Aggressive, Experienced counsel. Proven results.

Ian grew up in Olympia, Washington, and is a graduate of Connecticut College and the Seattle University School of Law (magna cum laude). 

Ian is a Partner at Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, a nationally-renowned law firm with a unparalleled track record of fighting for justice.  

Ian and his Partners have a proven track record of delivering consistent results for victims of institutional negligence, abuse and exploitation.  Read more about Ian’s results, here.

Before moving into private practice, Ian served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Torts Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.  In addition to handling an active caseload, Ian supervised two teams of experienced attorneys and professional staff, and coordinated the defense of civil rights and torts lawsuits against DSHS, WSDOT, WSP and other state agencies.  Ian also advised executive-level agency staff and stakeholders on a wide variety of complex legal issues, including tactical litigation decisions, the implications of legislative, judicial, political and policy decisions, and emergent situations involving risk of significant tort exposure.

Ian is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education courses for lawyers, and has published articles regarding social worker misconduct in the New York Law Journal, Trial Magazine, The Recorder ( and the Washington State Association for Justice’s Civil Rights Deskbook. 

Ian has received an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible peer-reviewed national rating a lawyer can obtain. 

Ian has also been recognized as one of the nation’s leading plaintiff’s lawyers by LawDragon, TopVerdict, the National Trial Lawyers, the Best Lawyers in AmericaSuperLawyers and Washington Law & Politics .

Ian serves on the Board of Rebuilding Hope, and is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, and the National Crime Victim Bar Association.

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