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Thomas Eugene Lester

Personal injury Attorney at Bellingham, WA

5.0   7 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 37 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    I am a member of WSAJ and have handled many soft-tissue and more significant injury cases over the years. The insurance companies do everything they can to limit your recovery. I offer a free consult to explore your options and provide the information necessary to allow you to make good decisions.

    31 years, 150 cases

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    Since 1986 I have served Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We offer a free consult which also me to answer your questions. Our goal is to give you the information you need to make informed/good decisions.

    38 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Probate
    Probate is the process of transferring legal title to property at the time of the property owner’s death.


We are a team that understands how to listen, answer and serve.  Over the last twenty-five plus years we have served many clients.  Each client has been unique and worthy of a compassionate ear.  Each client has made our lives more interesting and helped us understand the joy of helping others.

We are all local.  Our families live here and we are committed to the community.

Say hi if you see me playing soccer at the Sportsplex, Civic, NWSP or Orca fields.  I love the attention.




Distinguished Peer Review Rating

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Lester & Associates, PS Inc
119 N. Commercial Street, Suite 175
Bellingham Towers Building
Bellingham, WA, 98225-4427


5.0 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wow! The prince after many frogs!
For the many of us out there who have had to endure unscrupulous and uncaring people in the legal profession, once you are blessed with a consult with Tom, he will redeem your faith in the legal profession. Being immersed in litigation through a variety of unscrupulous people and tragedies, I lost all faith in the legal profession after going through hundreds of people for help. Some had over inflated egos and could not admit their incompetency while too many others made the stereotypical used car salesman look honest! I have even been trying to help other victims of some of the same crooked attorneys, including another attorney who could not protect herself from the greed that has become too rampant at least in the last few years. I wasn't expecting much and was anticipating another brush off but got the exact opposite when I spoke to Tom. He was the absolute most caring, patient, kind and calm problem solver I have ever encountered with the initials Esq after their name. I have worked with attorneys, have many attorney friends and Tom trumps them all just after one conversation with him. I hope to be able to work with him in the future and based on this first conversation, it was clear to me that anyone who hires him will have a compassionate, conscientious and relentless warrior on your side.
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Posted by Idalis | February 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tom was a very excellent, easy going and a great lawyer. I would recommend him to anyone that needs help! I couldn’t say enough great things about him and his team, highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tom Lester was most helpful to us going through this process. Him or his staff were always available to answer our questions or address our concerns.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney in fighting a bankruptcy claim
Mr. Lester represented our family in disputing a bankruptcy. An individual had fraudulently scammed our in-laws in an investment scheme. We had received judgments against this individual but instead of paying what he owed he filed bankruptcy. He tried to hide from his obligations by filling bankruptcy. Mr. Lester was able to have the funds owed to our family discharged from the bankruptcy and the individual was required to pay on our judgments.
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Deciding to file for bankruptcy was a hard choice but it was the right one for us. Mr. Lester and his entire team made the process much easier for us. They were all very professional and confidential.
Posted by Gregg | December 16, 2013
DUI .... Canadian Border Agent: "Your attorney is a genius!"
I enthusiastically recommend Tom for personal and business law ... and especially for working wonders with my DUI arrest. Tom has been my personal and business attorney for over 20 years and has always adeptly represented me for needs such as incorporation of my restaurant and drafting my will. More recently he was a Godsend for handling my DUI. My biggest concern of my arrest was the seeming inevitable inability to enter Canada on a regular basis. After over two hours of research, The Canadian Border agent said it best. " Your attorney seems to have been a genius" By pleading to Reckless Endangerment, I avoided triggers that keep me out of Canada. Tom's knowledge and his respectful relationships with fellow legal colleagues were invaluable.
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Posted by Jeff | September 5, 2012
Professional and Reliable
Both Atty. Lester and his staff were very responsive to my needs in my filing bankruptcy. All issues in were addressed with professionalism and detail. Lester & Hyldahl was recommended to me and I would highly recommend him/them to others.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Lester & Hyldahl
  • 1993 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Bellingham Municipal Court
  • 1995 - 2000


  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Drake University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A


  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Eagle Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015


  • West Legalworks
  • IN RE Anderson v. Michael D. Klein
  • 2021
  • West Legalworks
  • IN RE Arkison v. IN RE Hickenbottom
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • BK for the General Practitioner
  • 2013
  • Financial Crisis: Helping Debtors and Creditors
  • Debtor Rights
  • 2011
  • Red Flags from Specialty Areas
  • Debtor Bankruptcy section
  • 2009
  • Real Estate in a Down Market
  • "The Issues for Creditors When the Debtor declares Bankruptcy"
  • 2009
  • How to Follow a Debtor into and out of Bankruptcy
  • Creditor's rights and duties in bankruptcy
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (0)
Endorse Thomas
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is always ready with the skills and knowledge needed. He is one of the attorneys that I call with questions. A very good choice."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consulted with Tom regarding one of my personal injury client's Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Tom is very knowledgable regarding bankruptcy issues and he fully answered my questions in clear and easy to understand language."
Debt collection Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Tom for many years and refer with confidence in his skills, abilities and experience. He is the go to guy for many areas of the law."
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