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Inge Andrea Fordham

Litigation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   37 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

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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).

Ms. Fordham is a litigation attorney with more than 15 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 developers, contractors, and subcontractors in construction-defect 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 tendered claims to general liability insurance carriers on behalf of homeowners and been appointed by general liability insurance carriers to serve as insurance defense counsel for contractors and subcontractors. She has intimate knowledge of how insurance companies process and settle property damage claims. This knowledge is helpful to homeowners seeking coverage for their damages, as well as contractors seeking coverage for defense costs and indemnity for claimed damages.

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 and her staff pride themselves on providing quality, cost-effective service to homeowners, real estate investors, builders, and developers alike. Ms. Fordham is the go-to resource for many local realtors and title companies when issues arise in connection with a forthcoming or pending transaction. She provides 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 at work, you will find Ms. Fordham spending time with friends and family, enjoying Washington wine and cuisine, and cheering for the Dawgs at Husky Stadium.

Licensed for 16 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/25/2022
State OR
Status Suspended - Non-Disciplinary
Acquired 2012
Updated 10/09/2022

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

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Reviews

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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 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
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| 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
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| 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
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| 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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Posted by Vinetta | February 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Quit Claim
Inge was extremely helpful and knowledgeable with transferring the vesting on our real estate. She was quick, yet thorough and very accommodating to our schedule. She was referred by a friend and I will definitely refer her services to anyone that may be in need of legal services.
Posted by Mark | February 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney, glad that she was on our side!!!
We were referred to Inge and couldn't be happier with the results. Inge was very thorough going through our home building contract. Her responses to our questions were prompt and knowledgeable. She was effective at getting the desired results from our builder, without having to go to court. We appreciate Inge, she's good people.
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Board President
Inge has been exceptionally professional in helping us deal with some difficult land issue. Her ability to jump right on an issue and run it to ground has been amazing. She knows the right questions to ask, she knows how to guide clients in the right direction and she knows how to work with government, individuals and organizations. She would be my first choice in dealing with any legal situation.
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Posted by Franc | December 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Relief During a Difficult Time
I am so lucky to have had Inge to take care of my late partner's estate after passing. Having no knowledge of estate functions, Inge was able to concisely explain every step throughout the process. She was very prompt with responses anytime I had a question regarding any concerns and she was able to put those concerns to rest. During this difficult time, I knew I was in good hands and everything was being taken care of thoroughly. Thank you!
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Posted by Durina | December 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fordham Law ended our nightmare
Over a period lasting nearly a year and a half, Inge led our cause against a hostile neighbor. Though we sometimes rejecter her directions with ideas of our own, it came to light more than once that our decision to retain her council was good. Her patience, persistence and sagacity delivered a favorable settlement, avoiding costly and time consuming litigation.
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Posted by Joe | November 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Missing Deed of fulfillment
We thought that Fordham Law did a thorough service for us in a timely manner, and on budget. After our transactions were completed with Inge, our property sale was completed 6 days later. Thanks again
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
Enge and her staff were always there to answer questions and did a great job for us. We would highly recommend.
Posted by Danielle | July 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service
We are so pleased with Inge and her firm! With a rather ODD request for an easement prepared for our land, Inge from the beginning knew it exactly how to help us. She explained clearly what had to be done from the beginning to the recording of our Easement. We live in the country so cell signal was spotty at times, but Inge was patient and understanding to our situation. Inge was concise in phone calls and emails. She is well versed in Real Estate Law and it shows. We will for sure use Inge & her Firm for future legal transaction.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Educational, Responsive and Patient
We hired her to help resolve a landscaping construction matter. Although it's a small case, she still has enough patience to educate us and provide us with different options with pros & cons. Very nice experience.
Posted by Aaron | January 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Breath of Fresh Air!
Wow, working with Inge was such a blessing. I have dealt with a handful of attorneys in the profession I work, Inge is different in the best ways possible. Professional, but humble, extremely competent, but easy to speak with. It's not usually a great experience when you need legal counsel but it was with Inge. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
stress reliever extraordinaire!
Was able to help us through a very stressful and difficult situation. She did this in a clear and easy to understand manner. Reasonable and fair rates for a very skilled lawyer!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner /Attorney
  • Fordham Law, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Senior Litigation Attorney
  • Dickson Frohlich, PS
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Clement & Drotz, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2016
  • 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

Awards

  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2021
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2020
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
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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