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Peter Robert Dworkin

Litigation Attorney at Bellingham, WA

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Pete Dworkin

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    I handle any type of civil litigation involving business, money, real estate transactions, boundary line disputes, land use. I also have experience in insurance law, both representing insureds, and insurance companies as well as individuals.

    24 years

  2. Appeals
    I routinely appear before the Courts of Appeal in this State and am known amongst my peers as an exceptional writer. I enjoy the intellectual challenge of appellate work, and appreciate any referrals.

    18 years

  3. Construction and development
    Like real estate, I often handle construction disputes prior to them becoming litigation. I have both prosecuted and defendant scores of construction liens and know the process well.

    18 years

  4. Real estate
    I listed this category of practice because I often handle real estate issues that are in a "dispute" phase but are not yet in litigation. I do not routinely do transactional work however, and will refer to my law partners for those matters.

    18 years

I have lived in Bellingham since 1992, when I came to attend WWU.  I am originally from the east coast and was born in New York and raised in Westchester County until age 12, when I moved to rural Lewis County, but I spent my summers in the City and on the east coast.  As a result, I have a particularly unique understanding of small town and big city issues, politics and customs.

I cut my legal teeth as a prosecutor intern in college and law school, trying cases in Whatcom County, as well as Lane County (Eugene) and Douglas County (Roseburg) Oregon.   I ultimately was appointed Assistant Chief Criminal Deputy and managed a division of the prosecutor's office, with four attorneys and four support-staff, while maintaining a full caseload of approximately 1000 cases a year.

In 2006 I moved into private practice at Belcher Swanson, and focused on civil litigation.  My trial and critical thinking skills gained as a prosecutor melded well with my current practice of commercial, real estate and land use litigation.

In my personal time I focus on spending quality time with my adolescent son.  One of our favorite past times is boating, exploring and fishing in the San Juan Islands and beyond.  I am an avid fisherman and annually head to the West coast of Vancouver Island to fish for any species I'm allowed to catch.

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Peter Robert Dworkin
900 Dupont St
Bellingham, WA, 98225-3105

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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2021
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Posted by Matt | September 25, 2019
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Excellent Representation
Pete was referred to me by my attorney because of his experience with litigation. He did an excellent job in negotiationg with the other parties involved, was very thorough and on point with his legal briefs, and ultimately very persuasive in court. The outcome was exactly what I was looking for, and he followed up after the judgment to make sure all details were taken care of. When I reviewed the billing I found that he itemized his time clearly and was definetly efficient with his time. I feel I was treated fairly and received excellent advice and representation.
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Posted by Bob | February 1, 2019
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Pete Dworkin Attorney Review
Pete helped us work through a nasty situation where a neighbor was blocking our view of the water and the subsequent failure of the Home Owner Association to enforce a view corridor agreement. Pete was very easy to work with; knowledgeable; a great mentor; and very cost focused. Even though he is a trial lawyer, Pete was adamant on keeping our dispute out of court. He worked well with the other sides attorney. He was able to make it possible to address our issues through mediation. Through this approach, and his knowledge of the law that was applicable to our case, he was able to manage our problem such that it was resolved to our advantage as well as avoid going to trial.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 310-310 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Member
  • Belcher Swanson Law Firm
  • 2006 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Bellingham Municipal Court
  • 2006 - 2017
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Whatcom County District Court
  • 2004 - 2018
  • Asst. Chief Criminal Deputy
  • Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 2000 - 2006
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  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Western Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996


  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Whatcom County Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS)
  • Board of Directors; Treasurer; Chair, Internal Committee
  • 2005 - 2022

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Random Acts of Professionalism
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Oregon Chapter
  • 2000


  • Willamette Law Review
  • Confronting Your Abuser: A New Domestic Violence Hearsay Exception
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • Construction Lien Law
  • Construction Lien Law
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Unknown Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pete is a great lawyer, a strong advocate for his clients, and is always professional."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer I known Pete for many years and I have a great respect for his drive and ability. He is an able advocate an I would hire myself."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Peter Dworkin is an excellent attorney. He is smart, and comfortable in the courtroom. As an opponent, he vigorously represents his client's interests, yet he is fair and professional. I recommend him highly."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Pete and I previously worked on opposites of the courtroom. In those days Pete was always fair and even handed with the discretion he had. Now in private practice Pete still uses his excellent judgment to serve his client’s needs and is respected by his clients and peers for this attribute. The quality of his work is well known and when someone comes to me with an issue within Pete's expertise I always refer them to him with confidence."