Thomas Brian Vertetis

Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, PLLC - Tacoma
Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, PLLC - Tacoma
909 A Street, Suite 700, Tacoma, WA United States 98402
TacomaWA 98402
(253) 777-0799
Website

PRACTICE AREAS:

Catastrophic Injury or Death

Medical Malpractice

Consumer Protection

Civil Rights

Sex Abuse

General Serious Personal Injury

Automobile Accidents


EDUCATION

Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania

J.D. - 1997

Honors: Member, Moot Court Team

Honors: Semi-finalist 1996 National Tax Moot Court Competition, Tampa Florida

University of San Diego

B.B.A. - 1994

Honors: cum laude

Honors: Alcala Award Recipient, 1994

Honors: Student Body President, 1994

Honors: With Honors

Major: Business Economics


HONORS

American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA), Washington Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2019

Top 100 Lawyer in Washington, Washington Law & Politics, 2015-present

Super Lawyers, Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2013-present

"AV-Rated", Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating, 2012-2020

"Superb Rated", avvo.com Peer Review Rating, 2012-2020

Co-Recipient, Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2002

Recipient, Peter Perlman Service Award, Litigation Counsel of America

"Boss of the Year," National Association of Legal Secretaries of Pierce County, 2008


BAR ADMISSIONS

Washington

U.S. District Court Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Oregon

New Jersey


BIOGRAPHY

Tom Vertetis is a trial lawyer with a passionate commitment to assisting those in need of help. Prior to law school, Tom was committed to his community by serving as the Student Body President at the University of San Diego, where he graduated with honors. He earned his law degree from Villanova University School of Law. After completing a clerkship with the Honorable Jane B. Cantor of the New Jersey Superior Court, he served as an assistant prosecutor in New Jersey prosecuting hundreds of criminal matters on behalf of injured victims.


Tom primarily represents injured victims in complex personal injury, including medical malpractice, wrongful death, sexual abuse, school liability, and civil rights claims.


As a trial attorney, Tom has tried in excess of 50 cases to juries and obtained plaintiff's verdicts in diverse cases including a $13.95 million medical malpractice jury verdict for a 22 year old client who suffered a catastrophic embolic stroke during an elective cardiac catheterization, a $4.5 million jury verdict in federal court for a 19 year old Amtrak passenger seriously injured following the train’s derailment, a $3.075 million jury verdict for the wrongful termination and defamation of a 20-year decorated senior county prosecutor, a $1 million medical malpractice verdict against a surgeon for an improper bladder laceration post-hysterectomy, a $1.4 million verdict against the State of Washington for unlawful conduct against a local business, and a $776,400 medical malpractice verdict for a nineteen year-old woman who suffered permanent injuries from a mistreated fracture to her right arm. He has also successfully resolved many important lawsuits short of trial including one of the largest dental malpractice settlements in the State of Washington for a client left with partial permanent facial paralysis after an over-injection of dental anesthetic, a $12.5 million medical malpractice settlement for an infant left with birth injuries due to a negligent delivery, a $5.425 million settlement for a client struck by a motor vehicle that suffered permanent injury and a $3.4 million medical malpractice settlement for a client that suffered a permanent brain injury as a result of a complication during a cardiac catheterization.


Tom has been consistently recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics, a recognition bestowed upon only 5% of eligible attorneys each year in the state. Since 2014, he has been recognized as a "Top 100" lawyer in Washington by Washington Law and Politics. Tom has achieved an "AV" peer rating, the highest rating available for legal ability and ethical standards, by Martindale Hubbell. He has been rated as "superb" by avvo.com. Tom was nominated to the "Top 40 under 40 in Washington" by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Tom sits as the vice-president and board member on Washington's Campaign for Equal Justice and is a past president of the Pierce County Bar Foundation. Recently, Tom was named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society where fellowship is by invitation only and is limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. He has previously been awarded the "Local Hero Award" by the Washington State Bar Association, the coveted "Boss of the Year" award by the Pierce County National Association of Legal Professionals and the "Pro Bono Award" by the Pierce County Bar Association.


Tom's eldest child has autism. He is a strong advocate and champion for disabled children. He currently serves on the Board of Ashley House, a South Sound care provider for medically fragile children, and has served on the Board of the Academy of Precision Learning, an inclusive Seattle K-12 school which provides educational services to both typical developing and students on the autism spectrum. He also supports Autism awareness and is a regular emcee for the University of Washington Experimental Education Unit's annual auction.


Tom married his college sweetheart, Jennifer, and has three children: Peter, Mary and Glorian.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Washington State Association for Justice

American Bar Association

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association

King County Bar Association

American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate

International Society of Barristers, Fellow

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

American Bar Association, 1997

Washington State Association of Justice, Member, 2004

WSAJ, Medical Negligence, Section Chair, 2017 to 2020

Campaign for Equal Justice, Board of Directors, Vice-President


PRO-BONO ACTIVITIES

Pierce County Bar Foundation, President, 2009 to 2010

Campaign for Equal Justice, Board of Directors, Vice-President, 2019 to Present

Board of Directors, Ashley House for Medically Fragile Children , 2009 to Present

Friends of the University of Washington Experimental Education Unit, Member, 2011 to Present

University of Washington Autism Center & Experimental Education Unit, Advisory and Fund Raising Board Member, 2004 to 2005

Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Volunteer Services/Pro Bono Committee, Chair, 2002 to 2003

Board of Directors, The Academy of Precision Learning

University of Washington Experimental Education Unit, Annual Auction, Emcee

Appointed as Western District of Washington, 9th Circuit Lawyer Representative

Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington, Trustee , 2020 to Present


CLASSES & SEMINARS

Regularly Scheduled Speaker, Trial Practice, Medical Malpractice and Evidence, CLE Seminars

Lecturer, WSBA CLE Courses

Lecturer, WSAJ CLE Courses

Weekly Tutor, McCarver Elementary School - Werlin Reading Program

Speaker, WSAJ Annual Convention 2019, 09/20/2019

Speaker, "Don't Let Your Case Drive You", WSAJ, 12/14/2018

Presenter, "Damages in Personal Injury", National Business Institute CLE, 09/28/2012

Faculty, "Civil Procedure and Judicial Review Outside of Trial", National Business Institute Seminar, 09/30/2011


PUBLISHED WORKS

Chapter Author, WSAJ Medical Negligence Deskbook, Washington State Association for Justice, 2016

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