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About me

I have been practicing law in the South Puget Sound since 1990.  I am a Puget Sound native and graduated from Washington State University in 1984.


I am currently a member of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), have served as a chair of the WSAJ Thurston County Roundtable, and have been an Eagle member of WSAJ for many years.


I am a member of the Washington State Bar Association, and the Thurston and Pierce County Bar Associations.   I am currently serving on the Thurston County Bar Association Board of Directors.  I am contributing author to the Washington State Bar Association publication Washington Civil Trial and Evidence Manual, Voir Dire to Verdict (Fifth Edition, 2004).


In addition to being an advocate for injured people, I am also active in local civil courts as an arbitrator and mediator, and am regularly selected as an arbitrator to perform mandatory arbitrations in Thurston County Superior Court.  I have also served as a Judge Pro-Tem and Settlement Conference Judge for Thurston County District Court.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
    25 years
  2. Car Accident: 33%
    25 years
  3. Personal Injury: 33%
    25 years



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

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  • Sofia Kathryn Miguel

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Sofia Miguel Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John A Kesler III

    Terry is an excellent attorney and an asset to the local bar as well as the community.


    John Kesler Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

202 Central St Ne Ste 200
Olympia, WA, 98506-4480


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Outstanding Journalism GraduateSociety of Professional Jourrnalists1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerChurch Rietzke PLLC1998 - Present
PartnerMorris & Church1990 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Thurston County Bar AssociationTreasurer2013 - Present
Thurston County Bar AssociationCo-chair - CLE Committee2012 - Present
Thurston County Bar AssociationBoard Member2011 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member1990 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Civil Trial and Evidence ManualContributing Author2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Washington State UniversityJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Two Tracks: "Real Estate" -or- "Personal Injury"Don't Forget the Subro!2012