Deborah D. Cochran


Practice Areas
Trusts & Estates
Business Services
Philanthropy & Nonprofits

(703) 847-4488

Franklin and Marshall College, with Honors
George Washington University Law School, with High Honors
Certified CPA

The Best Lawyers in America
- Best Trusts & Estates Attorneys – Over 10 Consecutive Years

Washingtonian Magazine
- Leading Estate Planning Attorney – Over 15 Consecutive Years

Worth Magazine/Robb Report
- Among the Top 100 Attorneys in the Nation

Virginia Business Magazine & the Virginia Bar Association
- Legal Elite

Washington DC Super Lawyers

Deborah D. Cochran has 30 years of experience assisting individuals, families and small business owners with all of their estate planning needs. Her practice includes designing custom estate plans for each client, as well as tax planning and trust and estate administration. Debby’s personable approach quickly puts her clients at ease and comfortable discussing their family situation and helps them focus on what is most important to them. She then works with her clients to design the appropriate estate plan to accomplish their goals and minimize taxes.

Debby has often been recognized for her expertise and commitment to her clients.  Washingtonian magazine has named Debby a leading estate planning attorney in the Washington DC metropolitan area every year for almost 20 years. The final four issues of Worth Magazine/Robb Report also named Debby among the top 100 attorneys in the nation serving the needs of affluent individuals and their families. 

Debby has also been selected as one of the best Trusts & Estates attorneys by The Best Lawyers in America for the 2005-2018 editions. Additionally, Debby has repeatedly been selected as one of the Legal Elite, a project of Virginia Business Magazine in cooperation with the Virginia Bar Association, and included on the Washington DC Super Lawyers list every year. Debby also has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest attorney rating.

Cochran Allan, the successor firm to Cochran & Owen, LLC, is dedicated to effectively and efficiently finding the best legal solutions for our clients, and has expanded its estate and tax planning services. Prior to founding Cochran & Owen, in 2004, Debby was a partner at Miles & Stockbridge and Squire Sanders.

Debby graduated with honors from Franklin and Marshall College in 1985, and received her JD from George Washington University Law School, with high honors in 1988 and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Debby also passed the entire CPA exam on the first try.

Debby lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband and has four children. She is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.