Gates, Thomas E. Esq., P.E., F.A.S.C.E.
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Thomas E. Gates

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Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning - Wills, Power of Attorney, Trusts
  • Probate
  • Personal Injury
  • Small Business & Nonprofit
  • Misdemeanor & Felony
  • DUI
  • Civil Litigation

Biography

Thomas E. Gates has served the people of his community not only in law, but has served politically for two terms on the City Council and Mayor for the City of Richland. He is dedicated to serving the people of Washington, and was the King County Bar associations Volunteer Legal Services Attorney of the year in 2004. He has repeatedly been identified as a rising star by the Washington Super Lawyers. His areas of expertise are in estate planning and probate, personal injury, and small business.

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney
  • Licensed Professional Engineer - Civil

Education

  • Seattle University of Law, Tacoma, Washington
    • J.D. - 2001
  • Kansas State University
    • M.S. in Civil Engineering - 1981
  • Kansas State University
    • B.S. in Civil Engineering - 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2012

Honors

  • 2012 - 2013 Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers
  • Who's Who in America, 1997
  • Who's Who in America, 2013
  • KCBA's Volunteer Legal Services' Attorney of the Year
  • 2017 American Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement
  • 2016 National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Top 10 Under 40 Award
  • 2015 American Academy of Trial Attorneys, Premier 100 Trial Attorneys
  • 2015 Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014 National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Top 10 Under 40 Award
  • 2014 National Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Pro-Bono Activities

  • KCBA's Volunteer Legal Services
  • KCBA's Neighborhood Legal Clinic

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Concrete Institute
  • Richland Physical Planning Commission for 5-1/2 years, 4 years as Chairperson
  • Richland City Council , Mayor
  • Association of Washington Cities, Director
  • Washington State Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Chairperson
  • Member of Saint Vincent DePaul Church in Federal Way and has served as an Eucharistic Minister
  • South King County Estate Planning Council