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Nicholas Brady Douglas

Personal injury Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Cole Douglas

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Cole Douglas is a passionate and energetic attorney who always advocates for his client’s best needs. His practice focuses on the litigation and trial of complex personal injury, wrongful death and sex abuse claims. Cole works closely with his clients and is constantly inspired by their tenacity and determination to progress forward.

Cole, a Tacoma native, earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Cole played football, basketball and threw hammer at Willamette, all while pursuing an accelerated M.B.A. program at WU’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

After completing his M.B.A. studies, Cole returned to Washington to attend law school at Seattle University School of Law. While in law school, he remained active by competing in moot court and mock trial and by immersing himself in the local legal community. Cole was fortunate to receive the first ever legal internship position at Russell Investments as the Intern in the Office of the Chief Legal Officer. From there, he returned to Tacoma to serve as judicial extern to the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton, U.S. District Court for the Western District Court of Washington.

After graduating from law school with honors in 2015, Cole began his legal career working for the Seattle/Tacoma based law firm Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala. In 2020, he left Pfau Cochran to open his own firm, Cochran Douglas, PLLC, with business partner Loren Cochran. In his years of practice, Cole has obtained extraordinary results on behalf of his clients, most recently negotiating a $3.8 million settlement against the State of Washington. In addition to volunteering his time at the Housing Justice Project, Cole is currently the Immediate Past President of the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association's New and Young Lawyer Board, and chairs the Washington State Association for Justice's Pierce County Roundtable. Cole was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2018, 2019 and 2020. He is also named on the Top 40 Under 40 list by the National Trial Lawyers.

While away from work, Cole enjoys spending time with family and friends. He can be found snowboarding, cheering on the Seattle Seahawks, and perfecting his jump hook on the local basketball courts.

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Licensed for 7 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 02/01/2023

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

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Cochran Douglas, PLLC
2501 Fawcett Ave
Tacoma, WA, 98402


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by John & Alisha | August 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wished case wasn't so complex.
Nothing bad to say about Mr. Douglas. So far, he is the only attorney to really look into our civil rights case. The case I have is a bit complex. I can tell through corresponding with Mr. Douglas, he is a really good attorney to have on your side. He's sharp, really reviews the case, and seems totally honest with his clients or potential clients. Mr. Douglas said to me we have a valid claim, but he simply didn't have time to pursue my case. So, I did want to thank him for going through the case files, looking at the video, and even providing another attorney by name that might be able to attend to our case. Mr. Douglas is the real deal.
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Posted by Carly | February 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and patient
When I met Cole Douglas for the first time, I was nervous and embarrassed to tell my story, but I knew I needed to if I wanted to be heard. My case was of a very personal and sensitive nature, and it was very uncomfortable for me to even talk about it. Cole listened to my story without rushing me, asked detailed questions, and treated me with total respect. When I finished giving my statement, Cole went over our options in detail and took his time explaining them to me. Once we made the decision to move forward, he returned calls and emails, and always kept me apprised of the process. I am very grateful that I had Cole Douglas as my advocate, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a caring, confident, and qualified attorney.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cochran Douglas Law
  • 2020 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Tacoma Pierce County Housing Justice Project
  • 2015 - Present
  • Judicial Extern
  • United State District Court, Western District Of Wa.
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Intern - Office of the Chief Legal Officer
  • Russell Investments
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Legal Intern
  • Connelly Law Offices
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Student Partner
  • Willamette MBA Angel Fund
  • 2011 - 2012
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Willamette University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2012
  • Willamette University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011

Legal Cases

  • J.M. v. State of Washington
  • $3,100,000 Settlement
  • Jane Doe v. Anonymous
  • $1,000,000 Settlement
  • Confidential v. State of Washington DSHS
  • $1,500,000 Settlement
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  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • New and Young Lawyers Section Board Member -- Past President
  • 2020 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • New Member Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Pierce County Roundtable Chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation
  • New and Young Lawyers Section Board Member -- President
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • New and Young Lawyers Section Board Member -- Trustee
  • 2018 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • South Sound Business Journal
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • CALI Award - Client Counseling and Negotiation
  • CALI Excellence Award for the Future
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Solving Challenges in Your Law Practice – A New Type of Learning CLE
  • Issues with Client Intake
  • 2018
  • Personal Injury A to Z
  • Fundamentals of Local Procedure and Legislative, Case Law and Regulatory Trends and Developments
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (12)
Endorse Nicholas
Civil rights Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Douglas is an amazing advocate, and highly educated on matters concerning civil rights and sexual harassment cases. He fights for his clients and he is a pillar in our local bar. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicholas is an energetic, passionate, and effective attorney with an excellent reputation in the local legal community. I highly endorse him with no reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cole is an excellent attorney and tireless advocate for his clients. He is smart and diligent. And as an active member of the local legal community, Cole has developed great relationships with attorneys and judges."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Cole is everything you want in a lawyer. He's motivated, determined and ethical. I highly endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Cole. He is a strong advocate and dedicated to helping his clients navigate their incredibly sensitive and complex personal injury cases. His experience and passion shines through in his work and he definitely has what it takes to get the results his clients deserve."
Personal injury Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cole has the reputation for being the smartest guy in the room, which as a fellow attorney, I can say it is annoying being in the same room as him. While he is by far the smartest person in the room, he is also the kindest. His grace and humor put clients at ease, and his intelligence makes him a fierce opponent. I would highly recommend Cole, as I know any client I send his way will be in good hands."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Nicholas as "Cole," and I am thoroughly impressed by the energy that he brings to his law practice in service to clients. Cole is an astute lawyer, and a passionate and innovative professional. Once you meet him, I am sure you will agree that he is an altogether great guy."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cole (or Nicholas as his bar license reads) is awesome. He is a dedicated attorney, a passionate advocate, and a lot of fun to work with. Do you want a lawyer you can talk to? A lawyer who understands what your going through and will fight to protect you like he would his own family? Then Cole is your man. Whatever your problem, I'd suggest giving Cole a call."
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Tacoma Personal injury Lawyer Nicholas Brady Douglas
Nicholas Brady Douglas
Personal injury Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 7 years