WSCDKathyCochran
A trial lawyer has many tools, but hard work, laser focus, and partnership with the client are the most effective and successful. The law is not a precision instrument, but my goal is to use it to achieve a clear-cut (and optimal) result for each client.

Cochran, Kathy A., Founding Member, Retired

Kathy Cochran's practice focuses on medicine and science in the courtroom, usually in the context of defending complex medical malpractice and pharmaceutical product liability matters. Kathy has tried catastrophic injury cases in Washington state and nationally. She enjoys the challenge of conveying complicated scientific concepts in terms a jury can easily understand, laying the foundation for persuasion and favorable verdicts. She is also known for her use of technology in the courtroom to persuade and prevail. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Ms. Cochran is particularly skilled in the courtroom, prevailing for clients in high profile litigation in Washington and throughout the nation.

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Education

  • University of Washington School of Law – J.D., 1975 – First in Class
  • University of Washington – B.A. in History, magna cum laude, 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Washington
  • US District Courts, Eastern and Washington Districts of Washington

Notable Results

Defense verdict in favor of pharmaceutical manufacturer in case alleging hormone therapy drug caused breast cancer (Pennsylvania).

Verdict in favor of hospital against medical device company based upon company’s violation of Consumer Protection Act and fraud/misrepresentation, working in conjunction with injured patient to achieve combined verdicts of more than $40 million.

Verdicts in favor of healthcare providers in several cases involving allegations of catastrophic injury associated with birth (Washington, Alaska and Oregon) 

Leader of trial and science teams for major pharmaceutical companies defending products involving antibiotics, contraception, hormone therapy, vaccines, and medical devices.

Presentations and Publications

2012 – Inns of Court –Panelist regarding professionalism and ethics in trial

2012 – Various presentations to local law firms regarding trial graphics 

2011 – American Board of Trial Advocates –Demonstration of trial skills at mock trial

2011 –Washington Defense Trial Lawyers –Panel discussion of trial strategy in catastrophic injury cases 

2011 –  Washington State Association for Justice –Panel discussion at Second Annual Winter Conference on defense perspectives at trial 

Previous – Frequent speaker at seminars and conferences since 1980

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Top 100 Lawyers in Washington – 2012 
  • Washington Law & Politics "Super Lawyer" – 2003 to present
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington – 2003 to present
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Defense Lawyer of the Year, 2007
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • Family Promise – Graphic support at fund-raising auctions to help homeless families
  • Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest – Graphic support at fund-raising auctions to help accommodate chimpanzees retired from biomedical research; graphic design of three books tracing the progress of the Cle Elum Seven since they made sanctuary their permanent home.

Personal Interests and Activities

  • Photography, having published several photography books
  • Graphic design and artistic composite imaging
  • Owner of Cochran Productions, providing graphic design services for trial teams
  • Lover of cats, dogs, and all companion animals
  • Adventure travel