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Commercial litigation, physician employment and business matters, creditor bankruptcy representation. Licensed to practice since 1980, in five jurisdictions.


Tom practices in the areas of creditors' rights, business litigation, employment law, and physician representation in business matters.


Tom leads our creditors’ rights practice, including loan documentation and enforcement of promissory notes and guarantees, foreclosures, receiverships, and workout negotiations and restructurings. He also has an in-depth experience in the areas of business litigation, employment law, and physician representation in business and employment matters. Tom often works with closely held businesses advising on business and employment matters, contract matters, and litigation risk analysis.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 30%
    24 years
  2. Litigation: 30%
    34 years
  3. Bankruptcy: 20%
    24 years
  4. Health Care: 10%
    19 years
  5. Employment: 10%
    24 years

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  • Shelly Crocker

    I recently had the opportunity to work closely with Tom on a matter, and was so pleased to be associated with him. His straightforward, no nonsense style and precise analysis of legal issues brought the exact right mix of skills to the task at hand. I am honored to endorse him.


    Shelly Crocker Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Stokes Lawrence

1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98101-2393


DCInactive 198907/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
WSBA "Random Acts of Professionalism"Washington State Bar Association2003
Meritorious Service AwardOregon Department of Justice1988
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AStokes Lawrence, P.S.2000 - Present
Of CounselFranklin & Olson1998 - 2000
N/ALaw Office of Thomas A. Lerner1997 - 1998
N/ALerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd1989 - 1997
N/AOregon Department of Justice1987 - 1989
N/AMetropolitan Public Defender Services, Inc.1982 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
WSBA Board of GovernorsBar Foundation Board of Trustees2012 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember1990 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1980 - Present
Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Committee (WSBA)Chair2010 - 2011
Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Committee (WSBA)Vice Chair2009 - 2010
Lake Forest Park Planning CommissionCommissioner2005 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Stokes Law BriefsOld Law Is Still Good Law, but Sometimes You Still Have to Explain It . . .2016
King County Medical Society BulletinThe Ties that Bind2015
King County Bar Association Bar BulletinShotguns, Daggers and Triggers: Escape from LLC Island!2015
Stokes Lawrence client updateGuaranteed Confusion on Guarantor Liability2014
King County Medical Society BulletinMy Partner is a Jerk. What Can I Do?2014
King County Bar Association Bar BulletinThe Threat Within: Disruptive Physicians as a Business and Liability Risk2014
Stokes Lawrence client updateA Step Back From the Precipice: Wrongful Foreclosure Reconsidered2014
Stokes Lawrence client updateThe Supreme Court Decisions in Klem and Schroeder Impacting Foreclosures2013
Stokes Lawrence client updateAppellate Court Clarifies Agricultural Exception to Nonjudicial Foreclosure; Preserves Other Lender Remedies2013
tokes Lawrence client updateNonjudicial Foreclosure and the Guarantors Who Got Away..2013
King County Medical Society Bulletin, Volume 91, Number 1"The Changing Marketplace and its Impact on Physician Employment and Practices"2012
King County Medical Society BulletinStark III: Did It Cripple Non-Competition Agreements In An Effort To Save Them2008
King County Medical Society BulletinRethinking Production Based Compensation Plans2006
King County Medical Society BulletinPhysician Employment: Noncompete Agreements, Arbitration Provisions,2005
King County Medical Society BulletinConcierge Practices: Pandora or Panacea2003
King County Medical Society BulletinSurviving the Shrinking Dollar: The Business Impact of the Squeeze on Physicians2001
King County Medical Society BulletinSpecial Report: Doctors Doing Business with Doctors: Breaking up is hard to do…1997
The Prosecution and Defense of Sex Crimes, Matthew Bender, pub. (1989) and update (1991).“The Prosecution and Defense of Prostitution Cases",N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University in St. LouisN/AJD - Juris Doctor1980
Franklin and Marshall CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defending Wrongful Discharge ClaimsIn Your Clients Best Interests: Ethical Considerations2007
Advanced Employment LawEthics2006
Washington State Bar Trusts & Estate LitigationBankruptcy and the Defalcating Fiduciary2005
Employment LawAvoiding Employee Termination Lawsuits in Washington2005
Litigation PracticePreparing and Implementing a Deposition Plan2004
Overlake Hospital Medical StaffMedical Office Management: Planning for Transitions2001
Washington State Medical Group Managers Association ConventionFlashpoints: Tensions and Conflicts in Physician Employment Relationships1998
Overlake Hospital Medical Staff MeetingControlling the Urge to Merge: Physician Employment Relationships1998
Fairfax Hospital Quarterly MeetingCautionary Advice for Physicians in Employment Relationships1998
Associated Builders and Contractors of Western WashingtonReducing Litigation Risks and Controlling Litigation Costs1998
Associated Builders and Contractors of Western WashingtonHow to Get Sued (A program for Employers)1998
1988 Fall Institute for ProsecutorsThe Prosecution of Civil Racketeering Cases under Oregon's RICO Statute1988