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Thomas Avery Brown

Thomas Avery Brown

also known as Tom Brown

Practice areas:

Litigation, Business, Real Estate, General Practice

About Me

My name is Tom Brown.  


 


I have consistently received the highest possible professional rating (A-V) from Martindale-Hubbell, the most well-known attorney rating system in the country.


 


I have been with the same firm for nearly 40 years, serving clients in Southwestern Washington.  I’ve been handling complex business and personal litigation for most of my professional career, representing both defendants and plaintiffs. The emphasis of the firm has always been litigation, highlighting a sophisticated insurance defense practice mixed with a busy and successful plaintiff litigation practice. Our firm also handles business litigation, real estate disputes and probate litigation.


 


I am responsible for one of the few million-dollar plaintiff jury verdicts in the history of Grays Harbor County. We also were among the early pioneers in presenting computer-generated graphics and animation in a Grays Harbor County courtroom back in the late 1980s.  


 


Proud of my early roots in the Legal Aid movement in America, I am honored to be the State Bar Association's appointee to the Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee, where I have served since 2005. I am currently serving as Chair of the Committee.


 


I return each year to serve as a volunteer in the Youth and Government Mock Trial Program in Olympia, where -- each year --the kids invariably show me how to be a better lawyer.


 


I am admitted to the Washington State Bar, the Nebraska State Bar, and the Federal District Courts for Nebraska and Washington. I am also admitted to the Bar of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. I am also admitted to the Bar of the Quinault Tribal Court.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1970

  1. Litigation: 60%
    45 years
  2. Real Estate: 15%
    43 years
  3. Business: 15%
    43 years
  4. General Practice: 10%
    43 years

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • David S. Hatch

    I endorse this lawyer. Tom is on my short list of attorneys that I would hire to represent me if I needed one. His work is of the highest caliber. His ethics are above reproach. Tom is a great person and easy to work with. I have referred clients to him in the past and will gladly do so in the future.

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    David Hatch DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Avelin Paul Tacon III

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Tom does both plaintiff and defense personal injury work so knows how each side works. He has a strong presence in the courtroom and is quite persuasive. His results speak for themselves.

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    Avelin Tacon Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Brown Lewis Janhunen & Spencer, A Professional Service Corporation

101 East Market Street, Suite 501
Post Office Box 1806
Aberdeen, WA, 98520-0907

Brown Lewis Janhunen & Spencer

101 South Main Street
Post Office Box 111
Montesano, WA, 98563-0111

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive197207/05/2015
NEInactive197008/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
A-V Rating Since 1980Martindale-Hubbell2013
2010 Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2011
Certificate of RecognitionYMCA HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL PROGRAM2011
2009 Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
Certificate of Appreciation 2009Youth & Government - Mock Trial State Competition2009
Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation 2008Washington State Bar Association2009
Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation - 2007Washington State Bar Association2008
Certificate of AppreciationYouth & Government - Mock Trial State Competition2007
Certificate of Mediation TrainingAlhadeff Mediation Services2005
Named to Who's Who in Law SchoolWho's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities1970

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBrown Lewis Janhunen & Spencer1980 - Present
City Prosecutor (part-time)City of Ocean Shores1976 - 1988
PartnerCharette & Brown1974 - 1980
AssociateCharette Law Firm1972 - 1974
AttorneyPierce County Legal Assistance Foundation1971 - 1972
AttorneyOmaha Legal Aid Society1970 - 1971
AssociateNorthern Natural Gas Company1968 - 1970

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight CommitteeCommittee Chair2011 - Present
Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid - Oversight CommitteeMember - appointed by Washington State Bar Association2005 - Present
Youth & Government Mock Trial State CompetitionRater2004 - Present
Washington State Bar Association Fee Mediation PanelMember - Panel of Mediators2003 - Present
Goldberg Family Charitable FoundationMember, Board of Directors1994 - Present
BAR-PAC (Political Action Committee in Support of Washington State Bar AssociationExecutive Committee Member1987 - 1993
Defense Research InstituteMember1980 - Present
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMember1978 - Present
United Way of Grays HarborPresident1978 - 1979
United Way of Grays HarborCampaign Chairman1977 - 1978
Youth HelpFounder - Director1976 - 1980
Grays Harbor County Bar AssociationPresident1975 - 1976
Grays Harbor County Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
Nebraska State Bar AssociationMember1970 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Moe v. Wise Grays Harbor County Superior Court 1996$1.33 Million Jury Verdict for Plaintiffs
Mathioudakis v. Safeco$250,000.00 Unanimous Arbitration Award
Dilley v. Rollins & SBR PartnershipJury Verdict Gross: $901,000, Net $423,000

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De minimis..."New year Meanderings"2012
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Let's Get rid Of The Bad Lawyers!"2012
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."A Fresh Look At Government Money"2012
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Where There's a Will, There's a Lawyer."2011
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."I can't Believe It...I've Been Sued"2011
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Your Required Summer Legal Reading (and movie watching)"2011
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Are Lawyers Neanderthals?"2011
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."What About The Court Reporters?"2011
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Can you sue God?...Canada?...an Indian Tribe?"2011
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."A Guest Columnist brings Us Up To Date On The McDonald's 'hot coffee' Case"2011
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De minimis..."Could You Go To Jail For Honking Your Car Horn?"2011
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis... "In Loco Parentis"2011
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis...What About Our Criminal Justice System?2011
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Neither a Renter Nor a Landlord Be?2011
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Don't Slander Me!"2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."You're Fired!"2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Sorry, You're Too Late!"2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326De Minimis..."LAWS, LAWS EVERYWHERE...AND NO RELIEF IN SIGHT!"2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74, Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Who Cares About The Supreme Court?"2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74, Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Just Don't Bring Your Lawyer To The Clubhouse"2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326De Minimis..."July 4, 2010"2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Your Government Can Do No Wrong!!! REALLY?2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Remember, It's Your Government!"2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Security? What's That?2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."I Went To Court This Morning"2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..." 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Legal Version)2010
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Honey, Let's Drive Over To The County Courthouse!"2009
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74, Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Bankruptcy -- Stigma or Salvation?"2009
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Your Home is Your Castle...Really?"2009
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."What in the World is Legal Aid and Why Should I Care?"2009
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis... "Are You Sick of Hearing About Symbols?"2009
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Anatomy of a Lawsuit"2009
Seniors Sunset Times - (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."A Blind Date With a Lawyer...EEK!"2009
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Malpractice: hello, Doctor! hello, Lawyer! hello, Teacher!"2009
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74, Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."May I Have a Word With You?"2009
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Why Do I Have To Serve On a Jury?"2009
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Do-It-Yourself Law"2008
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74, Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Let's Talk Insurance...Again!"2008
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74, Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Who Do You Trust?"2008
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."The Law As Art"2008
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."What's a Tort?"2008
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Hey, I've got a Power of Attorney"2008
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74, Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Basic Real Estate Documents 101"2008
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74, Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."Do you need a Will?"2008
Seniors Sunset Times (P.O. Box 74 Clallam Bay, WA 98326)De Minimis..."What's Under The Hood Of Your Car Insurance?"2008

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Creighton University School of LawLaw (President - Student Bar Association)JD - Juris Doctor1970
Creighton UniversityPolitical Science HistoryN/AN/A