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Darrell L. Cochran

Personal injury Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.2   5 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 1 year
    Oregon - OR 16 years
    Washington - WA 30 years
  • Licensed for 1 year
    State NY
    Acquired 2023
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Darrell

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Tacoma Attorney Darrell L. Cochran is a lawyer with a background not unlike many people in Washington. He was born in Shelton, Washington, and grew up in Olympia, with parents who worked hard to make ends meet. Early in life, people recognized the inner fire that fuels the success of Darrell’s legal practice. His kindergarten teacher called him “the sandbox lawyer” for his spirited arguments over Matchbox cars and marbles. Darrell went on to college at the University of Washington, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He then followed his childhood dream to be a trial lawyer, graduating from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1993, one of the top five law schools in the nation.

Darrell began his legal career in 1993 at Gordon Thomas Honeywell. He became a partner in 1998 at the age of thirty. Since then, Darrell has helped clients win some of the largest and most important cases in the state of Washington. He has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics every year since 2003.

Darrell has been on the Boards of the Families and Friends of Violent Crime Victims organization and the Tacoma Symphony, he is a supporter of the Special Olympics and Experimental Education Unit for children with disabilities at the University of Washington, he often sits as a judge for Seattle University School of Law’s mock trial competitions, and he is active in his children‘s PTAs. His wife, Wendy, a paralegal herself, is an active supporter of his practice and is PCVA’s Firm Administrator. Darrell has five beautiful children: Cooper, Cade, Skylar, Taylor, and Decker. 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/Transactions

  • Joyce v. Department of Corrections, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No.: 99-2-10179-6 Obtained $22.5 million jury verdict for a family & estate of a woman killed by a dangerous parolee whom the state failed to supervise.
  • Wright v. BCTI, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No.: 05-2-05763-2Class action lawsuit against a vocational school that failed to provide an adequate computer & career training. Recovered $13.25 million for roughly 1500 students.
  • Couch v. State of Washington, Pierce County Cause No.: 99-2-11902-4 - $15 million jury verdict for woman raped & murdered by unsupervised parole offender.
  • Aba Sheikh v. King County, DSHS & Shell Oil, King County Superior Court Cause No.: 02-2-05199-5 - $10.3 million jury verdict against DSHS, a $4.5 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.
  • Thomas v. Puyallup School District, Cause No.: 01-2-08646-0 - Represented minority students against the school district with claims of race discrimination, securing a $7.5 million settlement & a landmark order from the court requiring special negotiations & procedures at the school to help reduce discrimination.
  •  McFarland v. Department of Corrections, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No.: 96-02005934-5 - $6.3 million jury verdict for slain teenage cheerleader stabbed to death by unsupervised parolee.
  • Seyler v. Blair Construction, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No.: 01-2-08881-1 - $4.75 million settlement for widow whose wife was struck & killed by a truck at a construction work site.
  • Northern Oyster v. State of Washington, et al., Pacific County Superior Court Cause No.: 03-2-80472-5 $1.4 million jury verdict against the State of Washington for unlawful and tortious conduct that interfered with the client's business expectations.
  • Plemmons v. Pierce County, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No.: 04-2-07032-1 - $1 million settlement against Pierce County for illegal strip search practices against detainee. The case was successful argued at the WA State Court of Appeals Div. 2, 134 WA. App 449 (2006).
  • Mendoza v. Brewster School District, U.S.D.C. Eastern district of Washington Cb-05-327-rhw - Anti-racism injunction secured for Latino school students against Brewster School District; nationally acclaimed damage awards & measures to eliminate racism in district.

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Location

Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC
909 A Street, Suite 700
Tacoma, WA, 98402

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Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
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Posted by robert northup | March 12, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
darrell Cochran is attorney Washington state PCVA he’s a personal injury lawyers he’s also other lawyers his probation mainly pe
i’m not sure exactly why Darrell is at four stars on this rating ,when he should be at five and preferably 10 ,Mr. Cochran visited me when I was in a state penitentiary ,and with his own time and resources he battled insurance companies and the state Attorney General’s office , who with unlimited resources at their disposal re fused to admit liability in my case or accept any culpibility, Darrell steadfastly protected my interests when at the time I was indigent and had no resources to fight these huge entities that were violating my civil rights and liberties ..Mr. Cochran has throughout his entire career made it a staple to his itinerary to fight for people who cannot afford to fight for themselves against entities and corporations with unlimited resources who utilize their power and influence to violate the civil liberties of others ..Darrell Cochran embodies every attribute that I wish every attorney in the state or in the country had for their professionalism ,,,put it quite simply the best Atty I’ve ever seen in my life, and that’s a fact
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Posted by Andrew | March 12, 2014
The best of the best!
Darrell is a great attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of assistance with large companies or auto accidents. I have talked to Darrell for a little over a year, sometimes on a daily basis. He is very knowledgeable of the law and puts his clients rights first. No matter the size of the fight he is always willing to stay up late with clients and make sure they are takin care of.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2009
Best lawyer in town.
Mr. Cochran is the epitome of a professional and well versed attorney. He was dedicated to my case and worked incredible hard and more importantly he produced results! I would highly recommend this attorney
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2007
Client Review
Mr. Cochran's dedication to his client coupled with his incredible knowledge of the legal system makes him a credit to the profession. I give him my strongest endorsement.
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2013
Former client: This is not an attorney I would recommend.
He wanted to take my case. He drafted the letter to send to my previous attorney telling him to no longer represent me. But then he sat on my case. For months. He went silent on me. Finally said he was leaving his firm and could not represent me. By then precious time had elapsed and I was left without an attorney just before important deadlines. He showed an astounding lack of interest, professional accountability or care for me as a client. No, I would not trust him enough to recommend him.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 40%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC
  • 1900 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim
  • 1993 - 2009

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Rekhter v. DSHS
  • $57,123,795 jury verdict
  • Krista Osborne vs. Tom Seymour, et al.
  • Verdict for damages and punitive damages
  • Plemmons v. Pierce County, 134 Wn. App. 449, 140 P.3d 601 (2006)
  • Class Action setttlement on behalf of plaintiffs
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Associations

  • Washington-Hoyt Elementary PTA
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Lowell Elementary PTA
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Seattle University Mock Trial Competitions
  • Judge
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • President-Elect
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Tacoma Symphony
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Family and Friends of Violent Crime Victims
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2004
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2003
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2002
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2001
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Oregon State Legislature - Legislative Session
  • Private Vocational School Regulations
  • 2007
  • Advanced Trial Skills
  • Effective Use of Demonstrative Exhibits/Voice Dire
  • 2007
  • Not Above the Law: The Government as Defendant
  • Not Above the Law: The Government as Defendant
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Seattle University School of Law Tausend Mock Trial Competition
  • Tausend Mock Trial Competition Judge
  • 2007
  • Oregon State Legislature - Legislative Session
  • Private Vocational School Regulations
  • 2007
  • Advanced Trial Skills
  • Effective Use of Demonstrative Exhibits/Voir Dire
  • 2007
  • Seattle University School of Law Tausend Mock Trial Competition
  • Tausend Mock Trial Competition Judge
  • 2006
  • Not Above the Law: The Government as Defendant
  • Federal Issues That Arise With State and Local Claims
  • 2006
  • Washington State Paralegal Association
  • Effective Use of a Paralegal in Litigation
  • 2004
  • Highline Community College - Paralegal Certification Course
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • 2004
  • Highline Community College - Paralegal Certification Course
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • 2003
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Trial
  • Opening Statements
  • 2002
  • South Sound Smorgasboard
  • Trial Skills
  • 2002
  • Highline Community College - Paralegal Certification Course
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • 2002
  • Where there's smoke there's fire - Grappling with Motions to Compel
  • Discovery
  • 2001
  • Washington State Legisture - Legislative Session
  • Parolee Supervision Regulations
  • 2001
  • Washington State Legislature - Legislative Session
  • Joint & Several Liability
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Personal injury Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I have worked for and with numerous attorneys in Washington for over 20 years and Darrell is among the very best of the best."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Tacoma Personal injury Lawyer Darrell L. Cochran
Darrell L. Cochran
Personal injury Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 30 years