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Brett Andrews Purtzer

About Me

I have been a criminal defense and personal injury trial lawyer for over 23 years.  I have represented individuals in both state and federal court in Washington and other states.

I have representied individuals in several high profile felony cases as well as individuals charged with the death penalty and other serious felony charges.

I also represent individuals who have suffered serious personal injuries or death as well as in police misconduct and employment discrimination cases. 

As trial lawyers,  our firm is devoted to securing results for all who hire us. Because we are trial attorneys, we have the skills and tenacity necessary to reach the right result.

Our firm prides itself in providing the highest level of legal representation. We have obtained acquitals in many high profile criminal cases, and we have obtained personal injury verdicts and settlements in the millions of dollars. 

I am active in both local and federal legal associations, and I am AV rated by Martindale Hubbel, the highest legal rating awarded.


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Torts: 50%



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Michael Austin Stewart

    Brett is a diligent attorney who works hard to ensure his clients receive great outcomes.


    Michael Stewart Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • R Randall Harrison

    I endorse this lawyer.


    R Harrison Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

1008 Yakima Ave Ste 302
Tacoma, WA, 98405-4850



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
National Member, Order of the BarristersUniversity of Puget Sound School of Law1987
Law ReviewUniversity of Puget Sound School of Law1986
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics MagazineN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerHester Law Group1990 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationPresident2011 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)Chair Pro Bono Committee2010 - Present
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceLawyer Representative2007 - 2010
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)Trustee2007 - 2010
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationTrustee2003 - 2005
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. CoplandClient convicted of lesser offense of first degree manslaughter
State v. DougalAcquitted of all counts
Thomas v. Metals ExpressPlaintiff verdict for $186,000
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Washington State UniversityEnglishBA1984
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Year End CLELegal Ethics2009