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About me

I became a lawyer to help the underdog. If I can't help you I will do my best to find someone who can help you. I dedicate time to the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program which I incorporated in the 1980's using IOLTA funding.

My primary areas of practice are personal injury and insurance disputes. I also represent consumers in disputes of all types with particular emphasis on automobile dealer violations and fraud schemes including "FRS" Foreclosure Rescue Scams. Complex and unusual liability cases are welcome. We have made law in many areas over the past 27 years. These include insurance, Barney v. Safeco, commercial law, Kysar v. Lambert, and insurance bad faith, Truck Insurance Exchange v. Vanport Homes.

I have successfully litigated wrongful death, commercial vehicle (tractor-trailer), motorcycle and automobile cases obtaining verdicts and settlements. Many cases are referred by other lawyers.

I always try to make time for every caller. If you don't have a case I will tell you. If you do I will tell you. If you can handle the matter without a lawyer I will tell you and I will try to help you do so.



Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    30 years
  2. Insurance: 20%
    33 years
  3. Car Accident: 20%
    30 years
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    33 years



Contingent (20-50%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jane Elizabeth Clark

    William is an excellent attorney and very well respected in the legal community. He has a detailed knowledge of the law and is always willing to share that knowledge with others. I highly recommend him.


    Jane Clark Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Caron, Colven, Robison & Shafton, P.S.

900 Washington Street Suite 1000
Vancouver, WA, 98660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Local Hero AwardWashington State Bar Association2003
First Annual W.D. Robison Award (Now the Kenneth Weber Award)Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program1995
Thomas Neville Pro bono AwardWashington State Bar Association1992
Outstanding Service AwardClark County Volunteer Lawyers Program1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerCaron Colven Robison Shafton2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeAdvocate2010 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle Member1994 - Present
Clark County Volunteer Lawyers ProgramBoard of Directors1988 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2001 - 2002
Clark County Bar AssociationPast President1988 - 2002
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationRegular Member1983 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
H.E. v. WavemakersJury Verdict for over $450,000
Lamperti v. Insurance CompanyVerdict for $148,000 offer of $1,500
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Publication nameTitleDate
Automobile Accident Litigation DeskbookLow Impact Automobile Collisions2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Western Washington UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationConsumer Protection and Debt Collection2011
WSAJ Motor Vehicle Litigation SeminarLow Impact Collisions2010
The Legal TeamERISA2010
Helping Homeowners In ForeclosurePro-Bono Aid to Homeowners2009
Hot Topics for the Plaintiff's LawyerConflicts of Laws2007
Personal Injury-Washington OregonInsurance Coverage Issues2005
Lost in the MIST of LISTLow Impact Collisions1998
Lost in the MIST of LISTLow Impact Collisions1997