W. Theodore Vander Wel was born in Newton, NJ; admitted to the bar, 1988, Washington, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; education: Dordt College (B.A., 1985); Drake University (J.D. with honors, 1988). Member: King County and Washington State Bar Assocation; National Lawyers Association.
Whether before or after litigation erupts as a result of a dispute, I am committed to providing my clients with excellent legal representation for a reasonable cost. I have handled disputes in most of Western Washington for a wide variety of clients. Most of these disputes are resolved by settlement before a trial or an arbitration occurs. If litigation occurs, however, I rigorously advocate my client's position. In the past twenty years, I have served as counsel in hundreds of cases in the Washington superior and appellate courts and arbitrations.
In addition to the satisfaction of resolving disputes by adjudication or settlement, I enjoy the intellectual challenge practicing law affords. Because no two disputes are identical, my work rarely is routine.
Away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and running, biking and hiking. I serve as President on a local private school board.
Languages Spoken: Dutch
Licensed since 1988
Hourly ($250-265/hour), Contingent (20-33%)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
I endorse this lawyer. He has been very helpful in ares of probate and business litigation. The clients I have referred to him have been very happy with his services, his character, his competency and the reasonableness of his fees. I will continue to use him as a referral.
Ryan Rehberg Estate Planning Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Founding Member||Vander Wel, Jacobson & Kim, PLLC||1993 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National Lawyers Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|The Rutherford Institute||Pro-Bono Affiliate Attorney||1989 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1988 - Present|
|Saldin Securities, Inc. v. Snohomish County, 134 Wn.2d 288, 949 P.2d 370 (1998).||Favorable ruling for landowners|
|Anderson v. Griffin, 114 Wn.2d 1005, 2002 WL31372051 (2002).||Reversed and remanded|
|Zuanich v. Rainbow RV Center, Inc., 100 Wn.2d 1072, 2000WL703112 (2000).||Favorable jury verdict affirmed|
|Drake University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|