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About me

I was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. After graduation from Wilson High School in 1977, I obtained my B.A. in Psychology and Film Communications from Pitzer College in Claremont, California in 1981. Three years later, I graduated from law school with a J.D. from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio.

I spent six years living and working as an attorney in Sacramento and Los Angeles, California before returning to Tacoma in 1991. After working as an associate and partner at a large firm in Tacoma, I opened my own office in 2010.

I have other thirty years of experience handling a wide variety of civil and criminal cases from trial through appeal in state and federal courts. My main practice areas include employment, business and personal injury litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
    31 years
  2. Employment & Labor: 25%
    26 years
  3. Litigation: 25%
  4. Criminal Defense: 15%
  5. Insurance: 10%
    31 years



Hourly ($200-285/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael F. Morgan

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  • James Edmund Oliver JR

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Successful at trial, appellate and Washington State Supreme Court levels. Extremely intelligent, thorough and skilled. Mr. Malden is my go-to guy for civil litigation matters.


    James Oliver Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Nigel Malden Law

711 Court A
Suite 114
Tacoma, WA, 98402


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Attorney of the YearTacoma Pierce County Bar Association2011
BV-Rated AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2009
BV-Rated AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2008
BV-Rated AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2007
BV-Rated AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2006
BV- Rated AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2005
BV-Rated AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ANigel Malden Law Office2010 - Present
ShareholderDavies Pearson, P.C.1991 - 2010
AttorneyKnapp, Peterson & Clarke1986 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tacoma Musical PlayhouseBoard Member2012 - Present
Volunteer MediatorPierce County District Court2012 - Present
Volunteer Legal CounselorTacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Expungement Clinic2011 - Present
Northwest Spay and Neuter CenterBoard Member2009 - Present
Washington Boating Safety CouncilBoard Member2009 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1986 - Present
California State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Thompson v. King Feed & Nutrition Co.$300,000 jury verdict affirmed on appeal
Havsy v Flynn et. al.Dismissal of all claims affirmed on appeal
Elika v SandovalDefense verdicts for two clients
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Pitzer College (Claremont)N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Wilson High SchoolN/AN/A1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hiring and Terminating - The Ins and Outs of Employment LawWorkplace Privacy Issues2014
Presentation to Pierce County Prosecutor's OfficeVacating, Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records2013
Alliance Advocate Training ConferencePlenary Session Panelist2013
Record Expungement and Post Discharge ReliefCriminal Record Expungement2010
The Effective Litigator: Ethics, Experts & E-DiscoverySpoiling the Party by Loss or Destruction of Evidence2008
Employment Law Update in WashingtonEmployment Law Developments2008