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If I was seriously injured or a family member had died as a result of someone's negligence, I would want fair compensation without a jury trial, if possible. My lawyer would be very experienced, and I would expect frequent personal contact. My mother needed a lawyer like that when I was a child after corporate negligence killed my father, and that's what I try to provide to my clients.


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Practice areas

  1. Car Accident: 40%
    44 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    44 years
  3. Brain Injury: 10%
    44 years
  4. Defective Products: 5%
    44 years
  5. Other: 25%
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Contact info

Law Offices of Richard C. Platte

336 36th St., #387
Bellingham, WA, 98225-6580

Richard C Platte, Attorney at Law

105 5th Street, Suite 201
Lynden, WA, 98264-1966

Law Offices of Richard C. Platte

Eugene, OR, 97401



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in WAThe American Trial Lawyers Association2008
Random Acts of ProfessionalismN/A2006
Random Acts of ProfessionalismWashington State Bar Association2005
Super LawyerN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
Super LawyerN/A2003
Super LawyerN/A2002
Super LawyerN/A2001
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1998
Who's Who In American LawN/A1983
Beta Gamma SigmaBeta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, UW School of Business1969
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Firm of Richard C. Platte2003 - Present
PartnerShepherd Abbott Platte2002 - 2003
PartnerRusing & Platte1973 - 2002
AssociateVoris & Lipscomb1972 - 1973
Association namePosition nameDuration
Western Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1974 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1972 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - 2009
Whatcom County Bar AssociationPresident2000 - 2000
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1990 - 1991
The American Trial Lawyers AssocationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Seminar materials: Admitting and Excluding Evidence: The BasicsEvidence In Civil Cases2011
LIBERTY (magazine)The Rape of Free Speech1999
How To Prepare And Try A Personal Injury CaseHow To Prepare And Try A Personal Injury Case1988
WSTLA Educational SeminarsAutomobile Insurance SubrogationN/A
WSTLA Educational SeminarsIntentional TortsN/A
WSTLA Educational SeminarsInsurance LawN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of WashingtonBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1969
University of OregonN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Subrogation: Real Problems, Real SolutionsDefeating Subrogation Claims2015
Seminar: Admitting and Excluding Evidence: The BasicsEvidence In Civil Cases2011
Journalism class at WWUThe Newstand Case2011
Trial Practice SeminarTrial Practice1999
Insurance Law SeminarAutomobile Insurance - Subrogation1995
Trial Practice SeminarPersonal Injury Trial Practice1988
Insurance Law SeminarInsurance Law1985
WSTLA Seminar - SS NORWAYInsurance LawN/A