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Darrell L. Cochran - Tacoma, WA

909 A St.Suite 700 Tacoma, WA 98402

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Updated: 07/04/2022

Tacoma Catastrophic Injury or Death Lawyer


Darrell Cochran’s record speaks for itself. He has won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients in some of the most-daunting cases. His opponents are powerful and include some of the country’s largest corporations and government agencies. His goal is to take down these Goliaths and make them pay for the wrongs they have committed against the injured...

Darrell Cochran’s record speaks for itself. He has won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients in some of the most-daunting cases. His opponents are powerful and include some of the country’s largest corporations and government agencies. His goal is to take down these Goliaths and make them pay for the wrongs they have committed against the injured.

His clients are ordinary people — men, women and children who have suffered physically and mentally, and deserve restitution. The bonds he creates with those he represents are strong, sometimes lasting years beyond their cases. His values and work ethic are what forge these relationships. He brings compassion to his advocacy and listens to the stories of hardship his clients have faced, all while confidently shepherding them through the often-intimidating legal process.

Darrell is well-respected within the legal community. He has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court and has argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as the Washington State Supreme Court and all of its appellate divisions. Several of Darrell’s jury verdicts have prompted important changes in Washington state law. Despite his lofty achievements, Darrell remains grounded, serving as a mentor to his associates. His fellow partners summarize him in one sentence: “His family loves him, his opponents fear him and his colleagues respect him.”

Darrell’s dogged determination is a trait he inherited from his parents, who taught him the importance of hard work and sacrifice. It’s a trait he relies on in his role as a husband to his wife Wendy and father to his five children. He goes to extremes to be present, whether flying to California to celebrate his son’s birthday, taking his teenage daughter to power lift at 6 a.m. or dressing up as a dinosaur to march in the school Halloween parade. He even once surprised his daughter, who was portraying Jane Goodall for a book report, by showing up dressed in the most-realistic gorilla costume he could find.

Outside the office, Darrell is passionate about supporting families with special needs children. In 2017, he envisioned a pediatric therapy clinic for the developmentally delayed. With his unwavering support, his wife opened one of the largest pediatric therapy clinics of its kind in Washington. He is also an avid UW Huskies supporter, and when not cheering on his children's sporting activities, he can be found snowboarding, hiking, boating or fishing.

About Darrell L. Cochran

Practice Areas

  • Catastrophic Injury or Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Product Liability
  • Class Action
  • General Serious Personal Injury

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • King County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
  • Damage Attorney’s Round Table
  • Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), 2017 - 2018 (President)
  • American Association for Justice, 1994 - Present
  • Law360’s 2021 Personal Injury Editorial Advisory Board
  • Litigation Counsel of America™ (Senior Fellow)


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

Classes and Seminars

  • Faculty, "Litigating Class Actions", Law Seminars International, November 12, 2020 - November 13, 2020
  • Speaker, WSAJ Annual Convention 2020, September 23, 2020 - Present
  • Speaker, WSAJ Annual Convention 2016, June 23, 2016 - Present
  • Speaker, "Subrogation: Untying the Gordian Knot", WSAJ, November 16, 2016 - Present
  • Speaker, "Trial Revolution", WSAJ, November 15, 2012 - Present
  • Speaker, "Tort Law Seminar", WSAJ, October 5, 2012 - Present
  • Presenter, "Damages in Personal Injury", National Business Institute CLE, September 28, 2012 - Present


Other Sources of Feedback About Darrell L. Cochran

Included on the 2024 Washington list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2003 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2002 Washington Super Lawyers list
  • 2001 Washington Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Darrell L. Cochran on Super Lawyers


  • Litigation Trailblazer, National Law Journal, 2020
  • Top 100, Washington Super Lawyers, 2015–2020
  • Washington Super Lawyers, 2001–2020
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, WSAJ, 2015
  • National Law Journal, Plaintiffs’ Attorney Trailblazer, 2022 - Present


Office Information


909 A St.Suite 700 Tacoma, WA 98402


  • (253) 627-0654

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Representative Cases

  • $95+ million class action total judgment from a $57 million jury verdict and pre-judgment and post-judgment interest for 22,000 homecare workers, believed to be the largest class action verdict against Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) of its kind
  • $60 million wrongful death settlement with the State of Washington and timber company for deaths in the Oso landslide of 2014
  • $50+ million in settlements arising from the OK Boys Ranch group home sexual abuse cases
  • $30 million in settlements with Washington State DSHS and Kiwanis Vocational Home defendants
  • $22+ million wrongful death jury verdict against Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) for negligent parole supervision
  • $18.5 million settlement in class action cases against the Business Computer Training Institute
  • $15 million verdict in wrongful death case against DOC for negligent parole supervision
  • $13+ million verdict for 17-year-old who suffered stroke during a medical procedure
  • $13+ million in a cardiac medical malpractice case
  • $10.3 million jury verdict against DSHS, $4.5 million settlement against King County and a $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
  • $8 million verdict against Oblate Fathers Western Province for religious order child sexual abuse
  • $8 million settlement with mental health therapists for failing to report child sexual abuse at a residential facility
  • $7.5 million racial discrimination settlement with Puyallup School District with consent decree injunctive relief for changes to promote increasing racial sensitivity and diversity
  • $7.5 million settlement for racial discrimination in the Puyallup School District
  • $7.5 million consumer protection class action settlement for thousands of motor vehicle accident victims who suffered deceptive collection practices regarding their medical bills
  • $6+ million wrongful death verdict against Washington State DOC for negligent parole supervision
  • $5.6 million wrongful death case for negligent firefighting
  • $5 million auto accident settlement for client struck by a motor vehicle who suffered serious permanent injury
  • $4.5 million jury verdict for a passenger injured in an Amtrak train derailment
  • $4.3+ million wrongful death jury verdict for unlawful shooting in a property dispute
  • $4.25 million serious injury settlement for woman who suffered traumatic brain injury after being struck by a car driven by a parolee
  • $4 million verdict for passenger injured in Duck Boat collision on Aurora Bridge
  • $3.5 million product liability settlement for family whose conversion van rolled over due to unstable center of gravity
  • $3.1 million sexual abuse settlement against State of Washington DSHS for placing state-dependent child with convicted child rapist
  • $3.1 million sexual abuse settlement against DSHS
  • $3+ million for passenger injured in an Amtrak train derailment
  • $3 million settlement against Washington State for child sexual abuse arising out of negligent CPS investigation
  • $2.75 million jury verdict against City of Fife for negligent road maintenance
  • $2.35 million settlement with DOC and DSHS for child sexual abuse
  • $2.1 million wrongful death settlement with DSHS for father of 3-year-old boy killed by mother’s boyfriend, who Washington State Child Protective Services (CPS) should have known was a chronic child abuser
  • $1.87 million in child sexual abuse settlements against Department of Early Learning for negligent licensing of day care (All Hours Day Care)
  • $1.75 million in settlements for two passengers injured in Duck Boat collision on Aurora Bridge
  • $1.5 million serious injury settlement with Washington State DSHS for their failure to properly protect an infant from physical abuse
  • $1.5 million class action settlement for more than 900 restaurant workers wrongfully denied pay for overtime and missed meal and rest breaks, tip pool violations, and automatic service charge violations
  • $1.5 million jury verdict in wrongful death car crash
  • $1.5 million school district negligence settlement for child sexual abuse
  • $1.425 million jury verdict against Olympia School District for child sexual abuse
  • Confidential class action settlement that included full reimbursement and additional payment for 169 clients whose Apple devices were made inoperable by Error 53 bug
  • $1.25 million class action settlement for employees of drywall company who were not paid for rest or lunch breaks, or paid fully for overtime
  • $1.2 million settlement with Olympia School District in school bus driver sexual abuse case
  • $1.1 million settlement in Montesano School District school bus-pedestrian crash case
  • $1.1 million serious injury settlement for passenger in drunk driving motor vehicle accident
  • $1 million settlement after two weeks of jury trial against Everett School District for teacher sexual abuse of a student
  • $1 million settlement in worksite injury case
  • $1 million wrongful death settlement for 15-year-old boy who fell to his death when a window-washing platform failed at his place of employment
  • 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
  • $780,878 verdict in forklift loading negligence case
  • $769,166 verdict against Clover Park School District in sexual abuse case
  • $750,000 in landlord-tenant battle over mold-infested apartment complex
  • $750,000 settlement after jury trial that reached no verdict in medical malpractice case
  • $700,000 settlement in racial discrimination employment case against Department of Ecology
  • $685,832 settlement in wrongful death case against state-licensed day care provider
  • $444,069 jury verdict in car crash case
  • $300,000 jury verdict against Home Depot for falling materials
  • $300,000 verdict for child and parents from respite care provider sexual abuse
  • $225,000 in dump truck crash case
  • $150,000 verdict for botched knee surgery with e.coli infection
  • $82,793 federal court jury verdict in car crash

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