Diana K. Cochrane

Diana K. Cochrane

Shareholder

As shareholder of Downs & Stanford, P.C., Ms. Cochrane’s practice in both Texas and Louisiana focuses on commercial litigation and insurance defense, including bad faith. Diana’s work for commercial clients includes contract reviews and negotiations. She believes the best outcomes in litigation are the result of becoming acquainted with clients’ needs, thorough preparation, and a deep understanding of each case.

Diana is a skilled brief writer with published opinions in state and federal courts in Texas and Louisiana. Diana leverages her strong research and detailed legal analysis for clients’ benefit in both trial and appellate courts. Prior to joining the firm, Diana practiced at renowned litigation firms in both Texas and Louisiana. Before attending law school, Ms. Cochrane served as a middle and high school English teacher.

In her personal time, Diana is an accomplished figure skater. She has competed as a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association for fifteen years and has medaled at the national level. Diana also takes pride in her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

  • State of Texas (2009)
  • State of Louisiana (2016)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts – Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas; Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana
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  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 2009
    Hatton W. Sumners Scholar
    Articles Editor, SMU Law Review
    Order of the Coif
  • Texas A&M University, B.A., 1999
  • "Contractual Waiver of the Right to Remove to Federal Court: How Policy Judgments Guide Contract Interpretation,” The Review of Litigation, University of Texas School of Law, Winter 2010
  • "¿Como se dice, ‹Necesito a un interprete›? The Civil Litigant’s Right to a Court-Appointed Interpreter in Texas,” The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues, Fall 2009
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  • Human Rights Initiative of North Texas – Outstanding Associate, 2014
  • "Post Trial 101 – You Won! (or didn’t…) Now What?”, New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators’ Program, December, 2016
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