Skip to main content

About me

Chris focuses on large personal injury, legal & medical malpractice, and insurance company misconduct cases. 


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    36 years, 700 cases
  2. Ethics: 20%
    38 years, 500 cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
    36 years, 30 cases
  4. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    34 years, 250 cases



Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Maria Sophia Diamond

    Chris is a highly experienced personal injury lawyer who advocates for his clients with skill and dedication.


    Maria Diamond Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael David Myers

    We have worked together on several significant cases. Highly experienced. Tremendous preparation and strategic planning. Great attorney!


    Michael Myers Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Christopher Pence PLLC

10941 NE Seaborn Road
Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Washington Super Lawyers - Over 10 yearsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Best Lawyers in America - Over 10 yearsBest Lawyers in America2007
Top 40 PI Attorneys in WashingtonWashington Super Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2004
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Christopher Pence PLLC2004 - Present
Founding PartnerPence & Dawson LLP1985 - 2004
OwnerLaw Office of Christopher Pence1981 - 1985
AssociateLaw Office of Arthur D. Swanson1980 - 1981
Disciplinary CounselWashington State Bar Association1977 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for Justice (formerly WSTLA)Member, CLE Speaker1980 - Present
American Bar AssociationProfessional Responsibility Section1977 - Present
King County Bar AssociationDispute Resolution Task Force, Court Congestion Committee1977 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationDisciplinary Bd Chair, Supreme Ct Lawyer Reg Task Force1977 - Present
Lawyers for Public JusticeMember1998 - 2011
American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA)Member1981 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Jack-In-The-Box Class Action$14 million for minor illnesses, incl. 116 child recoveries with approx. $7.3 million in future payments for college years. Class action medical monitoring and funding of medical research. Moderate to severe cases settled outside the class action.
Mullen v Zylstra, M.D.$3,000,000 jury verdict
Rhyne Precious Metals in Receivership v LeSourd & Patten$3,200,000 settlement
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Court of AppealsMullen v. Physician Insurance Company2005
Washington Court of AppealsLesher v Murphy2004
Washington Court of AppealsHerman v Estabrook2003
Washington Supreme CourtKim v. Budget Rent-A-Car2001
CLE course materialsLegal Ethics and Liabiilty Issues: Plaintiff's Perspectives2001
Seattle WeeklyCoin Toss: Seattle lawyers pay out $3 million to settle claims that they abetted a downtown pyramid scheme2001
Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)Insurance bad faith settlement is successful sequel to wrongful death case1999
Washington Court of AppealsState Farm v. Johnson1994
Washington Supreme CourtEriks v. Denver1992
Washington Supreme CourtIn re Discipline of Curran1990
Washington Court of AppealsEbsary v. Pioneer Human Services1990
Washington Supreme CourtIn re Discipline of Curran1990
Washington Court of AppealsMele v. Turner1986
Washington State Bar NewsAvoiding Fee Disputes and Informal Engagement Letters1980
Washington Supreme CourtIn re Discipline of Yates1978
Washington Supreme CourtIn re Discipline of Lavery1978
Willamette Law JournalIn re Krogh and Attorney Discipline in Washington1976
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Whitman CollegeEnglish LiteratureOther - Bachelors1972
Howard UniversityAfro-American StudiesExchange programN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Seminar GroupEthical Considerations, Winning: Hot Topics in Criminal Law2005
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationThe Practical Side of Running Your Own Practice2004
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationEthics and Professional Liabiity Issues--Plaintiff Perspective2001
Washington Law InstituteLitigation Techniques Involving Confidential Records2000
Washington Law InstituteLitigation Techniques Involving Confidential Records1999
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationFee Divisions: Practice and Ethics1997
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationReferral Fees and Fee Splitting: Ethical Issues in the Plkaintiff's Personal Injury Practice1997
Washington Federal Bar AssociationPanelist, Ethics and Professionalism in Civil Practice in the Western District of Washington1997
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationCreative Use of Class Actions for Mass Torts: Post-mortem on the Jack-in-the-Box Litigation1996
East King County Support Professionals, Annual ConventionInsurance Law1996
Bainbridge Island Peoples Law SchoolHow to Hire and Work With a Lawyer1995
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationSetting Up a System that Works: Auto Cases, Nuts and Bolts1994
Bainbridge Island Peoples Law SchoolPersonal Injury and Professional Liability Law1994
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationHandling Fee Disputes Without Being Sued1992
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEffective Use of Legal Assistants and Standard Forms in Handling the Auto Case1991
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationHandling the Personal Injury Case1991
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationEthical and Malpractice Pitfalls for the Sole Practitioner1990
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationLegal Malpractice in Washington: Plaintiff’s Perspective1989
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationPlaintiff’s Pretrial Motions, Demonstration of an Automobile Collision Trial1988
University of Washington Law School FoundationConsiderations in Bringing and Proving a Legal Malpractice Claim1987
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationThe Money Trap: Fee Agreements, Fee Disputes, Fee Ethics1987
Washington State Bar AssociationSettlement of Insured Claims Against Attorneys: Policy Provisions; Disputes Between Insurer and Insured; “Bad Faith”1985
Washington State Bar AssociationMandatory Arbitration of Dissolution Modification1985
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationPreparation and Trial of a Personal Injury Case - File Organization: Keeping Track of the Information1984
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationPreparation and Trial of a Personal Injury Case - File Organization: Keeping Track of the Information1983
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationMalpractice and Ethical Complaints: Staying Out of Trouble and What Happens When You Don’t, Lawyers’ Ethics - Honesty is Not Enough1983
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney Discipline, Legal Malpractice1980
Bench-Bar-Press Committee of WashingtonClosures of Courtroom to Media1980