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If you have been injured, through no fault of your own, then I am here to help you be made whole.  I know that no amount of money can undue a serious injury, a permanent disability or a wrongful death.  Nothing can correct the numerous ways your life changes once you have been in an accident.  So while , I can not change what has happened, I am able to request compensation from those who are responsible.  My goal therefore is to obtain the maximum monetary award for each every client.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    6 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 50%



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

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  • Michelle Hull

    I endorse this lawyer. Paula is not only a wonderful person, but an amazing lawyer. She is an amazing litigator with the skills to win your case. HIRE HER!!


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  • Heather Wolf

    I endorse this lawyer. Paula is a highly skilled attorney and strong advocate for her clients. I would not hesitate to recommend her in any personal injury or wrongful death matter.


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Contact info

Brett McCandlis & Brown

2722 Colby Ave.
Suite 105
Everett, WA, 98201

Brett McCandlis & Brown

1001 4th Avenue
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA, 98154-1003

Brett McCandlis & Brown PLLC

1310 10th Street
Suite 104
Bellingham, WA, 98225



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBrett McCandlis & Brown PLLC2015 - Present
Pro Tem CommissionerWhatcom County Superior Court2011 - Present
PartnerBrett Murphy Knapp McCandlis & Brown2011 - 2015
Supervising AttorneyLaw Advocates, Bellingham, Wa2006 - 2010
Adjunct ProfessorWhatcom Community College2006 - 2009
AttorneyPaula McCandlis Attorney at Law1997 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Whatcom County Bar AssociationPresident2014 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationBy-Law Committee Member2013 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle Member2011 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember of Rules Committee2011 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationVice President2013 - 2014
Brigid Collins Family Support CenterPast President, Board of Directors2009 - 2011
Brigid Collins Family Support CenterBoard Member2009 - 2012
Whatcom County Bar Association NewsletterEditorial Board2005 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$136,000 for rib fractures in jet-ski accident$136,000
$110,000 for injured victim in accident caused by a lost load from a semi truck$110,000
$100,000 for back injury from accident in the snow$100,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Whatcom / Skagit County Bar NewsSports Page2012
Bellingham Business JournalBrigid Collins Annual Auction Raises More Than $135,0002011
LAW AdvocatesPro Bono Connection2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of California - Santa CruzPhilosophy/Legal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
South Fork Law InterviewFamily Law and Personal Injury Law2014
CLEFamily Law Issues for Street Law Clients2014
Judge Mura Retirement DinnerHonoring Judge Mura2013
Whatcom, Skagit, & Island Counties Bi-Annual Golf TournamentMaster of Ceremonies/Event Organizer2012
Volunteer Appreciation NightMaster of Ceremonies2012
Lawyers Take OrdersSupport Law Advocates2011
Express CLEEthics - Client Intake2011
Whatcom, Skagit, & Island Counties Bi-Annual Golf TournamentMaster of Ceremonies/Event Organizer2010
Breaking the Cycle BreakfastEnd Child Abuse2010
Whatcom, Skagit, & Island Counties Bi-Annual Golf TournamentMaster of Ceremonies/Event Organizer2008
Street Law 101 CLEFamily Law2004