justice, President

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Over the past 25 years, Darrell Cochran has won a significant number of multi-million 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. He is an avid UW Huskies supporter, and a former trumpet player in the UW Marching Band. When not cheering on his children's sporting activities, Darrell can be found spending his free time snowboarding, hiking, mountain climbing or fishing.

Representative Cases

  • $95,000,000+ class action total judgment on a $57M jury verdict for 22,000 home care workers, believed to be the largest class action verdict against DSHS of its kind
  • $60,000,000 wrongful death settlement with the State of Washington and timber company for deaths in the Oso landslide of 2014
  • $13,953,887 verdict for 17-year-old who suffered stroke during procedure
  • $10,300,000 million jury verdict against DSHS, a $4,500,000 million settlement against King County, & over $300,000 in settlement from a store owner for a teenage boy who suffered brain damage when beaten by violent foster boys at a gas station.
  • Eight figure settlement in a premise liability case against a private business owner and a security company
  • $7,500,000 settlement for racial discrimination in the Puyallup School District
  • $7,500,000 consumer protection class action settlement for thousands of motor vehicle accident victims who suffered deceptive collection practices regarding their medical bills
  • $5,000,000 auto accident settlement for a client who was struck by a motor vehicle and suffered serious permanent injury
  • $4,250,000 serious injury settlement for a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury after she was struck by a parolee with a car
  • $3,500,000 product liability settlement for family whose conversion van rolled over due to unstable center of gravity
  • $3,100,000 Sexual Abuse Settlement against the State of Washington DSHS for a state-dependent child placed with a convicted child rapist
  • $3,000,000 sexual abuse settlement against DSHS
  • $2,100,000 wrongful death settlement with DSHS for father of a 3-year-old boy killed by the mother’s boyfriend, who CPS should have known was a chronic child abuser
  • $1,500,000 serious injury settlement with Washington State DSHS for their failure to properly protect an infant from physical abuse
  • $1,500,000 class action settlement for over 900 restaurant workers wrongfully denied pay for overtime and missed meal and rest breaks, tip pool violations, and automatic service charge violations
  • Confidential class action settlement that included full reimbursement and additional payment for 169 clients whose Apple devices were made inoperable by Error 53 bug
  • $1,250,000 class action settlement for employees of a drywall company who were not paid for rest or lunch breaks, and were not paid fully for overtime.
  • $1,100,000 serious injury settlement for the passenger of a drunk driving motor vehicle accident
  • Consent decree for individuals with mobility impairments requiring University of Washington, subject to PCVA oversight, to bring all Seattle campus parking facilities into full ADA compliance
  • $1,000,000 wrongful death settlement for 15 year-old boy who fell to his death when window washing platform failed at his place of employment

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1994
  • King County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
  • EAGLE, Washington State Association for Justice, 2017 to 2018

Classes & Seminars

  • Faculty, "Litigating Class Actions", Law Seminars International, 11/12/2020 to 11/13/2020
  • Speaker, WSAJ Annual Convention 2020, 09/23/2020
  • Speaker, WSAJ Annual Convention 2016, 06/23/2016
  • Speaker, "Subrogation: Untying the Gordian Knot", WSAJ, 11/16/2016
  • Speaker, "Trial Revolution", WSAJ, 11/15/2012
  • Speaker, "Tort Law Seminar", WSAJ, 10/05/2012
  • Presenter, "Damages in Personal Injury", National Business Institute CLE, 09/28/2012
  • Faculty, "Civil Procedure and Judicial Review Outside of Trial", National Business Institute Seminar, 09/30/2011
  • Speaker, "The Luvera Seminar", WSAJ Annual Convention 2011, 07/29/2011