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Paula L McCandlis

Paula L McCandlis

Practice areas:

Wrongful Death, Personal Injury

About Me

If you have been injured, through no fault of your own, then I am here to help you be made whole.  I know that no amount of money can undue a serious injury, a permanent disability or a wrongful death.  Nothing can correct the numerous ways your life changes once you have been in an accident.  So while , I can not change what has happened, I am able to request compensation from those who are responsible.  My goal therefore is to obtain the maximum monetary award for each every client.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    5 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 50%



Contingent (33%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Jeffrey Alan Lustick

    I have known Paula for over 13 years now. We studied law together at Gonzaga Law School and when I went into the legal business for myself, she motivated me to succeed and gave me the best advice possible. Paula is a real leader and she has inspired many other lawyers in our local bar as well. Paula is one of the most hardest working family law attorneys in the NW corner of Washington. Her clients love her and she has is highly successful. Paula has a solid reputation as an honest and smart practitioner. She is simply one of the BEST family law attorneys around.


    Jeffrey Lustick Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael John Tario

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Ms. McCandlis is a very common sense competent family law/domestic law attorney. Paula is a very skilled and experienced. She is practical and tries to find out-of-court solutions to her clients' legal problems if possible. However, she fights hard for her clients when a court battle is necessary. When my law office cannot represent clients because of a conflict of interest or a scheduling problem, we never think twice about referring people to Ms. McCandlis. I highly recommend Paula McCanlis.


    Michael Tario Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Brett McCandlis & Brown PLLC

1310 10th Street
Suite 104
Bellingham, WA, 98225

Brett McCandlis & Brown

1001 4th Avenue
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA, 98154-1003

Brett McCandlis & Brown

2371 Wetmore
Suite 401
Everett, WA, 98201




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerBrett McCandlis & Brown PLLC2015 - Present
PartnerBrett Murphy Knapp McCandlis & Brown2011 - 2015
Pro Tem CommissionerWhatcom County Superior Court2011 - Present
Supervising AttorneyLaw Advocates, Bellingham, Wa2006 - 2010
Adjunct ProfessorWhatcom Community College2006 - 2009
AttorneyPaula McCandlis Attorney at Law1997 - 2011

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Whatcom County Bar AssociationPresident2014 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationVice President2013 - 2014
Whatcom County Bar AssociationBy-Law Committee Member2013 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle Member2011 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember of Rules Committee2011 - Present
Brigid Collins Family Support CenterPast President, Board of Directors2009 - 2011
Brigid Collins Family Support CenterBoard Member2009 - 2012
Whatcom County Bar Association NewsletterEditorial Board2005 - 2010

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
$136,000 for rib fractures in jet-ski accident$136,000
$110,000 for injured victim in accident caused by a lost load from a semi truck$110,000
$100,000 for back injury from accident in the snow$100,000

See all Legal Cases 

Publication NameTitleDate
Whatcom / Skagit County Bar NewsSports Page2012
Bellingham Business JournalBrigid Collins Annual Auction Raises More Than $135,0002011
LAW AdvocatesPro Bono Connection2010

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJuris Doctorate1996
University of California - Santa CruzPhilosophy/Legal StudiesBachelor of Arts1993

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
South Fork Law InterviewFamily Law and Personal Injury Law2014
CLEFamily Law Issues for Street Law Clients2014
Judge Mura Retirement DinnerHonoring Judge Mura2013
Whatcom, Skagit, & Island Counties Bi-Annual Golf TournamentMaster of Ceremonies/Event Organizer2012
Volunteer Appreciation NightMaster of Ceremonies2012
Lawyers Take OrdersSupport Law Advocates2011
Express CLEEthics - Client Intake2011
Whatcom, Skagit, & Island Counties Bi-Annual Golf TournamentMaster of Ceremonies/Event Organizer2010
Breaking the Cycle BreakfastEnd Child Abuse2010
Whatcom, Skagit, & Island Counties Bi-Annual Golf TournamentMaster of Ceremonies/Event Organizer2008
Street Law 101 CLEFamily Law2004