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Vernon W. Harkins

also known as Vern Harkins

About me

I have been a lawyer since 1976 and a partner with Rush Hannula Harkins & Kyler since 1983. I handle all types of plaintiff personal injury and wrongful death cases,and in 2007 was rated by Washington Law and Politics as one of the top 40 plaintiff personal injury lawyers in Washington State. I welcome all inquiry calls.


Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 35%
    38 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    33 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 15%
    38 years
  4. Trucking Accident: 10%
    33 years
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Contact info

Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P.

4701 S. 19th Street
Suite 300
Tacoma, WA, 98405-1199


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Plaintiff Personal Lawyer in Washington StateN/A2007
Plaintiff Personal Injury LawyerN/A2007
Super LawyerN/A2007
Super LawyerN/A2006
Plaintiff Personal Injury LawyerN/A2006
Super LawyerN/A2005
Plaintiff Personal Injury LawyerN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
Plaintiff Personal Injury LawyerN/A2004
Plaintiff Personal Injury LawyerN/A2003
Super LawyerN/A2003
Super LawyerN/A2002
Plaintiff Personal Injury LawyerN/A2002
Super LawyerN/A2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyRush Hannula Harkins & Kyler LLP1980 - Present
AttorneyRichter Wimberley & Ericson1977 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors Member2012 - 2015
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationCourt Rules Committee2006 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2002 - 2004
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember1999 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1980 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1978 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1976 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Motor cycle accidentThe case settled for $1,500,000.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga UniversityEnglish-Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJuris Doctor1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial LawyersDiscovery: Where There Is Smoke There Is Fire2001
Annual Year End UpdateYear End Update and Judges Corner1998
Trial Lawyers-Insurance Law SeminarInterfacing UIM Arbitration Clauses with State Statute1997
Trial Lawyers94 Best Seminars-Dram Shop Claims1994
Trial LawyersDram Shop Claims1994
Young LawyersTrial Skills-Opening Statement1993
Trial LawyersUIM and MAR Arbitrations1993
Young LawyersTrial Practice Skills1992
Year End PotpourriWrongful Death Claims1989