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Inge Andrea Fordham

Construction and development Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   48 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 17 years
    Oregon - OR 11 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Suspended - Non-Disciplinary No misconduct found

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

About Inge

Learn Inge’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    25%
    Fordham Law, PLLC represents both owners and contractors in construction and construction defect-related disputes. We review and draft construction contracts and related documents. We also prosecute and defend payment disputes and lien claims.

  2. Litigation
    25%

  3. Real estate
    25%
    Fordham Law, PLLC represents buyers and sellers in a variety of real estate transactions. We review and draft purchase and sale documents, easements, deeds, boundary line adjustments, etc. We also handle misrepresentation and wrongful lien claims.

  4. Probate
    15%
    Fordham Law, PLLC handles probate cases with care and compassion. We begin by counseling clients to determine whether probate is necessary. If it is, we guide our clients through the process in the least stressful, most efficient manner possible.

  5. Estate planning
    10%
    Fordham Law, PLLC prepares wills, revocable living trusts, pour-over wills, testamentary trusts, durable powers of attorney, community property agreements and living wills (aka healthcare directives).

CLIENT-FOCUSED, RESULTS-DRIVEN LEGAL COUNSEL FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION, REAL ESTATE, PROBATE, AND ESTATE PLANNING NEEDS.

Ms. Fordham is a litigation attorney with more than 16 years' experience representing clients in construction, construction-defect, real estate, and property-related matters. She also handles probate matters and assists clients with their estate planning needs.

Ms. Fordham has substantial experience representing both owners and contractors in construction and construction defect-related disputes. For the first several years of her legal career, Ms. Fordham represented homeowners and condominium associations in complex, multi-party construction defect lawsuits. She also represented condominium and homeowner association clients in collection, judicial foreclosure, and quiet title actions.

In 2011, Ms. Fordham "switched sides" and joined an insurance defense firm where she defended contractors and subcontractors in construction-related disputes throughout Washington and Oregon. Ms. Fordham's diverse background gives her a unique perspective that is immensely helpful in resolving these types of disputes, often short of costly and time-consuming litigation. Many local mediators have expressed appreciation for Ms. Fordham's ability to weigh both sides of a dispute and cut to the chase. Ms. Fordham has assisted homeowners in recovering damages from contractors and their sureties and insurers. She has also been appointed by insurers to defend claims against contractors and subcontractors. Her knowledge of how insurance companies process and settle property damage claims is helpful to homeowners seeking coverage for their damages, as well as contractors seeking coverage for defense and indemnity.

In 2017, Ms. Fordham left a partnership at the Seattle-based insurance defense firm where she worked for more than six years to return to her roots in North Tacoma. She continued practicing construction law and also began handling more real estate and property-related transactions and disputes. Ms. Fordham prides herself on providing quality, cost-effective service to homeowners, real estate investors, contractors, and subcontractors. She is a go-to resource for many local realtors and title companies when issues arise in the midst of a pending transaction. Ms. Fordham offers creative and cost-effective solutions for complex problems and counsels clients on how to quickly and affordably accomplish their goals so they can close transactions with peace of mind.

Ms. Fordham opened Fordham Law, PLLC in 2018 to focus on providing personalized legal counsel in an environment where client goals and long-lasting relationships are valued over turning a profit. She believes in taking the time to truly understand her clients' needs and goals and aims to provide quality legal services at affordable prices.

Ms. Fordham is a Pacific Northwest native. She obtained her BA from the University of Washington in 2002 and is an avid Husky football fan. She obtained her law degree from Seattle University in 2006. When she is not working, Ms. Fordham enjoys spending time with her husband and favorite little-leaguer. She also enjoys travel, music, and wine.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 2 ...
Top Contributor 2020
Top Contributor
2020

Location

Fordham Law, PLLC
3218 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA, 98406-5902

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Dana hendry | April 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible!
We’re a local builder in snohomish county. Awhile ago when needing an attorney, I googled firms in the area. Luck must of been on my side when blindly calling numbers out of the phone book. Immediately, within just a couple minutes of talking with Inge, I knew, this was the person I needed and wanted in our companies corner. She is unbelievably knowledgeable, clear, concise, and personable. She immediately makes you feel comfortable, and secure that you’ve hired the right person to go to bat for you, or your business. In a world full of unsure things or people, she 100% has your best interest in mind. She cares more about you, than anything else. Her advice is absolutely without question, in your favor. She’s also punctual, and always easy to reach. She responds right away leaving no worry or unsettling anxiety. And again, the knowledge. She is so incredibly knowledgeable about law, any questions asked there is an answer without a flinch. We as a company, sleep easier at night having her on our team. Highly, highly, recommended.
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Posted by kjanine073 | April 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing just amazing results!
Ms Fordham has a mannerism that instantly puts you at ease. She is as sharp as a whip! She knows her stuff in construction and instantly can spot failures in construction with just a brief look at a picture. We had a contractor breathing down our neck nickle and dime-ing us (or trying to) with made up, trumped up charges. Ms. Fordham instantly cut through the clutter, addressed the issue and the contractor went from overly bold and demanding to apologizing on our doorstep in less than 1 hour, dropping all charges/billing. Ms Fordham is good people! she's honest, forthright and generous with her time. Tell me where you are going to find that in an attorney? We found it here with Inge. We now have an attorney for all of our construction consultation needs and evaluations of contract for construction. We now have an attorney we trust and can trust with our estate planning needs as well. We were looking for someone that can do all of that and feel so lucky to have found her. We used her for consulting for one instance and now will be hiring her for our construction and estate planning needs. We feel very lucky to have found her through AVVO!
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Posted by Lamya | February 26, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Inge was very efficient and professional. I hired her to assist me in a real estate transaction and she was very helpful and knowledgeable and resolved my need timely and accurately. I would highly recommend her and use her services again in the future. Thank you
Posted by Kelly | February 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Clearing a title
I hired Ms. Fordham to help clear a title issue. As there was already a closing date, it was a time-critical issue. She was pleasant. She worked quickly. Emails were answered often within minutes. She outlined several possible resolutions and kept me informed of where we were in the process, explaining how/why approaches changed. She was honest and showed great integrity regarding billing. Should I ever need a property attorney I would happily work with her again.
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Posted by Rachel | February 9, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Smart, thorough, responsive
Inge was a huge help to me getting a rural boundary situation sorted out, wading through a bunch of dense documents quickly and carefully. She was extremely clear in her response and helped me understand the situation better, as well as to know how to handle it. She has also been a great advocate for a friend of mine with a more complicated case. Would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Marco Angeloni | November 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome lawyer!
Honestly I have no words to describe her, she has been very professional all the way through. If you are trying to find a lawyer that will take care of you and win, please don't hesitate. I'm usually very skeptical about hiring someone and ask lots of questions but after our first conversation with Inge I found out she was the one. Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made everything so easy...and easy to understand.
Inge did an amazing job walking us through the journey of receiving a gifted property. She was thorough in explaining the complexities of moving property from a trust to an individual and ultimately to us. Her explanations were easy to understand, she was very upfront about costs associated, and she did everything she promised to do. Inge even went above and beyond by helping my 95 year old grandmother feel both heard and appreciated. I would highly recommend her for help with Real Estate law.
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Posted by David | October 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust work
Inge, Was a total pleasure to work with and accomplished exactly what I came to her for. She always kept me informed of the progress and responded to me quickly.
Posted by Paula | September 13, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wise and compassionate counsel
Our family consulted with Inge about a complicated situation we were facing, and we are so grateful for her help. Her free consultation went beyond the advertised time, included a super clear explanation of all aspects for us to consider, and Inge's genuine compassion was a complete blessing. Never believe that all attorney's are just out for your money! This one actually cares! If we ever need to hire a rea estate attorney, it will be Inge.
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Posted by Rachael | July 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
TOP NOTCH ATTORNEY - NO JOKE!!
We acquired a piece of landlocked property in Pierce County and to gain access meant obtaining cooperation and signatures of 29 DIFFERENT PEOPLE to give us access rights over the private road. Yes, 29. There were many complexities with this property and others had unsuccessfully attempted this feat in the past - so we were quite nervous about a long, drawn out legal battle. Inge not only knows her stuff, but handled the logistics of communicating with, gathering information from and dealing with others' and their attorneys so well. We now have a recorded easement with needed access rights and she was somehow able to keep us out of a law suit/courtroom situation! She works really hard and was great keeping us informed of our options and progress. It was obvious that she was very cognizant of using her time (and our retainer funds) in the most efficient way possible. If you need a hard-working, knowledgeable bulldog of an attorney to help with real estate issues, she's definitely your gal! I'll certainly seek her out for any other issues in the future.
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Posted by Bryanna | June 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have done without her!
As a new homeowner, I ran into a serious issue with one of the tradesman on my project, potentially not being able to recoup nearly 20k. Inge, was present, on top of and coached me over the course of months on how to negotiate repayment. I asked many of the same questions, over and over, which Inge was incredibly kind and patient, hand holding me through the process. I am so grateful to have had her support.
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Posted by Monte and Christine | May 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Inge Fordham
Where do I start? We came to Inge Fordham not knowing what to look for or where to start after losing our dear cousin unexpectedly. She took the reigns by the hand and guided us through the probate and what ended up being quite an intense ordeal. Beings there was no will it was complicated. She assured us and we were able to get through unscathed. We feel, after the long ordeal, that we have closed with the knowing that we would not give a second thought to hiring Inge for any legal advise or battle we come up with. Inge is very knowledgeable and yet compassionate in her ability as a lawyer. She kept us calm and reassured us through it all. We closed knowing that we have found someone we can always trust to tell us the truth and give us advise that will only help us in a positive future. Thank you Inge Fordham for being YOU!
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Posted by Jessi | April 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Detailed and Knowledgable
Inge helped us with an easement agreement for retaining wall repairs requiring access through a neighbor's property. She went the extra mile in researching, interpreting, and advising us, given complications associated with the property line, topography, and history of land use between the abutting plots. Inge was thoughtful and clear in every interaction.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Estate help
Inge helped with my Grandfather’s Estate when he passed away. She was able and willing to step in right away. She helped me as the executor of the Estate to follow his Will. Inge has awesome communication skills, timely and very respectful. My family has also recently hired her to complete our Wills. We just adore her and will definitely send her referrals.
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Posted by Becky | October 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional advice and unparalleled professionalism
Inge is the only attorney I call. She has represented me in many different real estate needs as well as estate planning. I have referred her to many clients and peers as well. Inge is thorough, so very detailed and dedicated to providing the best legal advice.
Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Helpful
We needed help with a quit claim deed. I am not in the real estate business so I had no idea what to do. Inge, on the other hand, knew exactly what to do and helped me get everything taken care of quickly and easily. She made sure everything was filled out properly and submitted to the right people. Everything was smooth and simple. I could not have done it without her help.
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Posted by Cindy | September 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shoddy workmanship
Inge and her Office ROCK. We were getting no where with a roofing company that did shoddy work! I contacted other Attorneys to try to help us, and we’re told sorry. Inge hit the ball out of the park. She is easy to talk to and she doesn’t talk down to anyone. But she tells you the truth and that’s what really mattered to me.
Posted by Julie | September 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Inge did a great job for us. From day 1 she took the time to explain our options, walk us through the process and potential outcomes, and answer all our questions. She did a great job of keeping us informed along the way and advocating for us. Though I hope we don’t need her services again, if we do she’s the first I would reach out to, without hesitation.
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Posted by Dawn | April 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Great Advocate
When we came to Inge it was not our first step in our process to resolve an issue with a contractor who had damaged our home. She was so professional and knew the ins and outs of what we were navigating. She made the process easier for us, always clearly explaining our options and respecting our decisions for how to proceed. She handled the matter quickly. I wish we had found her earlier on. She was generous with her time and made herself available outside of business hours. We were able to collect money for damages and resolved everything with little stress on our end. I would hire her and refer her to anyone I know.
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Posted by Kelly | March 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Results Oriented
Inge visited our house and looked at the negligence that was the basis of our complaint. Inge was not overly hopeful about a positive outcome, but clearly communicated with us our options and we hired her to pursue our claim. There was a period of time where we did not here from her, but that made it a truly pleasant surprise that we were receiving a financial settlement. In hindsight, I believe that the period of silence was just the claim slowly working its way to where it needed to go. I loved that she was practical, realistic and honest - not falsely positive or give us unrealistic expectations. I also believe that she truly knows what needs to be done and how to go about it. I feel lucky to have had her represent us.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner /Attorney
  • Fordham Law, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Senior Litigation Attorney
  • Dickson Frohlich, PS
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Clement & Drotz, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Sundberg & Pody
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Barker Martin, PS
  • 2006 - 2010
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Associations

  • Washington Women Lawyers (Pierce County chapter)
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2022
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2021
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2020
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2019
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
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Construction and development Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Inge both as opposing counsel and together in the same office. She is responsive, accurate and a tireless advocate. She maintains a level of professionalism in situations that are often challenging. If I needed a lawyer, I'd call Inge!"
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Inge is a very experienced attorney and a great resource to her clients and colleagues. I have had the opportunity to practice with Inge as a colleague and against her as opposing counsel. She maintained a high-level of professionalism in both forums."
Construction and development Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Inge served her clients very well. She is extremely thorough and prompt. She is also practical and keeps on top of her cases."
Litigation Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Inge is proactive, solution-driven and professional. I have worked both with her and against her on many cases over the years, and am consistently impressed with her legal skills and integrity."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I practiced with Inge at a prior law firm and know her to be a smart, responsive, and solutions-oriented counselor and litigator in representing individuals and organizations in a broad range of issues from real estate to complex construction disputes. I highly recommend Inge!"
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. Inge and I have worked together on numerous cases and I've seen her handle both simple and complex litigation matters like a true professional."
Litigation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Inge Fordham is a talented, extremely skilled attorney. She is a fierce but fair advocate for her clients and works tirelessly. I highly recommend her."
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Tacoma Construction and development Lawyer Inge Andrea Fordham
Inge Andrea Fordham
Construction and development Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 17 years