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Working for justice is a lifestyle.  I start each morning pursuing the goals i make for each client.  I'm proud to say that I finish each day knowing that because of my services, victims were cared-for, and the constitution was respected.  Sometimes being an effective advocate means seeking sensible solutions and being creative.  Other times it means fighting through trials.  In each case, i pursue whatever approach is best for the particular client involved.

Our firm has a proven track record of working extremely hard on multi-million dollar cases and "smaller" cases alike.  I am a proud member of our hard-working team.  We also fight hard for the rights of individuals.  We care for abuse victims, and we care for those the government might otherwise try to trample.

I also fight for justice in my private life.  I'm part of a network of families who raise funds toward muscular dystrophy research.  My history includes acting as a ski instructor for the disabled.  I chaired the Gig Harbor Young Life Area Development team for over 8 years.  I am deeply committed to seeing all children have opportunities that will make them successful community and family members.

I am married and have two elementary school-age boys.  As a family, we enjoy spending time together participating in the kids countless activities, skiing and hiking in the mountains and boating on Puget Sound.  


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 25%
    6 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 25%
  4. Child Abuse: 25%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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Contact info

1008 Yakima Ave Ste 302
Tacoma, WA, 98405-4850


IDAuthorized to practice law200508/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Staffer's ChoiceWashington State Bar Association2003
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Rising StarWashington Law and Politics2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalHester Law Group1998 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Idaho Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2006 - Present
Idaho Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
Idaho State BarMember2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1998 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember - Eagle1998 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationTreasurer2009 - 2011
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionPresident2002 - 2003
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPresident2001 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. LeeAfter briefing and oral argument, won the appeal!
State v. PierceAll firearm enhancements dismissed by Court of Appeals
Confidential SettlementSettlement for $300,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Just NewsWhen Elder Abuse Turned To Trespassing2009
Just NewsWhen ReArraignment doesn't really change the charge2008
Just NewsRefusing FSTs now NON-Testimonial1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Pepperdine UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NALS Membership MeetingRecord Vacation and Expungement2008