Skip to main content

Joseph Edward Pendergast III

Car accident Attorney at Renton, WA

5.0   41 reviews

also known as J.P. Pendergast


Licensed for 29 years

Virtual consultation available

Free consultation

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Joseph "J.P." Pendergast, Owner and 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 Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, and the American Bar Assocation. 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.

Photos and videos

Do you know what to do... if there is a wrongful death?
What to do...if someone you love was killed in an auto accident?
What to do...if you suffer a personal injury?
What to do...if you are injured in an auto accident?
View more
Licensed for 29 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 09/20/2022

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

Contact Joseph

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

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by Kassandra | October 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is why you get a lawyer!
I highly recommend Pendergast Law! I was in an accident and my insurance was trying to tell me I was fine when I wasn’t. I contacted Pendergast law and they helped me be able to sleep through the nigh without pain. I was able to continue medical treatment for issues caused by the accident and I was able to make leaps and bounds in recovery due to their assistance! I will forever recommend them! Zach Kozma was incredibly helpful and easy to work with. Zach and his team are fantastic! I appreciate everything they’ve done for me ❤️
Read less
Posted by Nadia | October 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Legal Work
I worked with Shane Moriarty and would give a 10 star if I could. The lawyer was clear and concise. I would definitely hire again.
Posted by Kate Rosan | April 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
I could not have had a better experience with Hardwick and Pendergast. From start to finish they treated me with kindness and care, which we all can use after a car accident. There was simple intake to get started and clear communication, I appreciated the regular updates from the team. It was clear from the beginning I was in good hands. My case was settled in a timely manner, and I’m very happy with the settlement amount. I was stuck in an exhausting back and forth with an unprincipled insurance company, they put a lot of effort into a clear attempt to exhaust me into an unfair settlement. Someone recommend Hardwick and Pendergast to me and it was the BEST decision I made. I highly recommend to anyone reading this, don’t hesitate to let them take over and handle the hard stuff for you after an accident. I know exactly where to go if myself, or a family member is in this situation again. A big thank you to everyone at the office! Special thanks to Storm; your efforts and kindness was exemplary.
Read less
Posted by D'Lynea | April 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So thankful
Great people to work with! Would recommend to anyone in need of legal help or advice. They made the process as easy as possible while working their tails off to make sure I was happy in the end. Special thanks to Storm and Anne!! Forever grateful for these kind people!
Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pendergast law
I was injured in a fall at a restaurant (not my fault )I went back to the restaurant several times and they ignored me so I hired Pendergast law they were wonderful they took a look at my case said yes and they were very attentive they called me all the time to let me know what was going on in the lawsuit and bent over backwards to help me If I had questions I called them and they were right there with the answers The law firm has a wonderful caring staff If you need a lawyer I would highly recommend Pentergast Law firm
Read less
Posted by Jose | March 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation and Amazing Customer Service.
Excellent and Amazing representation always responded in a timely manner and kept me informed more than expected throughout the process. I'm very satisfied with the level service they put into my case.
Posted by Joshua | February 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
Had a great experience with Hardwick & Pendergast Law. They are professional & responsive through the whole process of my claim. Jackie is amazing and very knowledgeable. She explained the process and kept us updated if there was any changes. She truly cared about my well being and if I was getting the proper care. Truly grateful to have someone who cared and supported me through this difficult stressful time. Hardwick & Pendergast Law were able to settle my case and I received more than expected. I'm very happy with the outcome and I highly recommend this firm.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great people to work with!
Working with Hardwick & Pendergast is just like their commercial says, you heal while they recover. They handled everything, picked up the phone when I called and spent the time to answer my questions in full. The folks I worked with were all A++ and I recommend them should you need their services.
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Very friendly and easy to work with. They kept me informed and relieved my stress.
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Ann Brazel was reassuring, efficient and all-around pleasant to deal with. The settlement was fair and and I had confidence in her judgment. All around great lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great group of people!
Put the needs of their clients first and communicate every step of the way. Make a terrible situation a lot easier to deal with and always are honest about everything. Thank you!
Posted by David | July 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Team in Washington
The team at Hardwick and Pendergast have twice now represented my wife and I. In both cases they settled the cases well beyond our expectations. We highly recommend the entire team and staff of Hardwick and Pendergast. Thanks to team H and P Dave and Theresa
Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Great helping people. Very interested in my well-being. Would recommend to anyone.
Posted by Matthew | June 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personal injury protection
Hardwick and Pendergast were great for me! They always answered any questions I had in a timely manner. Also, I was extremely happy with the amount of money I got from my accident. Would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for legal representation!
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Injury Settlement
We were very happy with how the case was handled, as well as the settlement amount. The office kept us well informed throughout the entire process, and was quick to respond when we had questions.
Posted by Gloria | June 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service and communication
My experience was phenomenal, I was heard I was contacted and I felt in really good hands through my process of my car accident. The staff was attentive and took the time to explain things to me. I am really happy with the outcome of my case and I would recommend them to anyone who needs help navigating the complexities of dealing with car insurance
Read less
Posted by Ron | June 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Feeling
I want to say you are treated like family from the very first time you walk into their office. I would recommend them very highly to everyone that needs a lawyer. They keep you up to date, and explain everything that's happening with you case I really appreciate these type of things. They are very friendly from the receptionist all the way through to your lawyer that's representing you through all the steps. I want to thank them for all they have done.
Read less
Posted by Robert | June 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Auto Accident 2020
It has been a real pleasure working with Hardwick & Pendergast. Specially Ann Brazel. They took my accident to heart, and left the worrying to them, and took the stress from me. I can not express my gratitude enough. A lot of the Accident Attorneys advertise a lot on TV. Through my son's research, a client of mine who is a retired attorney, and myself we picked Hardwick & Pendergast, and I was not sorry.They are the walk softly & take action type that everyone who has experienced an accident needs. I am totally grateful. Bob N.
Read less
Posted by Susan | May 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Upfront and hard- working for a great outcome
After getting t-boned, I tried navigating the insurance world myself and found it to be stressful and overwhelming. My care provider referred me to this group and the pressure and stress instantly disappeared. They really went to bat for me, telling me just what to expect, outlining the time frame, and making sure that I was getting the care I needed. The periodic check-ins were great: not too many, but enough to make me feel like my case was moving forward. When things started wrapping up, they gave me all my options so that I could make an informed decision with how to proceed. I decided to settle and I was pleased with the outcome. I’m really glad I went with Hardwick and Pendergast.
Read less
Posted by Zachary | May 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Courteous and Professional
The team at Hardwick & Pendergast operates with a high level of customer service and professionalism. They answer questions and if unavailable they return calls in a timely fashion. Results driven firm, couldn’t be happier.
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Managing Attorney
  • Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • King County Prosecuting Attorneys Office
  • 1993 - 1998

Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • $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
View all legal cases

Associations

  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Law Firms
  • US News- Best Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Expertise
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Member
  • Trial Masters
  • 2015
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2015
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2015
  • 10.0 "Superb" Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Litigator Award
  • Trial Lawyers Board of Regents
  • 2014
  • "10 Best" in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2014
  • 10.0 "Superb" Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Invited Member
  • Trial Masters
  • 2014
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2013
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • 10.0 "Superb" Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2012
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • 10.0 "Superb" Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • 10.0 "Superb" Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2011
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2010
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2010
  • 10.0 "Superb" Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2010
  • Invited Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2007
  • Invited Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2006
  • BV-Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • BV-Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
View all awards

Publications

  • Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association Legal Education
  • How To Effectively Prepare Your Client For Arbitration
  • 2002
View all publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Arbitration: Winning with the New Law
  • Effectively Preparing Your Client For Arbitration
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (12)
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Other
"As a mediator, I meet many different types of lawyers. JP is the kind of lawyer any person injured in an accident would want on his or her side - he is an extremely hardworking and diligent advocate for his clients and treats all parties involved with respect."
Car accident Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known JP for fifteen years and have referred him a number of satisfied clients. He is talented, hard working and honest. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Pendergast is one of the most diligent, thoughtful and prepared lawyers with whom I've ever worked. His understanding not only of the facts and law of his case, but how the case will be viewed by judges, opposing counsel and the public, make him an unbelievably effective advocate for his clients. He is a tough, creative negotiator who cares deeply for the well-being of his clients. He is the most forthright, honest person I know."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known J.P. for about 20 years. We worked together in the King County Prosecutor's Office in the early '90's. He is a consummate professional, with the type of trial expertise that clients want and need for a successful outcome to their case."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"It has been my pleasure to know JP since about 1977 when we were in grade school together. I also got to know his work when we were in the prosecutor's office at the same time. He is a fantastic person and one of the leaders in our state for personal injury cases. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known J.P. since he and I worked together felony prosecutors. The qualities that made him an outstanding prosecutor -- diligence, attention to detail, compassion, command of the courtroom -- make him the preeminent civil trial lawyer that he is today. I have referred many clients to J.P. since he entered private practice, and he has always obtained outstanding results for them."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I confidently refer people to JP. He is a compassionate and empathetic listener and a highly skilled attorney. His team of associates and support staff reassure clients that they are in highly capable hands."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"JP Pendergast is a hard working, ethical attorney who will always keep his client's best interests at heart. Rest assured that your case will be well handled with attention to every detail and the utmost professionalism."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Pendergast is a talented trial lawyer and is diligent in advocating for his clients' interests."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"i know JP Pendergast to be a lawyer dedicated to the interests of his clients and providing timely and skillful service. Anyonw would be well advised to hire him to represent them. I know his work from working side by side with him on several cases."
View more endorsements
Car accident
Car accident
Personal injury
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
General practice
Criminal defense
Litigation
Personal injury
Personal injury
Renton Car accident Lawyer Joseph Edward Pendergast III
Joseph Edward Pendergast III
Car accident Attorney
Renton, WA
Licensed for 29 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available