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Tom has significant experience with very serious cases such as homicide, sex offenses, drug cases, and three-strikes cases. His jury trial experience far exceeds that of most lawyers in our community.

Tom has had a number of successful jury verdicts on serious charges, including homicide, rape, felony drugs (in federal court) and a third strike charge. He has also successfully tried numerous DUI cases. He has a powerful reputation with the prosecutors and can negotiate a favorable plea bargain if you do not want to go to trial.

While Tom has focused much of his legal career litigating criminal cases, he has also built a strong reputation in Bellingham for his work on personal injury claims. Tom enjoys helping personal injury clients recover financially from medical bills, lost wages, and property damage that result from accidents of all types including car, bicycle, pedestrian, and motorcycle accidents.


Tom is a graduate of Western Washington University and Gonzaga University School of Law. He is a past President of the Whatcom County Bar Association, a member of the Federal Bar Association, and the Washington State Bar Association. He is an avid cyclist and skier.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
    22 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    22 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    22 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • William Coats

    I highly recommend Tom Fryer to anyone looking for a criminal defense or DUI lawyer. Tom is honest and gets great results for his clients. Judges, prosecutors and fellow lawyers all have great respect for Tom.


    William Coats Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Charles Reed Arndt

    I endorse this lawyer. Tom Fryer was lead trial counsel for one of my clients on a serious felony matter arising out of a fatal traffic accident. His technical expertise and legal acumen were vital to the defense case. The trial judge commented afterwards that it was one of the best tried cases over which he has presided. I highly recommend Mr. Fryer.


    Charles Arndt Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Grochmal & Fryer, PC

114 W. Magnolia St.
Suite 315
Bellingham, WA, 98225


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
America's Most Honored ProfessionalsAmerican Registry2016
BV Distinguished Very High RatingMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers nomineeNational Trial Lawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGrochmal & Fryer PC2014 - Present
PartnerResick Hansen and Fryer2011 - 2013
AttorneyTario and Associates2008 - 2011
PartnerNelson Brinson and Fryer2000 - 2008
AttorneyTario & Associates1993 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lummi Tribal CourtBar license2013 - Present
United States District CourtBar License1994 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationBar President2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Villatorotrial
United States v. Dhillontrial
State v. Dunyatrial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Whatcom County Law AdvocatesVoir Dire2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Western Washington UniversityPolitical Science/EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Overlake High SchoolN/AN/A1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial PracticeVoir Dire2015