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Joseph "J.P." Pendergast, Managing Partner, has focused on personal injury law since joining the firm in 1998. He has successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases, resulting in millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. As a former King County deputy prosecuting attorney he has extensive trial and appellate court experience.


“While working in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, I saw first hand how people’s lives were turned upside down as a result of an accident,” explains Mr. Pendergast. “That’s what led me to help injured people. I’m very proud of the fact that everyone in our firm truly cares about helping people and that we focus on making strong connections with our clients and always treating them with the utmost respect and dignity.”


A native of Seattle, he graduated from the University of Washington and received his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1993. Active in the community, Mr. Pendergast has worked on a variety of local and legal initiatives that help people everyday. He has also been very active coaching local youth sports including little league baseball, boys and girls soccer, basketball and football.


Mr. Pendergast is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. He has been rated very highly by his fellow lawyers and judges for his legal ability and adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 50%
    22 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    22 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 25%
    22 years



Contingent (33%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark Lee Iodice

    Great lawyer.


    Mark Iodice Personal injury Attorney
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  • William Coats

    I've known JP for over 20 years and would highly recommend him. He has a proven track record of great results for his clients and, more importantly, he is honest and fair.


    William Coats Car accident Attorney
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Contact info

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.

555 South Renton Village Place
Suite 640
Renton, WA, 98057

Seattle, WA, 98104

Bellevue, WA, 98004



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2015
"10 Best" in Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
10.0 "Superb" LawyerAvvo2015
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2015
MemberTrial Masters2015
Top 100 Litigation LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 100 Litigation LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Invited MemberTrial Masters2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Rated AttorneyLead Counsel2014
10.0 "Superb" LawyerAvvo2014
"10 Best" in Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2014
Litigator AwardTrial Lawyers Board of Regents2014
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Top 100 Litigation LawyersThe American Society of Legal Advocates2013
10.0 "Superb" LawyerAvvo2013
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2012
Top 100 Litigation LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2012
10.0 "Superb" LawyerAvvo2012
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2012
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
10.0 "Superb" LawyerAvvo2011
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2011
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2010
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
10.0 "Superb" LawyerAvvo2010
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2007
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/Managing AttorneyHardwick & Pendergast, P.S.1998 - Present
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyKing County Prosecuting Attorneys Office1993 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member1998 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1998 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$1,925,000 for Wrongful Death Claim$1,925,000 for Wrongful Death Claim
$230,000 for Truck Accident Victim in Sumas$230,000 for Truck Accident Victim in Sumas
$216,000 for Motorist Rear-Ended in Federal Way$216,000 for Motorist Rear-Ended in Federal Way
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Publication nameTitleDate
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.What should you do when you have a car accident?2009
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.What you should know about wrongful death claims2009
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.The biggest mistakes you can make to ruin your personal injury claim2009
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.If I am involved in a car accident, do I need a personal injury attorney?2008
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.What you should know about whiplash injuries2008
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.What you should know about working with your insurance company after a personal injury2008
Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association Legal EducationHow To Effectively Prepare Your Client For Arbitration2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of WashingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Arbitration: Winning with the New LawEffectively Preparing Your Client For Arbitration2002