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Virginia L. DeCosta is the principal in the DeCosta Law Firm. When asked why she is a lawyer, she answers "I have a passion for helping people and effecting change." She devotes her work to representing individuals who have been hurt or wronged in some way. 

An accomplished litigator and negotiator, Virginia is respected for her clear focus, steadfast work, and unwavering dedication to her clients.

Virginia represents people in employment matters including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. She represents individuals in unemployment compensation hearings to obtain benefits or fight to keep the benefits. She provides counsel and representation to individuals in severance package negotiations. 

Virginia also represents people injured in collisions, in nursing homes or adult family homes, on construction sites, and on school grounds.


Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 45%
    27 years
  2. Sexual Harassment: 25%
    26 years
  3. Discrimination: 25%
    26 years
  4. Nursing Home Abuse: 5%
    12 years

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Contact info

519 S G St
Tacoma, WA, 98405-4715


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Washington Super Lawyers 2007N/A2007
One of the Top Lawyers in SeattleN/A2006
One of the Top Lawyers in SeattleN/A2005
One of 50 Female Super LawyersN/A2005
Washington State Professionalism AwardN/A2003
Top Ten Female Attorneys in WashingtonWashington Journal1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentDeCosta Law Firm1996 - Present
AttorneyMessina Bulzomi1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1989 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2003 - 2004
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President - Board of Governors2001 - 2005
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President - Continuing Legal Education2001 - 2002
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees1998 - 2000
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationChairperson - Continuing Legal Education Committee1998 - 1999
Publication nameTitleDate
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationDisability Discrimination: Two Branches of Government at Odds in How Much Protection Washington Citizens Have in the Workplace -- The Supreme Court v. The Legislature2007
Employment Handbook - Washington State Trial Lawyer's AssociationMotions in Limine and Pretrial Motions2004
Tacoma Pierce County Bar NewsGender Discrimination Update: Washington Law Prohibits Discrimination Against Women Based Upon Their Potential to Become Pregnant2002
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationFocus on Employment Law - Any Adverse Tax Consequences to a Plaintiff in an Employment Law Claim are "Actual Damages" and Defendants Must Pay2002
Motor Vehicle HandbookObtaining Client Information 2001
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Bar NewsFocus on Washington Employment Law - Disability Discrimination Update: No Duty Under Washington Law to Reasonably Accomodate on Employee's Disability by Providing a New Supervisor2001
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationDisability Discrimination Update: Pulcino v. Federal Express Corporation2000
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial NewsAmbiguity in Underinsured Motorist Policies 1999
Trial MagazineTragedy of Poor Highway Maintenance1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AJurisdoctorate1996
Chaminade UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Worker's Compensation SeminarPertinent Washington Law Affecting Injured Workers2007
Insurance Bad Faith SeminarInsurance Bad Faith - Five Things You Need to Know2006
Hot Topics in TortWashington's Vulnerable Adult Statute2006
Trial Stars SeminarArbitration2003
SeminarEvaluating The Case From the First Interview to the Day of Trial2003
SeminarCurrent Issues in Employment Law - Retaliation2002
SeminarEmployment Law - Torts in Transition2002
SeminarEmployment Law Update2002
SeminarYou've Won The Trial - Now The Motion for Attorney Fees2001
SeminarADA Discrimination2000
SeminarEmployment Law - Sexual Harassment1999
SeminarSettlements on Behalf of Minors1998
SeminarFirst Party Policies: What's Covered and What's Not1997
SeminarWashington's Employment Law Update1997
Employment Law SeminarRepresenting Plaintiffs in Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Cases Under Glasgow1996