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Thomas Eugene Lester

Thomas Eugene Lester

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt, Personal Injury, DUI & DWI

About Me

We are a team that understands how to listen, answer and serve.  Over the last twenty-five plus years we have served many clients.  Each client has been unique and worthy of a compassionate ear.  Each client has made our lives more interesting and helped us understand the joy of helping others.

We are all local.  Our families live here and we are committed to the community.

Say hi if you see me playing soccer at the Sportsplex, Civic, NWSP or Orca fields.  I love the attention.




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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    22 years, 150 cases
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 40%
    29 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    29 years, 150 cases



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Steven Eugene Knapp

    I consulted with Tom regarding one of my personal injury client's Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Tom is very knowledgable regarding bankruptcy issues and he fully answered my questions in clear and easy to understand language.


    Steven Knapp Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Shawn B Alexander

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Tom for many years and refer with confidence in his skills, abilities and experience. He is the go to guy for many areas of the law.


    Shawn Alexander Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

222 Grand Ave Ste F
Bellingham, WA, 98225-4427




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing MemberLester & Hyldahl1993 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
NACBMember2004 - 2013
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMemberN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle MemberN/A
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
LAW AdvocatesBoard MemberN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLaw SchoolJD - Juris Doctor1985
Drake UniversityBusiness FinanceBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Financial Crisis: Helping Debtors and CreditorsDebtor Rights2011
Red Flags from Specialty AreasDebtor Bankruptcy section2009
Real Estate in a Down Market"The Issues for Creditors When the Debtor declares Bankruptcy"2009
How to Follow a Debtor into and out of BankruptcyCreditor's rights and duties in bankruptcy2008