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About me

I have been practicing law for over 33 years.  Throughout my career I have handled personal injury and wrongful death cases.  I find helping people in that field of practice to be very rewarding.  I also did criminal defense work up until about 2005, which provided invaluable trial and appellate experience that has translated well over into my current civil-only personal injury/wrongful death practice.  


In my leisure time over the years I have enjoyed family, fishing, camping, sports, coaching basketball, soccer, and mock trial, reading novels and history, and, most recently, learning to speak and read Spanish.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    36 years
  2. Litigation: 10%
  3. Car Accident: 10%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    36 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Contingent (33-50%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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


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  • David W. Meyer

    William "Bill" Thayer has exceptional substantive skills as a lawyer, and honest compassion for his clients that enable him to give them the very best representation. I don't hesitate to refer my friends and clients to Bill on matters in his areas of expertise.


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Contact info

Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS

1700 East Fourth Plain Boulevard
Vancouver, WA, 98661


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Certificate of AppreciationClark County Bar Association2012
Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Certificate of AppreciationClark County Bar Association2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Certificate of AppreciationClark County Bar Association2010
Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Certificate of AppreciationClark County Bar Association2006
Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Certificate of AppreciationClark County Bar Association2005
Magna cum laudeSouthern Oregon State College1977
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSchauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS1986 - Present
OwnerWilliam K. Thayer Law Office1983 - 1986
PartnerLee, Schauermann, Thayer and Day Law Office1980 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2008 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2006 - Present
Clark County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2006 - 2008
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle Member1999 - 2008
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1996 - 2008
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1987 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Barker, 143 Wn.2d 915, 25 P.3d 423 (2001)won at State Supreme Court level
State v. Acosta, 101 Wn.2d 612, 683 P.2d 1069 (1984)Won at State Supreme Court level
State v. Ciskie, 110 Wn.2d 263, 751 P.2d 1165 (1988)Conviction affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
WashingtonOregonLawyersIt’s a New Year: What Should You Ask Your Auto Insurance Agent?2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Southern Oregon State CollegeBusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation (NBI)Civil Litigation, Trial Practice2013
National Business Institute (NBI) CLE“What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know”2011
Mastering Misdemeanors“Department of Licensing (DOL) Hearings”2006
Defending DUIs 2001“Cross of the Breath Tech – A Checklist”2001
Clark County Bar Association District Court CLE“District Court Overview CLE”2001
Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice In-house SeminarDUI Cross-examination "Techniques to Share"2000
The Cowan Law Firm annual DUI CLE“Cross Examination of the DataMaster Technician”2000
Clark County Bar Association “Super Seminar” CLE“DWI Practice – Motions, Issues, and Recent Case Law”1995
Clark County Bar Association Young Lawyers CLE“Criminal Procedure in District Court”1991