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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

Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 35%
    28 years
  2. Real Estate: 35%
    28 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 15%
    27 years
  4. Probate: 10%
    20 years
  5. Debt Collection: 5%
    28 years



Hourly ($250-265/hour), contingent (20-33%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Ryan Y Rehberg

    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
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Contact info

Vander Wel, Jacobson & Kim, PLLC

1540 140th Avenue NE
Suite 200
Bellevue, WA, 98005


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
av ratingMartinadel-Hubbell2011
av ratingMartindate-Hubbell2010
av ratingMartindale-Hubbell2009
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av ratingMartindale-Hubbell1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding MemberVander Wel, Jacobson & Kim, PLLC1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
The Rutherford InstitutePro-Bono Affiliate Attorney1989 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Dordt CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985