I have been a criminal defense and personal injury trial lawyer for over 23 years. I have represented individuals in both state and federal court in Washington and other states.
I have representied individuals in several high profile felony cases as well as individuals charged with the death penalty and other serious felony charges.
I also represent individuals who have suffered serious personal injuries or death as well as in police misconduct and employment discrimination cases.
As trial lawyers, our firm is devoted to securing results for all who hire us. Because we are trial attorneys, we have the skills and tenacity necessary to reach the right result.
Our firm prides itself in providing the highest level of legal representation. We have obtained acquitals in many high profile criminal cases, and we have obtained personal injury verdicts and settlements in the millions of dollars.
I am active in both local and federal legal associations, and I am AV rated by Martindale Hubbel, the highest legal rating awarded.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2011|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2005|
|National Member, Order of the Barristers||University of Puget Sound School of Law||1987|
|Law Review||University of Puget Sound School of Law||1986|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||N/A|
|Partner||Hester Law Group||1990 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||President||2011 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)||Chair Pro Bono Committee||2010 - Present|
|Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference||Lawyer Representative||2007 - 2010|
|Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)||Trustee||2007 - 2010|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Trustee||2003 - 2005|
|State v. Copland||Client convicted of lesser offense of first degree manslaughter|
|State v. Dougal||Acquitted of all counts|
|Thomas v. Metals Express||Plaintiff verdict for $186,000|
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|University of Puget Sound School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|Washington State University||English||BA||1984|
|Year End CLE||Legal Ethics||2009|