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Tim is a Shareholder at Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, P.S.  As a trial lawyer he has extensive courtroom experience in multi-week trials.  His practice ranges from the defense of medical malpractice claims to representing both plaintiffs and defendants in insurer bad faith, insurance coverage, product liability, equine law, and injunctive relief cases, among others.  Tim is licensed to practice in Washington and Oregon, and practices in both state and federal courts.  As a plaintiff’s attorney, he has assisted in achieving multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements, including the $15.5 million verdict in Federici v. U-Haul et al., and the $12.95 million bad faith settlement in Howard v. Royal Specialty Underwriting, Inc.  As a defense attorney, he has obtained defense verdicts, dismissals, and favorable settlements for clients including product manufacturers, insurance companies, and health care providers.  Tim received the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Outstanding Litigation Associate Award for 2006, was listed as a "Rising Star" attorney for 2009-2012, and was selected a "Superlawyer" for 2013, 2014, and 2015.  Before becoming a lawyer, he was a professor of political philosophy and argumentation at Western Washington University, as well as the director of the university's debate program.  Tim commutes to Seattle every day from Arlington, where he lives with four cats, three dogs, and two horses.  An avid climber for many years before grinding his knees into dust, Tim now focuses on his horses and trail riding, and has plans to begin raising thoroughbreds as soon as he builds a second barn on his property.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
  3. Insurance: 25%

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    Tim is one of the smartest lawyers I know. I endorse this lawyer and his work.


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Contact info

Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, P.S.

1700 Seventh Avenue Suite 1900

Seattle, WA, 98101-1355

1700 7th Ave Ste 1900
Seattle, WA, 98101



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2014 Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
2013 Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Listed as 2012 Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Listed as 2011 Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Listed as 2010 Rising StarWashington Law & Politics2010
Listed as 2009 Rising StarWashington Law & Politics2009
Outstanding Litigation Associate AwardWashington Defense Trial Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Rule 9 AttorneyWhatcom County Public Defender2003 - 2003
N/AWashington State Attorney General2002 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Washington State Society of Healthcare AttorneysMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Maria Federici v. U-Haul International, Inc. et al.Obtained Plaintiff's Verdict of $15.5 Mill
R.L. Alia Co. v. Royal Specialty Underwriting, Inc. et al.Obtained Settlements of $12.95 Mill and $4.4 Mill
Determan v. Southwest Washington Medical Center et al.Defense Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Medical Records Law, Lorman Education Services CLEElectronic Medical Records2008
Washington Law ReviewThe Foreseeability of Transference2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Western Washington UniversityPolitical ScienceMA - Masters1983
Western Washington UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSMA Leadership Development ConferenceTrends in Medical Malpractice2007
Washington Association of Medical Staff Services Annual ConferenceKadlec v. Lakeview et al. Update2005
CLE, "Auto Insurance: Uninsured, Underinsured and Accident"Recurring and Emerging Issues in Bad Faith Litigation2005