Elizabeth P. Calora

Elizabeth P. Calora

Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC

Recognized since 2024

Tacoma, Washington

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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As a child, Elizabeth Calora learned firsthand the devastating impact of medical negligence when her uncle was paralyzed as a result of a physician’s gross error. When the medical provider failed to accept responsibility, her uncle was forced to hire a medical malpractice attorney who demanded accountability and obtained justice for her uncle. The resulting settlement allowed her uncle to live an independent and meaningful life, with access to adapted vehicles and modification of his home. Elizabeth was struck by how the plaintiff’s attorney leveled the playing field for her uncle against the medical provider and his insurer.

More than 20 years after her uncle was paralyzed, Elizabeth adopts that same approach for her seriously injured clients. Since joining PCVA, Elizabeth has dedicated her practice to helping people who, like her uncle, have suffered catastrophic damages at the hands of others.

She works tirelessly to learn the smallest details about her clients and the complex medical issues of their cases. At trial, Elizabeth can paint a picture of who the client was before an incident and how significantly their life has since changed, in a way that resonates with jurors to yield a positive result.

Elizabeth is not afraid to tackle big cases or go up against heavily funded defendants. Her approach to cases includes accessing all of the facts from the defense side, as well as the plaintiff side, to give her clients the best chance of success. Her peers describe Elizabeth as humble, trustworthy, tenacious, and having one of the best analytical minds.

One of Elizabeth’s particular strengths is securing protection for her clients — at the time and in the future. She makes sure they don’t overpay, their medical bills are handled properly and settlements are structured to provide ongoing financial security. In one case, she was proud to be able to send a client an extra $80,000 that was garnered through careful negotiation of a lien.

For years, Elizabeth has been actively involved in the leadership of Washington Women Lawyers (WWL), where she currently serves as the past president of the organization. She also volunteers for the University of Puget Sound by participating in admissions events and the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network, and as a volunteer judge for mock trials at local law schools. She brings her focus on community service to the firm, where she marshals her colleagues in helping homeless children and providing back-to-school supplies for Tacoma students in need.

When Elizabeth is not advocating for her clients, she is traveling the world to meet her goal of visiting 50 countries before her 50th birthday.

Contact & Links
  • 909 A Street, Suite 700
    Tacoma, WA 98402
  • University of Washington, J.D., graduated 2009
  • University of Puget Sound, B.A. French and International Studies, graduated 2003
Bar Admissions
  • Washington, U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • Washington, Washington State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association - Western District of Washington
  • University of Puget Sound - Alumni Council
  • Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers - Past President, 2014 – 2015; Board Member, 2012 – 2015
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - Member
  • Washington State Association for Justice - Co-Chair, Medical Negligence section, 2020 – 2021; Convention Chair, 2018
  • Washington Women Lawyers - Past-President, 2022-2023, President, 2021-2022; President-Elect, 2020 – 2021; Secretary, 2019 – 2020; Annual Event Chair, 2018 – 2019
  • Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court - Member
  • King County Bar Association - Member
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2024 - Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, Seattle (2024)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer Of The Year” In the Seattle Area for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, 2024

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

  • Selected to Thomson Reuters Washington Super Lawyers, 2022-2023

  • Selected to Thomson Reuters Washington Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2018–2021

Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

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