Nicholas (Cole) Douglas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Tacoma, WA

Cochran Douglas, PLLC
4826 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Suite C
Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone: 253-472-7777
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2015
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%), Civil Rights (20%)
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Attorney Profile

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.

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.

About Nicholas (Cole) Douglas

Admitted: 2015, Washington

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Educational Background

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Dean's List, 2015
  • Atkinson Graduate School of Management - Willamette University, M.B.A., 2012
  • Willamette University, B.A., 2011

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Volunteer Legal Services: Tacoma Pierce County Housing Justice Project, Volunteer Attorney, 2015

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • United States District Court – Eastern District of Washington, 2017
  • United States District Court – Western District of Washington, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, New & Young Lawyer Board Member - Immediate Past President, 2020
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 2019
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, New & Young Lawyer Board Member - President, 2019
  • Washington State Association for Justice, EAGLE Member
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Member
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, New & Young Lawyer Board Member - Trustee, 2018
  • Seattle University School of Law’s 1L Alumni Mentorship Program, Alumni Mentor, 2018
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Pierce County Roundtable Chair, 2016
  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • Tacoma Plaintiffs' Attorney Roundtable (TPAR), Member
  • Washington State Association for Justice, New Member Committee, 2019
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Thurston County Bar Association, Member
  • Robert J. Bryan American Inns of Court, Pierce County, Washington


  • Selected to the 2021 Rising Stars list, Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Washington, Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • Selected to the 2020 Rising Stars list, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • Selected to the 2019 Rising Stars list, Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Selected to the 2018 Rising Stars list, Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • I earned the highest possible grade in Client Counseling and Negotiation for the Fall Semester Client Counseling and Negotiation class at Seattle University School of Law., CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Client Counseling and Negotiation, 2015


  • $1,575,000 sex abuse settlement against the State of Washington stemming from DSHS' failure to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect, 2021
  • $3,800,000 sex abuse settlement against the State of Washington stemming from DSHS' failure to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect., 2020
  • $3,250,000 sex abuse settlement against the State of Washington stemming from DSHS' failure to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect., 2020
  • On August 8, 2015 and January 2, 2016, Plaintiffs were involved in two separate motor vehicle collisions that resulted in injuries ranging from a broken index finger to a mild concussion.  After filing suit against the other drivers and filing a bad faith UIM claim against Plaintiffs' insurer, counsel was able to resolve all claims for a total of $546,000., 2019
  • $1,100,000 serious injury settlement for the passenger of a drunk driving motor vehicle accident., 2019
  • $1,000,000 sex abuse settlement against a school district for failure to protect a special needs student from a child predator with a history of assaultive behavior., 2019
  • $3,100,000 settlement with the State of Washington for the abuse suffered by a little girl in Vancouver, Washington. DSHS placed the then state-dependent two-year-old girl into the custody of her biological father even though DSHS social workers knew about the father’s previous conviction for Child Rape in the Second Degree. Following termination of dependency by the State, the father had unfettered access to his daughter for a four year period in which he routinely sexually abused her. The little girl was finally removed from her father’s care after she disclosed her abuse to other children on her bus. PCVA filed suit against the State of Washington and DSHS in 2016 alleging that the little girl never should have been placed in the sole, unsupervised custody of her child rapist father. PCVA also argued that DSHS, who controls the flow of information to the court, failed to disclose and materially misrepresented other pertinent information about the biological father prior to the Court’s ruling on dependency. The case quickly settled after the State’s motion for summary judgment was denied., 2018
  • $500,000 settlement for a teenage girl who was called derogatory names at her place of work., 2018
  • Lawsuit against the University of Washington on behalf of three powerchair and manual wheelchair users over hundreds of Americans With Disabilities Act violations at the UW's Seattle campus’s parking facilities.  After extensive litigation, the University agreed to entry of a 15-year consent decree under which, subject to attorney oversight, it will bring the parking facilities into full ADA compliance; create a full-time ADA coordinator position; conduct program access analyses subject to attorney approval for University services and programs served by parking facilities; maintain ADA grievance procedures compliant with law; provide parking-related ADA grievances to attorneys for their review; and use best efforts to train University employees regarding ADA compliance and enforcement of accessible parking requirements and regulations., 2018
  • $1,000,000 settlement with an apartment complex where a seven-year-old girl drowned in the common area pool. The girl and her family were refugees from the war-torn country of Sudan.  They had escaped genocidal violence in Darfur and relocated to an apartment community in Lakewood, Washington. On June 8, 2015, a swimmer bumped into the girl’s body lying at the bottom of the apartment complex’s pool.  No witnesses saw the girl go into the water, and she was still wearing her street clothes and shoes when she was pulled out of the water.  Lifesaving efforts by first responders and medical staff at Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Hospital and Seattle Children’s were unsuccessful. Filed suit under Washington’s wrongful death statute on behalf of the child’s estate and her parents alleging that the seven-year-old never should have been able to enter the pool area alone.  The apartment complex opened the pool despite not having an adequate safety gate, any supervision in place or necessary emergency procedures in effect that would keep children safe in the pool area.  The case settled prior to trial., 2017
  • In October 2011, the Department of Social and Health Services (“DSHS”) received a report that a man had punched a seven-month-old baby in the face. Despite multiple opportunities to intervene, DSHS instead chose to perform a cursory investigation of the alleged abuse and leave the infant child in the care of his alleged abuser. Ten days later, the baby was rushed to the emergency room at Mary Bridge Hospital by his mother and her boyfriend.  The baby had suffered skull fractures, broken limbs, and retinal hemorrhaging.  Emergency life-saving procedures were required to stop a brain bleed and treat the badly injured baby boy. In September, 2014, a court appointed advocate for the infant child filed suit against the State of Washington and DSHS arguing that the State negligently failed to protect the infant child from foreseeable harm. Trial commenced in February 2017 and lasted over three weeks. On March 10, 2017, before closing arguments, Plaintiffs settled the case for $1,500,000., 2017
  • In February 2014, mother and daughter plaintiffs were attempting to make a left turn onto State Route 410 in Enumclaw, WA under the protection of a green light. Suddenly, and without any warning, defendant’s truck struck plaintiff’s vehicle in the right front passenger door.  The defendant driver had not been paying attention and blew through a red traffic signal.  He did not see plaintiffs’ vehicle until impact. The mother sustained injuries to her back, shoulder and left ankle. The daughter sustained injuries to her neck, back and hip. Plaintiffs filed suit in April 2015 and placed the case into mandatory arbitration. On December 11, 2015, the arbitrator issued and filed the Arbitration Award in favor of plaintiffs.  Because of the significant award, defendant appealed, via trial de novo. Trial commenced in August 2016.  Attorney Cole Douglas, in association with Rod Ray of Margullis and Ray, convinced a jury to award a substantial verdict in favor of plaintiffs.  The verdict amount surpassed the arbitration award., 2016
  • Seven clients whose Apple devices were rendered inoperable (“bricked”) by Error 53 and who bought replacement devices brought suit against Apple for the cost of their replacement devices, their lost data, and other damages. After Plaintiffs survived three attempts by Apple to get the case dismissed, the parties reached a comprehensive settlement providing full replacement costs and additional compensation to all clients in the case., 2016
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Office Location for Nicholas (Cole) Douglas

4826 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Suite C
Tacoma, WA 98409

Last Updated: 1/22/2021

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